LUNAFEST Event Archive
CITYBEAT recommends LUNAFEST Film Festival as the "Main Event" in Cincinnati for the week spanning May 3-9. Page 29 print edition, or click here to read online...
Cincinnati Enquirer WEEKEND picks LUNAFEST as a "Best Thing to Do," in Friday's WEEKEND Section, pg 5, print edition.
On WVXU's Cincinnati Edition: Larry Thomas previews the upcoming Lunafest Film Festival: "Spending a couple of hours with a collection of so-far unknown filmmakers can be much more rewarding than a trip to your nearby cineplex and Lunafest is no exception." click here to listen online...
LUNAFEST BY THE NUMBERS:
68% of the LUNAFEST audience completed the Audience Opinion Survey, producing the results which follow.
95% rated the films overall as Very Good - Excellent.
76% rated the post-film discussions as Very Good - Excellent.
66% rated the venue as Very Good - Excellent.
93% want to know about upcoming CWC film events.
77% visited the Freedom Center for the first time.
51% of the audience stayed for the post-film discussions.
78% of audience members were women.
83% were from Ohio, 12% from Kentucky, with 5% unknown.
AUDIENCE FILM SCORES:
Respondents rated 6 of the 8 films shown between Very Good and Excellent; the 2 remaining films were rated between Good and Very Good. The audience ranked the films as follows:
1 4.37 Laying Down Arms
2 4.25 Tahara
3 4.24 Mabel's Saga
4 4.16 Twilight
5 4.10 Perfection
6 4.08 Blessing
7 3.77 Backseat Bingo
8 3.61 One Weekend a Month
Read the entire survey, in .pdf format: Click here...
Director Liz Blazer,
Director Sara Rashad,
Director Suju Vijayan,
Director Karen Lin
and film crew member,
Director Victoria Gamburg,
Director Eric Escobar
and actress Renee O'Connor,
"One Weekend A Month"
LUNAFEST Film Festival
May 6 & 7, 2006
8 unique short films, made by seven women and one man, about women, for women ... and for men who care about women.
These powerful films are about relationships, and about making difficult decisions in the face of change and adversity - themes that transcend cultural, ethnic and national boundaries.
Cincinnati World Cinema presents the LUNAFEST Film Festival, an event that will raise money for the Breast Cancer Fund and the Breast Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.
Directions, Maps & Parking
The painless way to find and park at the Freedom Center!
About the Films
The creation of high-quality short film is perhaps the most demanding of all cinematic pursuits. Whereas feature films have 90-120 minutes to overcome bad writing, bad directing and bad acting, short films have no such luxury. A good short film must immediately grab and hold your attention, pulling you into a concise and well-told story.
This year's LUNAFEST film festival raises the bar even higher: these are the 8 winners, selected from over 200 submissions. Collectively, the films examine the fabric of contemporary American life, telling the stories of every-day heroes, who happen to be women. The protagonists in this internationally flavored mix reflect people we've met, people we know, and even ourselves.
Simply put, LUNAFEST is a collection of unique films, made by seven women and one man, about women, for women ... and for men who care about women. They appeal to the interests, sensibilities and emotions of thinking individuals of all ages, mindsets, lifestyles, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. If you haven't experienced the magic of short film, or, if you know and appreciate the genre, LUNAFEST is not to be missed!
About Luna, LUNAFEST and Breast Cancer
LUNAFEST screenings are special evenings where women (and their friends, families, partners, husbands and boyfriends) can gather to view a selection of diverse films that embody a wide range of topics. A portion of the proceeds will go to local and national breast cancer awareness organizations.
Our sincere thanks go out to the organizations and individuals who have made LUNAFEST in Cincinnati possible:
Thanks foremost to the good people at Luna/Clifbar for sponsoring, and the Lunafest Selection Team for compiling, the film selections that comprise this year's LUNAFEST short film festival. Evaluating over two hundred submissions to select 8 winning films is an immense amount of work. So is the packaging and distribution of a nationally touring festival. The Luna organization puts its heart, time and money behind philanthropic causes they believe in. Please visit their website for more information: www.lunabar.com
Thanks to the many organizations that have helped in spreading the word: WVXU-FM 91.7, The Breast Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, The Pink Ribbon Girls, The Breast Cancer Registry of Greater Cincinnati and the Department of Women's Studies at UC.
A big thank-you goes out our post-film discussion leaders Sr. Alice Gerdeman, Sara Mahle and Anne Runyan; to CWC patron Yelena Wetherill for bird-dogging the Lunafest opportunity; to the Events staff at the Freedom Center; and a special thanks to the CWC film family and volunteers, for supporting independent cinema, spreading the word and working the events.