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April 9, 2014

Lunafest celebrates women

Soroptimists host film festival to raise funds, focus on women's issues

ANDERSON — Short films by, for and about women may entertain the audience at Lunafest for an afternoon, but proceeds from the event will help countless area females.

The traveling film festival that honors women is coming to the Anderson Center for the Arts on Saturday. The doors will open at 1 p.m. for a silent auction and the films will start at 2 p.m.

Nine short films created by women and targeted for a female audience will be shown at the event.

This year’s festival includes “Granny’s Got Game,” a documentary about a group of women in their 70s who compete in a traveling senior basketball tournament, and “First Match,” a short film about the only girl on a high school wrestling team as she tries to prove herself to her male teammates while preparing for her first co-ed match.

“It just shows women can do anything they put their minds to,” Anderson Lunafest co-chair Sandra Leslie said.

Lunafest, a traveling film festival created by nutrition bar company LUNA, has been showing the current movies around the country since October and will conclude its season in June. The festival has traveled to show films that highlight women for 13 years. Soroptimist International of Anderson brought it to Madison County for the first time in 2013.

Leslie said last year’s Anderson Lunafest brought in $2,700. She said the club hopes to raise even more this year.

Gift baskets donated by local businesses, organizations and Soroptimist members will be auctioned off prior to the film showing.

Leslie said 15 percent or $300, whichever is more, of the proceeds from Lunafest will go toward the Breast Cancer Fund and the rest will go toward other Soroptimist projects such as educational grants, supply boxes for women Marines and Anderson’s Alternatives domestic violence shelter.

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