LunaFest at the Loft on International Women’s Day on March 8



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To purchase advance tickets, call WOSAC at (520) 621-5656.  Advance tickets are not available at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

Presented by WOSAC and the University of Arizona Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.

Featuring an exciting raffle for fabulous prizes, including jewelry, gift certificates to fine dining and services, and the traditional, handmade, annual Lunafest quilt!   Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10.   Bring a non-perishable food item for donating to SAAF, or a donation for PROJECT PERIOD (collecting pads and tampons for women and girls in need), and receive “2 for 1” raffle tickets!

All proceeds from Tucson Lunafest 2016 admissions and raffle ticket sales will benefit WOSAC and the Breast Cancer Fund.

Get ready for an entertaining and enlightening evening of short films made by, for and about women. This annual nationally-touring film festival brings the best short films from around the world together for one special night of cinematic excitement! This year’s program of EIGHT brand-new films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, Lunafest is united by a common thread of exceptional and inspiring storytelling – by, for and about women.

This year’s films:

Balsa Wood  – A light-hearted slice-of-life about two mixed race siblings visiting their extended Filipino family for lunch. (Dir. by Dominique Lecchi, 2014, UK, 10  mins., Not Rated)

Beach Flags – In this animated short, a young Iranian lifeguard, determined to participate in an international competition in Australia, experiences an unexpected obstacle when a new team member arrives.  (Dir. by Sarah Saidan, 2014, France/Iran, in Persian with subtites, 14 mins., Not Rated)

Boxeadora – One woman defies Fidel Castro’s ban on female boxing to follow her dreams of Olympic glory and becomes  Cuba’s first female boxer. (Dir. by Meg Smaker, 2015, USA/Cuba, in Spanish with subtitles, 17 mins., Not Rated)

Finding Jane – Through the eyes of a deaf woman just diagnosed with breast cancer, communication’s role in understanding one another is explored. (Dir. by Anna Schumaker, 2014, USA, in American Sign Language and English, 21 mins., Not Rated)

First World Problems – A tired housewife loses her car in a shopping mall – sometimes problems can open a door to a whole new world. (Dir. by Hanna Maylett, 2014, Finland, in Finnish with subtitles, 7 mins., Not Rated)

Raising Ryland  – An intimate look at partnering with no strings attached – a journey inside the transgender experience as lived by a six year old boy and his two loving parents. (Dir. by Sarah Feeley, 2015, USA, 14 mins., Not Rated)

(Approximate program running time: approximately 83 mins., Not Rated)



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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Very inspiring and unusual films for this year’s Lunafest — a deaf woman diagnosed with breast cancer, mixed Filipino children visiting a female relative in England, a woman boxer determined to continue her sport in Cuba (where women are not allowed to box professionally), a transgendered girl who knew she was a boy at age 4; a Finnish housewife encountering a Black helper in the parking garage; and an animated film of Iranian girls competing in a track race and helping each other win for the nationals. Amazing to see girls & women depicted in these movies, with international themes of cooperation and friendship. Bonus was a local film “Not Your Usual Bedtime Story” openly interviewing singles and couples (gay & straight) about sexual practices.

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