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ENCORE SCREENING.  Due to the severe weather conditions affecting our February screenings, CWC will offer one additional Lunafest screening at 7:00 pm March 2, at Highland Country Club, Ft. Thomas, KY. Seating is limited to 100; all tickets are $10, available only via CWC WebTix. Dinner is available before the film, call 859 441 8810 for a 6 pm reservation.

W H A T :

  • Ten short films, running time approx. 97 minutes.
  • Genre: Shorts - live action and animation; drama, comedy and documentary.
  • Discussion after the film.
  • The films are NR (not rated) but suitable for all audiences, high-school and older.

  • W H E N :

  • Tuesday, February 1, 7:00
  • Wednesday, February 2, 7:00
    Social Hour at 6:00 pm
    Film seating at 6:30 pm
    Films Start at 7:00 pm

    W H E R E :

  • Carnegie Arts Center
    1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011  
  • Easy Access, Free Parking

  • Maps & Directions:
    Printable PDF parking map
    Interactive directional map
    Printable map and written directions
    Cincy-Covington Bridge & Street Grid

    T I C K E T S :

  • Tickets are $10* in advance and $12* at the door.
  • Tickets for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID are $10*, available only at the door.

  •  * NOTE: Any ticket physically sold by the CARNEGIE incurs a $1.00 facility charge IN ADDITION to the face value of the ticket -- this applies to tix purchased in advance by phone or in person, and tix sold at the door.

    How to get Tickets

  • Click here for online tickets

    By phone:
  • The Carnegie, 859-491-2030, Tues-Fri 12pm-5pm
  • Tollfree, 1-877-548-3237, Mon-Fri 9am-7pm

    In person at these area locations
    (click each for map):

  • Clifton-Ludlow Ave. -
      Sitwell's Coffee House
      513 281 7487  324 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati 45220

  • Mt. Lookout Square -
      Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters
      513 871 8626  3181 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati 45208

  • Northside-Hamilton Ave -
      Shake It Music & Video
      513 591 0123  4156 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati 45223

  • Downtown Cincinnati -
      Coffee Emporium
      513 651 5483  110 E. Central Pkwy, Cincinnati 45202

  • Covington -
      The Carnegie
      859-491-2030  1028 Scott Blvd, Covington KY, 41011

    Tickets will also be on sale at the door, subject to availability.

    Discount coupon on the back is valid at the Coffee Emporium, Lookout Joe or Sitwell's Coffee House.

  • 859.781.8151, Mon-Sat 9a-6p, voicemail 24x7
  • Email, via "Contact" in the Main Menu

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    Post-Film Discussion Leaders

    Sara Mahle Drabik

    Educator and producer-director at Northern Kentucky University
    Sara Mahle Drabik

    CWC audiences are familiar with Sara, who has frequently led our post-film discussions. As producer-director for Norse Media and lecturer, Electronic Media & Broadcasting, Sara is currently teaching Media Literacy and leading special projects classes at Northern Kentucky University, where she her M.A. in Communication, with Honors.

    Sara brings extensive experience in teaching, production and media activism and her work focuses on documentary and community based projects that raise awareness of social issues and attempt to create positive social change.

    Previously, after spending a year developing educational programs in Thailand, Sara worked for several years as the Education Coordinator for Media Bridges, a non-profit media arts organization in Cincinnati. Through her work, Sara brought the tools of video making and media analysis to classrooms throughout the city of Cincinnati. And, as curator of local film and video exhibitions presented quarterly by Underneath Cincinnati, Sara worked with many Tri-State area media artists, nurturing Cincinnati's emerging video community.

    A filmmaker herself, she studied film and photography at Ithaca College where she received her BFA in Film, Photography and Visual Arts in 1999. Ms. Drabiks's works have screened at Cornell Cinema, the Olympia Film and Video Festival, the New England Experimental Film and Video Festival, as well as through community media programs across the country. In addition, she serves as the Chair for the Central States Regional Board for the Alliance for Community Media and is an active advocate for media reform issues on the local and national levels. Learn more about NKU Electronic Media & Broadcasting ...   NKU-EMB

    Martha Viehmann
    Martha Viehmann
    With a PhD from Yale and AB from Dartmouth and educational focus on Literature and Culture, American Studies and writing, Martha Viehmann has taught at the college level at NKU, Xavier, University of Colorado and University of Denver.

