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Moondance and Women in Film, Writing and Music

By Elizabeth English

Now it’s your turn! You can settle for someone else’s vision of the world, or you can bravely embark upon a journey of your own. Moondance is about inspiration, encouragement, collaboration, stimulating self-confidence, learning new ways of perception and creative expression, and cultivating a whole new concept of success for women in the international film industry. There is purposely no elite-ism at Moondance; everyone associated with the film festival is both a student and a teacher. We seek to support and nurture dreams and to motivate creative artists to follow that dream, no matter the prevailing circumstances. Writers and filmmakers often perceive the world differently, and their reactions to these perceptions, expressed in the art of film, writing and music can invigorate and spark the creative imaginations of others in the world, especially that of our children and the future generations.

Women filmmakers, women writers and women music composers are vocal and active participants in the social forces that shape our culture. They portray women as three-dimensional, complex human beings, and thus defy the demeaning and pervasive stereotypes perpetuated by the mainstream media. 

Moondance is dedicated to promoting visibility for women in the international film community and in Hollywood and their impact on the film industry. We see this as a means to disrupt and correct the misogynous, fantastical, passive, destructive and denigrating visual representation of females that has, historically, been rendered by men in all media and has for so long and so plentifully pervaded our visual culture.

Our work on reaching out toward women filmmakers, women writers and women composers everywhere in the world is primary and ongoing. Women writers and filmmakers from all six continents, and from a wide diversity of ethnic and linguistic groups are an integral part of our mission and goals. We seek to inspire and invigorate this creative potential of women to perceive, conceptualize, and produce their works for the benefit of the world society. We are dedicated to preserving their accumulated accomplishments and visions as expressed through the art of film, music and writings.

Moondance promises to raise awareness of the invaluable contributions of women to the entertainment community. Equity for women in the film industry does not mean stifling some voices so that others may be heard; it does not demand the compromising of personal standards to achieve success. Equity creates new standards, which accommodate and nurture differences. Equity fosters the individual voice, investing women with confidence in their own authority. Equity unleashes the creative potential. We see the equal treatment of all women and the equal respect for all responses they explore as essential to their and our ultimate goals.

Our 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 race, culture, place, age and gender. These works document the complexity and depth of men’s and women’s experiences that will become widely accessible within the world film industry and to the public, and will encourage and inspire others to write, compose music and to make films.

Moondance also encourages men writers and filmmakers to submit their work to Moondance, but in order to win or be a finalist, and/or to have their films screened at the film festival, we require that their work depict women and girls in a positive manner. The annual Moondance International Film Festival is for the benefit of both women and men, and all are encouraged to submit their work, and to attend and participate.



Making a Great Promotional Trailer

A FILMMAKERS TOOLBOX:

MAKING A GREAT PROMOTIONAL TRAILER

By Elizabeth English

Do you want to have a really good 2-3-minute trailer to send to producers, studios, film festival competitions, for your website & in social media ?

Haven’t quite finished post on your film yet, but want to promote it now?

Great trailers are in a special class of their own; little polished gems that showcase your film, and make people want to see more!But film trailers can be more difficult to make really well than the entire film, itself.  It can be more time-consuming, judicious editing must be a main concern, you have to tell the main story, theme & concept quickly, harder scene decisions need to be made, and you need to sell your film in less than three minutes.

Can you tell the main story, introduce the lead characters, show the main conflict, and give the viewer a visual, memorable impression in under three minutes? And, remember, you need to hook the viewer in the first few seconds! You probably don’t even have a full 3 minutes to do the job, unless the first 30-60 seconds are fantastic.

virYou need to know how to turn your great story into a great 2-3-minute (or less) trailer. There is and always has been only one real secret to success in the entertainment industry. Tell a great story. Period. And you need to figure out how to tell that fabulous story in only two to three minutes or less!

Can you say “logline”? The screenplay for your film probably has one. Use that 25-word or 3-line mini-synopsis as the script for your trailer. When scripting your trailer, use a clear 3-act structure. Here’s an example of a feature animation logline that could easily be edited from film footage for a trailer: Orion, a rare green dolphin, grows up to save the world of sea creatures and their habitats through a series of fabulous adventures, conflicts and mystical occurrences. An epic saga of a larger-than-life hero dolphin, LEGEND OF THE GREEN DOLPHIN creates an undersea realm of incredible sea creatures and their beautiful watery habitats in the world’s seas and oceans. Orion seeks his purpose in life, and, along with his silvery dolphin companion, a wise old whale, the compassionate human he encounters,  and a delightful Mermaid, he finds his way to his spiritual vision, and his reason for being.

