Last Thursday, I attended the LUNAFEST film festival in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts. LUNAFEST is an evening that brings women together to watch the premiere of 8 short films created by, for, about women.
When graciously asked to attend their event, I was excited to have the opportunity to meet an auditorium full of talented film makers and inspirational women. One in particular was a sweet lady named Mrs. de la Calzada. While waiting for my sister to arrive, the venue filled up quickly and all seats were taken, yet Mrs. de la Calzada kindly lent me half of her chair for us to share and a friendly conversation ensued. She was invited by her daughter, one of the filmmakers, and explained that she coincidentally sat next to her daughter’s film poster. The film was titled Lady Parts, the name of her daughter’s local Automotive shop for the woman in mind. Since auto mechanics are usually geared towards a mans world, women are often taken advantage of with higher charges because of their lack of auto knowledge. Lady Parts even aims to educate and assist all customers who come into their shop for repairs. If you’re a San Francisco bay area resident, I’d definitely give Lady Parts a shot! It was a pleasure speaking with Mrs. de la Calzada who was rightfully proud of her daughter and was surprised to realize that the film was also a dedication to her for serving as an inspiration.
Overall, the night was really fun. Some of my other favorite short films from the evening were Tryouts, Chicas Day, and Miss Todd because I really connected with the characters through the obstacles they overcame. It was inspiring to watch their moments of triumph. You can view the entire set of film trailers here.
The evening made me take the time to reflect on the empowering women in my life, one of which is my Aunt. She’s women game changer who has always been there for my siblings and I whenever we needed help and practically helped raise us with my parents. She’s a very kind, selfless, and upbeat individual even when times are down and will always find ways to make you laugh.
Are there any women game changers in your life that inspire you? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
LUNAFEST is holding events all over the country so if you’re interested to see if they are hosting an event near you, click here. 100 percent of proceeds from LUNAFEST goes to the Breast Cancer Fund, whose devotion is to bring awareness on the environmental causes of breast cancer. Beyond using LUNA bars for my active lifestyle, its great to know they are truly committed to advancing great causes for women.
Thank you LUNA for a great night and sponsoring today’s discussion <3