Tucson Lunafest 2018


Presented by WOSAC and the University of Arizona Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.

 Advance tickets can be purchased HERE, or by calling WOSAC at (520) 621-5656. Advance tickets are NOT available at The Loft Cinema.

Featuring an exciting raffle for fabulous prizes, including jewelry, gift certificates to fine dining and services, and the traditional, handmade, annual Lunafest quilt! Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. All proceeds from Tucson Lunafest 2018 admissions and raffle ticket sales will benefit WOSAC and Chicken & Egg Pictures, which supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

Tucson Lunafest also features an opportunity for local filmmakers to have their films shown as a kickoff to Lunafest. For information on entering the local film contest, please visit the WOSAC website: https://gws.arizona.edu/node/659

Get ready for an entertaining and enlightening evening of short films made by, for and about women! Founded in 2000, Lunafest is a traveling film festival celebrating, showcasing and championing women in film. This year’s program of NINE brand-new and amazing short films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, Lunafest is united by a common thread of exceptional and inspiring storytelling – by, for and about women. Lunafest is making a mark in the industry by creating a platform for women’s untold stories and working to increase opportunities for women filmmakers.

This year’s films:

Buttercup – Maggie needs her best friend today more than ever, but never expected she’d actually show up. (Dir. by Megan Brotherton, 2017, USA, 13 mins., Not Rated)

 Girls Level Up – A young Pakistani woman who grew up in a conservative Muslim neighborhood in the Middle East helps middle school girls in Silicon Valley realize their dream of designing their own video game. (Dir. by Anne Edgar, 2016, USA, 10 mins., Not Rated)

Toys – In 1930s farm country, a father wants a son, but he gets a little girl. He tries to toughen her up by giving her toys intended for boys. His efforts backfire when she proves a little too capable for comfort. (Dir. by Amanda Quaid, 2016, USA, 3 mins., Not Rated)

Fanny Pack– A comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams and a fanny pack-clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his. (Dir. by Uttera Singh, 2014, USA, 11 mins., Not Rated)

Joy Joy Nails – Ten years after breaking all ties with her father, a daughter sets out to find his grave – and redemption. (Dir. by Joey Ally, 2017, in English/Korean/Mandarin with English subtitles, 18 mins., Not Rated)

Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber – A tribute to the highest-paid silent film director at Universal Studios in 1916. (Dir. by Svetlana Cvetko, 2015, USA, 6 mins., Not Rated)

Jesszilla– Jesselyn “Jesszilla” Silva is serious about boxing, and at 10 years old trains seriously with dreams of becoming a professional fighter. Her father, Pedro, finds himself caught in between supporting her dream and worrying about her future as she tries to master a combat sport. (Dir. by Emily Sheskin, 2015, USA, 8 mins., Not Rated)

Waiting for Hassana – In 2014, the extremist organization, Boko Haram, kidnapped 276 teenage girls from a town in northeastern Nigeria. WAITING FOR HASSANA is a harrowing first-person account of one girl’s escape from captivity and a heart-wrenching lament for her closest friend Hassana, one of the many girls still unaccounted for… (Dir. by Ifunanya Maduka, 2017, Nigeria, in Hausa with English subtitles, 10 mins., Not Rated)

Last Summer, in the Garden This animated short recounts one woman’s journey through a joyful, fearful time of death and rebirth. (Dir. by Bekky O’Neil, 2016, USA, 5 mins., Not Rated)

(Approximate program running time: 90 mins.)