Essential Event Info

W H A T :

  • 9 short films, total running time 90 minutes
  • In English and other languages, with English subtitles
  • Discussion after the film

  • W H E N :

  • Tuesday, April 17

  • Wednesday, April 18

  • Screening at 7:00 pm each night
    Doors open at 6:30 pm

    W H E R E :

  • Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park/Mt. Adams.
  • Easy Access, Free Parking
    click for Directions & Map

  • T I C K E T S :

  • Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for Art Museum members and students with valid ID.

    $6 tickets are ONLY available online, by phone, at the Museum, and at the door subject to availability.



  • tollfree 1-877-548-3237

  • at the Art Museum

  • ...and at these locations
    ($8 tix only, cash only),
    click each location below for a map:

  • Clifton-Ludlow Ave. -
    Sitwell's Coffee House
    513 281 7487

  • Mt. Lookout Square -
    Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters

    513 871 8626

  • Northside-Hamilton Ave -
    Shake It Music & Video
    513 591 0123

  •   Covington-Main Strasse -
    The Bean Haus
    859 431 2326

  • Tickets will also be available at the door, if not sold out in advance.


    Theresa Singleton is a long time advocate of women's issues and is actively committed to ensuring their rights and protection in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. An 1989 graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, she started her career with the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati in 1990.

    As the YWCA's Protection from Abuse director, Ms. Singleton supervises and is responsible for the YWCA's Battered Women's Shelter, House of Peace, Eastern Area Court & Sexual Assault Programs, Transitional Living Housing Programs, Alliance for Abused and Battered International Women, The Strategic Humane Intervention Project and is the point person for Domestic Violence Challenges the Workplace. She is passionate about dispelling misconceptions that surround victims of intimate partner violence and works tirelessly to educate a broad range of professionals about the serious and sometimes fatal consequences of intimate partner violence.

    Ms. Singleton is also actively involved with community groups that work toward the reduction and elimination of domestic violence including past chair of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition on Domestic Violence, member of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Hamilton County, Ohio Domestic Violence Network and current board member for the Greater Cincinnati Coalition on Homelessness.

    Theresa Singleton believes that public awareness and education is the key to reducing domestic violence. To that end, she has developed, coordinated and/or presented over 375 educational presentations, workshops, and events and served on numerous committees to raise awareness relative to partner violence and family violence.

    During the summer of 2000, Ms. Singleton represented the YWCA as a delegate to the University of Cincinnati's College of Law, Urban Morgan Institute as participant in the Developing & Empowering Women program in La Paz, Bolivia. In 2001, Ms. Singleton was the recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition on Homelessness Service Provider of the Year award. In 2002, she was awarded the Greater Cincinnati Coalition on Domestic Violence Award for outstanding work in the area of domestic violence.

    In 2004 she was the executive producer of Batterers Will Kill a nationally distributed award-winning documentary that exposes the warning signs of domestic violent homicide. In 2005, it was awarded a silver medal at the New York International Film and Video Festival in New York City. In May 2005, Ms. Singleton was the recipient of the Ohio Attorney General's Special Achievement Award at the Attorney General's Two Days In May, Crime Victims' Conference. And, in May 2006, she was recognized as Mother of the Year at the Rudi Johnson Foundation Luncheon and Concert.

    Linda Ingram Spalazzi

    President, Bright Light Visual Communications

    While completing her M.A. in Mass Communications at Indiana University, Linda worked for the PBS station in Bloomington. The station’s open atmosphere, along with the variety of programming styles – documentary, educational, arts – gave her a freedom to explore a wide range of creative solutions. This sense of exploration remains central to her work. After completing her degree, she joined a production unit of a Cincinnati television station – producing and directing commercials and documentaries. In 1976, Linda and Rocky bought the company and changed the name to Bright Light.

    Linda directed Batterers Will Kill and Empty Chairs and Painful Windows for the Greater Cincinnati YWCA. At Lunafest, Linda will discuss the making of these films as well as the content and construction of the other film offerings.

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    The LUNAFEST program features nine award-winning short films totaling 90 minutes – music, humor, animation, drama and documentary – from locations including China, India, Ireland, Mexico, the UK and the USA.

    Special addition: we are pleased to announce the inclusion of Empty Chairs and Painful Windows, the 7-minute documentary produced by the Cincinnati YWCA summarizing their 2005 community art and engagement exhibit of the same name, which was a tribute to local women and families impacted by domestic violence.

    All of these award-winning films celebrate women in our local and global communities and address contemporary issues and situations faced by women and familes around the world, including domestic violence, infanticide, breast cancer, adoption, the cycle of life and perceptions of beauty, ethnicity, and body image.

