ESSENTIAL EVENT INFO
W H A T :
LUNAFEST FILM FESTIVAL
Nine Lunafest short films and one bonus film, total running time 109 minutes.
Genre: Shorts - drama, comedy and documentary.
The films are NR (not rated) but suitable for all audiences, high-school and older.
W H E N :
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 4:00 pm
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 7:00 pm
Social Hour one hour before each screening
Dinner-by-the-plate offered by the Europa Bistro & Café on Tuesday only, beginning at 6:00 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 :
For this engagement, advance tickets are NOT available at the Carnegie, Sitwell's, Coffee Emporium or Lookout Joe's -- they are available only online and by calling 859 957 3456. Tickets will be available at the door at the Carnegie.
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
Cincinnati World Cinema,
859-957-3456, Mon-Sat 9a-7p
NOTE: For this engagement, advance tickets are NOT available at the Carnegie, Sitwell's, Coffee Emporium or Lookout Joe's.
Melissa Godoy, Crystal Kendrick & Meera Rastogi
Melissa Godoy ~ Sunday
Melissa Godoy is an award-winning director and producer of television and independent film. Over her 26-year career, her programs have been seen on PBS stations nationwide, and locally at major arts, business, and educational venues.
Melissa served as Line Producer for the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary short, The Last Truck by Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert (HBO) about the closing of a General Motors plant in Moraine, Ohio; and for the national Prime Time Emmy Award-winning documentary about children with cancer, A Lion in the House also by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (Independent Lens / PBS).
As a director Melissa created the documentary feature Do Not Go Gently, narrated by Walter Cronkite, about creative aging. The world premiere of Do Not Go Gently was hosted by Cincinnati World Cinema and the film went on to earn the 2008 National Electronic Media Award from the American Society on Aging, a Gold Medal in Humanities at the New York Festivals, and the Motivational/Inspirational Award of Excellence from Accolade.
She has two Regional Emmys – one for Classical Quest, a half-hour public television documentary featuring the Starling Chamber Orchestra. The other is for a cool motorcycle spot for the American Red Cross. Godoy was a field producer and cinematographer for Election Day, by Katy Chevigny, which aired on the national PBS series, POV, in July 2008 and screened at national and international festivals.
Crystal Kendrick ~ Sunday & Tuesday
With a BBA in Marketing from Temple and an MBA from NKU, Crystal Kendrick has accumulated 25 years marketing experience with niche targets — underserved, international and hard-to-reach populations. Building on management experience with major corporations such as Fifth Third Bank and General Cable, she has realized the American Dream – owning and operating her own business.
Her marketing firm, The Voice of Your Customer, assists clients in using focus groups, assessments and research to reach niche markets. Her firm was named Small Agency of the Year by Public Relations Society of America, Cincinnati Chapter; recognized by the Small Business Administration for excellence, and by the Cincincinnati Chamber of Commerce.
Crystal finds time to give back — participating in the Mayor's Summer Employment Program, and worked as a community partner with Cincinnati Public Schools. In addition, she serves on the board of ArtsWave and the Northern Kentucky University Alumni Council.
Meera Rastogi ~ Tuesday
Meera Rastogi is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, Clermont College. In addition to teaching, she conducts community-based research in the rural areas surrounding Clermont College.
She received tenure from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin in 2006 where she was an Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of the Center for Multicultural Education and Ethnic Studies Program, and the Clinical Counseling Coordinator. At Edgewood, she received the 2006 Faculty Advisor of the Year Award.
She earned her MA and Ph.D. from Ohio State University's Counseling Psychology Program in 1996 and 2001, respectively. Her BA was in Pschology and Art History, also from Ohio State.
Dr. Rastogi's specialties include psychopathology, multicultural psychology, art and psychology, and emerging adulthood issues. In addition to teaching and advising, Meera hopes to open a small practice that will focus on young adults.
So, waddiya gonna do when...
Your very hip boyfriend wants to
meet your decidedly square parents?
Your true love makes a lunch date, then sends his
14-year-old brother to tell you he's dumping you?
You're looking for a cool way to decorate
your head after chemo claims your hair?
You're overweight, depressed and your
husband is distracted by a younger woman?
You're thinking about a nose job and
your boyfriend is a plastic surgeon?
The answers to these, and other intriguing
questions, will be revealed on-screen at LunaFest!
THE LUNAFEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL brings us original, informative and entertaining short films — created by women filmmakers; about universal issues that impact women, their families, relationships and careers; made for women and the men who care about them.
