Wilmette Theatre Hosts LUNAFEST, April 15th, 2016

Wilmette Theatre Partners With Women In Film Chicago to Host LUNAFEST’s 15th Annual National Touring Fundraising Short Film Festival With Special Presentation by Local Chicago Filmmaker

LUNAFEST®: Short Films By, For, About Women® to Benefit Breast Cancer Fund

February 22, 2016 (Wilmette, IL),  - On April 15th, the Wilmette Theatre, in partnership with Women in Film Chicago, 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 LUNAFEST screening will begin at 7:00pm, followed by a special screening of “Lobster fra Diavolo,” a short film made by Chicago’s own Oriana Oppice.  This film premiered at Cannes Film Festival. At the conclusion of the screenings, there will be a panel discussion with Oppice and other local women film makers.  Tickets are $25 and the proceeds will support the continuation of special programs at the not for profit Wilmette Theatre and the Breast Cancer Fund, LUNAFEST’s founding partner. Tickets are available online: www.wilmettetheatre.com and at the box office: 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. 

“We are hosting this program to showcase women filmmakers, raise money for breast cancer research and support our ability to provide enriching programming at the Wilmette Theatre.  We hope you will join us to celebrate the accomplishments of these talented women and support the missions of our organizations” said Wendy Sharon, Executive Director, Wilmette Theatre.

This season’s program of six LUNAFEST 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.

Immediately following the screening of LUNAFEST, there will be a brief introduction and special presentation by local Chicago filmmaker Oriana Oppice featuring her film, Lobster fra Diavolo. The film pits 80-yr-old Nonna against a lobster. It’s the holidays and Nonna plans to serve the lobster as part of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Angela, Nonna’s granddaughter, is vegan and doesn’t approve of Nonna’s plans. For that matter, neither does the lobster…

LUNAFEST is a touring film festival that honors the talents and stories of women throughout the world through a series of short films. This 90-minute program of films by, for and about women is shown in an average of 175 venues throughout the U.S. and Canada between October and June.  LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by LUNA to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues, and assist fundraising for local nonprofit organizations. The net proceeds from LUNAFEST at the Wilmette Theatre will be donated to support programming at the Wilmette Theatre and Breast Cancer Fund. For more information on LUNAFEST and the Breast Cancer Fund, please visit: www.lunafest.org.  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.

About The Wilmette Theatre: The not-for-profit Wilmette Theater is the premiere multi-arts and performance center anchoring the downtown Wilmette business district by providing vibrant entertainment, education and enrichment for the community.  1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL, 60091.  www.wilmettetheater.com | 847-251-7424.  Community sponsor: North Shore Community Bank; Media sponsor:  Make it Better