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LUNAFEST Brings the Stories of Women to LMU

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Loyola Marymount University's Committee on the Status of Women will host LUNAFEST, a film festival by, for and about women, in Mayer Theater in the Communication and Fine Arts Building on Saturday, Oct. 17.

The annual event was established in 2000 by LUNA -- makers of the whole nutrition bar for women -- to promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women's issues, and support women's nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Gail Buck, co-chair of the Committee on the Status of Women and director of the Office of Black Student Services said that the festival is a perfect opportunity to introduce the committee to the LMU community.

"The mission behind LUNAFEST is very similar to ours," Buck said. "We'll be able to contribute financially both to the LMU community and to breast cancer awareness."

Fifteen percent of the festival's proceeds will go to LUNAFEST to support the Breast Cancer Fund. The remaining proceeds will support students through scholarships, events and activities.

Premiering at the festival is "A Crushing Love" directed by Sylvia Morales, associate professor in the School of Film and Television. The film examines the lives of five activist women whose dedication to social change had significant influence in their communities and how they managed the conflicting challenges of being a mother at the same time.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. For more information on the films, filmmakers, and screening schedule, visit http://www.lunafest.org.

Posted Oct. 12, 2009