SELECTED FROM OVER 800 ENTRIES, the Lunafest winners portray real-life characters of varied nationalities and ethnicities, conveyed in diverse styles with insight and compassion. These short dramas, comedies and documentaries will tug at your heartstrings, make you smile and make you think.
Bonus Film: Meine Eltern (My Parents)
To close the LunaFest screening, Cincinnati World Cinema is delighted to present Neele Volmar's hilarious romantic comedy, which has garnered over forty festival awards around the world, including kudos from the American Film Institute, Aspen Shorts Fest and the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS from the CWC Lunafest screenings will go to Luna's national philanthropic partner, the Breast Cancer Fund and locally, to the Eva G. Farris Education Center in Covington, KY. Read more about Luna, the Breast Cancer Fund and the Farris Education Center below. Please support our screening of Lunafest and urge your friends to attend — the films, and the causes, are very worthwhile!
LUNAFEST FILM ROSTER
Director Amanda Zackem, USA
Documentary, 2012, 6 minutes
Director Amanda Zackem, USA, Documentary, 2012, 6 minutes
The Film... "How can you build a business around your passion in life?" was the challenge faced by Georgina Terry. An avid bicyclist, Georgena founded Terry Bicycles and revolutionized the women's biking industry by creating a bike frame specific to a woman's body. This is the story of how she got her start, overcame obstacles and became a significant force in the women's biking movement.
The Director... Amanda Zackem is a director, photographer, cinematographer and editor originally from Buffalo, NY. She graduated with a Master's degree in Illustration Photography and Multimedia from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
She was the Producer of the documentaries The Trial of the St. Patrick's Four ('06) and Blind Spot ('08), as well as the dramatic feature length narrative, Thinly Veiled ('09). She recently directed and photographed a short experimental film which accompanies her photographic series, "The Black Series", and is currently working on a feature length documentary about artist and former Weezer bassist, Mikey Welsh. Zackem's photographic work has been published in both national and international magazines.
Director Martina Amati, Italy/UK
Drama, 2011, 19 minutes
Director Martina Amati, Italy/UK, Drama, 2011, 19 minutes
The Film... When a young gymnast is selected for the UK National training camp, she discovers something new about bodies, boys and the delicate balance between friendship and rivalry. Inspired by a short story about the world of gymnastics by Italian novelist Ilaria Bernardini (and co-writer of Chalk).
The Director... Martina Amati, born in Italy and living in London, moved into drama in 2008 with A'Mare, which premiered in competition at Sundance and won the BAFTA/LA Certificate of Excellence at Aspen and the UNICEF award in Bilbao. Her second drama I-Do-Air won the BAFTA for Best Short Film 2010. Chalk is a short film commissioned by Film4 and UKFC that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival 2011 and has collected a number of awards among the international film festival circuit. Martina is developing her first feature, set in the world of Chalk, with Cowboy Films and Film4.
A brief interview with Martina Amati.
Festival Awards & Screenings...
Nominated Best Short Film BAFTA 2012
Winner Best British Short Film BIFA 2011
Winner Best Live Action NY International Children Film Festival 2011
Winner Best Short Film Hamburg Short Film Festival, 2011
Winner Best Drama Corto International Film Festival, Turin, Italy 2011
Winner Best Editing In the Palace Film Festival, Hungary 2011
Winner Best Short Film I've Seen Film International Film Festival, Milan, Italy 2011
Official Selection, Los Angeles Film Festival, 2011
Self-Portrait with Cows Going
Home & Other Works
Director Rebecca Dreyfus, USA
Documentary, 2008, 10.5 minutes
Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home & Other Works
Director Rebecca Dreyfus, USA, Documentary, 2008, 10.5 minutes
The Film... A rare and soulful portrait of the ironically camera-shy Sylvia Plachy, a renowned contemporary photographer.
Richard Avedon wrote of fellow photographer Sylvia Plachy "She makes me laugh and she breaks my heart." Ms. Plachy is perhaps best known for her weekly pictures in The Village Voice but her images have been widely exhibited both in the US and abroad and have appeared in numerous publications such as Aperture, Art Forum and The New York Times Magazine. Her impressive body of work spanning more than four decades is a testament to a unique artistic force in the contemporary world. Her most recent book "Goings on about Town" is compilation of photographs taken for THE NEW YORKER.
Legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles makes an on-camera appearance as Ms. Plachy's subject as well as shooting segments of the film. Ms. Plachy's son, the academy award winning actor, Adrien Brody (also a composer) has contributed a delightful original score.