You need to know how to get your film enthusiastically viewed by an agent and then a financial sponsor, producer, director, film festival judges, and even actors. Learn what they’re looking for. In order to raise money to make a film, it is essential to produce a high-quality trailer that will capture the imagination and confidence of grant-makers and investors. Your first impression to these movers and shakers is all about the fine art of pitching your film, your TV series concept or story idea, via your eye-catching trailer, which should be a dynamic collection of its greatest elements.

“SELL THE SIZZLE; NOT JUST THE STEAK!” A great title for your film is the first (and maybe only) introduction to a sponsor, an agent, a producer, director, film distributor, or studio. “You’ve got 3 minutes; pitch me what you’ve got,” is what you’ll hear from the entertainment industry movers & shakers who might buy your project. But you probably won’t even get that meeting, or a reply to your query letter, if you don’t have an interesting title and trailer that catches their eye. Know how to “dress” your film for success, make it stand out from all the others, and get it noticed in the first round.

You’ve got to cram a lot into a short, three-minute trailer: genre, conflict, character, action, location, time, any crisis to be resolved, hint at the potential transformation of the main character, marketability, and it needs to sizzle! The trailer is the key that opens the door to getting your full film considered. The same amount of thought that a filmmaker takes in directing the film should also be taken in creating the trailer. A trailer is not a mini-version of your film! It’s much, much harder to direct and edit a good two- or three-minute trailer than it is to shoot the short or feature film.

A great trailer can mean getting a million hits on YouTube and maybe going viral. For indie filmmakers, it’s a chance to have their low- or no-budget movies seen on iTunes and rented from Netflix. A movie trailer is the principal way most movies get exposure, these days, and is one of the most important marketing and promotional tools that is affordable and available to any filmmaker.

A viewer should be able get the full story concept of the film from these one to three minutes. He or she should know immediately what the whole movie is about and get excited about the story-line and idea, and can visualize the finished film. The trailer must propel the viewer through the experience of the film, itself, and build up excitement and anticipation.gonefishing

Always consider who your target audience is. What’s the demographic for your story? Who’s going to be viewing your trailer? If your film has several different points to make, or could be of interest to different age-groups or a variety of audiences, film festivals, competitions, or distributors, you might even want to consider making several different trailers in order to attract them. It’s like going fishing; you need to have the right lure, the right bait!

Film festival programmers and promotions staff absolutely need fabulous trailers for the films they’ve selected for screening, to show at media screenings prior to the event, get good media reviews for the festival’s films, and in order to entice audiences to buy movie tickets to see those films.

Watch this good example of an exciting 1 ½-minute trailer of

“Red Tails” by George Lucas  on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RypVmBm3bCw&feature=player_embedded

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Do emphasize the unique elements of your film that will enable viewers to connect with the situation and to identify with the protagonist. Use “buzz-word” scenes, showing love, death, sex, adventure, mystery, romance, action that the viewer can identify with.

  • The viewer should know immediately what the whole movie is about and get excited about the story-line and idea, and can visualize the finished film.
  • Consider adding a high-concept line at the beginning or end, to make your story instantly recognizable to anyone, such as “Shakespeare in Love” with “The Witches of Eastwick”, if, say, your film is about a writer who falls for a mysterious woman.  Or if your story is about zombie vampires, perhaps “The Walking Dead” at “Twilight”!,  Golfing comedy, anyone? “Dumb and Dumber” in the “Caddy Shack”?
  • Be more inventive than other filmmakers. For example, assemble fake news footage into a montage, or show the biggest action first, even if it doesn’t happen right away in the film, or a comedy routine & leaving out the punch-line, or fade quickly from black & white into living color.
  • While introducing the movie’s story and its characters, a trailer most often follows the order of the film’s story and plot, but it doesn’t have to!
  • Don’t give away too much. Offer only brief glimpses of your most impressive scenes, accompanied by a quick fade-out & segue from one to the next.
  • Teasers: While trailers often focus on plot or character descriptions, teasers establish the mood and tone of a film. A good trailer will artfully combine all of those powerful elements.
  • Single words written across the screen have more impact than whole sentences; break your taglines up into its component parts and sprinkle them throughout the trailer. “MURDER” – “IN THE CAVE OF” – “THE RED DRAGON” keeps your viewer watching to see what’s next!
  • Don’t forget, the title is the thing you want viewers to remember. Save at least 10 seconds at the end of the trailer for a slow reveal.
  • If you have name talent as a director or known stars as leads, name them and show them in their roles first, to catch people’s attention (specially if any of them are half-naked or in mortal danger).
  • Has your film been an official selection or an award-winner at Sundance, Cannes, or anywhere well-known? Got a great film review in The New York Times? Quote it! Let it be known right away. Nobody wants to be the first one out on the dance-floor, but they’ll often “like” something someone else approves of, recommends, and likes, first.
  • You haven’t got much time to introduce your lead characters, so sum each one up with a few brief scenes that reveals who they are and what they do in the film. Yet do this in a way that coherently tells the story at the same time!
  • Trailers for thrillers and comedies have a much faster cutting and editing style, and with louder music, than do dramas, romantic comedies, or documentaries. It’s a good way of ratcheting up attention and excitement for the film.

