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Saturday, February 3, 2018


The Oswego Cultural Arts Commission celebrates women in the arts with the return of LUNAFEST, a fundraising film festival of shorts by, for, and about women on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Oswego.

LUNAFEST is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. 

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. This year’s films include:

  • Girls Level Up (2016). Dir. Anne Edgar. A young Pakistani woman helps middle school girls in Silicon Valley realize their dream of designing their own video games.
  • Buttercup (2017). Dir. Megan Brotherton. Maggie needs her best friend today more than ever, but never expected she'd actually show up.
  • Toys (2106). Dir. Amanda Quaid. In 1930s farm country, a father tries to toughen up his little girl by giving her toys intended for boys, but his efforts backfire when she proves too capable.
  • Fanny Pack (2016). Dir. Uttera Singh. A comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams and a fanny pack-clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his.
  • Joy Joy Nails (2017). Dir. Joey Ally. In a Connecticut strip mall, Sarah manages a Korean-owned nail salon with an ever cheerful, K-pop pumping, manicured iron fist.
  • Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber (2017). Dir. Svetlana Cvetko. A tribute to the highest-paid silent film director at Universal Studios in 1916.
  • Jesszilla (2017). Dir. Emily Sheskin. Ten-year-old Jesselyn “Jesszilla” Silva is serious about boxing, and trains with dreams of becoming a professional fighter. Her father, Pedro, finds himself caught in between supporting her dream and worrying about her future as she tries to master a combat sport.
  • Waiting for Hassana (2017). Dir. Ifunanya Maduka. In 2014, the extremist organization Boko Haram kidnapped 276 teenage girls from a town in northeastern Nigeria. Waiting for Hassana  is a harrowing first-person account of one girl’s escape from captivity and a heart-wrenching lament for her closest friend Hassana, one of the many girls still unaccounted for.
  • Last Summer, In The Garden ( 2016). Dir. Bekky O’Neil. Featured in the 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows,  Last Summer, In the Garden recounts one woman’s journey through a joyful, fearful time of death and rebirth.

Tickets to this year’s LUNAFEST are $20 and are available at

Tickets are $25 at the door, subject to availability. In addition to the films, the festival offers artisan vendors, light snacks, wine for sale by the glass and live music courtesy of Fox River Academy.

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit Mutual Ground in its mission to create a community free of domestic and sexual violence through its shelter and education programs, as well as Chicken & Egg Pictures, a national nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, has raised more than $3 Million for nonprofit organizations across the US and Canada. 

Event information is also available at

For more information, contact Jenette Sturges, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 630-551-2392 or email                

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