Friday, April 20, 2012 - by Lacey McClain
LUNA, the company that created the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, is working in cities nationwide to help bring women together for a cause: the fight against breast cancer. LUNAFEST, the traveling film festival by, for, and about women that they founded in 2000, is the very special way they’re doing it. What began as a single event in a single city now reaches coast to coast to educated and motivate men and women everywhere.
The nine selected films selected for this year’s festival focus on women’s issues—health, motherhood, body image, aging, and cultural diversity. Ranging from animation to fictional drama, LUNAFEST highlights women as leaders in society.
With 150 screenings each season, LUNAFEST enables its local promoter/host to raise money for local non-profit organizations: 85 percent of the proceeds go to a local women’s charity chosen by the local promoter; 15 percent is donated to the Breast Cancer Fund. Since the festival began, LUNAFEST has raised more than $456,000 for breast cancer and over $785,000 for other non-profit organizations.
The Brooklyn Arts Center and LUNAFEST are partnering up this spring to raise funds for a local woman’s health advocacy group—Women in the Center. This event depicts the issues women struggle with while raising money to combat these same issues. The festival brings together women, film, and funds for the greater good of the community. Needless to say, this is a special event not to be missed.
Wilmington’s LUNAFEST will take place on Friday, April 20, 2012 at the BAC. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the films will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 the day of the event and can be purchased at LUNAFEST.org or at brooklynartsnc.com.