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LUNAFEST features award-winning films on Feb. 9

OSWEGO, ILL. – It may be awards season for Hollywood blockbusters, but this year some of the best films hitting the indie circuit are coming straight to Oswego.

The Oswego Cultural Arts Commission celebrates women in the arts with the return of LUNAFEST, a fundraising film festival of shorts by and about women on Saturday, Feb. 9, in Oswego. This year’s lineup includes the unique opportunity to watch films that have won awards over the past year at AFI Fest, Sundance, SxSW and other prestigious festivals, plus undiscovered gems.

This year’s films cover topics such as health, body image, racism, immigration, death and the pursuit of your passion. Films include:


  • Flip the Record (2017). Dir. Marie Jamora. Using her older brother’s turntable on the sly, a Fililpino-American teen discovers her own identity. Winner of the Urban World Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival.
  • The Final Show (2016). Dir. Dana Nachman. A woman who has lived a long life full of love and loss has to decide based on all that she’s learned who to take along to eternity.
  • My Immigrant Story (2017). Dir. Yuriko Gamo Romer. The hot-button issue of immigration inspired the director to reflect on her own path to American citizenship, narrating over selections from her family’s home movies.
  • War Paint (2018). Dir. Katrelle N. Kindred. A young black girl in South Los Angeles experiences a series of events that intersects racism and sexism during the 4th of July holiday. Winner of the AFI Fest and Nominee at Sundance Film Festival.
  • Drummer Girl (2017). Dir. Sophie Hexter. Losing her eyesight does not stop a prodigious rock n’ rock drummer from pursuing her passion.
  • Are We Good Parents? (2018). Dir. Bola Ogun. When a couple’s 14-year-old daughter says she’s going to her first dance with her classmate, they question their preconceived notions of her sexuality and their openness as parents. Screened at SxSW Film Festival.
  • Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday (2018). Dir. Jackie Files. A young woman finds her old diaries while moving out of her childhood bedroom and learns to make peace with herself.
  • Ur Dead to Me (2017). Dir. Yonoko Li. A dried-flower delivery woman gets a glimpse into the cycles of love and loss. 

Films featured in LUNAFEST are not rated, however, organizers suggest that this year’s lineup will be most suited to viewers ages 13 and up.

Advanced tickets to this year’s LUNAFEST are $20 and can be purchased at or from the Facebook event page. Search “Lunafest 2019.”

Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25, subject to availability. In addition to the films, the festival offers artisan vendors, light snacks 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.

Event information is also available at

For more information, contact Julie Hoffman, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 630-551-2344 or email             



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.

To date, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, has raised more than $4.7 million for nonprofit organizations across the US and Canada.


Go downtown and make it a full day with friends!

There’s so much happening in downtown Oswego – and all for some great causes! Make plans for a full day of fun on Saturday, Feb. 9, with the Chocolate Walk for Charity from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Oswego, just before LUNAFEST.  

The Chocolate Walk benefits Celebrate Differences, an Oswego-based organization providing opportunities to children of all abilities, and invites chocolate lovers to stroll through downtown Oswego shops to sample handcrafted chocolatey treats. Chocolate Walk tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, visit



WHAT: LUNAFEST Film Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, Doors open at 3 p.m. Films start at 4 p.m.                                  

WHERE: Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego IL 60543                      

TICKETS: $20 pre-sale at, $25 at the door

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