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Soroptimists bring Lunafest film festival to Fairfield

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From page B1 | November 01, 2013 |

FAIRFIELD — Win-win situations are great, but win-win-win situations are even better.

The latter is what the Soroptimist International of Central Solano County club hopes for when they host Lunafest, a traveling film festival fundraiser, at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts.

Some members of the club thought a film festival would be a wonderful fundraiser, but the starting-from-ground-zero logistics seemed daunting. It turned out, however, that they did not have to reinvent the wheel. The heavy lifting had already been done for them as Lunafest is a ready-made “fundraiser in a box.”

Lunafest was established in 2000 by Luna, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, with the purpose of connecting women, their stories and their causes through film. The film festival’s goals are to obtain recognition for the works of female filmmakers as well as being a fundraising engine for women’s causes.

“They preview a bunch of films that are by women, for women and about women, select the ones they want to use for the season and then you apply to be a host,” said Kathy Pratt, Soroptimist of Central Solano County second vice president and Lunafest organizer. “Fifteen percent of the funds raised goes to a breast cancer fund and the rest goes to the charities that are hosting it.”

In addition to the films, complimentary wine and cheese will be served and a fundraising raffle will take place.

Lunafest’s nine short films range from less than four minutes to about 21 minutes in length. They are diverse and, said Pratt, leave the viewers wanting more.

“We get them on a disc and I’ve previewed them as we have to make sure they work before we get a theater full of people,” Pratt said. “Some of them have really compelling characters and you would like to see them in a feature film. They are all inspiring and you want to see more.”

Among the Lunafest fare is a subtitled film from the Netherlands about a young girl with Tourette Syndrome and how she gets along with her classmates. Another film is an animated short that deals with the issue of women’s body image.

“The one I liked the best is about a young African-American woman wrestler in high school. That was the one I would love to see made into a feature film. I felt like I just got a taste and it was over. It was very moving,” Pratt said. “The whole community is invited to come, have fun and help us to make a difference.”

The Soroptimist of Central Solano County club is co-hosting with the Solano Family Justice Center.

“What the Solano Family Justice Center did is bring all the services for victims of violence – domestic violence, elder abuse, etcetera – together so someone doesn’t have to navigate through a whole bunch of different offices to get things they need,” Pratt said. “They can get legal advice, financial services and counseling all under one roof.”

The Soroptimist club’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls locally and internationally. The Central Solano club serves mainly Fairfield and Suisun City and its volunteers raise money to benefit community causes, such as domestic violence awareness, women’s health and literacy.

Local organizations they have helped include Heather House homeless shelter, the Food Bank of Solano, The Leaven and Child Haven.

Reach Fairfield writer Tony Wade at tonybethkaci@gmail.com.

Lunafest

7 p.m. Thursday

Reception: 6 p.m.

Fairfield Center for Creative Arts

1035 Texas St., Fairfield

Tickets: 484-0321, legankcer@msn.com

www.lunafest.org

 

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