Women’s Wilderness Hosts Lunafest 2016
Women’s Wilderness is currently the only host for Lunafest 2016 in Colorado. Come check out these amazing adventure films by, for, and about women!
There will be two showings in the Boulder/Denver area:
DENVER, Tuesday October 25th, 7 pm
SIE Film Center, 1510 York Street
Buy Tickets HERE
BOULDER, Tuesday November 1st, 7 pm
Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
1000 Canyon Blvd
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So, What is Lunafest 2016 Anyway?
LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival created by LUNA (of Luna Bars) that’s been running for over 15 years! Just like Women’s Wilderness, LUNAFEST seeks to connect women, their stories, and their causes.
Tickets are just $20 and 100% of the proceeds from this year’s festival will go to charity — some of that money will help support us in giving scholarships to girls in need, and some will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund, dedicated to eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer.
This year, the 9 films selected (running about 90 minutes total) will feature exceptional storytelling written, directed, and produced by women. The content is not rated, but it’s generally recommended that viewers should be high school age or older.
Why do we NEED a women’s film festival?
Have you ever been to an amazing night of adventure films like Reel Rock or the Banff Film Festival and wondered: where are all the women?! Did you know that over the past few years, only 7% of popular films were directed by women? The film industry also has a pretty long and sordid history of objectifying, devaluing, and failing to tell the stories important to women.
There are so many hardcore ladies out there crushing in the adventure scene right now: climbers, skiers, kayakers, you name it! But there just aren’t that many films being made that are either crafted by women writers, directors, and producers, or that feature women as adventurers. Big-name festivals like the Banff Mountain Film Festival have faced a lot of questions about why there are so few women involved.
An article from The Clymb points out that the Banff Film Festival in particular has made efforts to change the gender balance (this year’s festival will feature a film about the legendary climbers Lynn Hill and Catherine Destivelle), but the women are still largely missing from the world of film. LUNAFEST aims to help change that situation by offering an opportunity for amazing women to showcase their skills in front of AND behind the camera.
Plus, these films look AMAZING!
“Free to Laugh,” from Lara Everly, is a documentary exploring the power of comedy after prison.
Veena Rao’s “The Honeys and the Bears,” showcases a senior-citizens-only synchronized swim team that discovers the freedom of the water.
And “Niñera” by Diane Weipert tells the story of nannies who face the bitter irony of being forced to leave their own children, while earning an income by raising the children of others.