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This screen shot is from "Viva
Amanda Bluglass |

Advocate Safehouse Fast Facts

Received 276 calls from the 24-hour Help Line, and handled more than 2,600 calls with a total of 490 clients (443 domestic violence survivors, 47 sexual assault survivors)

All Advocate Safehouse volunteers gave the agency 7,792 service hours

The Safehouse Program provided 70 survivors (30 families with 40 children) 2,050 nights of emergency safe housing

Offered three women’s support groups in Garfield County for 57 women for a total of 217 session contacts

148 survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence received individual counseling for a total of 328 sessions

Reached 140 Latina survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence with services. 60 identified themselves as immigrants

Conducted 92 educational presentations for 1,660 individuals in Garfield County, and 24 community awareness activities such as local media interviews and health fairs with the focus on developing healthy relationships

Offered 241 outreach (non-residential) clients (women, men and children) individual and group counseling, advocacy, information and referrals

Source: Advocate Safehouse Project 2013 Annual Report, http://www.advocatesafehouse.org/images/2013_Annual_Report.pdf

When it comes to behind-the-scenes jobs in film, it is still very much a man’s world. Women accounted for 6 percent of all directors working on the top 250 grossing films of 2013.

Lunafest, an annual traveling film festival that started in 2000, attempts to put a dent in that inequality by taking short films created by, for and about women on the road. This year, Lunafest will hit more than 150 cities and screen in front of 25,000 people.

One of the festival’s stops along the way is Glenwood Springs, and has been for the past six years. The proceeds from Lunafest are split between the Breast Cancer Fund, which receives 15 percent of the proceeds, and a local non-profit, which gets the rest — in our case, the Advocate Safehouse Project.

“The event has grown substantially in the last several years, which has been great,” said Emma Bielski, community outreach and volunteer coordinator for Advocate Safehouse. “We average anywhere from $7-10,000 for the Safehouse.”

The Advocate Safehouse provides services to prevent or help the victims of domestic violence, including a 24-hour help line, emergency shelter for survivors, a Latina outreach program, educational programming and more. It is the only resource of its kind in the valley, and only one of 11 on the Western Slope.

“I think Lunafest is a good fit for our community because, for one thing, the films are incredible, and they are so relevant to the process of life, especially for a woman,” Bielski said. “And the difficulties and the joys and all that combined is really what makes it such an incredible event. I think it’s a good fit for the Safehouse because we do what we can to have a diverse way to reach out to the public, increase awareness, and also continue bringing in funds so we can keep our doors open.”

This year, Lunafest features eight short films.

“A Good Match,” by Lyn Elliot, tells the story of Ann, who doesn’t miss her ex-boyfriend, but does miss his mom.

“Chicas Day,” by Susan Bejar, is about a girls’ day out between mother and daughter.

“Flor de Toloache,” by Jenny Schweitzer, follows a group of women who challenge gender social normals as an all-female mariachi band.

“Lady Parts,” by Emily Fraser and Katherine Gorringe, is a documentary about Lady Parts Automotive, which brings a woman’s touch to the female car owners who need it most.

“Miss Todd,” by Kristina Yee, is an animated film using paper cut-out puppets in a model set which tells the story of a young woman who dreams of flight in 1909.

“Tits,” by Louisa Bertman, is an animated, narrated film about feminine exploration.

“Tryouts,” by Susana Casares, follows a teeange Muslim American girl who wants to try out for her new high school’s cheerleading squad.

And “Viva,” by Amanda Bluglass,” is a documentary portrait of Cornwall’s grandmother of punk, 82-year-old Viva Hamnell.

With a variety of themes, production techniques and styles, not to mention its charitable cause, Lunafest is a community event worthy of support, Bielski said.

“I just think it’s going to be a great night,” Bielski said. “And as always, we’re just so grateful for the community’s support.”

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