LUNAFEST shines a spotlight on women in film
March is Women's History Month, so celebrate all things female by celebrating eight short films spread across the genres of comedy, drama, animation and more.
LUNAFEST, a women's film festival, is coming to Milwaukee on Tuesday, March 19. Held on Marquette University's campus, it is open to any Milwaukee community member and showcases films directed, written and produced by women from across the world.
This is the first time LUNAFEST will happen in Milwaukee and it's only going to be shown twice – 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. – in the Todd Wehr Chemistry Building's first floor auditorium, 1414 W. Clybourn St. Tickets are $15 for early bird tickets, $20 for general admission and free for Marquette students.
Marquette University Women's Innovation Network is hosting this event, with funds raised benefiting Soroptimist International of Milwaukee's two Dream Programs: "Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women" and "Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls."
Aundrea Price, who helped bring LUNAFEST to Milwaukee, is a film fest fanatic. She went to Sundance Film Fest as an attendee four years ago and loved independent film festivals ever since. She heard of LUNAFEST being hosted in other cities such as Chicago, Madison and elsewhere around the country, but couldn't find any in Milwaukee.
"The fact that so many of people at Marquette are interested in aligning themselves with social justice, I feel like the arts and film goes a long way to help to unite us in a common cause," Price said.
Price is a part of Soroptimists International, and she said she hopes word gets out about this professional organization, specifically to younger women.
Price said she wants to see women of all ages attend the festival, from high schoolers to retired women professionals. She said she hopes people from the Milwaukee area will enjoy this film festival together and show support for women filmmakers. But, of course, men are also invited.
Price said her favorite short film for this event is called "The Final Show," which is a romantic comedy. Her husband has also seen the films, and his favorite is a comedy short called "Are We Good Parents?"
Price said she hopes this event will be the first of many LUNAFEST events.
"We really see that this could be the kind of event that people would talk about afterwards and would spark some creativity and imagination," she noted.
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