    Throughout her career she has helped students find their way in a variety of courses - English, American Studies, science and literature, history of the U.S. West. About a decade ago while at the University of Denver, she began to include films in her classes and so began to learn more about how movies make meaning.

    Her scholarly interests include Native American and First Nations literature, the intersection of Native people and popular culture (such as the 1893 Chicago World's Fair aka The World's Columbian Exposition). Martha is a film buff, watching mainstream movies with her two sons and husband, while exploring independent films on her own.

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    About the Carnegie

    The Otto M. Budig Theatre in the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center transports the audience to the ornate elegance of the early 1900s. Restored in 2006, improvements include comfortable seating with additional leg room, large movie screen and updated sound system. While the theatre holds 465 patrons we have limited the capacity to 350 seats on the main floor and center balcony -- to insure the best sight lines and audience experience.

    COME EARLY to socialize before selected screenings and enjoy your favorite spirits or non-alcoholic beverage. The Carnegie opens at 6:30 before evening screenings and the cash bar is in the adjacent Gallery/reception space. The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011(corner of Scott and Robbins, between 10th and 11th Streets). FREE PARKING on-site and in nearby lots -- click here for the Parking Map.

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    About LunaFest

    LUNAFEST is an annual traveling film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their community.

    LUNA created LUNAFEST to support women on a number of levels. Here is their mission:
  • To provide women filmmakers the opportunity to be seen and heard
  • To empower women by showcasing women's issues, stories and amazing moments
  • To support women's health and our partnership with the Breast Cancer Fund
  • To support local communities by providing non-profit groups a creative medium to raise funds for local organizations
  • To provide women with a forum to communicate, share, and inspire social change within their communities

    About The Breast Cancer Fund

    THE BREAST CANCER FUND is dedicated to eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer. Through public education, policy initiatives, outdoor challenges and other innovative campaigns, The Breast Cancer Fund mobilizes the public to secure the changes needed to stop this devastating epidemic. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Breast Cancer Fund,

    About The Farris Education Center

    Located at the Carnegie in Covington, the Eva G. Farris Education Center provides arts education to over 5,000 children annually, many of whom live at or below the poverty level. Staff of the center work with area schools and organizations to bring performances and creative experiences to local and under-privileged children who might not otherwise be exposed to the arts. Learn more about the Farris Education Center.

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    Lunafest 2010

    FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE year, Cincinnati World Cinema is pleased to present the Lunafest Short Films, sharing original perspectives of women from all walks of life. These are excellent short films about women, their families, relationships, careers and universal issues; made by women filmmakers, for women and the men who care about them.

    THE TEN LUNAFEST WINNERS, selected from hundreds of entries, bring us realistic characters representing myriad nationalities and ethnicities, created by a diverse array of accomplished filmmakers. In both live-action and animated format, these short dramas, comedies and documentaries will tug at your heartstrings, make you smile and make you think.

    Sara Newens A personal note from Top Spin filmmaker Sara Newens

    Hello Cincinnati area film fans!

    I'm so thrilled that Lunafest will be screening in a place that is close to my heart. Not too long ago, I spent four years in Oxford, Ohio pursuing a degree in Mass Communication and Film Studies at Miami University.

    LunaFest Film Roster

    The Translator
    Director Sonya Di Rienzo, Canada, 8 minutes

    A foreign film translator finds her story on a subway line.

    Toronto International Film Festival
    Calgary International Film Festival
    San Francisco International Film Festival
    Gimli Film Festival, Manitoba

    Sonya Di Rienzo is an emerging producer and director who has worked in the Canadian film/television industry for several years.

    Getting a Grip
    Directors Rosa Maria Ruvalcaba and Sarah Jun, USA, 5 minutes

    Fannie Barnes became the first woman cable car operator in San Francisco — at age 52.

    Women of Color Film Festival, Berkeley
    iCan Festival de Cine, San Fernando

    Discovering moviemaking at a early age, Rosa Maria Ruvalcaba (Director), has been making films since she was 15.

    A Korean American, Sarah Jun (Producer), was born in Buffalo, NY, but spent her formative years in Suva, Fiji.

    Director: Jen McGowan, USA, 11 minutes,

    Sometimes, the most important connection in your life happens with a total stranger.

