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Women in Film Weekend
showcasing established and emerging Directors, Writers and Stars
Saturday, December 6  &  Sunday, December 7, at the Carnegie
§  Short Films at 4 pm – Lunafest Festival Winners     §  Feature-length drama at 7 pm – Fort McCoy

LUNAFEST 2014

 
ESSENTIAL EVENT INFO

W H A T :
  • LUNAFEST FILM FESTIVAL
    Eight Lunafest short film winners plus bonus short documentary: The Art Carvers of Music Hall
  • Genre: short film - drama, comedy and documentary.
  • Run time 90 minutes.
  • Films are NR (not rated) but suitable for audiences ages 13-up.
  • Post-film discussion led by director Melissa Godoy.

  • FORT McCOY
  • Written by Kate Connor, directed by Kate Connor and Michael Worth; starring Eric Stoltz, Kate Connor, Lyndsy Fonseca, Andy Hirsch, Camryn Manheim, Seymour Cassel.
  • Genre: historical drama.
  • Released 2014, run time 100 min.
  • Rated R (some violence).

  • W H E N :
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014,
    4 pm Lunafest & 7 pm Fort McCoy
  • Sunday, December 7, 2014,
    4 pm Lunafest & 7 pm Fort McCoy
  • Social hour with cash bar, one hour before each screening.

  • W H E R E :
  • The Carnegie Arts Center
    1028 Scott Blvd Covington KY 41011
  • Easy Access, Free Parking:
  • Printable PDF parking map
    Google interactive map
    Printable map and directions
    Cincy-Covington Bridge/Street Grid

    Will this be your first visit to the Carnegie? Learn more about this beautiful arts center.

    T I C K E T   P R I C I N G :
  • Single tix for individual screenings are $10 advance and $12 door.
  • Save 20% with combo tickets for both screenings on Saturday or Sunday — $16 advance, $20 door.
  • Student and Enjoy the Arts tickets are $10 single and $16 combo, at the door only.
  • NOTE: The Carnegie adds a $1.00 facility fee to tickets they sell in advance and at the door, in addition to the ticket face value.

  • G E T   T I C K E T S :


  • CWC WebTix Online:Click here for online tickets
  • CWC direct phone line,
    (859) 957-3456, Mon-Sat 9a-7p

  • The Carnegie Box Office, limited hours: Tue-Fri noon-5p, (859) 957-1940 or in-person.

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    Join us for a weekend of entertaining variety from established and bright new talent, featuring women filmmakers, writers and stars making their mark in short and feature films.

    Travel with us back in history to discover the carvings at Cincinnati Music Hall, meet an aviation pioneer circa 1910, experience life and love on the homefront in the Midwest during World War II, and catch the UK music scene in the 70s.

    Then, fast-forward to mariachi music on the NY subway, a Muslim girl's yen to be a high school cheerleader, a young woman's misplaced fascination with her bustline, a woman-owned auto repair shop and the real meaning of parenting.



    LUNAFEST 2014
    LUNAFEST FILM FESTIVAL

    LUNAFEST is an incredibly unique platform — these filmmakers embody what it means to be a game changer; their works tell stories that challenge stereotypes and break down barriers.

    Made by women filmmakers, for women and the men who care about them, this year's eight short film winners (from over 800 entries), are about women of all ages, their families, relationships, careers and universal issues.

    As we've learned over eight years of presenting LUNAFEST, these short films offer exceptional storytelling, creative delivery, powerful messages and an intangible quality that conveys a bit of magic. They will tug at your heartstrings, make you smile, make you think and encourage you to make our community, country and the world a better place. And, as always, a portion of Lunafest event proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Fund!

    The Art Carvers of Music Hall Cincinnati Connection   Rounding out the short film slate is an updated version of Melissa Godoy's documentary The Art Carvers of Music Hall, the remarkable story of the women artisans who hand carved the decorative screens for Music Hall when it was built in 1878; and efforts to preserve the historically significant, yet hidden, treasures they created.

    Filmmaker Melissa Godoy will lead the post-film audience discussion after the films.



    Fort McCoy FORT McCOY

    Screening on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Fort McCoy poignantly presents life at an army base and prisoner of war camp in a small Midwester community during World War II.


    Based on real people and events, Fort McCoy is a touching drama about life on the home front, set against the backdrop of a Wisconsin army base during World War II. An ode to a bygone era and reminiscent of The Best Years of Our Lives, the film portrays a tightly knit family dealing with personal challenges in the shadow of world war.

    A "family film" in a literal sense, these are the stories of a couple in their twenties falling in love; thirty-something parents coping with working as civilian employees at the base while raising a family, and their young children trying to understand the nature of German and Japanese POWs housed near their home.

    Filmed at the actual army base (a rare privilige), in buildings carefully preserved since WWII, we see life on the base and in the nearby town of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The small town main streets, infectious fervor of swing music, old time movie house, perfect period costumes and the mannerly shyness of dating in 40s, transport us to a time and society hard to imagine today.

    A la Tom Brokaw's Greatest Generation, screenwriter and director Kate Connor relates the stories and memories of her mother, grandmother, grandfather, great aunt and uncle, who lived at Fort McCoy during wartime. She creates a highly personal and nostalgic tale of a time when people endured sadness and loss, yet came together as community, united in a common cause.

