Thursday night, we mosied on over to check out 13th Annual LUNAFEST, benefiting the Step Up Woman’s Network and the Breast Cancer Fund, at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in the heart of River North. Surprisingly, we found parking right next to Glazed and Infused (darn it was closed) and ran in a little late to find food lines off the chain! Our trusty friend, Melissa gave us the run down. Apparently, LYFE Kitchen had the best veggie goods but their table was all out of food. Sadness.
We squeezed our way over to the RA Sushi table and managed to grab a small plate of garlic chili edamame and then stood in the cheese line which ended with…no cheese. The lights flickered and we made our way over to prep for the films and finally scarfed down the SkinnyPop popcorn provided on our seats (yay food!!). After a couple of amazing speeches from leaders in the Step Up Women’s Network, the short films began!
Although all of them were unique and inspiring in their own way, we certainly had our VIP picks.
Kate: I adored “Flying Anne“. We are often encouraged to celebrate differences but are not always sure how to put this into practice. The main character of this short film has Tourette Syndrome and is learning how to manage in the sometimes unforgiving world of elementary school. Touching and inspiring, it’s a reminder that girls are so much more than their labels.
Monica: “Running Dry” made me smile brightly despite the harsh life circumstances such as the economic crises in Athens, Greece. The lead actress struggled financially and still gave her few precious euros to meet other people’s needs as she walked through the city. At the end, even though she had no more cash, she was full of grins and gratification.
After the show ended, we managed to grab tiny chocolate raspberry chia parfaits from LYFE Kitchen and then were treated with the pick of the litter of a 3 pack of LUNA Bars. Perhaps we dug a little for the Chocolate Dipped Coconut…perhaps.
Missed LUNAFEST? You can still catch the tour in several cities and archived LUNAFEST films are available here.