Lights, Camera, LunaFest 2017
Lights...Camera...LunaFest! LunaFest film festival hits Chicago and I'm so glad I witnessed it. As an audience, we were given the privilege to witness 9 independent films; for women, by women, and about women and I have never been so inspired to pursue a career a film as I am now. This year the fest benefits, Recovery On Water, Brave Initiatives, and Mission Propelle. The following are the top 3 short films that spoke to my spirit (in no particular order-also, I can’t recall the names of any of the characters of the films, it happens):
This film was a bit different than the others as it was in cartoon form; a rather crude children's drawing, bold, full of color and vibrant, which made this film better as the story unfolds. We are introduced to a woman whose jaw dropped when she met her husband and continued to drop throughout their relationship (goals). Like most relationships, they got married and wanted kids soon after. Unfortunately, due to a couple of miscarriages and adoption attempts that fell through, the couple were left childless. This heartache did not devastate our main character, instead made her stronger and more determined as ever. This film is a tear-jerker and leaves you in a reflective state as to what you would do in her position.
Imagine waking up snugged next to your lover in a sun-drenched studio apartment. You feel their soft skin, smell the conditioner in their hair, and reach over to caress them only to find they won’t give you any (you’re grown, you know what i mean by any) *insert record scratch*. Yup, that’s exactly what we have here: two lesbians loves that start their morning arguing about sex (or lack thereof) and end up making amends by deciding to get out of the apt to grab a smoothie. How many of us have argued with our S.O. about everything and nothing at all for the issue to be resolved with food? *raises hand*. Take notes ladies and gents.
The longest of the films coming in at a whopping 15 mins. This film is a subtitled piece of art set in a Brussels hair salon where outside a couple is arguing.The women retreats into that warm-color saturated salon where the story behind the couple’s argument unfolds. I’m ecstatic such a taboo subject was discussed from different women’s perspectives.
Being my first film fest, I entered with an open mind and left with a full soul and hunger for my own visions come to life. For more info on these films and the other shown, check out lunafest.org. Meanwhile, I’ll be researching other film fests to attend in 2017.