2012 MID-APRIL BLOG
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MOONDANCE SPRINGTIME SPECIAL DISCOUNT DAYS!
~ April 1-30, 2012 ~
In celebration of spring, all films, written works and music submitted to Moondance and postmarked during the month of April can send in:
TWO ENTRIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!*
*Pay the full entry fee for the first one, and send the second one (of an equal or lesser entry fee) for free. Spring Special discounted two-for-one entry fees are available only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of April, are eligible!
AND! Three (3) lucky selected April entrants will each receive one V.I.P. All-festival pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event!
3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:
(no discount, no two-fers)
Check out the Moondance website for more info!
lists Moondance as one of the top ten film festival competitions
worth the entry fee!
Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form. The fee is a nominal $50 for each critique requested during the Moondance Springtime Special days!
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SCREENWRITERS, YOU NEED TO READ THESE
MOONDANCERS WRITE US:
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“As a Screenwriter I feel it’s very important to support film fests! Moondance is one to watch and participate in. It’s events like this that allow true talent to shine through.” ~ Stacy Shawtee Arcangel, Intuitive Edge Consulting
“Moondance! It is a remarkable blog. It is chance to reach coast of your dream.” ~ Marina Albert, Freelance screenwriter, Melbourne, Australia
“Elizabeth English is Executive Director for one of the best film festivals around, the Moondance Film Festival. Since she’s been at the helm, the festival has grown tremendously. She makes herself readily accessible and disseminates information thoroughly and in a timely fashion. She’s great at coordinating and a team leader.” ~ Kvachenyuk-Boretsky Alexander hired Elizabeth as a Writer/Editor in 2010
I worked directly with Elizabeth at Moondance International Film Festival. She is a detail-oriented person. Personable, On Time, Creative. ~ Sonya Alexander, Journalist/Editor/Proofreader/Screenwriter/Producer
DID YOU KNOW…?
Many people around the world feel strongly that their particular place—home, neighborhood, area, village, town, city, state, province or country—is superior to any other place, and that as residents of this place, they have a unique history, customs, accents, lifestyles, beliefs, traditions, or concerns that are different from, and better than, those of other places and people.
The Moondance film programs are always well rounded, entertaining, and enlightening, highlighting diverse cultures, opinions, and stories. We welcome individual expression and are committed to presenting diverse points of view. Moondance aims to entertain, increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, provide forums for deliberation, and strengthen ties between a large variety of international audiences.
The long-term vision of the Moondance International Film Festival is to preserve and revitalize our intangible heritage, cultivate creative diversity, develop an intercultural dialogue, and stimulate this creative resource. Our mission is to present a vibrant and growing collection of films, writings, and music, which is an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of place, culture, race, age and gender.
WIRELESS INTERFERENCE: THE HEALTH RISKS OF RF-EMFS
By Christopher Ketcham, excerpt from “Earth Island Journal”, May/June 2012
The health risks of RF-EMFs, the radiation from cell phone towers and other media technology, are not entirely known, though early signs are troubling. We all live in range of cell towers now, and we are all wireless operators. As of October 2010 there were 5.2 billion cell phones operating on the planet. We now live in a wireless-saturated normality that has never existed in the history of the human race, and the effects of EMFs on human beings are largely untested. Read more: http://www.utne.com/environment/rf-emfs-zm0z12mjzros.aspx#ixzz1rviVTWzZ
THE MOONDANCE ROADSHOW!
Host the very best of Moondance films, professional workshops & popular networking parties in your community, anywhere in the US and in the world! You really can bring Moondance to your area. Contact Elizabeth English now at email@example.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits of this special opportunity!
~~~ MERMAID7SEAS PRODUCTIONS ~~~
Mermaid7seas Productions, an enthusiastic Moondance International Film Festival sponsor, annually, now offers reading services, critiques, coverage and edits to all Moondance writers & filmmakers, composers and to production companies and agencies, at a special discount price!
Focusing on the elements crucial to creating a compelling and readable script, or a winning, marketable film or film score, our helpful comments will allow you to concentrate on solving the problems that will make your material move toward receiving a CONSIDER or a RECOMMENDED from a studio or prodco reader, and will assist in advancing your script or film up toward WINNER in competitions & film festivals. An advantage of this low-cost critique service is that we will help you prepare your project before sending it to producers, agents, managers and others who may have requested it.
COVERAGE & CONSULTATION WILL ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS: Theme, Premise, Genre, Concept, Story, Plot, Subplots, Subtext, Principal Characters, Cast-ability, Relationships, Depth of Characterizations, Dialogue, Exposition, Syntax, Conflict, Action, Scene, Humor, Tone, Attitudes, Pace, Flow, POV, Marketability, Audience Appeal, Interest, Visualization, Transitions, Balance, Titles and Loglines, Screenplay Evaluation or Film Evaluation!
MERMAID7SEAS CLIENT TESTIMONIALS:
I have just finished my second screenplay, using the methods and the writing secrets you exposed me to on my first screenplay. Your critique of my work was dead-on. Your common sense, no-nonsense approach brought out the details and cut out the fluff, added deeper characterization, improved the dialogue, added to the action sequences, and made the story move forward. I’m very proud of both scripts, neither of which could have been so well-written without your insight, suggestions, professional coverage and massive edits. I am confident that I have achieved a higher plane of writing quality since your evaluation and help with the necessary re-writes. My first screenplay, which we worked on together, is already being considered by a major production company. Thank you so very much! ~ Mike L. Edwards
“Quality, Productivity and Creativity! You’re in good hands when you work with Elizabeth.” Sam Archer, Samali Music Publishing
“I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Elizabeth – she is a consummate professional, whose passion and unique vision inspires others to excel.” ~ Mike Arsuaga, author with five books under contract
Utne Reader article excerpt by Suzanne Lindgren 04/09/12
It turns out the fungi kingdom is capable of fixing some of our species’ biggest environmental gaffes, and boosting the economy while it’s at it. Paired with a little human ingenuity, mushrooms could be our ticket to a viable future. Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez instead opted to invest in closing the food-to-soil loop. During their final semester, the young men began growing mushrooms in a bucket of used coffee grounds. With a little legwork and a $5,000 grant from UC Berkeley, they soon had a deal to collect grounds from a west coast chain, Peet’s Coffee, in which they would grow mushrooms for northern California Whole Foods stores. Soon their company, Back to the Roots, was making money for both grounds collection and mushroom sales. Read more: http://www.utne.com/environment/mushrooms-offer-solutions-for-environment-and-economy.aspx#ixzz1rZZ9pMf9
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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.~ Havelock Ellis
Here is the test to find out whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. ~ Richard Bach
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you will have ceased to live. ~ Mark Twain
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness and love never decrease by being shared. ~ Buddha
“Pilgrim, do not spend too much time planning your journey, for you may learn of so many hazards that you might decide not to go.” ~ Source Unknown
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