 Watch the official trailer for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/02/19/movies/awardsseason/oscar-trailers.html?_r=0

Quote from a FILMMAKER Magazine article by Stephen Garrett:

There are also many familiar editing tropes in trailers: dissolves, fades from black, fades to black, white flashes with the metal-door slams, fast-paced flutter-cuts, double exposures, speed adjustments, audio rises, audio drones, audio stings. These effects are like the images from the film itself: they are tools in a toolbox.

 



Interview with Elizabeth English

By Mary Case

1. What did you do before you decided to create Moondance?

EE - I was a writer, cartoonist, sculptor, artist, screenwriter and playwright, as well as a theatrical director/producer for about 20 years. I got the screenwriting bug when working as a technical advisor (on Lakota Sioux arts and culture) for Kevin Costner and producer, Jim Wilson, on location in South Dakota during the filming of Dances With Wolves, in 1989. Before that, I was an interior designer for international, high-end building projects (hotels, resorts, marinas, estates, palaces in Saudi Arabia, habitat in Antarctica, Lunar and Mars habitat design for NASA). I also worked as events coordinator for several international film festivals and environmental conferences, such co-founding Earth Day Colorado, Griz ’86, political fund-raising, and Native American issues.

2. What was your inspiration for Moondance?

EE - Frustration with the Hollywood system. I knew there must be many talented screenwriters “out there”, like me, who might be unable to get a read, due to the subject matter of their screenplays (non-violent/dramatic/woman-oriented); their non-L.A. locations; their age (over 30 or 40+); their gender (female); their lack of produced credits, and lack of insider contacts or a relative/friend in The Biz. I wanted to offer those women an opportunity to have their work read by a peer, rather than a typical young, male reader. I also wanted to give them the chance to get their work to prodcos after winning the Moondance.

3. What is the overall philosophy and mission of Moondance?

EE - Our work on reaching out toward film-makers and writers everywhere in the world is primary and ongoing. Writers and film-makers from all six continents, and from a wide diversity of ethnic and linguistic groups are an integral part of our mission and goals. We seek to inspire and invigorate this creative potential to perceive, conceptualize, and produce their works for the benefit of the world society. We are dedicated to preserving their accumulated accomplishments and visions as expressed through the art of film and writings.

Moondance also promises to raise awareness of the invaluable contributions of women to the entertainment community. Equity for women in the film industry does not mean stifling some voices so that others may be heard; it does not demand the compromising of personal standards to achieve success. Equity creates new standards which accommodate and nurture differences. Equity fosters the individual voice, investing women with confidence in their own authority. Equity unleashes the creative potential. We see the equal treatment of all women and the equal respect for all responses they explore as essential to their and our ultimate goals.

Moondance promotes, encourages, educates and rewards non-violent conflict resolution in the arts and film. Our much-coveted Columbine Awards are given to the film-makers and/or writers who best depict alternatives to violence as a method of dealing with conflicts, whether personal, local, national or international.

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 and writings, which is an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age and gender. These works document the complexity and depth of men’s and women’s experiences that will become widely accessible within the world film industry and to the public, and will encourage and inspire others to write and to make films.

