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. (-from Lunafest website)
Oct 4th, I took an early flight to flight from NYC to SF. Since I only had 24 hours in SF, my schedule was packed with the festival and visiting my friends. Since most of my close girlfriends from high school moved to SF, it was the perfect place to have a mini-reunion.
Starting at 5pm, at the Herbst Theater in front of the city hall, we had a rehearsal, photographing session, reception, and meeting everybody who organized the festival. Most animation festivals I attended before felt like gatherings for animators, but this film festival was different. Many Clifbar workers, The Breast Cancer Fund organizers, local people and MANY WOMEN! In the lobby there was an activity and posters for the awareness of breast cancer. Healthy eating, cosmetic, cleansing products. Are we all aware of what we are using in our daily lives? What a wonderful event to support women and have an opportunity to discuss the choices we have.
Sophie Ohara was another director who was invited to the festival. She made a sweet and touching film called “pockets.” We shared nervousness before the Q&A sessions on the stage. (picture1: Ru, Sophie, Leslie, my high school buddy) “There’s a reason why I’m an animator. I like to stay in my studio and not leave.” was the line I used the most that night. Although I was so nervous I don’t really remember what I spoke on the stage, I am glad I got to share my thoughts and film at such a wonderful event. Plus, Diane Dwyer, a newscaster from NBC was interviewing us so things went a lot smoother than just myself talking for 3 min.
Thank you for coming to the premier of lunafest, Leslie, Jesse, Tara, and Mai.
Thank you so much Brooke and Cait for having me at the festival.