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LUNAFEST, a traveling festival featuring a collection of short films that highlight female filmmakers and raise awareness about women’s lives, is returning to the islands for its third year.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. tonight for the 7:00 p.m. showing at the Sanibel Community House. In honor of the 100th anniversary of event host Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, this year’s tickets will be free.

“The Zonta mission is to empower women in all sorts of ways,” event chair Carol Gestwicki said. “LUNAFEST was started to empower women filmmakers and to bring the spotlight to things that are important to women.”

This year’s festival will feature six short films from around the country and beyond. Each of the films will feature a snippet at the beginning spotlighting the creators of the work, so guests will hear from the filmmakers themselves.

Created in various formats – including animation – each work is unique and thought-provoking. This year’s lineup will include:

“Purl”: An earnest ball of yarn gets a job at a fast-paced, high-energy start-up.

“Ballet After Dark”: A young woman finds strength after an attack by creating an organization to help survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence through dance therapy.

“There You Are”: A trans woman must dress like a man to say goodbye to her dying grandmother.

“Xmas Cake – This American Shelf-Life”: A coming-of-middle-age story that follows a pop singer’s journey from hot to not, and what ensues across cultures from New York to Tokyo.

“Game”: A new kid in town shows up at the high school boys’ basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?

“Lady Parts”: A struggling actor finally gets her big break, only to realize the glass ceiling can also be a camera lens.

“How To Swim”: In the last days of her pregnancy, a terrified mother-to-be kidnaps a maternal stranger for an afternoon of hijinks.

Following the approximately 75-minute program of short films, a bonus short film on the story of the Equal Rights Amendment will premier featuring the work of our very own islanders. Film producers and Zontians Laura DeBruce and Kate Sergeant met with experts on history in America and constitutional law professors, as well as women in Florida to talk about the yet-to-be-passed ERA.

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Gestwicki noted that anyone intrigued by film will enjoy the event. “Please don’t think these are only films for women,” she said. “We welcome everybody.”

Tickets to the annual fest are normally $20 per person.

“But this is Zonta’s 100th anniversary,” Gestwicki said, noting that it was founded in the same year that women gained the right to vote in the United States. “So one thing we thought we would do is make this available to the community as part of the celebration this year.”

To reserve free tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/lunafest-sanibel-fl-tickets-82840884315.

For more information, visit www.zontasancap.com. The Sanibel Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way.




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