Women in Film Festival at the University of Idaho

By Nicole Hindberg on March 4, 2019

This week, the University of Idaho’s Women Center will take part in a nationwide celebration of women in films. This festival showcases short films for and about women. This festival is fundraising for Chicken and Egg Pictures. This company supports female filmmakers who are activists for social change.

This organization was found in 2005 by Julie Parker Benellow, Wendy Ettinger, and Judith Helfand. According to their website, they were “inspired by a shared belief in the power of women storytellers. They create a space where women could learn from each other, test their limits, challenge the status quo, and break new ground both as artists and activists”. This organization has been celebrating these women and their accomplishments as activists and filmmakers ever since the foundation of the organization.

More information on this organization can be found at: https://chickeneggpics.org/

The Lunafest Film Festival was founded in 2000. Lunafest also showcases the work of female directors and storytellers from all over the world. The film festival begins Tuesday Mar 5 at 6:30 p.m. with a reception with food and drinks for attendants. The films begin showing at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center.

The films are not rated but they suggest that everyone in attendance should be 13 years or older or be accompanied by a parent as the content may not be suitable for younger audience members.

This year’s films include Flip the Record by Marie Jamora, The Final Show by Dana Nachman, My Immigrant Story by Yuriko Gamo Romer, War Paint by Katrelle N. Kindred, Drummer Girl by Sophie Hexter, Are We Good Parents? by Bola Ogun, Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday by Jackie Files, and Ur Dead to Me by Yonoko Li.

These films are described by the Lunafest film festival organizers as “diverse, unique and limited-distribution films by independent women filmmakers and screenwriters. Similar showings are being held across the United States this week in order to celebrate these women and their contributions to the film industry.

Tickets are available at the Women’s Center on the University of Idaho campus or at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students (with an ID card) for just the film or $8 for the reception and the film. General admission is $8 for just the film and $15 for the reception and the film.

More information on the University of Idaho’s Lunafest showings can be found at: https://www.uidaho.edu/diversity/edu/womens-center/events/lunafest

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