For those of us short on attention spans but long on intentions, the Lexington Public Library downtown is where we should be on Saturday evening.
Lunafest, a collection of nine international short films made by women, will make its first appearance in Lexington. It tours throughout the United States and Canada from October through May.
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The films ”range in length from one minute to 19 minutes,“ Lois Kleffman, research and communications coordinator for the Kentucky Environmental Foundation in Berea, said of the films. ”There is a wide range of topics, and some are animated.“
Despite being by, for or about women, the films are ”not all issue-driven,“ Kleffman said. ”Some are whimsical, and all are quite lovely and memorable.“
Lunafest was established in 2000 to promote female filmmakers, raise awareness of women's issues and support non-profits in communities that Lunafest visits.
The makers of Luna nutritional bars produce the annual festival, with 85 percent of the proceeds going to projects in 100 communities. The company fully finances the project, which is run by Luna employees.
Fifteen percent of the proceeds from each event is designated for the Breast Cancer Fund, a San Francisco non-profit that focuses on eliminating environmental causes of that disease.
The Kentucky Environmental Foundation is the beneficiary here. KEF works with member groups to ensure a safe means of disposing of chemical weapons worldwide, including those in Richmond at the Blue Grass Army Depot.
Kleffman said KEF was chosen because environmental toxins, exposure to chemicals in cosmetics or toys, or contact with household cleaners could be contributing causes of breast cancer.
”Luna gets no money,“ she said. ”It's a really wonderful opportunity, and the films are really good.“
More than 500 films were submitted to an independent board. Most are from the United States, with one from South America and one from Africa. The ones selected have been shown at international film festivals..
The films include:
■ Make a Wish, directed by Cherien Dabis, about a young Palestinian girl wanting to buy a birthday cake.
■ Dona Ana by Colombian filmmakers Marlon Vasquez and David Sanchez, with animation by Laura Acevedo and Carolina Escobar, about a seller of medicinal plants.
■ My Other Mother, directed by South Africa's Diana Keam, about a girl learning to grieve the crib death of her younger sister;
■ Breaking Boundaries by Jennifer Grace, about pioneering snowboarder Sondra Van Ert.
■ Family Reunion by Isold Uggadottir, a comedy about a young Icelandic émigré who fears being outed on a trip home.
■ Happiness by Sophie Barthes, about a woman who buys a box of happiness.
■ Guarantee by Jesse Erica Epstein, about a male ballet dancer recalling the pressure to get a nose job.
■ Daikon Ashi by Ru Kuwahata, about a rebellious girl who grows up to look like her mother.
■ Pockets by Sophie Ohara, an animated film about motherhood.
The films were shown in Berea on March 15.
So we get a chance to satisfy our desire for quick hits and we get to donate to a worthy cause as well.
”I hope that women will bring their husbands,“ Kleffman said. ”Men need to find out about women.“