MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER NEWS
Many thanks to 5 of our generous 2011 Moondance donors: Daniel Gonzalez Silva, 2011 finalist screenwriter, from beautiful Bucaramanga, Colombia; and Gordon Phipps, Australia, short story winner. And from the US: Donna Lisa, TV pilot script for kids winner, A.J. Pelzer, co-owner: entertainment finance company, and Cyndi Lenz, short documentary film winner. If you’d also like to support the Moondance work with a donation, please go to: http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011
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URGENT REQUEST FOR 2011 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL PHOTOS
Special request to all Moondancers who attended the 2011 festival: Please send us several of your favorite photos from your days at the film festival! To help identify people in the photos, please remember to add the names and/or some description to the digital pix titles, rather than just long numbers. We will add the best photos to the Moondance website photo album, and to the next festival blog! Please do it now! E-mail them as .jpg attachments to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with MIFF PHOTOS in the subject line.
DO YOU WANT YOUR 2011 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AWARD??
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MOONDANCE 2011 LAURELS
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2011 MOONDANCE POSTERS AND TOTE BAGS AVAILABLE!
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M O O N D A N C E
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
September 16-18, 2011
B O U L D E R, C O L O R A D O U S A
MOONDANCE 2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!
The 2012 Moondance early-bird call-for-entries will open for submissions on December 1, 2011. We look forward to receiving your next film, screenplay, film score, TV script, stageplay, radio show, music video, and more!
Check out all of the 2012 Moondance submission categories at: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html
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FILM AS COMMUNICATION
Living in the 21st Century is to engage in the consumption, production, and distribution of sounds, images, and information that enables creative talents and audiences to realize and gain a more sophisticated perception and contemporary understanding of the world around us.
Media, defined as the multiple channels, technologies, and interfaces through which information, ideas, and emotions are stored, shared, and reciprocated – and the ways in which that plethora of media shape our understanding of the world and our ability to act in it, for the common good, can make it a better place for all.
Awareness of all forms of media can promote a heightened ability to analyze, contextualize, create and use all forms of media, and emerging trends affecting the traditional media distribution channels, as a vital exercise in creative expression and positive change, through international entertainment mediums.
Films screened at Moondance are original, entertaining and uniquely distinguished by our focus on story, top quality, social justice, peace, women, and environmental activism. Media is inextricably linked to questions of power, rights, human development, peace, national and international social and environmental issues, creative expression, knowledge, entertainment, collaboration, self-determination and vital calls for action.
MOONDANCERS WRITE US!
“I thank you for giving us this award. It will be my pleasure and a privilege to submit my next documentary of the MYSTERIOUS CHINA Series to your festival.” ~ Chris D. Nebe, USA, writer, producer, director of the 2011 winning feature documentary “DALI – Love at first Sight”
“I meant what I said about your ‘First Impressions: Titles & Loglines’ workshop – I’ve paid considerably more for other seminars where I learnt NOTHING, compared to that. It was great to finally come up with a decent logline, so thanks a million for that!” ~ Eilis Mernagh, Ireland, winning screenwriter
“You’ve done it again. I’ve just read the Post-Fest Blog and it is great. …everything about it. The photographs are wonderful and the way you set them up was terrific. Makes me want to see all the films. I was tremendously impressed. You really deserve strong accolades for the wonderful job you’ve done.” ~ Lorna Kanter, USA, finalist short story writer
“Thank you so much for choosing ‘Skew’ as a semi-finalist at your fest in 2011 and for being an integral part of the film’s success in gaining distribution in the US. We’ve recently made a sale to Netflix USA, and will be having our premiere in October. I hope your recent festival went off with a bang and I look forward to submitting my future projects your way!!” ~ Sevé Schelenz, Canada, writer/director
“You are truly an innovative inspiration to entrepreneurs within the industry.” ~ Britany Madrid
“Good news: HALFWAY HOME, CURB YOUR ENTHSIASM (both 2011 Moondance winners), and my comedy THE BIG IDEA were Finalists in the Hollywood Screenplay Contest!” ~ David Schroeder, award-winning screenwriter
“Thanks for another incredible Moondance, and thanks for your work supporting screenwriters.
