11th Annual LunaFest Short Films Festival

Saturday, March 3, 2012


If you consume powerbars, you'll no doubt be familiar with Clif and Luna bars, but you may not know this same company is in the film biz. In 2000 they created LunaFest a short film festival by, for and about women.

It's a traveling, one night film festival; this year (Friday, March 2, 2012) one of the stops was Chestnut Hill, PA (30 minutes outside Center City Philadelphia for any non-local readers). One of Tinsel & Tine's missions is to highlight film and food events around the city; this one was of particular interest because it was located in my own backyard, and served as a community fundraising event.



Here's how it works: If you are an organization looking to do a fundraising event, contact Lunafest and fill out an application to be a host.

Last night's host was Chestnut Hill Hospital who will in turn donate the proceeds to St. Catherine Laboure Medical Clinic, whose mission it is to provide compassionate, high quality, comprehensive, primary medical care to those without health insurance.

Lunafest is also in a fight against breast cancer, so 85% of the profits will go to the host/clinic and 15% is donated to The Breast Cancer Fund.

I thoroughly enjoyed: talking to the attendees (view slide show above), the spread catered by fresh, local, natural Weavers Way Co-op and most surprisingly, the short films selected.

Truth be told, I really didn't expect the shorts to be good. I figured the emphasis would be on bringing women together on a Friday night, for food, laughter, networking and donations. The films I assumed would be banal at best. Not so, the screening consisted of award winning filmmakers, every piece well-produced, imaginative, informative and an example of excellent storytelling.

My favorite - I'm a Girl by Susan Koenen (Amsterdam)
The film featured a series of interviews with a 13 year-old "girl" Joppe, who was actually born a boy. Sure, we've seen this story before, especially for those of us that attend QFest
However, this young girl has such a handle on this issue, you'll feel ashamed at not being more accepting of your own imperfections.  (Visit my musings blog Book of Hours, for more on this film).

2nd favorite - Worst Enemy by Lake Bell (USA)
Off-beat comedy about a quirky, single woman struggling with Lactose intolerance and anxiety. The true genius of the film is comedic actress, Michaela Watkins.

The other films screened:
Every Mother Counts: Obstetric Fistula by Christy Turlington Burns

How to be Alone by Andrea Dorfman

Lady Razor Backs by Laura Green


Missed Connections by Mary Robertson

 Life Model by Lori Petchers


A Reluctant Bride  by Shideh Faramand

 The Wind is Blowing on my Street by Saba Riazi


LunaFest Committee: Cathy Brzozowski, Joanne Rosenbaum, Anne Workman, Sylvia Studenmund, Kathleen Welsh Beveridge


In Kind Donations: Brossman Center, Brewers Outlet, Edwin Slogoff Photography


Raffle Donors: Avenida Restaurant, Chestnut 7 Restaurant, Cin Cin Restaurant, Iron Hill Brewery, Kitchen Basket, Trolley Car Diner, McMenamin's Tavern, Morris Arboretum, Woodmere Art Gallery

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Food n Film: CHEF
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Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE

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...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

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Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST

Food n Film: TODAY'S SPECIAL

Food n Film: TODAY'S SPECIAL
With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST

Food n Film: BABETTE'S FEAST

Food n Film: BABETTE'S FEAST
Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"

Philly Food and Film

Videographer Oliver Gallini 5 min short featuring organic-chemist-turned-chef, Townsend Wentz, who got his start at The Four Seasons Philadelphia.

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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