The Director... Rebecca Dreyfus is an award-winning filmmaker, with a reputation for conveying potent truths with a delicate touch. Renowned New Republic film critic Stanley Kauffmann calls Rebecca's work "A testament to what film can do in the hands of a good documentarian: convert fact into truth." Most notably, Rebecca's feature documentary Stolen – which tells the story of the biggest unsolved art heist in US history – became an art house sensation and premiered on the PBS Series Independent Lens. For her work, Rebecca has received numerous grants and fellowships from such institutions as The New York State Council on the Arts, The Sundance Film Institute and Women in Film.
Festival Awards & Screenings...
Winner of Best Short Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival
Nominated, Gold Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival 2008
Tribeca Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival
The Bath House
Director Kim Jisoo, South Korea/ USA
Animated Drama, 2012, 6 minutes
The Bath House
Director Kim Jisoo, South Korea/USA, Animated Drama, 2012, 6 minutes
The Film... Escaping the streets of the modern city, a group of women are transformed by a bathhouse paradise in this animated short drama by Korean filmmaker and artist, Jisoo Kim. The film takes the viewer on a luscious and poetic journey from the dark, polluted streets of the modern city, into the sanctuary of the Bathhouse. The women who venture into this place enter as strangers, weary from the toils of the city, but together they undergo an empowering physical and spiritual transformation in this luscious and fantastical paradise.
The Director... Born in South Korea, Jisoo Kim is an artist and filmmaker who loves to create a beautiful atmosphere in a scene. She has studied at the Korean Animation High School and continued her animation studies in Korean National University of the Arts. She received numerous awards in character design and full academic scholarship. She was chosen in her university to do an exchange program in Carnegie Mellon University. After she graduated as an honor student in her undergrad, she was accepted to California Institute of the Arts MFA program. In her first year she made an animation Thembi's Diary which has been awarded internationally and was featured in the 2011 LUNAFEST program. She is currently working as an artist at Disney Interactive.
Festival Awards & Screenings...
LUNAFEST is the first film festival to screen this film.
When I Grow Up
Director Sharon Artega, Mexico/USA
Drama, 2012, 9 minutes
When I Grow Up
Director Sharon Arteaga, Mexico/USA, Drama, 2012, 9 minutes
The Film... A mother and daughter sell tacos and dream of a better life.
Letty dreams of not one, but several taco trucks, so she can stop working at the restaurant and better provide for herself and daughter. But Michaela hates helping mom sell tacos out of their van every morning before school. Driving past a wasteland of refineries in Corpus Christi, Texas, they both find hurt and hope during one of their morning routines. The film is about two generations, with two different dreams, and the point where they must intersect.
The Director... When Sharon Arteaga turned fifteen, she convinced her parents that a video camera was a better investment than the Quinceanera they wanted her to have. She went on to receive her BA in film from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009.
Her producing debut, Duplex, won the Shorts Competition at the Binational Film Festival in El Paso, Texas, and her Undergraduate Thesis, "Hands" was a finalist in New York's Faith Film Festival and an Official Selection for the Imago Film Festival and the Phoenix Int'l Christian film festival. Sharon is in pre-production for her next short, "Plane Pretend," a story about a little girl's first flight into a new country.
When I Grow Up won the 2010 Texas Archive of the Moving Image award at Cine Las Americas.
Winner of the Audience Award: 2011 SXSW Reel Women Showcase
Winner of TAMI Award (Texas Archive of the Moving Image) at Cine Las Americas in Austin, Texas
Festivals and Screenings:
National Association of Latino Independent Producers Conference, Santa Monica
MALI Women's Film & Performance Arts Conference
Napa Valley International Film Festival
Center for Mexican American Studies & Research Conference
Cine Sol Film Festival
Deep South By Suroeste Austin/New Orleans Film Exchange
Director Andrea Dorfman, Canada
Comedy, 2012, 12.5 minutes
Director Andrea Dorfman, Canada, Comedy, 2012, 12.5 minutes
The Film... Flawed is an impressive animated work from Canadian artist Andrea Dorfman; a work that is sweet but serious, heart-warming yet heart-breaking, in which she examines the conflicted feelings that arise when she strikes up a long-distance romance with a plastic surgeon. Through an intensely confessional narrative, she discovers that secret to getting the boy to accept her is to learn to accept herself, flaws and all.
