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LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to championing women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities, is coming to Camp Newaygo on February 7.

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through seven short films by female filmmakers. The 19th annual LunaFest’s films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers.

“Camp Newaygo is excited to host this community event that supports our tradition of opportunities for girls and women,” said Jalisa Danhof, the Camp Newaygo Director who’s organizing the festival’s Newaygo stop. “LunaFest is not just a traveling film festival; it’s a force for change.”

The LunaFest films are being shown at 7 p.m. Friday, February 7, in Camp Newaygo’s Lang Lodge, located at 5333 S. Centerline Road in Newaygo, Michigan. The total program runs 96 minutes. The films are not rated, but age 14 plus is suggested for the program. The event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation. Complimentary popcorn is provided. Please RSVP at

The LunaFest lineup for 2020 includes:

  • “Ballet After Dark,” by Monét: A young woman find strength after an attack by creating an organization to help survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence through dance therapy.
  • “Game,” by Jeannie Donohoe: A new kid in town shows up at the high school boys’ basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?
  • “Lady Parts,” by Erin Rye and Jessica Sherif:  A struggling actor finally gets her big break, only to realize the glass ceiling can also be a camera lens.
  • “How to Swim,” by Noa Gusakov: In the last days of her pregnancy, a terrified mother-to-be kidnaps a maternal stranger for an afternoon of hijinks.
  • “Purl,” by Kristen Lester and Gillian Libbert-Duncan: An earnest ball of yarn gets a job at a fast-paced, high-energy, bro-tastic start-up.
  • “There You Are,” by Lisa Donato: A trans woman must dress like a man to say goodbye to her dying grandmother.
  • “Xmas Cake – This American Shelf-Life,” by Petra Hanson and May Yam: This coming-of-middle-age story follows a pop singer’s journey from hot to not, and what ensues across cultures from New York to Tokyo.

All proceeds from LunaFest benefit Camp Newaygo, a TrueNorth community service, and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

LunaFest, which is created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar, has raised more than $5 million to date for nonprofit organizations across the United States and Canada.

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