LUNAFEST (films by, for, about Women) at the Loft



March is  Women’s History (“Herstory”) Month. Check out this annual event at the Loft Cinema in celebration of women during the entire month. It’s also Girls’ Day today in my Japanese culture, when we honor the girls in our families (Carolyn’s note).

Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00pm

General Admission: $10 • Students: $5,,

 To purchase tickets in advance 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.

Proceeds from Tucson Lunafest 2014 admissions and raffle ticket sales will benefit WOSAC (The Women’s Studies Advisory Council) 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 NINE 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:
Date with Fate
When it comes to blind dating, some things are meant to be—whether you like it or not.

Flying Anne
A young girl with Tourette’s Syndrome takes “flight” to navigate life with her tics.

Maria of Many
Meet Maria – Mexican immigrant, domestic worker, committed mom and activist.

A woman walks through life, confronts her changing body and learns to love herself. Animated.

Tiny Miny Magic
When Sam and her mailman exchange presents via her mailbox, an unexpected love connection blooms.

First Match
A determined female wrestler prepares for her first co-ed high school match in this inspiring documentary.

Granny’s Got Game
Seven fiercely competitive women in their seventies bond and play winning basketball, proving you are never too old to do what you love.
Running Dry
A woman impacted by economic hardships journeys into contemporary Athens.

Sound Shadows
Enter a world where sound gives space to shape. Animated.
(Approximate program running time: 120 mins., Not Rated) Digital

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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).