Next Lunafest coming in Sept 13, 2019.  LUNAFEST - Short Film Festival by, for, and about Women

 

Come join us for the 9th Annual LUNAFEST, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. benefiting SCV Zonta Club. This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through eight short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

Among the 8 short films to be shown at the event is “The Final Show”, starring Marion Ross of the famous Happy Days TV series. Who would you choose to spend eternity with, asks her hairdresser of 50 years, in this hilarious short film? Is it her husband, her ex-husband, or is it her high-school sweetheart.? Is it bachelor number 1, 2, or 3? Who will get the final rose from her, like in the scenes in the TV series The Bachelor? Who will Betty Schwartz choose to be her true companion for eternity? Discover who will be the choice for Betty Schwartz to spend eternity with! You will be surprised and amused, in this funny short Lunafest film!

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar, has raised more than $4 Million for nonprofit organizations across the US and Canada.

Since 2000, LUNAFEST has showcased the work of talented women directors from all over the world. Discover the ground-breaking women from prior seasons, along with the ones who are changing the industry with this year’s lineup. NOTE: Films featured in LUNAFEST are not rated but we suggest age 13+ for this season's lineup. Total program running time = 85 minutes.

This year we have VIP and General Admission tickets available. Everyone will receive popcorn and a goodie bag from our sponsors.

VIP will be given early access for wine and appetizers.  Also an opportunity drawing will be held to raise money for the club.

Please join us at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main Street, in downtown Newhall on Friday Sept 13 for a fun evening of films inspired, directed and produced by women.

Doors open at 5:45pm for VIP and 6pm for General Admission.

 

Video clips of 2019 films just released. 

Meet the Lunafest speakers

Stephanie Seldin Howard

STEPHANIE SELDIN HOWARD

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / WRITER

Stephanie believes empathy is the driving force behind storytelling, something she attributes to her 25-year career as a broadcast news producer. The Omaha, Nebraska native is the recipient of a Los Angeles Emmy Award coupled with two additional Los Angeles Emmy nominations. Stephanie has produced specials and documentaries for CNN, Fox News Channel, and Reuters as well as local coverage for KNBC-TV and KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. She was the co-producer of “Refusenik,” a documentary about the decades-long movement to free Jews held against their will by the Soviet Union.

In 2014 Stephanie was awarded the Roy W. Dean Grant from From the Heart Productions making her documentary The Weight of Honor possible. She is a member of the International Documentary Association, Film Fatales, and Film Independent.

Stephanie's film, THE WEIGHT OF HONOR is the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the lives of the caregivers and families of veterans who have been catastrophically wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The film's subjects are the spouses, parents and children who give a rare glimpse into their lives, as everyone grapples with finding a "new normal" after the devastating effects of war time injuries. Filmed over five years, in many states, this journey reveals the thoughts and struggles of the caregivers tasked with the 24/7 care of once able-bodied and self-assured sons and husbands, but are now dependent on others. The life of the caregiver is often unsung and hidden.

THE WEIGHT OF HONOR reveals disrupted lives, ongoing uncertainties and their courage and strength as they make a new home during the most calamitous time of their lives. Included are key interviews with veterans who are now serving in congress and experts who give their insight into the new reality of what it means for a wounded warrior to come home.

For more info go to: https://theweightofhonormovie.com/the-filmmakers.  Also on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/WeightOfHonorDocumentary/

Marguerite Happy

Stunt Woman

Raised in Salinas, California by Jim and Sally Martins with one brother Kearney, Marguerite married Clifford Happy in 1977 and moved to Newhall. After 42 years of marriage they are most proud of their two sons Sean, Ryan and daughter in law Erica. Her father-in-law, Don Happy, helped her become an extra in the motion picture business at age 18. While working on the film "1941" in 1979, stunt coordinator Terry Leonard converted her during a fight scene and her stunt career began. Credits include: "Little House on the Prairie", "How The West Was Won", "Thelma and Louise", "Men in Black II", "The Mask of Zorro", "Runaway Bride", "Charlie's Angels Full Throttle", "Pure Country", "Rodeo Girl", "Shadow Riders", “Bonanza: The Return”, "Triumphs of a Man Called Horse III”, and "Bad Girls", to name a few.

Marguerite is a loyal Gold Card member of the oldest woman’s sports organizations in the country, The Women's Professional Rodeo Association.  She was voted on by her peers to serve two terms as WPRA California Circuit Director , and now serves as a WPRA California Circuit  Spokeswoman and enjoys competing in the Barrel Race and Team Roping.

She rides limited outside horses and gives horsemanship and rodeo event lessons to all ages.  Her goal is to teach others to believe in themselves and their equine partner using the power of positive thoughts, riding with confidence and authority.

She was inducted into the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame in 2011 among the majority of stunt men and was humbled to become the second stunt woman ever to be recognized by The Reel Cowboys with a Silver Spur Award for her contribution to Western Film and Television.

She has enjoyed serving as The Master of Ceremony for The Miss California Rodeo personality and appearance contest for numerous years and was proud when The Happy Family was inducted into the California Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2011.

She has had much gratification when invited to assist on “Stunt Panels” in Oklahoma City, The Lone Pine Film Festival, the Memphis Film Festival, sharing behind the scene happenings and insight on safely filming action scenes.  She can be found in Books; including “Stuntwomen The Untold Hollywood Story” by Mollie Gregory and most recently “Hollywood her story An Illustrated History Of Women And The Movies” by Jill S. Tietjen, P.E. and Barbara Bridges.

Although “retired” she continues to work in the picture business when the phone rings; as it is always a pleasure to work with her peers.

To view her stunt reel click here

General Admission tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Please enter the names of all attendees in the space provided.  You will be directed to PayPal where you enter the number of tickets you wish to purchase.

Also, please indicate if you need handicapped seating.  Space is limited.

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VIP Admission $45 in advance, $50 at the door

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lunafestAfter seventeen years of supporting the Breast Cancer Fund, LUNAFEST has made a strategic change in 2018. To build on their commitment to women filmmakers, they’ve partnered with Chicken & Egg Pictures. Chicken & Egg Pictures shares the core values of celebrating and championing women storytellers. The nonprofit organization provides mentorship and critical financial support to female nonfiction filmmakers. Not only have the films gained recognition, they have made an impact on social and economic issues. Together, LUNAFEST and Chicken & Egg Pictures are creating a strong community for women in the film industry.

LUNAFEST by the Numbers

  • $4.1M raised by LUNAFEST
  • 145 featured filmmakers
  • 1,646 screenings hosted
  • 100% donated to charity

 

Notice regarding the opportunity drawing: Should you wish to enter this drawing without making a donation, you must send in a post card requesting a raffle ticket to the following address: 23742 Lyons Ave. No. 220117, Santa Clarita, CA 91322.

 

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