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Lunafest Auction and Film Fest to Support Girls on the Run
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The money raised through this weekend’s auction and film festival will support Girls on the Run programs for youngsters like these.
   
Thursday, November 11, 2021
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

Superstar softball player AJ Andrews is the first woman to win Rawling’s Golden Glove, an award given to the best fielders in baseball and softball.

But it does little to put her on the radar of ball fans, nor does it change the fact that she earns less than $15,000 a year in an industry more willing to pay female athletes to model than to play their sport.

Her story is told in “Knocking Down the Fences,” one of a handful of short films that will be shown during this year’s Lunafest Film Festival.

Girls on the Run of Southern Idaho will host a virtual Lunafest Auction and Film Festival today through Sunday, Nov. 14, as a fundraiser for the organization that seeks to boost self-esteem and more among young girls.

Those who tune in can bid on auction items, which include hotel stays, clothing, jewelry, dining, vacation homes and more, over the course of all four days. They also can watch the Lunafest films at leisure during a 48-hour period between 6 p.m. tonight and Saturday, Nov. 13.

Lunafest is a female-focused film festival featuring films by women spotlighting women’s issues. In addition, to the film spotlighting AJ Andrews, viewers will be able to watch “Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business.” The film is about a 93-year-old working artist who has had solo shows at museums around the world and was a key figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s.

Her radical critique of derogatory images of African Americans was one of her contributions to contemporary American art. She empowered Aunt Jemima, for instance, by giving her a rifle and a grenade.

“I am a person who walks looking down,” she says in the film regarding her use of found materials, “Because you can find lots of great things on the ground.”

“Overexposed: Filming an Arctic Odyssey” offers a behind-the-scenes look at the film team that captured the story of the Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition. And “Connection” zeroes in on an indigenous woman who had never fished beyond the waters of her reservation until she picked up a fly rod.

Other shorts in this year’s festival include “A Line Birds Cannot See,” the animated story of a 12-year-old who sets out to find her mother after she’s separated from her at the border. Also, “The Scientists Versus Dartmouth,” which focuses on a young neuroscience.

There will also be an interview with filmmaker Meg Shutzer and pro softball player Andrews from “Knocking Down the Fences.”

Girls on the Run of Southern Idaho just wrapped up its fall season in which 23 coaches worked with 76 girls at six sites in the Wood River Valley and Twin Falls.

“It was so exciting to see so many girls grow and learn through our programs,” said the organization’s new director Molly Goodyear! Participating in Girls on the Run was transformational for the girls through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity that boosted their self-esteem and confidence

Register for the Film Festival and bid on auction items at www.gotrsouthernidaho.org/lunafest.

Questions? Contact Molly! Goodyear, molly.goodyear@girlsontherun.org., 208.788.7863


 

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