4. What does Elizabeth English like to do besides film and script development and women’s issues?

EE - I enjoy writing poetry, screenplays, song lyrics, libretti and short stories, cartooning, and reading, as well as doing in-depth research on a variety of subjects, such as mythology and traditional tales. I’m now involved in researching and writing the definitive world encyclopedia of mermaid art and lore, and have just completed the section on mermaid myths of the British Isles. I’ve recently finished my musical animation feature screenplay adapted from the epic poem, Song of Hiawatha, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I’ve recently completed a pilot for a sitcom series for television and am marketing it. I also like to ride and drive Arabian horses. For money, I do interior design work and feng shui consultations. For leisure, if I ever had time for it, I would like to be relaxing on the beach of a quiet Greek island, watching dolphins frolic in the sparkling sea. Or just being with my three wonderful sons and three lovely grandchildren.

5. What do you think turns a good story into a great script and a greater film?

EE - Depth of characterization, great dialog, and uniqueness of story concept, well-told and moving, emotionally engaging elements. For films, add great cinematography and wonderful production values and the director’s ability to visualize the script and translate it to a memorable film.

6. What do you particularly find the most fascinating in a script or a film?

EE - I’m fascinated by the way writers and filmmakers can take an idea, message, concept, historical fact or personal experience, and translate it into a visual work that can reach, and move, movie audiences, and, for a few hours, take them into another world, and maybe even change their perceptions about life and other people.

7. How should a screenplay writer best pursue the marketplace? It sometimes seems so hopeless.

EE -

#1: Learn to write a great screenplay.

#2: Never give up. That’s my motto. Perseverence. But a screenwriter absolutely must learn his or her craft. Study with the pros, read all the books, attend seminars, read great screenplays, watch great films and study them, not as a movie buff, but as a writer. Figure out what makes them work, and then use that in your own work. Once you have a really great screenplay or two or three, then you can begin marketing it/them.

Make connections, schmooze everybody, network, get to know who can help you get “in” with the next person who may help you. Take seminars in moving your careers ahead, such as at the Flash Forward Institute. Get your work out there, via entries in film festivals and competitions and via online resources, such as Zoetrope.com, WordPlayer.com, WritersScriptNetwork.com, and TV Writers.com. Attend film festivals and parties. Join e-list groups of screenwriters and filmmakers. Get an agent or manager. But you still have to market your stuff without relying on an agent to do it for you. Win a film festival or competition.

Another possibility is to do it yourself: either do a storyboard of the screenplay for presentation at a pitch or produce a short film or trailer of your script to send out to producers.


8. What do you think are the most important steps in screenplay development?

EE -

Three words: edit, edit, edit. Seriously. Making sure it’s the best, most unique and sellable screenplay or potential film in the world.

Make contacts with anyone in the film industry, anywhere in the world.

Win screenplay competitions.

Deal only with good, honest, reputable people who care about your screenplay story, not just the money.

Be open to making changes in the script.

Never stop learning and growing as a writer. Take classes, read books on the subject, attend film festivals and conferences.

Constantly do re-writes and polishes, as you learn and grow.

Update that 10 year-old script, as far as dialog and society or world events change things, and as you improve as a screenwriter.

Be a person with whom producers and directors know they can work. Friendliness, openness to others’ suggestions and positive attitude make all the difference!

Get an agent and/or manager.

9. What projects have you written yourself and how is the marketing going on those?

EE - I have 10 feature screenplays, 3 short screenplays, 2 animated musical screenplays, several stageplays, and 5 treatments I’m marketing, with the help of my agent, Terry Porter, of Agape productions, a packaging agency. I’m writing, on assignment, a feature screenplay for a Greek director in Athens.

One of my stageplays has won finalist status in the prestigious Alexander Onassis competition, which is the international theatrical equivalent of an Oscar® nomination. A short screenplay won the Greek Film Centre’s 2001 competition and will be directed by Vangelis Maderakis in the spring of 2002. Another short screenplay is in early development with a friend from Dances With Wolves, stills photographer, Ben Glass, who will direct. My musical animation feature is with Disney composer, Andy Brick, prior to being submitted to studios. Another short screenplay was a finalist at the AFI Women Director’s Workshops 2001.

10. Do you want to produce and if so, where do you plan to seek the project you want to develop?

EE - Yes, I want to co-produce films, but I prefer to direct. I also like to do production design/art director work and edit. If I were to produce or co-produce a film, other than one of my own, I would look to the winners and finalists of Moondance, first.

