It’s a WRAP! Lunafest 2022
The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita hosted its 11th annual Lunafest to showcase women in the film industry on Thursday, Oct 6 2022 at the Canyon Theatre Guild.
One hundred twenty LUNAFEST enthusiasts enjoyed a beautiful evening as they sat outside on the patio and came together to share wine, enjoy great hors' d oeuvres donated by Distinctive Catering, to see old friends and meet new friends during the reception on the patio prior to the showing of eight short films made by women about women. During intermission the guests enjoyed wonderful cupcakes donated by Martha Aguilera (Home Girl Cali Associates) and wine while discussing the four films just seen. Four more interesting and entertaining films were viewed before conclusion of the evening!
Lunafest is a collaborative effort between Zonta, Luna and Chicken & Egg Pictures to celebrate women in film. Each film shown was produced by women, covering women’s issues.
Since its founding in 2001 as the world’s first all-women traveling film festival, Lunafest has celebrated the work of more than 170 women filmmakers and raised more than $6.5 million for women’s causes.
Each artist beautifully depicts important aspects of modern life at a time when we’re all a little fragile- but eager to treat ourselves to the healing power of art. The goal is to provide a snapshot of life in the 2020s - to make us laugh or make us think – or both! It is a time we will someday look back on as transformative.
The eight short films include “How to Be at Home” - an animated poem about coping with isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic; “Close Ties to Home Country” - an immigrant dog walker finds connection in the heart of the wealthy pets she cares for; “Generation Impact: The Coder” – a 13 year-old girl designs and builds a mobile app to help kids stay connected to their incarcerated parent by sending photos and letters; “Proof of Loss” – when a fire takes their home, a father and daughter must find a way to salvage what remains: each other! “When You Clean a Stranger’s Home” – a first-generation high school student describes what she and her mom learn about people when cleaning their homes; ”Between the Lines: Liz at Large” – Frustrated with the lack of character diversity in The New Yorker’s cartoons, an artist submits her own illustrations, becoming the first Black woman cartoonist in the magazine’s near-century run; “Wearable Tracy” – A Bronx woman’s accidental social experience connects her with fellow New Yorkers who might otherwise forever remain strangers; and “To The Future, With Love” – An animated self-portrait of a nonbinary trans teen caught between the expectations of his Guatemalan immigrant family and his dreams of living happily ever with his long-distance boyfriend. Films are appropriate for ages 13+.
LUNAFEST®, established in 2000 by LUNA, makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, 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 community service programs and projects.
We would like to extend our gratitude to all of the volunteers who helped make the evening special, and to the event sponsors: Ivy Pierson Wealth Management, Tracy Hauser Team, Barbara Cochran, Canyon Theatre Guild, Distinctive Catering, and Martha Aguilera/Home Girl Cali Associates. We would also like to thank our media sponsors: SCVTV, KHTS, Santa Clarita Magazine, and The Signal SCV.