Soroptimist International of Palm Spring President, and LunaFest Co-Chair, Samantha Dewing with Bola Ogun, director of "Are We Good Parents?"
Bola Ogun is a first generation Nigerian-American, an alum of the University of North Texas, and based in Los Angeles. She was selected for the class of 2014 AFI Directing Workshop for Women, the inaugural class for the Ryan Murphy’s Television HALF Mentorship Program, and one of the five filmmakers chosen for Robert Rodriguez’s docuseries REBEL WITHOUT A CREW. Ogun’s second short film ARE WE GOOD PARENTS? had its world premiere at South By Southwest, screened at Outfest, Urbanworld, Napa Valley, Edmonton International, and won top awards at AT&T's SHAPE Event.
Her ﬁrst short, THE WATER PHOENIX, supported by two crowdfunding campaigns and a grant from California Institute of Contemporary Arts, screened internationally and received positive reviews from Black Girl Nerds and Shadow And Act. Ogun has also written a guest post for Indiewire titled “Enough with the ‘Black Movies’ Bring on the Black Mermaids,” an essay on bringing intersectionality to Fantasy and Sci-Fi films.
"Are We Good Parents?" is part of the 2019 LunaFest Palm Springs lineup!!
LunaFest is a film festival of short films made by, for, and about women. LunaFest Palm Springs is organized by Soroptimist International of Palm Springs, a women's service organization aiming to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Proceeds will benefit the Soroptimist of Palm Springs service projects, along with Chicken & Egg Pictures, which supports women filmmakers.
This season’s program of eight selected 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 storytelling - by, for and about women.
This will be our second LunaFest to be held at the new Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School. The newly renovated location will be able to accommodate 865 guests for what is sure to be our best event to date!
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