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ISU Anderson Center features LUNAFEST 2012 in Pocatello, Idaho Falls; a festival of nine short films by, for and about women

Posted February 23, 2012

The Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center is will screen LUNAFEST 2012, a festival of nine short films by, for and about women, on March 8 in Pocatello and March 20 in Idaho Falls.

The Pocatello screening will be held at 7 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite. For additional information on the Pocatello screening, call 282-2805.

The Idaho Falls screening will be held at noon in the Multipurpose Room of the Bennion Student Union at University Place. For additional information on the Idaho Falls screening, call 282-7866.

Each year, LUNAFEST and its board of advisors receive almost 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 nine short films selected for this year, a combination of live action, animation and documentary, are as follows:

"Every Mother Counts: Obstetric Fistula" – A look at one of the most common and painful injuries women suffer during childbirth.

"I am a Girl!" – Joppe has always known that he’s a girl and won’t let a little biology get in the way.

"Life Model" – A look inside the world of an aging nude figure model and the beautiful artwork she inspires.

• "Reluctant Bride, A" – Stuck at her younger sister’s engagement party, an unmarried Persian woman dodges and weaves suitors and romantic setups like a pro.

"Worst Enemy" – Is our heroine way too neurotic to be a “normal” girl?

"How To Be Alone" – A poem and “how-to” manual about being alone.

"Lady Razorbacks" – When a group of Pacific Islander women start a rugby team in East Palo Alto, the field becomes a sanctuary.

"Missed Connections" – 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" – An accident that leaves a young girl on the street in Teheran without a headscarf leads to an unlikely connection.

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 United States 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.