Lunafest Film Series Focuses on Women's Stories

Published : Monday, February 11, 2019 | 6:17 AM

Luna Fest at the Pasadena Public Library will offer a series of short films made by women, for women, about women.

Lunafest is the brainchild of LUNA nutrition bar founder Kit Crawford. It has been around a while, since 2000, and left something of a mark by creating a platform for women’s stories, stories that would have otherwise remained untold.

Boundless Brilliance is the nonprofit hosting the Feb. 20 event. It is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit empowering students to embrace their brilliance and realize a future of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Through the event, Boundless Brilliance aims to raise funds for its continuing mission.

“We seek to dismantle the restrictive notion of who can be a scientist, before biased perceptions of STEM professionals are internalized by connecting and engaging students across generations through empowering dialogue and hands-on science experiments,” Audrey Shawley, Boundless Brilliance Executive Director and Co-Founder, said. “We establish chapters on college campuses, and organize college student volunteers to go out into their local community and encourage elementary school students, especially girls, to have the confidence to explore futures in STEM.”

Boundless Brilliance works with students beginning at age five, to build confidence before conflict arises. They work with college students to reinforce their capabilities at the critical time of workforce entry.

Their program is available to all genders. “We believe that true gender equity will not be achieved until all people believe that girls are brilliant and their potential is boundless,” Shawley said.

Lunafest 2019 is a celebration of Boundless Brilliance’s second anniversary, Shawley said.

Shawley, who majored in biochemistry at Occidental College, and two other female scientists at Oxy – Hannah Hayes and Nina Doeff – founded Boundless Brilliance in 2017. The nonprofit has grown to three college campuses throughout Southern California, 75 college student volunteers, and 25 staff, with their empowerment model now reaching over 6,000 elementary school students.

Lunafest 2019 will be held at Pasadena Central Library’s Donald Wright Auditorium, at 285 East Walnut Street, on Feb. 20, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 with an advance purchase and $25 at the door. The proceeds go directly towards bringing the Boundless Brilliance program to more classrooms.

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