11. What’s the most exciting thing that’s happened to you in the development of Moondance International Film Festival?

EE - Seeing the Moondance writers and filmmakers go on to great successes after the festival. The most pleasant experience I had was at the first Moondance in 2000, standing in the center of the Moondance labyrinth, watching happy festival participants dancing along the labyrinth paths and being inspired and encouraged by others. That was one of the main goals of Moondance, and seeing it achieved was what made me so happy.

12. What’s the most disappointing thing that’s happened to you in the development of the Moondance International Film Festival?

EE - Lack of financial sponsors, frankly. But I’m positive this will soon be remedied, once we have our non-profit status in place, which should be very soon. I had mistakenly imagined that interested individuals and corporate sponsors would come out of the woodwork, without thoughts of their own financial benefits, to offer support for a great cause and organization working toward equity for women in film, for non-violent conflict resolution in films and TV, and with absolute top-quality films and screenplays.

13. What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you in the history of Moondance International Film Festival?

EE - It’s not funny, but is poignant and made me laugh, joyfully. The very first morning of the first Moondance, I stood alone at 8 AM in the quiet foyer of the host hotel, wondering if anyone at all had shown up for my festival. I slowly opened the double doors to the private dining room, where I feared I would only see a dozen empty breakfast tables. It was a “Stella Dallas” moment, I’ll tell ya. But when the doors opened, there were 50 Moondancers seated at those tables, eating and laughing and getting to know each other, and another 100 showed up later for the workshops, then over 1500 people came to the film screenings.

14. What’s next for Elizabeth English?

EE - Making the Moondance International Film Festival even more of a successful event for our participants and sponsors. I am now in the process of forming a Moondance Foundation, which will administer the film festival events and judging, co-produce films by Moondancers, subsidize screenwriters and filmmakers of any age or gender and young (18 and under) filmmakers, educate and promote writers and filmmakers, produce puppetry theatre, promote non-violent conflict resolution in film, publish the Moondance magazine, publish a Moondance Catalog with items made by indigenous families around the world, and start a traveling Moondance film festival of selected screenings, internationally.

Another priority goal is to see films produced from my screenplays!

15. What advice would you offer the emerging screenwriter or filmmaker?

EE - Learn and practice your craft. Don’t ever accept mediocrity In your writing or directing. Never give up. Learn from the best. Cooperate, rather than compete. Believe in yourself, no matter what your circumstances are. Know and never doubt that you will achieve success, and it will come to you.

15. What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

EE - Be open to whatever honorable life path is presented to you. Be grateful for life, for love and for your innate talents. Write and film what you know. Leave the world a better place than you found it.

11. When thinking back on the films and scripts that have passed through your hands in the last three years of Moondance, do you see them in snippets, loglines, scenes, or whole films?

EE - Whole films. I see the best screenplays as films, too.

12. What do you think makes a film memorable?

EE - An engaging, unique, unforgettable story; directed, produced and acted well. In other words, a unique story, well-told. 

13. What do you think readers are really looking for?

EE - A script that they can promote to the next level. A money-script.

14. What do you think the next trend in moviemaking will be?

EE - Less violent conflict-resolution, more positive depictions of women and girls, more films with women actors over 40, and more films written, directed and produced by women.

15. Is there anything else you would like to say to emerging writers, producers, and film makers?

EE - Now it’s your turn! You can settle for someone else’s vision of the world, or you can bravely embark upon a journey of your own. Moondance is about inspiration, encouragement, collaboration, stimulating self-confidence, learning new ways of perception and creative expression, and cultivating a whole new concept of success for women in the international film industry. There is purposely no elite-ism at Moondance; everyone associated with the film festival is both a student and a teacher. We seek to support and nurture dreams and to motivate creative artists to follow that dream, no matter the prevailing circumstances. Writers and filmmakers often perceive the world differently, and their reactions to these perceptions, expressed in the art of film, writing and music can invigorate and spark the creative imaginations of others in the world, especially that of our children and the future generations.

Women filmmakers and women writers are vocal and active participants in the social forces that shape our culture. They portray women as three-dimensional, complex human beings and thus defy the demeaning and pervasive stereotypes perpetuated by the mainstream media. Moondance is dedicated to promoting visibility for women in the international film community and in Hollywood and their impact on the film industry. We see this as a means to disrupt and correct the misogynous, fantastical, passive, destructive and denigrating visual representation of females that has, historically, been rendered by men in media and has for so long and so plentifully pervaded our visual culture.