    >>>  See the Trailer

    Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and the local hosts of the event. The Breast Cancer Fund is a national non-profit working to identify, and advocate for elimination of, the environmental and other preventable causes of breast cancer. In addition to Cincinnati World Cinema, your local hosts include the Greater Cincinnati YWCA.

    CWC Note:

    With no disrespect toward the Lunafest mission (see "About Lunafest" at the bottom of this page), there is however, a fundamental and seemingly exclusionary flaw in the way Lunafest is labeled. "By women, for women and about women" implies that these films are for women only and suggests that men may not appreciate the content. Perhaps this was true 20-30 years ago, but based on audience reactions to similar CWC films over the last five years, we respectfully disagree.

    One-third of all Americans will contract and deal with cancer and the disease is not gender-specific. Both men and women care about children, families and adoption. Both genders share serious concern about domestic violence. Men and women alike relate to concepts of ethnic and self-identity. And, both genders appreciate the power of quality films to inform and stimulate serious thought. Yes, the Lunafest films portray the experiences of women, but they are emotionally and intellectually meaningful to both sexes. Indeed, it is easily argued that men can benefit greatly from exposure to the Lunafest films and post-film discussions. We sincerely recommend Lunafest films without reservation or qualification, and invite everyone to attend.

    The 2006-2007 LUNAFEST film line up:

    Director Sujit Sircar, India, 2001, 5:15. In Hindi with English subtitles

    Renowned actress Mita Vasisht enacts the journey of a fearless woman who leaves an abusive marriage and works as a truck driver to support her daughter and herself. Women of all ages and backgrounds climb into the truck to escape the violence they face in their lives. They dance and rejoice on the back of the truck, and the film closes with them dancing together on the sand dunes of Rajasthan.

    This is the first time CWC has shown a music video as part of a short film collection and the addition of subtitles delivers a powerful message. It is well-choreographed, exuberant and enchanting, and has proved an invaluable tool across the globe in raising the important issues of violence against women, women in non-traditional occupations and women's access to public space. The captivating title song was composed by Shantanu Moitra, with Shubha Mudgal singing lyrics written by Prasoon Joshi.

    The story was inspired by the life of a young Muslim women, Shameem Paathan. Born into a well-to-do family and the daughter of 7 sons, Shameem fell in love, and against the wishes of her family married the man of her choice. That she made the wrong choice soon became apparent and when her son was three and a half years old Shameem finally decided to fend for herself. She went through a series of businesses and finally she learned how to drive a truck, an unheard of occupation for a women in her society. She now drives her own van in Ahmedabad, ferrying passengers.

    Director Serena Moy, USA/China, 2005, 10:00. In Cantonese, with English subtitles.

    Set in 1948 China, a mother and father must decide the fate of their fifth daughter, a newborn baby girl. Baby girls were seen as an encumbrance and this was a time when female infanticide was a normal occurrence in poor rural communities. Females could not carry on the family name, so they were less desirable when too many were born to one family.

    Based on the true story of the filmmaker's family, the strength of poverty and desperation weigh heavily on the hearts of both parents as they wrestle with a staggering moral choice of whether or not to keep their daughter. Holding a bottle of poison in one hand and her daughter in the other, the mother names her child Plum Flower. The Chinese place great emphasis on the value of a name, will Plum Flower grow to fulfill the promise in her name?

    Director Karen Lum, USA, 2005, 04:00

    This spoken-word short was created by 17-year-old Karen Lum, a junior at Skyline High School in Oakland, CA. Inspired by poem written and performed by Adriel Luis, Slip of The Tongue captures what happens when a young man makes a pass at a beautiful stranger and gets an eye-opening schooling on race and gender. A creative, contemporary insight into the perceptions of beauty, ethnicity, and body image. You can read the poem here.

    Director Laura Richard, USA/Mexico, 2005, 18:00

    The story of one woman's determination to have her baby on American soil, this film embodies the American dream embraced by immigrants for more than two hundred years.

    Director Gaelle Denis, UK, 2005, 06:00

    From a French filmmaker, this is a fascinating and creative artistic combination of live-action and rich 2-D and 3-D animation, with amazing color choice and music. This is the story of Tomoko, a young Japanese girl who comes to London to learn English. At first, she doesn't like it and she hardly even leaves the house. But that changes radically when, quite by accident, she discovers a mysterious, secret underground city below London, a place that's colorful and friendly. In the wake of this experience, she meets a lot of new friends, learns English and makes one wonderful discovery after another.