    Best of the Fest, Palm Springs International ShortFest
    Best Short Film, San Diego Film Festival
    Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film, Florida Film Festival
    Best Short Drama, Breckenridge Festival of Film
    Best Short Film, Big Bear Lake International Film Festival
    Best Short Film, Noci Cortin Film Festival
    Outstanding Short, Atlantic City International Film & Music Festival

    Official Festival Selection:
    Cannes Emerging Filmmaker Showcase      Asiana Intl Short Film Festival      Boulder Intl Film Festival      DC Shorts, Washington, D.C.      Durban Intl Film Festival      Heart of Gold Intl Film Festival, Australia      Heartland Film Festival      Intl Film Festival of South Africa      Los Angeles Femme Film Festival      LunaFest      Method Fest      Newport Beach Intl Film Festival      Oldenburg Intl Film Festival      Palm Beach Intl Film Festival      Petaluma Film Festival      Red Rock Film Festival      Salento Intl Film Festival      Sedona Intl Film Festival      Spirit Film Festival, Tel Aviv      St. John's Intl Womens Film Festival      St. Louis Intl Film Festival      Starz Denver Film Festival      Temecula Valley Intl Film and Music Festival      Vancouver Intl Film Festival      Vancouver Women in Film Festival

    Jen McGowan, born in Washington DC and raised in Fairfax, VA, began her career as a filmmaker in 1997 when she received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. There, she trained as an actor at the Atlantic Theater Company where she studied with David Mamet, William H. Macy & Sam Shepard.

    Tightly Knit
    Director Jenni Nelson, USA, 5 minutes,

    In Tightly Knit a new generation of yarn bombers and social knitters discover that the ties that bind are sometimes made of wool. The film explores the knitting sub-culture via the story of three passionate and quirky characters obsessed with knitting. It defies the stereotype that knitting is just for grandmothers and introduces contemporary trends in a vibrant knitting community, such as "yarn bombing" — the process of producing public art and tagging urban objects with knit graffiti.

    Telegraph 21 - Best of Student Docs Runner-up 2010

    Los Angeles Film Festival
    SiCA Art + Invention Student Works Festival, Stanford University
    Cinema by the Bay, S.F. Film Society

    Jenni Nelson grew up in a small town in southern Idaho. After receiving her BA in Theatre Arts Studies for scenic design in 2003 at Brigham Young University, she revisited the idiosyncrasies of her own small town life while working as the Prop Master on Napoleon Dynamite.

    Top Spin
    Directors Sara Newens & Mina T. Son, USA, 2010, 12.5 minutes

    Ariel Hsing exudes a quiet confidence and intensity that rivals any young professional athlete working hard to become an Olympic champion. Top Spin goes beyond Ariel's personal dedication and reveals the family sacrifices that foster her talent as one of the best junior table tennis champions in the U.S. on works towards becoming one of the top players in the world.

    Best Short Documentary, San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2010
    Regional Finalist, Student Academy Awards, 2010
    CINE Golden Eagle Award, Student Division - Documentary, 2010

    Cinequest Film Festival      Mill Valley Film Festival      IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival       Big Sky Documentary Film Festival      Bend Film Festival      Starz Denver Film Festival

    Since receiving her B.S. in Mass Communication and Film Studies from Miami University of Ohio, Sara Newens has been involved in filmmaking and production for over a decade.

    Born and raised in Orange County, California, Mina T. Son is a Korean American documentary filmmaker.

    Thembi's Diary
    Director Jisoo Kim, Korea/USA, 6 minutes

    Nineteen-year-old Thembi records an audio diary of her struggle to live with AIDS.

    Readymade Film Festival -- CA

    Jisoo Kim was born in Korea in 1986. She graduated from Korean Animation High school and is currently an MFA student in California Institute of the Arts.

    Mother of Many       Birth, Babies and a Bafta
    Director Emma Lazenby, UK, 6 minutes

    The most dangerous journey sometimes needs a helping hand — a midwife — created to honor the work of the filmmaker's mother, who delivered over 3,000 babies in her 28-year career. The film is based around the rhythms of a baby inside the womb and the day-to-day routine of the midwife being calm and controlled – leading women through the most life-changing and challenging event of their lives. It was made using real recordings of childbirths and fetal heartbeats, combining painting on glass, hand drawn animation, Flash and After-Effects.

