LUNAFEST, a unique fundraising film festival of eight thought provoking films, will be screened at the Canyon Theater Guild on September 13, 2019. Hosted by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, these films highlight women as leaders in society, illustrated by women filmmakers. The subjects range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.
A brief synopsis of four intriguing films that will be screened during the film festival is presented below:
1: What is life as a black girl in South Los Angeles (LA) like? War Paint – one of eight short films that will be presented – paints a stark picture about what life is like for young black girls in South LA. War Paint is a dramatic film which depicts the harsh reality of two girls trying to celebrate the 4th of July in the urban LA area. “The film projects a view into unjust racism and sexism, further worsened as the girls become branded by guilt by association. While most children can innocently follow their hearts, in this poignant short film, viewers see the consequences these girlfriends experience by not heeding their parents’ advice and thus end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A native of LA, Katrelle Kindred is an award-winning director, writer and producer having completed her graduate studies in Film Production at USC. She would like to continue creating honest stories that focus on global-social issues and people unheard.
2: Are you a good parent? Do you know how to talk to your children and be supportive of their choices? Do you know the right thing to say and do to make sure your kids know you love and accept them? The upcoming film Are We Good Parents? hilariously shows how one set of parents try their best to be understanding of their daughter. In today’s challenging social climate, the parents featured in this short firm are so anxious to accept their child’s choices that their behaviors become absolutely ridiculous. Join in the laughter and enjoy the film, Are We Good Parents? Creator, Bola Ogun, is first generation Nigerian-American and is currently based in Los Angeles. The film won top awards at AT&T’s SHAPE Event.
3: Flip The Record portrays a teen, Vanessa, who is sick of being artistically constrained in her conservative Filipino-American family. Vanessa is bored with her dull piano lessons. What she really dreams about is getting into the exciting beat of the San Francisco pulsing hip-hop scene of the 1980’s, like her brother and his friends. She has the vision and the desire to be a music disc jockey (DJ), like her brother. The creator, Marie Jamora, is an award-winning filmmaker from Manila, Philippines who began her career directing commercials for names such as Coca-Cola, Colgate and Gillette. The film asks, “How can she break into the Bay-area mobile DJ scene, with her brother blocking her from scratching vinyl records on his turntable?” Join us to find out Can she Flip The Record and find her groove?
4: Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday – created by Jackie Files, a 2018 California Institute of the Arts’ graduate and her senior film – features a young woman who finds her old diaries while moving out of her childhood bedroom and learns to make peace with herself! Nostalgic and reflective.
You are invited to experience these and other compelling short films at the upcoming 2019 LUNAFEST screening. LUNAFEST is a one-night only local event and is shown to audiences nationwide; the films spotlight cultural issues being faced by women in today’s society.
Established in 2000 by LUNA, makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and causes through film. A portion of the proceeds from these films help support Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. The remaining proceeds are used to support Zonta Club’s scholarships, grants, programs and projects that are designed to empower women and girls.
Join us on September 13, 2019 at Canyon Theater Guild, 24242 Main Street in Newhall and learn more about these four films and four other films that will be screened – a total of eight tantalizing films! Reception time 5:45pm VIP; 6:30pm general admission. 7:00 pm showing of eight LUNAFEST featured films. Purchase your tickets now. VIP $45 or general admission $25 available at www.scvzonta.org.