Here’s a link to the New Mexico Film Office. They’ve put up a news release about my script. Sorry to say the reporter messed up and put Moondance in Durango, Colorado! There was also an article that ran in the Albuquerque Journal (see article copy below). Thanks for your help in making this happen! I couldn’t have done it without you.” ~ Pamela Stovall, 2011 feature screenplay Spirit Award winner, “The Perfect Cut”
“I’ve just been reading your news blog, re: the 2011 Moondance Film festival. It does sound wonderful. I want to congratulate you on your hard work and perseverance, and your excellent taste. I am full of admiration for what you are doing in Colorado. I want to make every effort to be there next year. ~ Naomi Lazard, USA, author, screenwriter & co-founder: Hamptons International Film Festival
MOONDANCE IS SEEKING DONORS, SPONSORS & FRIENDS!
Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival: Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.
A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2012 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the 2012 festival print program!
Thanks a million!
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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
I invented this rule for myself, to be applied to every decision I might have to make in the future. I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness, and other things being equal, I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side. I think it must be a rule something like this that makes jonquils and crocuses come pushing through the cold mud in the early spring.” ~ Katharine Butler Hathaway, American writer
“The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to one’s destiny.” ~ Napoleon I
“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” ~ Horace Mann, social activist, American educator
“In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called upon to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.” ~ Wangari Maathai, 1940-2011, Kenyan environmental and political activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 2004
Seek beauty, truth, harmony…the promise of the future and the blessings of today. Live well, laugh often, love much, gain the respect & the love of children; fill your niche, accomplish your tasks; leave the world better than you found it. Appreciate Earth’s beauties & express it. Look for the best in others and give the best you have. ~ The Moondance motto
ARTICLE FROM THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL:
‘Perfect Cut’ Is Award Winner
By Adrian Gomez / Asst. Arts Editor, Reel NM on Sun, Sep 18, 2011 ABQJournal.com
A purse hangs on the hook of a stall door. As it sits in place, a hand slowly creeps over the stall door to quickly snatch the purse. With this climatic scene, Pamela Stovall’s vision starts to become a reality. “I had this image in my mind for many years,” she explains during a recent phone interview. “I started to play around with the idea and with some work, I wrote a screenplay.”
Stovall spent nearly two years – and seven rewrites – to get her feature screenplay, “The Perfect Cut,” finished. “The process was long, but I see it as making me a better writer,” she says. “With each rewrite, the story became stronger and went down avenues that I’ve never thought of.” Stovall’s screenplay recently took top honors at the Moondance International Film Festival in Durango, Colo. This year’s awards presentation will take place today in Durango, and Stovall will be in attendance.
“The Perfect Cut” was awarded the Moondance Spirit Award in the feature screenplays category. “You spend so much time alone writing that it’s always nice to get feedback,” she says. “Now there’s an outside entity that says ‘keep going.’ It’s such an honor.”
The Moondance International Film Festival is an independent annual film festival and awards competition that honors filmmakers, writers and composers who actively increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, and strengthen ties between international audiences.
Stovall says the festival’s selections are based on having a well-told, unique story. The first festival was held in 2000 and has become a premiere festival for independent filmmakers and writers. Stovall says she submitted the screenplay because Moondance is known for helping writers get their story from paper to big screen. “The program is very prestigious and successful on that front,” she says. “I’m just beginning this process, and I feel like it’s a pretty good start.”
Stovall says “The Perfect Cut” is about a street-smart teenage girl who inserts herself into the path of a lifelong jewel thief who is on the run after her diamond heist goes mysteriously wrong. The two find themselves on a journey that is a race against their shared past, the law and a ruthless bounty hunter closing in for the kill. “It’s a thrilling story of survival,” she says. Stovall says the success of “The Perfect Cut” is due to the changes in her writing process.
“About three years ago, I decided to get serious about writing, and I’ve had some short stories published,” she explains. “With the screenplay, I decided to get up at 6 a.m. and write for four hours before I had to go teach. That’s when things started happening. The story became clearer, and I devoted that time just for writing.”
Stovall says she is looking for a director or producer who can appreciate the script and become excited about the project. “The script is based in the Southwest,” she says. “It would be fantastic to find someone in the state interested in working together with me to help make this a successful movie.”
In addition to being a screenwriter, Stovall is also a professor of communication and journalism at the University of New Mexico Gallup. She’s been teaching for 11 years and lives in Jamestown, N.M. “Eighty percent of my kids are Native American,” she says. “With writing the screenplay, I’m trying to show them that there are no boundaries. We can each do everything we want to do as long as we take the steps.”
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