Lunafest arriving at The Grand April 27

ELLSWORTH — A traveling film festival that “connects women, their stories and their causes through film” is coming to The Grand next week.

Lunafest will hit the screen at The Grand on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. Established 17 years ago by Luna, the makers of the whole nutrition bar for women, the film festival “spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes.”

The cost of admission is $15. Proceeds from the event go to benefit The Next Step Domestic Violence Project, based in Ellsworth and which helps victims of domestic violence in Hancock and Washington counties.

Organizer Becky Pease said Lunafest first came to Hancock County in 2012 at The Grand. In years since, it has been shown locally at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport and is returning to Ellsworth this year.

Lunafest, according to Pease, has grown from a single annual event to a nationwide movement with 180 screenings around North America each year. To date, 136 filmmakers have been featured and nearly $3.6 million has been raised for charity.

The nine short films featured in this year’s Lunafest (the total run time of the program is just under 90 minutes, according to the Lunafest website) are as follows:

  • “Another Kind of Girl,” by Khaldiya Jibawi
  • “Family Tale,” by Dr. Patricia Beckmann-Wells
  • “Free to Laugh,” by Lara Everly
  • “Join the Club,” by Eva Vives
  • “Niñera,” by Diane Welpert
  • “Nkosi Coiffure,” by Frederike Migom
  • “Partners,” by Joey Ally
  • “The Honeys and the Bears,” by Veena Rao
  • “The Third Dad,” by Theresa Moerman Ib.

For more information about Lunafest, visit

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller has worked at The Ellsworth American since 2012. He covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland. [email protected]