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‘LUNAFEST: 10 Short Films By, For and About Women’ set March 10 at Idaho State University

Posted March 3, 2011

The Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center is pleased to announce a free screening of "LUNAFEST: 10 Short Films By, For and About Women" March 10 in Pocatello and March 15 in Idaho Falls.

• In Pocatello, LUNAFEST will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the ISU Rendezvous Complex Suites A, B and C. For more information on the Pocatello screening, phone 282-2805.

• In Idaho Falls, LUNAFEST will be shown at noon Tuesday, March 15, at the University Place Bennion Student Union Multipurpose Room. For more information on the Idaho Falls screening, phone 282-7866.

These films come from throughout the United States and from around the world.

Each year, LUNAFEST and its board of advisors receive nearly 600 film submissions from women filmmakers around the world — from amateur producers and film students, to aspiring indie stars and accomplished filmmakers. Each film is viewed and evaluated individually on its unique ability to capture the "by…for…about women" mission.  The 10 short films selected for this year, a combination of live action, animation and documentary pieces, are as follows:

• "The Translator" – A foreign film translator finds her story on a subway line.

• "Getting a Grip" – Meet Fannie Barnes who became the first woman cable car operator in January 1998 – at age 52.

• "Touch" – Two women make an unusual connection while waiting for a train.

• "Tightly Knit" - A new generation of yarn bombers and social knitters discover that the ties that bind are sometimes made of wool.

• "Top Spin" - With hard work and family sacrifice, a young table tennis champion works towards becoming one of the top players in the world.

• "Thembi’s Diary" – 19-year-old Thembi records an audio diary of her struggle to live with AIDS.

• "Mother of Many" – The most dangerous journey sometimes needs a helping hand — a midwife.

• "Irene" – 92-year-old Irene suffers from Alzheimer's, but struggles to keep her independence.

• "Miracle Lady" – A tale of two old women who spend their days waiting.

• "Love on the Line" – Follow the dots and dashes when star-crossed lovers curbed their raging hormones via the quickest form of communication available: the telegraph.

LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women's issues, and support worthy women's nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Fund. Additional information about LUNAFEST is available at www.lunafest.org.

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The Anderson Center at Idaho State University serves as the focal point on campus for the consideration of gender issues. In our efforts, we are especially guided by the ideal of diversity, which allows us to envision a future free of the limitations imposed by our culture's standard definitions of gender and other categories of difference.