Lunafest Film Festival sparks creativity with films, Invisibility Puzzle |

Lunafest Film Festival sparks creativity with films, Invisibility Puzzle

The Invisibility Puzzle, an ongoing community art project, is created with recycled and found items.
Sarah Valentino/courtesy
2018 Lunfest films include: “Butterdcup” by Megan Brotherton “Girls Level Up” by Anne Edgar “Toys” by Amanda Quaid “Fanny Pack” by Uttera Singh “Joy Nails” by Joey Ally “Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber” by Svetlana Cvetko “Jesszilla” by Emily Sheskin “Waiting for Hassana” by Ifunanya Maduka “Last Summer, In the Garden” by Bekky O’Neil  

The Invisibility Puzzle, an ongoing community art project, is created with recycled and found items. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Valentino)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Made by and for women, the annual Lunafest Film Festival will make its way to Steamboat Springs on Thursday.

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Young Bloods Collective will present the ninth annual Lunafest, a nationally touring film festival of award-winning short films, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in Library Hall.

The film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers.

This year there will be a new addition to the lineup with a screening of local filmmaker Courtney Blackmer’s film, “The Confluence,” which explores how the physical landscapes of the Grand Canyon shape the cultural, emotional and spiritual landscapes of the Navajo people who inhabit it.

If you go

What: Lunafest
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library
Cost: $10 donation

The short documentary focuses on the controversial Escalade Development, which proposes a gondola to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers intersect.

In addition to the films, Young Bloods Collective will have the Invisibility Puzzle for the community to learn about and create their own contribution to a county-wide living art piece — a project led by the Northwest Colorado Health Partnership.

“The basic idea of it is that people of the community create something that’s personal or meaningful to them and then embedding that into this community project,” said Sarah Valentino, regional coordinator of Northwest Colorado Health Partnership who came up with the idea. “It’s representative of an individual with his or her experiences contributing that to the community — those small pieces coming together to form something bigger.”

So far, materials for the puzzle include recycled and found items like paper beads, strips of paper rolled up containing messages written inside and tree cookies, which are decorated discs cut from tree trimmings.

“This encourages people to explore their own invisible aspects of their identity that’s not often seen or talked about,” Valentino said.

The project, which is in its beginning stages, was showcased at the Farmers Market earlier this summer as well as at the Steamboat Movement Fest. The Invisibility Puzzle will be part of the “Our Voices Will Be Heard” event Friday at the Strings Music Pavilion.

“I don’t really have a vision for what the larger piece will look like, because it’s a collaboration — the pieces have yet to be created,” Valentino said. “Eventually, the hope is that it will be a traveling display.”

The $10 donation at the door will support Young Bloods Collective and SPEAK 2019.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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