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September 24, 2010

RSU to Present Short Films on Women's Issues

Short films focusing on women's issues will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 14, as part of the Fine Arts Film Series at Rogers State University.

The 10 short films will begin at 7 p.m. in the Will Rogers Auditorium on the RSU campus in Claremore. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for Safenet Services, which operates a women's shelter in Claremore.

Attendees will be asked to make a cash donation, or bring goods and household items that will be given to the shelter, which needs the following items in good condition: bath towels, alarm clocks, pillows, diaper rash ointment, maternity clothing, trash bags, baby gear and children's underwear of all sizes, as well as other items detailed at the shelter's website, www.safenetservices.org.

The films are part of LUNAFEST, a film festival of short films by, for and about women, said Dr. Hugh Foley, fine arts professor and assistant director of the RSU Fine Arts Film Series. LUNAFEST, which tours nationally, was developed to raise awareness for women's issues and support non-profit organizations serving women in the U.S. and Canada, he said.

"This is a great opportunity to see original and creative short films while supporting a very worthy cause," Foley said. "The films are diverse in style and subject matter, united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling."

Those interested in learning more about the individual films of LUNAFEST can find descriptions and trailers for each of the films at www.lunafest.org.

Luna Fest is also renowned for celebrating the talents and stories of women, and includes many award-winning short films, he said.

Dr. Laura Gray, RSU associate professor of English, will introduce the films.

For more information about the films, call (918) 343-7566.