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MOONDANCE ON NON-VIOLENT CONFLICT RESOLUTION

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Attention all writers, filmmakers, composers, indie film audiences, colleagues, and friends of Moondance, internationally: In honor of freedom of speech and a strong belief in dynamic artistic expression, the Moondance International Film Festival continues to entertain, educate, reach out, nurture, inspire, award, recognize, promote equality and non-violent conflict resolution, and to encourage talented, creative voices around the world to freely express positive and productive projects in any medium. We actively promote and support non-violent conflict resolution and seek viable alternatives to solving conflicts.

 

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  • Moondance promotes, encourages, educates and rewards non-violent conflict resolution in the arts & film. Our much-coveted Columbine Awards are given to the film-makers &/or writers who best depict alternatives to violence as a method of dealing with conflicts, whether personal, local, national or international, and/or show why violence as a solution to conflict is ultimately counter-productive and inhumane. Our mission is to present a vibrant and growing collection of films and writings, which is an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age and gender.
  • Our objective is to identify and address, through films, writing & music, the root causes of violence and contribute to the just and peaceful transformation of violent conflict resolution. The core of conflict transformation work is the building of a sustainable peace between all people. This involves a process of profound change in attitude, transforming situations characterized by fear and killing into environments in which reconciliation, respect for other people, social justice and participatory democracy can take root.

THE MOONDANCE COLUMBINE AWARD PROJECT HAS AS ITS GOAL:

  • Facilitating dialogue at different levels and sectors of society in conflict.
  •  Encouraging and motivating the international community to address the structural causes of conflict.
  • Generating international awareness for the issues and concerns arising out of our work and through the written works and films honored at Moondance, and created by young people, men and women
  • Opening up an on-going dialogue with creative people on how non-violent conflict resolution can be accomplished and promoted throughout the international entertainment industry.
  • Cultivating an awareness of solutions to violent conflict resolution, honoring creative diversity, developing an intercultural dialogue, and stimulating this creative resource.

THE MOONDANCE COLUMBINE AWARD PROJECT PROPOSES TO:

  • Raise global awareness of women’s experiences and perspectives of peace and conflict.
  • Help women better realize their potential as peace-builders, from the village to the national and international level.
  • Affect the international film and television industry, as well as the publishing and  music industry, specifically targeting those entities to motivate them to generously fund and produce films, publications, projects and shows which depict viable alternatives to violent conflict resolution.
  • Acknowledge the potentially powerful roles writers, filmmakers and composers can play in securing peace.
  • Gain a greater commitment by the international film community toward depictions of non-violent conflict resolutions.
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  • “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all” ~Noam Chomsky

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MOONDANCE DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEE EXTENDED!

Due to popular request, we have extended the early-bird entry fee through January 2015! All categories of submissions have a discounted $50 entry fee.

MOONDANCE 2015 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: JANUARY 31 ($50)

REGULAR DEADLINE: MAY 30 ($75)

LATE DEADLINE: JUNE 30 ($100)

See our submission categories HERE!

Read our submission guidelines HERE!

Entry Form HERE!

Withoutabox for Moondance International Film Festival is now fully active for this season’s call for entries: www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

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Moondance International Film Festival estimated dates:

Mid- to  late-September, 2015

Boulder, Colorado USA

Check out the website for more info:

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

The Moondance International Film Festivalis much more than an annual film festival! It is a unique community, a supportive, productive, and creative year-round collaboration between independent filmmakers and movie audiences, between writers, composers and the world of filmed entertainment.

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“Your treatise on directors actually directing actors (January 18 Moondance blog), in addition to all the other directorial skills and duties, is in my view the most important page in the instructional manual. Your scintillating exploration of the interpersonal essentials from director to actor and from each actor to all others in any film of quality is easily the most moving and comprehensive I ever read anywhere. This should be required reading at every film school on the planet.”

~ William Maxwell, writer

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS 2 MUSIC VIDEOS:

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Grandpa Elliot: “Stand by Me”, Playing for Change music video! This inspiring music will make you smile, tap your feet, sing along & it ma  bring a tear to your eye! https://vimeo.com/2539741

 

 

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Moondance winning film score composer, Steve Wilhelm’s video of his award-winning music & lyrics, “I Fell in Love With You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm-wnwpmRTg&feature=youtu.be When not writing music, Steve works as a rural mail-carrier near Indianapolis, IN, and has had his original compositions played by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra!

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music, in some form, will accompany and sustain it, and give it expressive meaning.”~ Aaron Copland

 

RICE PLANTING horisontrejser.dk“If you are planning for a year, plant rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, love, educate and inspire others.”              ~ Chinese Proverb

 

ANNIE DILARD BOOK

“I had been my whole life a bell, and never knew it until at that moment I was lifted and struck.” ~ Annie Dillard, From her Pulitzer prize-wining novel,  Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
“The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange, and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.” ~ Toni Morrison

 

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“Amelia” by S.K. V.