Moondance now encourages men writers and filmmakers to submit their work to Moondance, but in order to win or be a finalist, or to have their films screened at the film festival, we require that their work depict women and girls in a positive manner. The annual Moondance International Film Festival is for the benefit of both women and men, and all are encouraged to attend and participate.

This interview was conducted by phone in early December, 2001. Mary Case passed away December 26, 2002 from complications after surgery. She will always be fondly remembered by me, her family and her many friends and colleagues.



MOONDANCE NEWS: On Creativity + Stanley Kubrick On the Meaning of Life

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Mermaid ship’s masthead, by Jan Reichard

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MIFF BANNER

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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SCROLL ON DOWN TO READ ABOUT:

  • NEWS FOR ACTORS
  • STATEMENT ON NON-VIOLENCE
  • MOONDANCERS WRITE US
  • OSPREY VIDEO
  • ON CREATIVITY
  • STANLEY KUBRICK ON THE MEANING OF LIFE
  • ON NARRATIVE TRUTH IN WRITING & FILMMAKING
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
  • TRIBUTE TO MAYA ANGELOU

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NEWS FOR ACTORS

Starting with the Moondance 2014 season, we have added 4 new categories for opportunities to win our coveted Moondance Star Award:

  • Best Actor (male & female) in drama & comedy short narrative films, submitted to the competition
  • Best Actor (male & female) in drama & comedy feature narrative films, submitted to the competition

MOONDANCE SPECIAL OFFER:

SUBMIT TWO ENTRIES FOR A SINGLE ENTRY FEE! *

FROM NOW THROUGH JUNE 30TH, 2014 POSTMARK SUBMISSION DEADLINE!

You may submit 2 films, 2 written works, 2 film scores or original music, or a film & script, a film & music, and so on…

* PLEASE NOTE: This offer is only available via the

OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE ENTRY FORM!

Submissions postmarked or submitted after the June 30th date must pay the regular entry fee of $75 for each single submission. If you wish to submit via WAB or FF, please select the fee waiver option on both entries (Code: MIFF2014), and send a check for the $75 entry fee to Moondance.

This offer expires on June 3o, 2014

DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS IN ALL MEDIA ARE WELCOMED & ACCEPTED!

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MOONDANCE STATEMENT ON NON-VIOLENCE:

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Please note: Moondance is not looking for scripts & films without any violence in them! As written in the mission statement, we’re looking for films & scripts that offer either a viable alternative to violence as a means to solve conflicts, or, projects that depict how such violent conflict resolution is usually counter-productive, and does not, ultimately, solve the conflict, but often only prolongs and exacerbates it.

Moondance seeks to have a dialog about world peace through cinematic depictions of non-violent conflict resolution. We all need to identify and address the root causes of violence, and contribute to the 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, where social justice and participatory democracy can take root. We need a viable response to the rise in violent conflict between individuals, neighborhoods, in schools, different cultures, religions, and genders, within countries and the subsequent abuse of individual and collective human rights in minor and major conflict situations.

Today there is an evermore-pressing need for conflict resolution and peace-building 
efforts. These efforts can often be accomplished through films and writings, used as a good means of changing peoples’ perceptions, actions and reactions. We must, therefore:

  • Affect the international film and television industry, as well as the music industry, specifically targeting those entities to motivate them to fund and produce films and shows which depict viable alternatives to violent conflict resolution.
  • Acknowledge the potentially powerful roles writers and filmmakers can play in securing peace.
  • Gain a greater commitment by the international film community toward depictions of non-violent conflict resolutions.
  • Raise global awareness of women’s experiences and perspectives of peace and conflict.
  • Inspire & help women better realize their unique potential as peace-builders, from the local, to the national, and international level.

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

  • “Your festival is so respected in the film community!” ~ Donnie Betts, Actor, director, producer, and theatre director, Aurora, Colorado
  • “I came across your lovely festival and think there is great synergy between your festival’s focus on creative arts, empowering the human spirit and my film. I left my corporate job and took a leap of faith into filmmaking and this film is my first short – my most authentic voice.“ ~ Monish Gangwani
  • “I look forward to submitting one or two things to your lovely festival. And may I say what a refreshing festival it is for allowing the voices of children to be heard! Brava!” ~ Lindsey M. Foulkes

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WATCH THIS INCREDIBLE OSPREY VIDEO!

An osprey catches half a dozen fish in a single strike, plunges deep underwater to grab a fish & captures a steel-head salmon that probably weighs more than it does! Just making a living in the wild. What a bird!

