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August 8, 2021
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hosted annually by the Oswego Cultural Arts Commission, LUNAFEST is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing people together in their communities to engage in the arts.
This unique film festival features seven short films by lauded women filmmakers who have been featured at major film festivals, from Sundance to SXSW, bringing their work to an Oswego audience. Films range from animation to documentary to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.
In addition to the films, LUNAFEST features local artists showcasing their unique works and providing interactive demonstrations. Live music, lite brunch fare and coffee is included with each ticket. Thank you to The Village Grind for providing the beautiful catering! Proceeds from the event benefit Mutual Ground, a domestic violence shelter that serves the Oswego community, as well as Chicken & Egg Productions.
LUNAFEST is typically held each year in February, however, in 2021, it will be held on Sunday, Aug. 8. Visit our News and Calendar pages for updates, or sign up for special events notifications for future announcements.
Patrons are asked to follow CDC guidelines at the time of the event.
Doors open for this year’s LUNAFEST at 11 a.m. Films begin at Noon.
- Overexposed: Filming an Arctic Odyssey (2021). Dir. Holly Morris. A high-stakes behind-the-scenes look at the film team that captured the daring story of the Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition.
- Knocking Down the Fences (2019). Dir. Meg Shutzer. AJ Andrews, the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, struggles to make it as one of the best professional softball players in the world. A selection at Indy Shorts International Film Festival.
- A Line Birds Cannot See (2019). Dir. Amy Bench. Separated from her mother at the border, a 12 year old sets out on a harrowing journey to the United States to find her. Winner of Special Jury Recognition at SXSW.
- The Scientists Versus Dartmouth (2021). Dir. Sharon Shattuck. A young neuroscientist and her colleagues make a life-changing decision to speak up for women in science everywhere.
- Until She is Free (2021). Dir. Maria Finitzo. Mixed-media artist Sophia Wallace imagines a culturally cliterate world, where all people are equal and able to live with rich possibility and purpose.
- Connection (2020). Dir. Tracy Nguyen-Chung and Ciara Lacy. A lifelong angler, Autumn Harry never fished beyond the waters of her reservation – until she picked up a fly rod.
- Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business (2020). Dir. Christine Turner. There’s no stopping this legendary artist, even at age 93.
Please note that this year’s films are recommended for ages 16 and up. “Until She Is Free” contains partial nudity and themes related to sexuality.
Buy tickets or make a donation now on Eventbrite! Tickets are $23 in advance plus tax and online ticketing fees or $30 at the door, based upon availability.
The live music featuring at this event is sponsored by Fox River Academy of Music and Art!
Outdoor Jazz Trio
Drums- Ryan Boone
Piano- Atharva Iyer
Trumpet- Ryan Kazda
CALL FOR ARTISTS Artists interested in showcasing and selling their works while providing an interactive demonstration are invited to apply for one of 6 – 8 spaces. Please complete and submit the Artisan Application by August 6, 2021.
More Information: Contact Julie Hoffman, Community Engagement Coordinator – Events at 630-551-2344 or firstname.lastname@example.org