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Virtual Screening: Oakland, CA


Sep 16, 2020
| $25.00

Join us for Reel Stories' Screening of LUNAFEST: films created by & about women!

About this Event

As part of Reel Stories annual Fall Fundraiser, we're hosting LUNAFEST: a series of short films created by and about women! Join us 6 PM PST on September 16 to watch the films followed by a Q&A with Petra Hanson, filmmaker of Xmas Cake- This American Shelf Life .

Want to enjoy a delicious meal while watching these films? Perle restaurant in Oakland is offering a specialized Reel Stories X LUNAFEST menu! Available as "heat & serve" on Sept 15 or "ready to eat" on Sept. 16 until 5PM! Perle is generously donating 50% of the proceeds from this menu to Reel Stories. Keep an eye out for Reel Stories X LUNAFEST menu coming soon!

LUNAFEST will showcase Purl, GameXmas Cake- This American Shelf Life & How to SwimYou can learn more about the films here.

For those who cannot attend this Live session, we will be providing a link to the films after the live session available for a 24 hour period.

*Every dollar raised in ticket sales & donations will be matched by the Quest Foundation, meaning you'll double your impact in support of female media creators!*


Tickets $25 for Live session & Q&A ; $35 for 24 hour link

6 PM PST Tune into the Zoom for an introduction & receive the link to the films.

6:10 PST Begin films. We will keep the zoom on during this time for those who want to discuss the films via chat while watching.

7:10 PST Zoom Q&A with Xmas Cake filmmaker Petra Hanson!


Petra Hanson is a writer, producer, and emerging animator from New York. A former international pop star turned activist, storyteller, and filmmaker, Hanson spent her decade-long music career writing pop songs (in Japanese), art-directing her music videos, and curating a persona that earned her band, Gaijin A Go Go, a deal with Sony and unexpected fame in Japan. This chapter of her life later inspired a story that she told live onstage for the storytelling platform The Moth, which became the subject of her first film, Xmas Cake—This American Shelf-Life. Nominated for Best Short Documentary at 2019’s Tribeca Film Festival, Xmas Cake showcases Hanson’s music, her gift for storytelling, and the adept visual language of her animations.

Her degree in photography from Cornell University helped Hanson build her lifelong proficiency in visual art and design. And the time she spent assisting iconic photographer Mary Ellen Mark helped shape her sensibilities and desire to tell fierce stories of adversity and resilience that are often overlooked by the mainstream.

Hanson is the founder and producer of The B/Sider, a live storytelling series and podcast dedicated to celebrating those who forge their own inspiring path after hitting the Top 40. "

PLEASE NOTE: Films featured in LUNAFEST are not rated but we suggest age 13+ for this season's lineup.

Zoom link will be sent to Live Event attendees the morning of the event. A Vimeo streaming link and passcode will be in the zoom chat during the introduction. Those watching on their own will receive the link via email after the live event.

This showing of LUNAFEST will benefit Reel Stories . All proceeds from ticket sales, donations and sponsorships go directly to Reel Stories programs. Perle is donating 50% of the proceeds from LUNAFEST X Reel Stories dinner menu to Reel Stories.

Reel Stories is an Oakland-based nonprofit that aims to train, mentor and support the next generation of female/non-binary filmmakers and creators. Our small yet mighty team has been working relentlessly to transition all of our in-person workshops into a digital-friendly format for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. We encourage you to share and enjoy access to our content no matter where you are in the world - welcome to our online community.

Thank you for your support!


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