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Oct. 26, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

LUNAFEST offers women's films

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nine short, independent films directed by women will be presented as part of Slippery Rock University's annual "LUNAFEST" event Nov. 1

The 7 p.m. showing in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall, will also help support the Breast Cancer Fund.

"LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season's films are filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor. The show will travel to more than 150 cities and be screened to 20,000 people," said Jace Condravy, SRU professor of English and project organizer.

The program is hosted by the SRU Women's Studies Program and sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Program in the SRU English department.

Previous LUNAFEST films have won industry awards.

"This year's films are diverse in style and subject matter. They cover everything from quirky animation to touching documentaries," Condravy said.

This year's selections are:

"Blank Canvas," by Sarah Berkovich. Going through chemotherapy, a woman turns her baldness into a blank canvas for self-expression;

"Flawed," by Andrea Dorfman.An animated tale about accepting yourself, flaws and all;

"Lunch Date," by Sasha Collington. Getting dumped hurts, especially for a woman whose boyfriend sends his 14-year old brother to break the news;

"The Bathhouse," by Jisoo Kim. Escaping the streets of the modern city, a group of women are transformed by a bathouse paradise;

"When I Grow Up," by Sharon Arteaga. A mother and daughter sell tacos and dream of a better life;

"Chalk," by Martina Amata. A gymnast selected for an elite training camp makes new discoveries about bodies, boys and friendship;

"Georgena Terry," by Amanda Zackem. How the founder of Terry Bicycles revolutionized cycling with bike frames designed for women's bodies;

"Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home and Other Works," by Rebecca Dreyfus. A rare and soulful portrait of the ironically camera-shy Sylvia Plachy, a renowned contemporary photographer; and

"Whakatiki - A Spirit Rising," by Louise Leitch. A day at the river awakens the spirit of a women held captive by years of broken promises.

Since its 2000 inception, LUNAFEST has raised more than $556,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund and more than $1 million for women's organizations across the country.

LUNAFEST was created and funded by LUNA, the maker of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women. You can watch the 2012/13 trailer at:

General admission is $5; $3 for SRU students.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.