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Opens on August 26

Run Time: 79 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Gateway Film Center is proud to bring LUNAFEST back to Columbus. Experience the festival August 25 and August 27 only at the Film Center.

Celebrating a powerful and diverse set of women filmmakers and giving their short films a national platform. Since 2001, the festival has supported the work of more than 170 filmmakers, raising over $6.5 million for local women’s causes and raising awareness for some of the most pressing issues facing society today.

The 2022 season features 8 inspiring new films by women, about women. Learn more about this year’s program and filmmakers at

The Program

How to be at Home

Filmmaker: Andrea Dorfman
Country: United States
Synopsis: An animated poem about coping with isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Close Ties to Home Country

Filmmaker: Akanksha Cruczynski
Country: United States
Synopsis: An immigrant dog walker finds connection in the hearts of the wealthy pets she cares for.

Generation Impact: The Coder

Filmmaker: Samantha Knowles
Country: United States
Synopsis: A 13-year-old girl designs and builds a mobile app to help kids stay connected to their incarcerated parents by sending photos and letters.

Proof of Loss

Filmmaker: Katherine Fisher
Country: United States
Synopsis: When a fire takes their home, a father and daughter must find a way to salvage what remains: each other.

When You Clean a Stranger’s Home

Filmmaker: Sharon Arteaga
Country: United States
Synopsis: A first-generation high school student describes what she and her mom learn about people when cleaning their homes.

Between the Lines: Liz at Large

Filmmaker: Abi Cole
Country: United States
Synopsis: Frustrated with the lack of character diversity in The New Yorker’s cartoons, an artist submits her own illustrations, becoming the first Black woman cartoonist in the magazine’s near-century run.

Wearable Tracy

Filmmaker: Emily McAllister
Country: United States
Synopsis: A Bronx woman’s accidental social experiment connects her with fellow New Yorkers who might otherwise forever remain strangers.

To the Future, With Love

Filmmakers: Shaleece Haas & Hunter “Pixel” Jimenez
Country: United States
Synopsis: An animated self-portrait of a nonbinary trans teen caught between the expectations of his Guatemalan immigrant family and his dreams of living happily ever after with his long-distance boyfriend.


LUNAFEST is supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures, supporting women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

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Ohio Arts Council
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Campus Partners
National Endowment for the Arts
G&J Pepsi
WOSU Public Media


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