Article Published: Oct. 25, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 4, 2012
Reel women and real issues comprise the Lunafest film
festival, coming to Boone Nov. 1 and 3.
A fundraising film festival, Lunafest is dedicated
to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers and bringing women
together in their communities.
Hosted by Earth Fare, Appalachian Women’s Fund and
Girls on the Run of the High Country, the films will be screened Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Greenbriar
Cinema at Appalachian State University and Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Harvest House Performing Arts
Center in Boone.
According to organizers, Lunafest highlights women as leaders in
society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to
fictional drama and cover topics, such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural
diversity and breaking barriers.
The Lunafest films are as
“Blank Canvas” by Sarah Berkovich. Going through chemotherapy, a
woman turns her baldness into a blank canvas for self-expression.
by Andrea Dorfman. An animated tale about accepting yourself, flaws and
“Lunch Date” by Sasha Collington. Getting dumped hurts, especially for
a woman whose boyfriend sends his 14-year-old brother to break the
“The Bathhouse” by Jisoo Kim. Escaping the streets of the modern city,
a group of women are transformed by a bathhouse paradise.
“When I Grow Up”
by Sharon Arteaga. A mother and daughter sell tacos and dream of a better
“Chalk” by Martina Amati. A gymnast selected for an elite training
camp makes new discoveries about bodies, boys and friendship.
“Georgena Terry” by
Amanda Zackem. How the founder of Terry Bicycles revolutionized cycling with bike frames designed
for women’s bodies.
“Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home and Other Works” by
Rebecca Dreyfus. A rare and soulful portrait of the ironically camera-shy Sylvia Plachy, a renowned
“Whakatiki: A Spirit Rising” by Louise Leitch. A
day at the river awakens the spirit of a woman held captive by years of broken
In addition to the films, there will a question-and-answer session
following the screening at ASU. Prior to the Nov. 3, screening there will be a Women’s Info and
Business Fair, starting at 5:30 p.m. Also on Nov. 3, during the intermission of the films, there
will be an auction of the winning pieces of artwork from Bra-Va!, a community competition to
creatively and festively decorate a bra. All proceeds from Bra-Va! will be donated to the Breast
All proceeds from Lunafest will benefit
Girls on the Run of the High Country, the Appalachian Women’s Fund and the Breast Cancer Fund. Thus
far, Lunafest, which was created and is funded by Luna, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, raised
more than $556,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund and more than $1 million for other women’s nonprofit
Greenbriar Cinema is located in the Plemmons Student Union
on the Appalachian State University campus, and Harvest House Performing Arts Center is located at
247 Boone Heights Road.