2018 Films

BUTTERCUP

Maggie needs her best friend today more than ever, but never expected she'd actually show up. 


Filmmaker: Megan Brotherton  

GIRLS LEVEL UP

A young Pakistani women who grew up in a conservative Muslim neighborhood in the Middle East helps middle school girls in Silicon Valley realize their dream of designing their own video game. 


Filmmaker:  Anne Edgar

TOYS

In 1930's farm country, a father wants a son, but he gets a little girl. He tries to toughen her up by giving her toys intended for boys. His efforts backfire when she proves a little too capable for comfort. 


Filmmaker:  Amanda Quaid

FANNY PACK

A comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams and a fanny pack-clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his. 


Filmmaker: Uttera Singh 

JOY JOY NAILS

In an upmarket Connecticut strip mall, Korean Sarah manages a Korean-owned nail salon with an ever cheerful, K-pop pumping, manicured iron fist. When Chinese Mia starts training as a manicurist, and looks to be stealing the boss’s son’s affections, Sarah gets her claws out—only to discover the terrible truth under the varnish at JOY JOY NAILS. 


Filmmaker: Joey Ally

YOURS SINCERELY, LOIS WEBER

A tribute to the highest-paid silent film director at Universal Studios in 1916. 


Filmmaker: Svetlana Cvetko

JESSZILLA

Jesselyn “Jesszilla” Silva is serious about boxing, and at 10 years old trains seriously with dreams of becoming a professional fighter. Her father, Pedro, finds himself caught in between supporting her dream and worrying about her future as she tries to master a combat sport. 


Filmmaker: Emily Sheskin

WAITING FOR HASSANA

 In 2014, the extremist organization, Boko Haram, kidnapped 276 teenage girls from a town in northeastern Nigeria. WAITING FOR HASSANA is a harrowing first-person account of one girl’s escape from captivity and a heart-wrenching lament for her closest friend Hassana — one of the many girls still unaccounted for... 


Filmmaker: Ifunanya Maduka 

LAST SUMMER, IN THE GARDEN

Last summer, in the garden recounts one woman’s journey through a joyful, fearful time of death and rebirth. Last summer, in the garden is featured in the touring program The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows. 


Filmmaker: Bekky O'Neil


LunaFest Palm Springs 2018: Huge Success!!

On Saturday, January 27th, Soroptimist International of Palm Springs hosted our 7th annual fundraising short film festival, LunaFest Palm Springs.


Our first year at our new location, Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School, proved to be our biggest and best event to date!! 


With close to 600 in attendance, our annual fundraiser turned out to be a smashing success!! 


The morning started with complimentary fresh coffee provided by Ristretto and pastries provide by Aspen Mills. In attendance was Dee Dee Wilson Barton from Barton CPA, our Diamond Sponsor through 2020. 


We also had a special guest speaker, Joey Ally, Director of Joy Joy Nails, one of the short films included in this year's lineup. Joey told us about her start in film making and what it's like to be a woman in the film making industry, as well as answered audience questions. 


Soroptimist of Palm Springs would like to thank our sponsors and all attendees for making our 2018 event the best to date! 


We hope everyone will join us again next year for LunaFest Palm Springs 2019 on Saturday, January 26th, 2019!! Be sure to tell a friend!


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