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Lunafest 2011 Comes to Tahoe

The Lady Razorbacks rugby team of Palo Alto

Lunafest, a travelling festival turned fundraiser featuring short films by, for and about women, makes its annual appearance at Squaw Valley on Thursday, December, 8.

The selected shorts on this year’s tour are as diverse as the nine women who directed them. Among the presentations are “Lady Razorbacks” by Laura Green, which portrays a group of Pacific Islander women starting a rugby team in East Palo Alto; “Every Mother Counts: Obstetric Fistula” by Christy Turlington Burns, which takes a look at a common and painful injury incurred during childbirth; “Life Model” by Lori Petchers, a portrayal of an aging nude figure model and the artwork she inspires, and “Worst Enemy” by Lake Bell, which poses the question: Is the heroine too neurotic to be “normal?"

Lunafest, which was inaugurated in 2000, has raised more than $1.2 million to benefit a variety of nonprofits and charities, including $456,000 to its main beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Fund. Eighty-five percent of the proceeds generated by the Squaw Valley event will go to Girls on the Run-Sierras, which encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through running; the remaining will go to the Breast Cancer Fund.

The Squaw Valley ’Fest, which will be held at the Olympic Village Inn, begins at 6 pm with a reception that includes appetizers, wine and silent and live auctions; the films will be shown starting at 7:30. Tickets are $35 in advance and $39 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets log on to girlsontherunsierras.org or call (530) 567-2144.