    Director Shaz Bennett, USA, 2005, 05:00

    In this beautiful and humorous experimental documentary, Shaz Bennett has finally found the top of a circle exploring the cycle of life.

    Director Lori Benson, USA, 2006, 34:00

    Lori Benson's short documentary is richer and more emotionally charged than many feature-length films. This autobiographical short takes an intimate look at Lori, a 37-year-old woman in New York City who, just 14 months after the birth of her first child, discovers she has breast cancer. She confronts the concepts of femininity and body image and ultimately arrives at self-acceptance. With humor and grace Lori shares her most intimate thoughts and discoveries, as this profound experience leaves her to stand in the reflection of her own mortality, ultimately achieving a stronger connection to her true self.

    Benson made Dear Talula as a love letter to her daughter, intended to uplift, not to devastate. Indeed, this is a film that speaks to us all and will move and inspire anyone familiar with the way life can confront us with unwelcome surprises - something from which none of us are immune.

    Director Eva Saks, USA, 2005, 3:00

    A documentary short about a real 6-year old Chinese-American girl who was adopted as a baby in China by an American family in New York, Eva Saks made the film to empower Kylie Li-Ya Rose Goldstein to tell her own story. Through her story, the important phenomenon of Chinese adoption and American multi-culturalism is introduced. There have been other documentaries dealing with this subject, although not many, but this is the only one that approaches it from the point of view of the adopted child.

    Director Melina Padua, Ireland, 2004, 02:30

    A new strain of a disease dangerous to livestock is being discussed on the radio. A grazing cow listening to the program naturally gets rather worried about the topic, but soon discovers that ignorance is bliss. Did you know that cows produce more milk when listening to music?

    Director Linda Spalazzi, Producer Theresa Singleton, USA, 2006, 07:30

    This moving short documentary was created by Bright Light Communications for the Cincinnati YWCA and includes footage of their "Empty Chairs" exhibit, artwork by children from violent homes, plus interviews with family members and kids who have felt the impact of domestic violence. The film underscores the importance of the YWCA's battered women's shelter and violence abuse prevention programs. "Violence on our streets will not end until we stop violence in our homes." Read more about this amazing exhibit and the work of the YWCA.

    About Lunafest and the Breast Cancer Fund,
    the Greater Cincinnati YWCA
    and other programs that serve women


    Started in 2001, LUNAFEST is an annual film festival that tours nationally. Beginning with a handful of venues, the festival has grown significantly each year and will reach approximately 100 communities via the current tour.

    LUNAFEST screenings are special evenings where women (and their friends, families, partners, husbands and boyfriends) can gather to view a selection of diverse films that embody a wide range of topics. The works range from documentaries and narratives to animated shorts and cover subjects such as women's health, relationships, cultural and racial diversity, sexuality and spirituality.

    LUNAFEST was created to support women on a number of levels:

  • 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 Luna's partnership with the Breast Cancer Fund

  • To support local communities and organizations

  • To provide women with a forum to communicate, share and inspire social change within their communities

  • About LUNA

    The genesis of Luna is straightforward, but no less significant for its simplicity. In Berkeley California, there is a company named Clif Bar, Inc. They make energy bars, primarily for athletes. In the late 1990s the women at Clif Bar, in response to their own needs and those of their friends, developed a product they called the Luna Bar, a nutritional bar with natural contents formulated to benefit women during and after pregnancy. Consumers soon discovered that a tasty product that provided 100% of daily requirements for essential vitamins and folic acid was a great thing and its popularity spread beyond expectant mothers to all women, and men as well.

    The resultant focus of LUNA is notable because of their clear and consistent commitment to improving the lives of their customers. Luna of course is in business to stay in business, but their philosophical model is conveyed through their operations and the programs and causes they support. The LUNAFEST film festival is one of several programs embraced by the organization. Please visit to learn more about their story, programs and products. If you are an aspiring filmmaker, or know someone who is, please check with the good folks at LUNAFEST regarding film submission procedures.

    The Breast Cancer Fund

    The Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) identifies and advocates for the elimination of the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease. Founded in 1992, BCF works from the knowledge that breast cancer is not simply a personal tragedy, but a public health priority that demands action from all. BCF works to challenge the myths and perceptions surrounding breast cancer while providing inspiration to the women who suffer from the disease. Through public education, prevention and public policy initiatives, BCF mobilizes the public and secures the institutional changes and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate the environmental links to breast cancer