    Emma recollects, "It was my mum's retirement that got me thinking about what an amazing thing it is she has done as a lifetime's work - to be the first person thousands of people touch and see, and to help women (and their men) through such a ridiculously hard time continuously day after day - just seems crazy. Such a worthwhile job. It makes me think about what I do and consider a change in career!"

    Winner, Best Short Animated Film, BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts)
    Winner, Best Independent Animation, Animated Exeter UK

    Cannes Short Film Corner      Krakow Intl Film Festival      Melbourne Intl Film Festival      Edinburgh Intl Film Festival      National Film Board of Canada Online Competition      Bradford Animation Festival      Bristol Encounters Festival

    After graduating in 1998, Emma Lazenby moved up to the highlands to make a beautiful Gaelic series on 35mm film, based on Scottish legends. She lived there in a remote hut in the Trossachs (where she would row across the lake to visit the pub) for 3 months before moving to London.

    In London she animated for brilliant companies – (Nexus, Bermuda Shorts, Sherbert and Trunk) – on adverts, pop promos, and series, before becoming a designer for the Tiger Aspect series – Charlie and Lola. Escaping London in 2007, Emma moved to Bristol where she designs, animates and directs for the lovely and ever-award winning Arthur Cox.

    Director Lindsay Goodall, Scotland, 10 minutes

    Irene is a personal documentary about the filmmaker's 92 year old grandmother and the daughter who cares for her. While suffering from Alzheimer's and decreasing physical ability, Irene still retains her feisty, fiercely independent personality, often leading to laughter, tension and heartache.

    Best Documentary, Palm Springs International ShortFest
    Nominee, Best Short Film, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Scotland

    After pursuing Anthropology and Hispanic Studies at Glasgow University, Lindsay Goodall went on to complete a Masters in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester where she made her first documentary Obrigada.

    She has since worked on a number of short films, and is currently producing a documentary about an Italian film archivist, and working as Production Secretary on the feature film Valhalla Rising. Lindsay hopes to continue making engaging, personal documentaries.

    Miracle Lady
    Directors Moran Somer & Michal Abulafia, Israel, 10 minutes, in Hebrew and Spanish with English subtitles.

    An animated film tells the story of two elderly women and a forgotten miracle from long ago that changes their fates.

    Best Short, Haifa International Film Festival, Israel
    Bronze Phoenix, Jewish Motifs Film Festival, Poland
    Animation Award, Shanghi International Festival of Short Films
    The Israeli Animation Award, Jerusalem International Film Festival

    Haifa International Film Festival, Israel       Jewish Motifs Film Festival, Poland       Shanghi Intl Festival of Short Films       Jerusalem Intl Film Festival

    Moran Somer and Michal Abulafia met at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem. They specialized in stop motion animation and together they perfected their unique style, thematics and storytelling. Moran and Michal made a few short films, some of which screened in numerous festivals. Miracle Lady is their graduation film.

    Love on the Line
    Director Melissa Graziano, USA, 5 minutes

    Follow the dots and dashes to a time before the Internet, even before telephones, when star-crossed lovers had to curb their raging hormones using the quickest form of communication available: the telegraph.

    Dan McLaughlin Award for Best Animated Film, UCLA
    Best Visual Storytelling, ASIFA Student Animation Festival
    Golden Ace Award, Las Vegas International Film Festival
    Best Animation: Mixed Media, California International Animation Festival

    NextGen Film Fest       Bradford Animation Festival       ASIFA Student Animation Festival       Las Vegas Intl Film Festival       California Intl Animation Festival       Ottawa Intl Animation Festival

    Currently an MFA Animation student at UCLA, Melissa Graziano made Love on the Line while in her second year at the UCLA Animation Workshop, during which she won the coveted Dan McLaughlin Award for Best Animated Film for 2008.
    Bonus Film        Artwork, Hope and Beauty
    Director Marcelina Roblado,  Producer & Editor Jennifer Schultz,  Cincinnati, 7 minutes

    Artwork, Hope and Beauty is a short documentary created for the 2009 International Documentary Challenge. The film highlights the Murals program created by Artworks Cincinnati which was conceived to provide every neighborhood with relevant wall murals while helping participants develop their skills and realize that artwork is a valued, enriching and integral aspect of the community.

    Marcelina Roblado and Jennifer Schultz have been active in the Cincinnati film and video community for several years...

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