My Sisters’ Place presents LUNAFEST®, a screening of short films made by, for, and about women on Friday, April 11, 2014, at 5:00 P.M. at The Yaquina Bay Yacht Club on the Newport bay front.
LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. The evening is the first ever LUNAFEST on the Oregon Coast. In partnership with Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and Samaritan Health Services, My Sisters’ Place is screening the films to celebrate the strength of women, create awareness of the issue of domestic violence, and raise money for the services it provides to Lincoln County.
My Sisters’ Place supports those facing domestic violence, sexual assault, and dating abuse by providing crisis intervention, emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, safety planning, advocacy, court information and support, agency referral, education, and outreach. In 2013, My Sisters’ Place sheltered 117 people for 3,853 nights, handled nearly 2,000 calls on its 24-hour crisis line and helped 734 people get court protection and/or agency services.
The evening will begin at 5:00 PM with complimentary refreshments and snacks, a chance for attendees to buy raffle tickets for a gift basket, and a silent auction. At 6:00 PM, the 90-minute lineup of short films will run without intermission, followed by a drawing of the winning raffle ticket. My Sisters’ Place wishes to attract people of all ages, including students and teenagers, to this community event.
All proceeds from this LUNAFEST will benefit My Sisters’ Place and Breast Cancer Fund. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, and can be purchased at www.lunafest.org/newport.
One of the donated items for auction is a mixed media art piece by local artist Cynthia Jacobi entitled “Frida in the Ferns.” Made of clay on wood, acrylic stains, charcoal, and wax, this 16 x 16” piece highlights Frida Kahlo, a powerful woman deeply affected by domestic violence. It will hang at For ArtSake Gallery in Nye Beach until the night of LUNAFEST.
This unique film festival highlights women as leaders through award-winning short films filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor and range from animation to fictional drama. This year’s lineup includes Granny’s Got Game, a film about seven women in their seventies who play winning basketball, Flying Anne, about a young girl struggling with Tourette’s syndrome, and Date With Fate, a short exploration of blind dating in midlife.
Now in its thirteenth year, LUNAFEST is an annual fundraising film festival created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®. This year’s program will travel to over 150 cities and screen in front of 25,000 people. Each year, various organizations bring LUNAFESTs to their communities and raise funds for their local non-profits as well as LUNA’s main beneficiary, Breast Cancer Fund. LUNAFEST has thus far raised over $656,000 for Breast Cancer Fund and over $1,250,000 for other women’s non-profit organizations.