By Kelly Dickey
The Herald Bulletin
---- — 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.
“The proceeds from the event are extremely important,” Anderson Lunafest co-chair Cheryl Calder said. “The more we can have events that not only help the recipients, but the participants as well, the better.”
Calder said those who attended last year ended up analyzing the films between showings. Women who didn’t know each other and who had different backgrounds were able to discuss their perspectives.
Women in their 20s up to their 80s participated. Calder said it’s part of the reason why so many people who attended last year have contacted her about tickets.
“A lot of people are bringing their friends who didn’t go last year, so that signifies they had a good time,” she said. “… it broadens the base of discussion.”
Marjorie Reed said she was out of town during Anderson’s 2013 Lunafest, but she was able to view the movies later.
She enjoyed them and thought they made a point about women’s issues. Between the films’ messages and wanting to support the beneficiaries of Lunafest’s proceeds, she’s making sure to attend Saturday’s event.
“I think women need to be recognized for the work they do,” she said. “Women are still not getting the recognition they need in various ways.”
Doors for Lunafest open at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Anderson Center for the Arts, 32 W. 10th St. Tickets for the event cost $20 and can be purchased at Moneyhun’s, the Center for the Arts or from any Soroptimist.
To watch the trailer and information about the films, go to lunafest.com.
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Films showing at Lunafest: • "Date with Fate" is a short film about blind dating. • "First Match" is a film about a 14-year-old girl preparing for her first co-ed wrestling match, all while trying to prove to her male teammates she earned her spot. • "Flying Anne" is a documentary about a young girl named Anne who is trying to cope with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome and the social difficulties that stem from it. • "Granny's Got Game" is a documentary about a group of North Carolina women in their 70s who play in senior basketball tournaments around the United States. • "Maria of Many" is about a Mexican immigrant who becomes an activist for domestic laborers rights while also trying to provide a better life for her children. • "Running Dry" is a foreign film about a woman in Athens who is jobless and struggling financially. She comes across others hurt by the economic crisis. • "Sidewalk" is an animated film about a woman confronting body and other issues as she walks through life. • "Sound Shadows" is an animated film that takes the viewers to "enter a world where sound gives shape to space."