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Film fundraiser for women returns
Lunafest aids Faith's House
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Forsyth County News

If you're going
• What:
Lunafest Film Festival benefitting Faith's House
• When: Doors open at 1 p.m.; films begin at 1:30 p.m.
• Where: Northside Hospital-Forsyth, Bennett Education Room
• Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door
• For more or to purchase tickets: www.faithshouseinc.org

An afternoon of "really cool" short films will benefit a local women's organization.

Valerie Daniels, founder of Faith's House, said the organization is holding Lunafest on Saturday.

Faith's House is a nonprofit  organization that seeks to empower single mothers through education and other resources.

Lunafest is a film festival featuring 10 short works made by women for women.

The festival is presented throughout the nation by Luna Nutrition, which makes a dietary bar for women, in conjunction with other nonprofits.

Daniels explained nonprofits agree to show the 10 films and then 85 percent of the proceeds are split between the local organizations and the Breast Cancer Fund, Luna's chosen charity, which gets 15 percent.

In 2010, Daniels said the event raised about $1,400 for Faith's House.

"For our first one, we were happy about that," said Daniels, noting that heavy rain may have kept some people away last year.

"We're hoping for better weather this year, but not too good because if the weather's too good people won't want to sit inside and watch movies."

She added that the group hopes to draw "as many as possible" to the film fest.

"We get an extra $250 if we have at least 75 people in the seats," she said.

The movies, which include comedies, dramas and even animation, all revolve around women and women's issues.

"These films make you laugh, make you cry and make you think," Daniels said.

Faith's House meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at Forsyth Christian School in south Forsyth.

The meetings provide single mothers with resources such as work and educational opportunities.

The organization also assists them with holiday expenses, Daniels said, noting the organization is always looking for new members.

"Any single mother is welcome to our meetings and we have free child care and lunch," she said.