    The Breast Cancer Fund was a founding partner of LUNAFEST in 2001, and LUNA continues to honor their work by directing 15% of all proceeds of LUNAFEST to their cause. In reciprocal fashion, LUNA is a primary corporate sponsor of the Breast Cancer Foundation. As such, LUNA is an active partner via financial support, event sponsorship, and participation in its programs to prevent breast cancer. LUNA's commitment to BCF is consistent with its long-term commitment to providing healthy food and a clean environment. With the wide reaching effects of breast cancer, and the devastating number of women diagnosed each year, the women of LUNA are proud to join in the fight and support BCF's mission. To learn more about the Breast Cancer Foundation please visit

    The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati

    Every single day of the year, the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati acts as a voice for women and an agent for change. The YWCA is the principal agency for women in our community, with a focus on the well-being of the whole woman. The YWCA reaches out to women that are seeking solutions to abusive situations, are in need of literacy and job training, want to effectively raise their children, and are looking to take care of their bodies.

    The YWCA is a community leader on issues of Racial Justice, providing forums to explore our history and future possibilities. For over 138 years the YWCA has provided comprehensive programs, outspoken leadership and professional expertise on the vital issues of the times. With a unique combination of service and social action, the YWCA continues to focus on a common goal:

    The Family Violence Prevention Project collaborative is comprised of over 40 public and private agencies that represent various perspectives in the field of family violence including advocates, direct service providers, and funders. These agencies span the spectrum of family violence service provision from the medical community to the criminal justice system. The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati serves as the lead agency. The United Way of Greater Cincinnati is the lead partner.

    To learn more about the YWCA and its important programs, please visit

    Other Programs that focus on the needs of Women:

    The UC Women's Center

    The UC Women's Center is dedicated to meeting the diverse needs and interests of women and LGBTQ students at the University of Cincinnati, striving to identify and respond to student-driven concerns and committed to action which benefits women.

    The UC Women's Center has a long history at the University of Cincinnati. Established in 1978 as Women's Programs and Services, the office served as a referral center for female students. The small, initial staff connected students and staff to resources and events that were off-campus. Over the years, the Center's staff grew and the office's programs and opportunities grew with it. Today there is a vast array of programs and services. Students can join one of the peer education groups focused on preventing sexual assault or body acceptance. Women of color can participate in the Food 4 Thought lunch series exploring issues of relevance to their lives or join Shades of You: A Society for Women of Color. Women experiencing violence or abuse in their lives can call our 24-hour crisis line for support and guidance.

    The Women's Center works collaboratively with the University community to:
  • Empower women by providing services, resources, and programs that represent a diverse range of interests and concerns;
  • Recognize, celebrate, and promote awareness of the multicultural realities of women's lives, particularly across race, sexual orientation, class, age, and abilities;
  • Expand available choices to students to facilitate informed and responsible decision making;
  • Create a justice-based world by challenging imbalances of power based on social, political, and economic factors.

  • The UC Women's Center challenges both ourselves and the University community to strive toward the spirit of these goals in both our work and personal lives.

    To learn more about the UC Women's Center, contact director Dr. Barbara Rinto, or program managers Amy Howton or Tamika Odum.

    UC Women's Center, Division of Student Affairs & Services
    University of Cincinnati, Steger Student Life Center, Suite 571
    PO Box 210179, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0179, Phone: 513-556-4401

    The UC Department of Women’s Studies

    The Department of Women's Studies is the academic home for the study of women and gender at the University of Cincinnati. Through interdisciplinary teaching, research, and community outreach, it seeks to create a more inclusive and transformative understanding of women and men. The Department explores the intersections of race, nationality, class, gender, and sexuality.

    Informed by feminist perspectives, it nurtures the development of leaders, scholars, and activists and builds scholarly community among core and affiliate faculty across the university. The Department serves as a catalyst for curricular, institutional, societal, and global change.

    The Department of Women's Studies at the University of Cincinnati, is one of the oldest and most respected and established academic programs in Women's Studies in the country. Through its MA in Women's Studies, its innovative MA/JD joint degree in Women's Studies and Law, its Graduate Certificate and its popular Undergraduate Major and Minor, students gain a broad and in-depth understanding of women's and gender issues. Students in Women's Studies at UC experience small classes with much individualized attention, outstanding research and teaching faculty, rigorous and diverse curricula, internship and study abroad opportunities, graduate student teaching experience, regular symposia and guest speakers, an excellent placement record, and a highly supportive environment. They also enjoy mentoring and grant support from the Friends of Women's Studies, one of the oldest and largest Women's Studies community support groups in the country.

    To learn more about the Department of Women's Studies, contact director Dr. Anne Sisson Runyan.

    Department of Women's Studies
    University of Cincinnati, 620 Old Chemistry
    P.O. Box 210164, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0164, phone: (513) 556-6776