– The University of Texas at Arlington’s Women’s
and Gender Studies program will be host of next month's LUNAFEST, a national touring film festival dedicated to raising
awareness of women’s issues and highlighting women filmmakers.
festival, sponsored by LUNA nutrition bars, features 9 short films and opens at
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Maverick Activities Center’s Lone Star
Auditorium, 500 W. Nedderman Drive. Tickets are $5 per student with UT Arlington identification, and may be purchased online at www.lunafest.org/arlington. Tickets are $10 for everyone at the door.
benefit the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund and the UT Arlington Women’s and
Gender Studies Program.
year’s films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as
women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking
Patty Newton, UT Arlington graduate student and filmmaker, on the set of "PURSUIT."
the LUNAFEST films conclude, Patty Newton, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in film
and video in the UT Arlington Department of Art and Art History, will preview her
own short film, “PURSUIT.” Newton wrote and directed the light-hearted romantic
comedy that poses the question “What if I never try?”
UT Arlington’s Women’s and Gender Studies program supports artistic endeavors by
women such as LUNAFEST as a way of engaging students, said Desiree Henderson,
interim director of UT Arlington’s Women’s and Gender Studies program.
to show students that women are relevant in all areas — including film,” Henderson
touring film fest runs through April and stops in nearly 30 locations
films scheduled for Nov. 11 at UT Arlington are:
- Every Mother
Counts: Obstetric Fistula, by Christy
Turlington Burns. The film provides a look at one of the most common and
painful injuries women suffer during childbirth.
- I am a Girl!, by Susan Koenen. Joppe has always known that he’s a
girl – and won’t let a little biology get in the way.
- Life Model, by Lori Petchers. A look inside the world of an aging
nude figure model and the beautiful artwork she inspires.
Bride, A, by Shideh Faramand. Stuck
at her younger sister’s engagement party, an unmarried Persian woman dodges and
weaves suitors and romantic setups like a pro.
- Worst Enemy by Lake Bell. Is our heroine way too neurotic to be a
- How To Be
Alone by Andrea Dorfman. A poem and
“how-to” manual about being alone.
Razorbacks by Laura Green. When a
group of Pacific Islander women start a rugby team in East Palo Alto, the field
becomes a sanctuary.
Connections by Mary Robertson. On
Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” forum, those who regret their timidity make
appeals to the Ones Who Got Away.
- The Wind is
Blowing on My Street by Saba Riazi.
An accident that leaves a young girl on the street in Tehran without a
headscarf leads to an unlikely connection.
This will mark the first time that the touring film festival has stopped in North Texas. So
far, LUNAFEST has raised more than $456,000 for Breast Cancer Fund and more
than $785,000 for other women’s non-profit organizations.
said the evening will include a short intermission during which attendees will
be able to purchase concessions, t-shirts and other items.
trailers and more about the film festival, please visit www.lunafest.org/the-films.
campus map and parking information is available at www.uta.edu/maps/map?id=MAC.
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