An homage to the time-honoured tradition of storyboarding, the plot unfolds like a storybook, one watercolour painting at a time. The style is unique – the animation is not an animation per se, it is in fact a stop-motion of Dorfman creating static compositions in ink and water-color that visualize the narrative she relates through voice-over. It is neat, and moreover a perfect match for its subject matter. The childish watercolors evoke the childhood from whence Dorfman's concerns about appearance first materialize, as well provide a neat parallel to the postcards through which she and the plastic surgeon first courted each other.
The film's personal and subjective elements succeed both thematically and aesthetically, allowing her to tackle an important topic, female body image, in the most satisfying way possible – not through a self-righteous screed, but by relating to it personally and sharing that journey of self-discovery with us. That is what makes Flawed ultimately important.
The Director... Andrea Dorfman is an artist and filmmaker based in Halifax, Nova Scotia who has made a number of experimental and dramatic short films as well as two feature fims - Parsley Days (2000) and Love That Boy (2003) and the documentaries, Nine (1998) and Sluts (2005). Dorfman most recently completed the animations, Flawed (2010) and Bigmouth (2012) at the National Film Board of Canada. She is currently working with the non-profit The Equality Effect (working to create equality for women and girls in Kenya, Malawi and Ghana), creating promotional videos for them as well as developing her third feature film, Heartbeat. Dorfman is also a part time instructor (and graduate) of film and video at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and one of four co-creators of Blowhard, a thematic storytelling series. Andrea's film How to be Alone was featured in the last LUNAFEST program.
Festival Awards & Screenings...
NYC Short Film Festival - Audience Choice Award
Palm Springs Short Film Festival - Honorable Mention
San Diego Jewish Film Festival - Audience Choice Award
2012 Emmy Nominee
Director Sarah Berkovich, USA
Documentary, 2011, 3.5 minutes
Director Sarah Berkovich, USA, Documentary, 2011, 3.5 minutes
The Film... Blank Canvas is a beautiful documentary made about a woman who chose to have her bald head adorned with henna tattoos in order to deal with hair loss, a common side effect of chemotherapy. When Kim received a devastating diagnosis for uterine cancer, her world turned upside down. Through her treatment, she has struggled to cope with her changing body image in positive ways. Taking an unconventional route, Kim decides to turn her baldness into a blank canvas for self-expression, and in doing so creates a powerful statement that allows her to share her experience with others.
The inspiring message in the film is that women can find their inner strength at times when it is least expected, to take control of their circumstances and help themselves.
The Director... Sarah Berkovich received her undergraduate degree in Documentary Film Production at Emerson College in 2010. While in Boston, she worked at MIT as a videographer for the Nextlab Initiative, and as a production assistant on a PBS American Experience episode. Sarah spent a summer in Los Angeles interning at the International Documentary Association, where she helped coordinate Docuweeks, an Oscar-qualifying theatrical showcase. She currently is working on her MFA in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University. Sarah is passionate about documenting oral history, and one day hopes to teach documentary filmmaking in addition to being a producer.
Festival Awards & Screenings...
Through Women's Eyes Film Festival
San Francisco International Women's Film Festival
Emerson Film Fest
Heartland Film Festival
United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)
Sarasota Film Festival
Palo Alto Film Festival
Napa Valley Film Festival
Director Louise Leitch, New Zealand
Drama, 2012, 13 minutes
Director Louise Leitch, New Zealand, Drama, 2012, 13 minutes
The Film... In Whakatiki,
Kiri, an overweight Maori woman, takes a trip to the Whakatiki River where she spent many summers as a girl. With her goes her husband Dan, his friend Seb and beautiful newcomer, Josie. The place awakens powerful memories for Kiri, and as tensions mount she draws on her spiritual connection to the river to rise up and reconnect with her true self.
The Director... Louise Leitch grew up in Australia and graduated from Canberra University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media. At the age of 23 Louise was running an in-house production unit for the Australian Government directing award-winning drama and documentary programs on issues such as child care, homelessness, disabilities, Aboriginal health and community services for rural and outback settlements.
Louise then embarked on a successful television drama directing career, directing close to 200 episodes of some of Australia's most iconic dramas such as Home & Away and Breakers, before moving to New Zealand with her husband. Whakatiki is Louise's second short film and she has other short and feature projects in development.
Festival Awards & Screenings...
