In the Lunafest short film “A Vida Politica,” a Brazilian hairstylist explains how beauty can be a form of activism.

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In the Lunafest short film “A Vida Politica,” a Brazilian hairstylist explains how beauty can be a form of activism.

Festival takes up women’s issues

Screening fundraiser is part of ongoing series at library

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‘Liquid Assets’ taken for granted

Deferring the maintenance of crucial water infrastructure is a national crisis — out of sight, out of mind.

But the issue will come to the forefront at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when the city of Steamboat, Mount Werner Water and Sanitation and the Steamboat II Metro District present the film “Liquid Assets” followed by a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session.

“Liquid Assets” details the challenges surrounding crucial drinking water, wastewater and storm water facilities, some of which have been in the ground for more than a century. Although they are essential to sanitation, public safety and economic development, they are frequently taken for granted.

— Yampa Valley fans of independent cinema can enjoy a concise international film fest while supporting breast cancer awareness at 8 p.m. April 30, when the Bud Werner Memorial Library hosts Lunafest 2010.

Each year, Lunafest assembles a collection of short films from across the world that deal with women’s issues within the context of different cultures. Taken together, the 10 films in this year’s festival last only about 90 minutes, but during that brief span they explore the philosophies of a mystic living in the Mojave Desert, a Bulgarian woman struggling in an inflationary economy and an activist Brazilian hairstylist. Lunafest even includes a playful animation about women and bicycling.

The library’s adult programs coordinator, Jennie Lay, said the ongoing monthly PBS Community Cinema documentary series at Bud Werner Memorial Library has filled Library Hall monthly and engendered lively discussions.

She said she hopes the enthusiasm translates to Lunafest. However, Lunafest differs from the Community Cinema series in that admission is not free — proceeds from the $10 donation will be divided between the Breast Cancer Fund (15 percent) and Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Program/Bust of Steamboat (85 percent). Patrons will enjoy a Luna bar and popcorn during the films.

“Lunafest came to be in Steamboat because Sureva Towler recommended that I look in to it,” Lay said. “We’re so lucky to have savvy library patrons who are always looking out for great cultural and educational program ideas for me to bring into our community. Sureva saw the traveling film festival in Lawrence, Kan., and felt it was amazing.”

Ski towns such as Steamboat and Teton Village, Wyo., are among the smallest communities to host Lunafest this year. Major cities where it will be screened include Seattle; New York; Austin, Texas; and Toronto, Ontario.

In addition to Lunafest, Library Hall will host a PBS Community Cinema screening, “The Horse Boy,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

It’s the story of a family’s trip to Mongolia to find solutions for their autistic son.

Then, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the library will show “Liquid Assets,” dealing with the nation’s aging water infrastructure.

— To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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