Wilmette Theatre Will Host Fundraising Film Fest, LUNAFEST, April 15th, 2016

On April 15th, the Wilmette Theatre will host LUNAFEST®, a traveling short film fundraising festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. The six-featured films include stories of reflection, hope and humor from around the world. The screening will be followed by an audience discussion facilitated by local film professionals. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund, LUNAFEST’s founding partner. To purchase tickets, please visit: www.wilmettetheatre.com

“We are thrilled to bring this very important film festival to Wilmette,” said Wendy Sharon, Executive Director, Wilmette Theatre. “I am a firm believer in women supporting women.  We want to showcase women filmmakers, raise money for breast cancer research and further our commitment of providing enriching theatre programming that evokes conversation.”

This season’s program of six selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community.

RAISING RYLAND is a film about a unique journey inside the transgender experience as lived by a six year old boy and his two loving parents. Another film, FINDING JUNE is inspired in part by the stories of some incredible Deaf women in Missouri, this narrative short fiction film follows a young woman named June. BEACH FLAGS tells the tale of a young Iranian lifeguard, determined to participate in an international competition in Australia, experiences an unexpected obstacle when a new team member arrives. For a more light-hearted topic, BALSA WOOD shares a slice of life about two mixed race siblings visiting their extended Filipino family for lunch. BOXEADORA tells the story about how one woman defies Fidel Castro's ban on female boxing to follow her dream of Olympic glory and become Cuba's first female boxer. A tired housewife loses her car in a shopping mall, but sometimes problems can open a door to a whole new world, in FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.

Incredibly diverse in style and content, the films are united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling - by, for and about women. LUNAFEST will visit over 175 cities throughout the 2015/2016 season (October - June) and screen in front of 25,000 people.

A portion of the theatre’s LUNAFEST will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®, raised over $857,000 for Breast Cancer Fund and over $2,100,000 for other women’s non-profit organizations.