Lunafest shines light on women in film

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By Nick Seebruch
Lunafest shines light on women in film
Amanda Marini-Rhode with promotional material for Lunafest (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

CORNWALL, Ontario – Lunafest is a touring film festival featuring films made by, for and starring women, and Sexual Assault & Support Services (SASS) for Women of Cornwall, SD&G and Akwesasne is bringing the festival to Cornwall on March 30 at the Best Western Parkway Inn and Conference Centre.

Lunafest has been around since 2000, and some of the films featured this year include Are we good parents? a 2017 film that tackles issues around parenting and sexuality. There is also, War Paint, a 2018 film about a woman dealing with a toxic relationship. In addition to these, and other films, the festival will also have live artistic performances from local artists such as Danielle Vaillancourt, who will do a signing performance, Virginia Diperrio who will be performing an original song, as well as blessings and tarot card readings from Jacynthe Willemaire.

In addition to the films and live performances, there will also be a live auction, which will have a variety of prizes to bid on including a night at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. Those interested in sponsoring the live auction are asked to contact Amanda Marini-Rhode who can be reached at

Tickets for the event are $40 and are available at the SASS office or at Simply Jennifer. Some of the funds raised will go to support SASS programming including Healing Art, support groups, and their women’s empowerment series.

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