Osprey, ‪nationalgeographic.com

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ON CREATIVITY:

DAVID LYNCH ON WHERE IDEAS COME FROM

AND THE FRAGMENTARY NATURE OF CREATIVITY

“How to throw bait in the river of ideation.”

Review by Maria Popova http://www.brainpickings.org

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As soon as we ask what creativity is, we invariably ponder the essential question of where good ideas come from and how we can coax them into manifesting. We don’t do anything without an idea. So they’re beautiful gifts. And I always say, you desiring an idea is like a bait on a hook — you can pull them in. And if you catch an idea that you love, that’s a beautiful, beautiful day. And you write that idea down so you won’t forget it. And that idea that you caught might just be a fragment of the whole — whatever it is you’re working on — but now you have even more bait. Thinking about that small fragment — that little fish — will bring in more, and they’ll come in and they’ll hook on. And more and more come in, and pretty soon you might have a script — or a chair, or a painting, or an idea for a painting.

Pair with Lynch on the role of meditation in creative work, then revisit more explorations of how ideas are born from Neil Gaiman, Rod Serling, and Alice Walker.

  • “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward de Bono
  • “Creativity is not just the finding of a thing, but the making something new out of it after it is found.” ~ James Russell Lowell
  • “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ Scott Adams
  • On Bob Dylan: Creativity and the notion of the unconscious and the optimal environment for its free reign. Like many creators, Dylan values that unconscious aspect of creativity far more than rational deliberation, speaking to the idea that the muse cannot be willed, only welcomed – a testament to the role of unconscious processing in the psychological stages of creative work. “For me, the environment to write the song is extremely important. The environment has to bring something out in me that wants to be brought out. It’s a contemplative, reflective thing. Environment is very important. People need peaceful, invigorating environments. Stimulating environments.” Considering his own songs, Dylan contemplates their nature, the self-transcendence necessary for writing, and the creative value of being an outcast.

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STANLEY KUBRICK ON THE MEANING OF LIFE:

A graphic novel cartoon by Hal Davis, Jr.

CLOCKWORK ORANGE

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ON NARRATIVE TRUTH IN WRITING & FILMMAKING:

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“Narrative truth,” rather than “historical truth,” shapes our impression of the world — is the recognition that stories make us human, and learning to reframe our interpretations of reality is key to our experience of life: Our stories give shape to our inchoate, disparate, fleeting impressions of everyday life. They bring together the past and the future into the present to provide us with structures for working toward our goals. They give us a sense of identity and, most importantly, serve to integrate the feelings of our right brain with the language of our left. We are primed to use stories. Part of our survival as a species depended upon listening to the stories of our tribal elders as they shared parables and passed down their experience and the wisdom of those who went before.” ~ Philippa Perry, author, How To Stay Sane

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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“Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves, and find nothing; therefore, they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves, either!” ~ Helen Keller

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“Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.” ~ Charles Scribner

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“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

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“I had a reality check today: no matter what happens, I am going to be changed. A friend showed me a picture of caddis fly larvae this afternoon. These flies build tiny cocoons of pebbles around them, sticking their surroundings onto them like a shell. In some ways I feel that is exactly what I am doing; sticking everything and everyone around me, to me.” ~ Tina Phenix, photographer, Boulder, Co & Taiwan

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“Seek knowledge. Open yourself up to possibility. Explore differences, find common ground, and enrich your world. Keep your heart open, your head high and your spirit free. Own your reality without apology. See goodness in the world. Experience. Dream. Risk. Be Bold. Be Fierce. Be Grateful. Be wild and gloriously free. Be you.” ~ Author Unknown

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“I will love the light, for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness, for it shows me the stars.” ~ Og Mandino, American author

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A TRIBUTE TO MAYA ANGELOU:

April 4, 1928-May 29, 2014

April 4, 1928-May 29, 2014

She was a girl who was raped and did not speak for years after, so cognizant was she of the power of words as to believe they could actually make things happen. And so, with words, she rendered not only her own life visible but also nothing short of a history of black social movements in the second half of the 20th century and the participation of a woman, and women, who helped make it happen, against a million odds.

The intimate lives of such women were not considered the stuff of memoir on a grand scale until the success of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which found a readership of millions. The success of Ms. Angelou’s memoir helped clear a path for the boom in black women’s writing, and the success of writers like Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, among many others.

