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Lunafest presents films for women, by women

Women’s Center and APB sponsor film festival for Women’s History Month

March 18, 2015
By: Julie Ratcliffe

The movie industry has not been kind to women since they first graced the silver screen. Misrepresentation and IMG_7934under representation have plagued the business for years and even now in a world more accepting of working women, it is still a problem. In fact, according to the Geena Davis Institute, “the percentage of female speaking characters in top-grossing movies has not meaningfully changed in roughly a half of a century”. Women are barely even seen on the screen. The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found females comprise only 15% of protagonist’s roles in movies in 2013.

This year’s Academy Awards exemplified the problem. Out of the 7 best picture nominations, The Theory of Everything was the only film featuring a woman in a lead role. Felicity Jones starred and was the only woman in the Lead Actress category with a film in the Best Picture category. Julianne Moore, Winner of the Best Actress in a lead role at this year’s Oscar often speaks to women’s right and lack of complex roles for women in movies. Moore understands the importance of women seeing real women and real stories on the silver screen. After winning her Oscar, she told the press backstage “I go to the movies […] to see complicated, interesting stories about real people and relationships”

Lunafest is Ship’s Women’s Center solution to the representation problem. This film series features 8 films made for women, by women. Lunafest was founded by Luna, the creators of a nutrition bar for women. This film fest raises awareness of female stories and filmmakers and is a chance to raise money for charity. APB has purchased the rights to show the films and the Lunafest organization gives the money to the Breast Cancer Fund.
Lunafest will find its way to Shippensburg University’s campus March 25 & 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the CUB Orndorff Theatre.

The film series is a part of Women’s History Month events hosted by the Women’s Center. For more information and a calendar of events, contact wmscentr@ship.edu or visit the women’s center website.

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