On May 23rd, Momasphere hosted the only 2010 LUNAFEST™ film festival in New York to a packed crowd of mostly women, though for a change of pace, not exclusively moms. Showcasing ten short films by, for and about women, this year’s LUNAFEST™ www.lunafest.org was held at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), a performing arts space whose numerous studios and theatre are a welcome haven to the Brooklyn arts community. Now in its ninth year, Lunafest is the only fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. The award-winning films this year ranged from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, sexuality, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers: http://www.lunafest.org/the-films.cfm. Our guests laughed together watching films like Plastic, in which a young woman literally redefines herself moments before a first date, as her body miraculously becomes a sculptural work in progress, and also cried together during Anjali, a poignant examination of how a father’s betrayal can devastate a family. After the screening, guests had the rare opportunity to engage in a personal talk-back with Ela Thier, the director of A Summer Rain , a moving depiction of a young Israeli girl’s struggles with her transition to American life. Read Momasphere’s interview with writer/director/producer Ela Thier.
After an intimate conversation with Ms. Thier, in which she share insights into how to survive as a female filmmaker, guests schmoozed, sipped, snacked and were pampered at a reception featuring local businesses including the delicious Yona’s Gourmet Delights, Phinizy and Phebe’s unique ice cream, Shustir, the online marketplace for small businesses, Flip Maja’s custom made yoga and pilates bags, beautiful handcrafted silver jewelry by Lisa Medoff Designs, mini massages care of Jessice, Lena and ? and free makeovers, delicately applied by the Skin Specialty Group.
All proceeds from Momasphere’s LUNAFEST went to benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and the BAX Women’s Artist in Residence program. Attendees walked away with eco-friendly tote bags, chock-full of great products courtesy of LUNA bars, Rahua Haircare Products, Sambazon Acai Berry Mineral Drink, Babeland, Brooklyn Flavors Natural Skin Care, Nine Cakes Cupcakes, Q'Bel Bars, and Bust Magazine. Lucky raffle winners took home some awesome prizes!
Although this was Momasphere’s first Lunafest, we are inspired to get a leg up on planning next year’s Lunafest! If you have any recommendations, or to sign up as a 2011 Lunafest sponsor, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org