    The performances and production values enhance the quality of the story. Connor plays a leading role as her own grandmother, Ruby Stirn, and Eric Stoltz is excellent as Ruby's husband, Frank Stirn. Lyndsy Fonseca and Andy Hirsch give winning performances as the young lovers Anna and Sam, characters based on Connor's great-aunt and great-uncle. The cinematography lushly paints the pastoral beauty of rural Wisconsin and the soundtrack includes famous wartime artists like Jo Stafford, Johnny Mercer, Edith Piaf and the Pied Pipers.

    Worth reading: Kate Connor talks about her family, their time at Fort McCoy and an era not to be forgotten in this engaging and informative interview.
     

    Lunafest Film Roster  (4 PM Screenings)

     A Good Match   USA  
    Lyn Elliot, USA
    Dramedy, 2013, 13 min


    Ann and Alex have split up, but does that mean it's over with Alex's mom, too? Ann wants to keep their friendship going.


     Chica's Day     
    Susan Béjar, Spain
    Dramedy, 2013, 10 min


    Today is a girls' day out, everything is allowed.
    But don't forget that this is just a game...


     Flor de Toloache     
    Jenny Schweitzer, Canada
    Documentary, 2014, 10 min


    A group of New York women daringly challenge gender social norms as an all-female mariachi band in this delightful musical documentary.


     Lady Parts     
    Emily Fraser & Katherine Gorringe, USA
    Documentary, 2014, 6 min


    In an industry dominated by men, Lady Parts Automotive brings a woman's touch to the world of car repair and maintenance.


     Miss Todd     
    Kristina Yee, UK
    Drama, 2013, 13 min


    Student Academy Award Winner, 2013. In 1910 New York, an aeronautical designer works to understand the principles of flight, but she has more than gravity holding her down.


     Tits     
    Louisa Bertman, USA
    Dramedy, 2013, 5 min


    A frenetic but reflective story about femininity and adulthood, exploring the process from childhood to adolescence and discovering what really matters.


     Tryouts     
    Susana Caésare, Spain/USA
    Drama, 2013, 14 min


    Being a teenager isn't easy, especially not for Nayla, a Muslim American girl who wants to join her new high school's cheerleading squad.


     Viva     
    Amanda Bluglass, UK
    Documentary, 2014, 8 min


    A heart-warming documentary portrait of rebellion, spirit and joie-de-vivre. Viva Hamnell reflects on her life in Cornwall's first punk band, her love of Vivienne Westwood style and how to be a rebel at 82.

    BONUS FILM

     The Art Carvers of Music Hall  
    Melissa Godoy, Cincinnati, OH
    Documentary, 2013, 18 min


    The story of 108 women artisans and their role in one of the largest and most important public art commissions in Cincinnati's history — at a time (1878) when women were largely excluded from artisanal employment.


     

    Discussion Leader:   Director Melissa Godoy

    Melissa Godoyr Winner of two regional Emmy Awards, Melissa Godoy is a director and producer of television and independent film. Her programs have aired on public television stations nationwide, and screened locally at events and exhibits at Cincinnati World Cinema, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Cincinnati Ballet.

    In 2013, she was awarded a Cincinnati Arts Ambassador fellowship to create The Art Carvers of Music Hall, about the effort to conserve historically significant hidden treasure in Music Hall and celebrate the women artisans involved.

    For the past five years Melissa's been shooting a narrative documentary that tells the story of revitalization in our historic core – Rebirth of Over-the-Rhine.

    Her award-winning documentary about creativity and aging, Do Not Go Gently, premiered at Cincinnati World Cinema, and is airing for the 6th consecutive year on PBS stations through American Public Television.

    Godoy previously served as Line Producer for the Oscar-nominated documentary short, The Last Truck by Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert (HBO); and for the national Prime Time Emmy Award-winning documentary about children with cancer, A Lion in the House, by Bognar and Reichert (Independent Lens/PBS). She was a co-field producer and the Cincinnati cinematographer for Election Day by Katy Chevigny (POV/PBS).

    Melissa was the cinematographer for Andrea Torrice's A Family Recipe for Success. Locally, she produced Erich Kunzel: A Cincinnati Legacy, by CET; as well as Classical Quest and violinmasterclass.com, both with Kurt Sassmannshaus and the Starling Project Foundation.

    Godoy studied Theatre and Creative Writing for the Media at Northwestern University and she shares her love of filmmaking as an Artist in Residence with the Ohio Arts Council's Arts Learning Program.

    More about Melissa and her work is here: CinemaSol.com.





    About Luna & LUNAFEST

    LUNAFEST is an annual traveling film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their community.

    LUNA created LUNAFEST to support women on a number of levels, with the following purpose:
  • To provide women filmmakers the opportunity to be seen and heard
  • To empower women by showcasing women's issues, stories and amazing moments
  • To support women's health and the Luna partnership with the Breast Cancer Fund
  • To support local communities by providing non-profit groups a creative medium to raise funds for local organizations
  • To provide women with a forum to communicate, share, and inspire social change within their communities


    About the Breast Cancer Fund

    The BREAST CANCER FUND is dedicated to eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer. Through public education, policy initiatives, outdoor challenges and other innovative campaigns, The Breast Cancer Fund mobilizes the public to secure the changes needed to stop this devastating epidemic. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Breast Cancer Fund, www.breastcancerfund.org.


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