Women’s film festival to focus on image, diversity

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A young Black girl in South Los Angeles experiences a series of events that intersects racism and sexism during a Fourth of July holiday in “War Paint.’’

LUNAFEST, a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, will be hosted by Girls on the Run of Volusia County at the Athens Theatre in DeLand on Feb. 5.

This 18th annual Women’s Film Festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through eight short films by women filmmakers.

The films range from animation to fictional drama and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit Girls on the Run of Volusia County and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar, has raised more than $4 million for nonprofit organizations across the United States and Canada.

Reception, then films

An opening reception is 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 at The Elusive Grape, 120 N. Woodland Blvd., with films starting at 7 p.m. at the theater, 124 N. Florida Ave.

General tickets are $25, which includes the reception. Tickets are $15 for students. They are available at online at gotrvolusia.org.

Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that helps girls achieve their potential through a curriculum that integrates running.

For more information, contact Kathy Steen at Kathysteen09@gmail.com or 386-801-5555.

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