Chestnut Hill Hospital and Weavers Way Co-op will sponsor Lunafest, a film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues. On Friday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m., nine short films featuring the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes will be shown at the Brossman Center in Mt. Airy to benefit St. Catherine Laboure Medical Clinic in Germantown.
The traveling film festival, started in 2000, connects women, their stories and their causes through film. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.
“In addition to supporting women in film, LunaFest is about supporting women in our community,” said Patricia Bailey, M.D., a breast surgeon, Chestnut Hill Hospital. “One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event go back to enhancing health and wellness of women and our families. Eight-five percent of every dollar raised stays local and will go directly to the St. Catherine Laboure clinic that provides primary medical care to those without health insurance, regardless of ability to pay.”
The additional 15 percent part of the proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Fund, a national nonprofit whose mission it is to identify and advocate for the elimination of the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease.
“LunaFest is a powerful and different way that Weavers Way Co-op is making an impact on our community,” said Bettina de Caumette, outreach coordinator, at Weavers Way. “Through our outreach with the Hospital and St. Catherine’s, we’re raising funds and awareness for issues that ultimately impact our entire community.”
This season’s selected films that will compel discussion, make audiences laugh, tug at their heartstrings and motivate them to make a difference in the community. Diverse in style and content, Lunafest is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling – by, for and about women. Of the 950 films submitted for Lunafest, nine were selected. To see a list of the films and for more info on each, visit lunafest.org.
Lunafest is Friday, March 8, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Hors d’oeuvres/cash bar); and 7:35 to 9:15 p.m. (Film review) at the Brossman Center in Mt. Airy, 7301 Germantown Avenue. Cost: $25 (100 percent of proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations). Registration is required. Call 215-885-0614 or visit clinicforuninsured.org to register.