Winner of the Audience Award and Best Actress in a Short Film at Wairoa Maori and Indigenous Film Festival
Best Short Film at First Peoples Festival/ Présence autochtone Film & Video Showcase Montreal 2012
Tribeca Film Festival, New York (world premiere)
Nantucket Film Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival
Director Sasha Colington, UK
Comedic Drama, 2011, 14 minutes
Director Sasha Colington, UK, Comedic Drama, 2011, 14 minutes
The Film... 2011 was supposed to be Annabel's year. So why is she here, sitting in a restaurant, being told by a fourteen-year-old that her boyfriend, Thomas, doesn't want to see her anymore. The young messenger is Wilbur, Thomas' little brother. He has agreed to break the news as payment for borrowing Thomas's tent. But dispensing with Annabel proves a bigger challenge than Wilbur had anticipated.
The Director... Sasha Collington graduated in 2009 with an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. She won a Skillset Scholarship, a Postgraduate Scholarship from South West Screen and a John Brabourne Award to attend the two-year MA. After graduating, Sasha was selected for the Binger Writers Lab in Amsterdam, where she spent five months developing her feature film project, Another Anna, a romantic-comedy-magical-realism-fable about learning to like yourself. Sasha is also currently developing a feature film with the two characters from her award-winning short Lunch Date, a romantic comedy called Young Man of the Moonlight.
Festival Awards & Screenings...
SPECIAL JURY RECOGNITION AWARD: Aspen Shortsfest 2012
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2012
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival 2012
Palm Springs Shortfest 2012
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2012
My Parents (Meine Eltern)
Director, Neele Leana Vollmar, Germany
Comedy, 2003, 18 minutes, in
German with English subtitles
Director, Neele Leana Vollmar, Germany, Comedy, 2003, 18 minutes
The Film... Marie has a problem. What do you do when your hip boyfriend wants to meet your square parents?
She has met the man of her dreams. He wants to get to know her parents, which wouldn't be so bad had Marie not told him her parents were still madly in love, cool, tolerant, and not typical petty bourgeois. But Marie's parents are anything but that. Lydia and Erhard, both in their early fifties, have been together for more than 25 years. Their marriage seems fizzled out, they sleep in separate rooms and daily routine has long ago overtaken spontaneity and romance. In a panic, Marie goes to see her parents to prepare them for their visitor...
The Director... Neele Leana Vollmar was born in Bremen in 1978. In 2000, she began her film studies at the Baden-Wurttemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, which she completed in 2005. In 2003, she received a Caligari fellowship and participated in both the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Hollywood Master Class.
During her studies, she made several short films, one of which is Meine Eltern - My Parents (2003), which played at over 250 film festivals and won 40 awards. Her feature film debut and graduation film at the Ludwigsburg Film Academy, Urlaub vom Leben - Vacation from Life (2004), opened the 39th Hof International Film Festival. Since 2005, Neele Leana Vollmar has been working as a freelance film and advertising director. Peaceful Times is her second feature film. Preproduction has started on the film adaptation of Jan Weiler's novel Wedding Fever in Campobello - Maria, ihm schmeckts's nicht, shooting in Germany and Italy.
Best Short Film - Audience Award, American Film Institute Festival, USA
Audience Prize International Short, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France
Fernand Raynaud Award, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
Prix Canal+, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France
Special Public Prize, Granada International Short Film Festival, Spain
Best Short Film, Barcelona International Film Festival
Best Debut Film, Message to Man International Film Festival, Russia
Audience Choice Best Short Film, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, Korea
Jury Award Best Short Film, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, Korea
Audience Award, Brest European Short Film Festival
Best European Short Film, Prix du Jury Court Metrage Paris, France
Audience Award Best Short Film, Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Brazil
Best Student Film, Aspen Shorts Fest, USA
Audience Award, Best Short Film, Los Angeles Film Festival
Best Short Film, Studio Hamburg Awards, Germany
Best New Director Award, Hof International Film Festival, Germany
Eastman Kodak Award, Hof International Film Festival, Germany
Best Actress, Teresa Harder, Guerrilla Film Fest Washington, D.C., USA
Best Screenplay, Maggie Peren, Guerrilla Film Fest Washington, D.C., USA
Bronze Moon of Valencia Short Film, Cinema Jove - Valencia International Film Festival
Best European Short Film, Créteil International Women's Film Festival
Audience Award, Brussels International Film Festival
Audience Award, Hamburg International Film Festival
Centaur Prize, St. Petersburg International Film Festival
Best Film, Badalona International Film Festival
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, with the following purpose:
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 the Luna 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, www.breastcancerfund.org.
About The Farris Education Center
Located at the Carnegie Arts Center 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.