Disinterested in Hollywood’s recent crop of lame comedies (Paul Blart Mall Cop is really No. 1 at the box office?) and lifeless thrillers? Cincinnati World Cinema has the antidote: LunaFest is a “Best of Fest” collection of short films by women filmmakers who delve into diverse subject matter rarely seen in the often narrow-minded multiplex. Culled from more than 600 entries worldwide, the fest’s 10 shorts include Weekend, a brief enigmatic story set at a county house in Lisbon, Portugal; Grappling Girls, an incisive documentary about female high school wrestlers; My First Crush, a crafty, animated ode to the awkward travails of young love; and 34x25x36, a thought-provoking documentary set in a Los Angeles mannequin factory. As usual, CWC complements its programming with post-screening discussions, this time featuring four accomplished area filmmakers: Amy Cunningham, Melissa Godoy, Sara Mahle and Andrea Torrice. LunaFest screens 7 p.m. Jan. 27-28 in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Fath Auditorium. $10; $8 for students and CAM members.
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