“There is no meaning to life except the meaning one gives to it: the meaning one gives to one’s life by the unfolding of one’s talents, and by living productively.” ~ Erich Fromm (amended by EE)

 

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Learn from yesterday, live for today hope for tomorrow.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

STARFISH-SMALL-copyOcean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says
New York Times article by Carl Zimmer, January 15, 2015

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Bimini dolphins photo by Atmo,www.wildquest.com

A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.

“We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” said Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an author of the new research, which was published on Thursday in the journal Science. But there is still time to avert catastrophe, Dr. McCauley and his colleagues also found.

There are clear signs already that humans are harming the oceans to a remarkable degree, the scientists found. Some ocean species are certainly overharvested, but even greater damage results from large-scale habitat loss, which is likely to accelerate as technology advances the human footprint, the scientists reported. Coral reefs, for example, have declined by 40 percent worldwide, partly as a result of climate-change-driven warming. Read More

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Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers
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A MOONDANCE HAPPY NEW YEAR & INSIDER TIPS ON DOC FILMS!

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~~~~ WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY & PRODUCTIVE NEW YEAR ~~~~
Let’s make a big splash in 2015!

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MOONDANCE 2015: ARE YOU READY FOR IT?

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MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEWS!

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For those of you who celebrate it,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Moondance is grateful to all Moondancers for your ongoing support,

your participation in the annual competitions & attendance at the film festivals! […]



MOONDANCE NOVEMBER BLOG & INSIDER TIP FOR WRITERS!

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Colorado aspen trees, Photo by vitya_maly

The shimmering leaves of the quaking aspen, the quintessential Colorado tree, turn to glowing shades of yellow and gold this time of year, here in the Rocky Mountains. The Native American myth told about the reason the leaves shake as they do in the wind is that the god Manito asked all trees to bow down before him, to show respect, but the aspen tree refused to do so, saying it was more beautiful than any of the other trees, and so Manito declared that whenever he blew through the forest on the slightest breeze, the aspen would forever quake in fear. […]



DON’T WALK! ACTION TIP FOR WRITERS

DON’T WALK! ACTION TIP FOR WRITERS:

By Elizabeth English

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Writers should try to avoid using the simple verb, “walk”, whenever possible! Why have your character just walk into a room or across the road? It tells the reader almost nothing about the character’s current mood, personality, intent, feelings, or how he or she presents him- or herself, or how anyone might react to the character. Here’s a chance to show the reader more about the character, and to set up a sense of who this person is, and what to expect! A super-confident person may saunter or swagger or stroll across a room; a person with a lack of purpose may amble, mosey, shuffle or shamble in; an angry person may march or clomp across the room; a person with ill-intent may sneak, stalk or stomp along the street, and so on. Use your options, and get out that Thesaurus to help characterize the actions and reactions in your story!

• Amble
• Clomp
• Hike
• Hobble
• Limp
• Lurch
• March
• Mosey
• Pace
• Parade
• Plod
• Prance
• Promenade
• Pussyfoot
• Ramble
• Sashay
• Saunter
• Schlep
• Scoot
• Shamble
• Shuffle
• Sidle
• Sneak
• Stagger
• Stalk
• Step
• Stomp
• Straggle
• Stroll
• Strut
• Stumble
• Swagger
• Tip-toe
• Traipse
• Tramp
• Travel
• Trek
• Tromp
• Trot
• Trudge
• Wander
• Wend


Join Giancarlo Esposito at the Moondance this Coming Weekend!

2014 MOONDANCE’S VERY SPECIAL GUEST

GIANCARLO ESPOSITO

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Read the exclusive interview & article with the “Breaking Bad” co-star on the front page of the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper’s Entertainment section: http://www.dailycamera.com/Entertainment/ci_26569088/Breaking-Bad-villain-headlines-Boulders-Moondance-International-Film-Festival

Giancarlo Esposito, multi-award-winning actor, has graciously offered to conduct 3 private, one-on-one consultations, one each day at Moondance, to actors who are very serious about pursuing their craft in film, television & stage, and who will have work prepared to review, critique and finesse so that he would have the ability to give you some valuable direction and insider tips. Half-hour consultations are $500, and full one-hour consultations are $1000, available only at the box office during the festival. Please see festival director, Elizabeth English, to review your credits for potential selection of those 3 lucky actors who will be selected for this very exclusive consultation opportunity! […]



2014 MOONDANCE SELECTED FILMS ANNOUNCED!

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Mermaid figurehead by Jan Reichard

THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

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Congratulations to all our talented filmmakers!

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MOONDANCE 2014 FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENT LINKS!

 

Desperately seeking the 2014 list of finalists? Just click this link:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/festival-info/2014-moondance-finalists/

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If you’re a finalist for 2014, you can find & download the finalist laurels here:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/festival-info/download-moondance-finalist-laurels/

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We sincerely apologize  for the glitch with the finalist & laurels links in the most recent news-blog,

but we think some blog gremlins must have been playing around in the background!

We offered them free film tickets & buttered popcorn, and all’s well now!

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Technology is great – when it works, right?

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September 26-28, 2014  • Boulder, Colorado USA