A traveling film festival with all the works by women will stop Thursday at Coastal Carolina University, making a difference in awareness for two nonprofits.
“Lunafest – Short Films by, for, about Women” will benefit the Family Justice Center for Georgetown and Horry Counties, and the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Fund. The evening, in CCU’s James J. Johnson Auditorium, in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration Building on the Conway campus, accessed from U.S. 501 or S.C. 544. starts at 6 p.m. with a reception. Dorothea Benton Frank, the best-selling novelist and Sullivan’s Island native, will meet and greet guests and sign copies of her latest book, “All Summer Long,” then give a keynote address at 7 p.m., leading to a series of short films at 7:45 p.m., each 7 to 18 minutes long. The $35 ticket price also includes a copy of Frank’s novel, published May 31 by William Morrow. Buy tickets at fjcgtownhorry.org.
Vicki Bourus, co-executive director of the Family Justice Center, spoke last week about how “Lunafest” helps highlight the agency’s community outreach, which has expanded in Horry County, giving free and confidential care and emergency shelter to victims of injuries and emotional trauma from domestic violence.
Question | How many years now for Lunafest, and from where does this tour come and go?
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Answer | This is our second time. The first time was in Georgetown County a few years ago. ...
The traveling festival is a project organized by Clif Bar & Company in California, which makes the Luna high-energy snack bars, and originated this to support the work of female filmmakers and directors, and to allow nonprofits such as ours to bring it to our community. Ten percent of all net proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Fund, and the rest goes to the Family Justice Center – two issues that are magnified for women. ...
Any nonprofit nationwide can apply to be a provider for this event, ... and it might be a children’s center, or a program for the elderly, or any other nonprofit providing services to the community for people in need.
Q. | How rewarding was booking Dottie Frank, who also has visited the North Myrtle Area Historical Museum twice for functions, as the special guest for this 2016 edition of Lunafest?
A. | She has this special place in her heart for domestic violence awareness; it really is an important issue to her. We met her several years ago, when she was touring to market her book, “The Hurricane Sisters.” The story includes a woman whose daughter becomes involved in a domestic violence situation. ... When we went to her book signing, we talked with her about possibly doing something to help us, and she said she would.
Q. | Expansion of the Family Justice Center’s area into Horry County for services: How has this played out, never mind the sadness for the need for such services in our society?
A. | There was a service called CASA (Citizens Against Spouse Abuse) for some 30 years, ... but they closed their doors in 2012, and it became evident to us pretty quickly to consider expanding. ... Horry County is so big, but we’ve had wonderful support from the community there. People have made donations and offered to help with volunteer work. And Coastal Carolina University stepped up to provide the venue for this Lunafest fundraiser. ... For the office we just opened in Myrtle Beach, ... there also was a donation from a very kind man who wanted us to have a place where we can do crisis interviewing, case management, and other kinds of aid. These are lifesaving services that we provide, and this is our entry into Horry County.
Q. | What is the toll-free hot line to keep handy, in case anyone needs help?
A. | 844-208-0161. It’s mainly women who call, but some men, although that doesn’t happen as often. Women call, or they might be referred to us by any number of people such as police and medical professionals, as well as other family members. ... Sometimes, a person in need of help will call the hot line while from the office where initial safety is given during a crisis, and we’ll immediately swing into action. Sometimes, the victims will have a car, but quite often they don’t, so they need help to get to a central place to reach shelter, then from there, we tailor make our services for their needs.
Q. | When someone is helped, what is the core outreach of care extended in each case, or the most common circumstances?
A. | Quite often, the situations have been in place for some time, some of them for many years, before a victim will reach out to us. Domestic violence escalates over time, inevitably, ... reaching a point of real danger. It’s that point of time, the victim, having tried everything else to fix the situation, will call us, or in the middle of the night, rush out for help, sometimes bringing their children with them. ...
Often, victims have not had medical care or dental care for some years. South Carolina has, for many years, ranked in the top five states in numbers of women killed by men in domestic homicide.
Q. | On a happier, closing note: This is the sixth annual “Taste of Georgetown” already, which has become another autumn tradition to benefit the Family Justice Center?
A. | It’s Saturday, Nov. 5, 12:30 to 3 p.m., on Front Street, and we have more than 20 restaurants participating and several bands (Jessie Wilson Jr. & Friends, John Lammonds and Holly Cervini, and Tom Cowieson). ... It’s one of our signature, significant fundraisers. ... Admission is free, and you buy tickets for food: 25 tickets for $20, or in groups of 10 tickets for $10. Some people might just want desserts.
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 843-444-1764.
If you go
WHAT: “Lunafest – Short Films by, for, about Women,” a traveling film festival (www.lunafest.org)
HOSTED BY: Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University
BENEFITING: Family Justice Center for Georgetown and Horry Counties – based in Georgetown, and Breast Cancer Fund, based in San Francisco (415-346-8223, 866-760-8223 or www.breastcancerfund.org).
WITH: Dorothea Benton Frank, best-selling author and Sullivan’s Island native
WHEN: Thursday, with reception and book signing at 6 p.m., keynote speech 7 p.m., and several films at 7:45 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $35, including copy of Frank’s latest novel, “All Summer Long” – Buy tickets at fjcgtownhorry.org
WHERE: CCU’s James J. Johnson Auditorium, in E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration Building on Conway campus, accessed from U.S. 501 or S.C. 544.
ALSO: Sixth annual “Taste of Georgetown,” for Family Justice Center, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in downtown Georgetown.
HOT LINES FOR HELP: Toll free, at 844-208-0161, and nationally at 800-799-7899.
INFORMATION: 843-546-3926, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org