She was a poet who wrote to be both read and recited, in the old-fashioned sense of recitation in black churches and schools and around kitchen tables…with the pithy, direct wisdom that is the bounty of the African-American women’s oral tradition. (Excerpts from the May 28, 2014 New York Times obituary, by Elizabeth Alexander, poet and a professor of African-American studies at Yale.)

BOOKS MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Superbly told, with the poet’s gift for language and observation, Angelou’s autobiography of her childhood in the racially-charged Arkansas in the 1930s brings to vivid life a world which most Americans had no idea existed.

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What makes Anne Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD: SOME INSTRUCTIONS ON WRITING AND LIFE (public library) so timelessly rewarding and one of the greatest books on writing of all time is that besides her wisdom on the craft, Lamott extends enormous sensitivity to and consolation for the general pathologies of the human condition – our insecurities, our social anxieties, our inner turmoils. Among her most powerful and memorable meditations in the book is that on how our perfectionism kills the creative spirit – something she revisited recently in a short essay on her Facebook page, spurred by a surge in negative comments and vicious troll attacks. Lamott’s words, once again, shine with warm and luminous wisdom. Alluding to the chapter on perfectionism, she writes: it is the great enemy of the writer, and of life, our sweet messy beautiful screwed up human lives. It is the voice of the oppressor. It will keep you very scared and restless your entire life if you do not awaken, and fight back, and if you’re an artist, it will destroy you…Do you mind even a little that you are still addicted to people-pleasing, and are still putting everyone else’s needs and laundry and career ahead of your creative, spiritual life? Giving all your life force away, to “help” and impress.

Fran I. Hamilton, M.D.

Goodness To Go – A Handbook for Humanitarians is a valuable resource for clarifying and mobilizing your natural generosity in mutually beneficial action or integral service that is enjoyable and sustainable. Woven throughout the handbook is a process of appreciative inquiry that springs from compassion and nonjudgment. The dynamic balance of self-care and sustainable service is a key principle throughout Goodness To Go. Proceeds from the sale of the handbook benefit the missions of the Goodness To Go social enterprise. The handbook’s intent is to mobilize the spirit of giving by offering a process to clarify and mobilize your goodness to go in ways that are sustainable and enjoyable. This kind of integral service is a cycle of giving and receiving between equals that is aligned with core values and uplifts the human spirit. At this historic time that calls forth the spirit of service in us all, Goodness To Go is your personal guide to positive transformation as you manifest your gifts of service to benefit our world. www.goodnesstogo.org

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BIRCH PATH

“Practice dwelling each minute, each hour, each day, in the present moment, and respond to every event with full compassion.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk from Viet Nam, author of “Old Path, White Clouds” Walking in the Path of the Buddha

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2014 Moondance Film Festival dates:

September 26, 27, 28, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA!

MOONDANCE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

  • FILMS (SHORTS & FEATURES, DOCUMENTARIES, NARRATIVE, ANIMATION, MUSIC VIDEOS)
  • SCREENPLAYS
  • FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • FILM TRAILERS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • KID’S FILMS
  • TV PILOTS
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • REALITY TV CONCEPTS (new for 2014!)
  • and more!

~ Click here for more MOONDANCE INFO, GUIDELINES & ENTRY FORM

~ EVENTS AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:

  • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS! (Features, shorts, documentaries, animation, trailers & music videos)
  • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS!
  • PITCH-PANELS FOR WRITERS, FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS!
  • PRODUCTIVE FREE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS!
  • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS!
  • DINNER & A MOVIE EVENT!
  • MINGLE WITH CELEBRITY ATTENDEES!
  • SPECIAL VIP CELEBRITY FILM, Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR + PRIVATE RECEPTION
  • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
  • & much more!

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MOONDANCE NEWS FOR ACTORS & TIPS ON FILM MUSIC!

 AWARD STAR

Starting with the Moondance 2014 season, we have added 3 new categories for opportunities to win our coveted Moondance Star Award: 

Best Actor (male & female) in drama & comedy short narrative films, submitted to the competition!

Best Actor (male & female) in drama & comedy feature narrative films, submitted to the competition!

• Best Child Actor (male & female) in short films, submitted to the competition!

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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SCROLL ON DOWN TO READ ABOUT:

  • MOONDANCE & OUR GLOBAL SUBMISSIONS
  • MOONDANCE SPECIAL OFFER: 2-FOR1 ENTRY FEE!
  • MOONDANCE COMPETITION CATEGORIES
  • EVENTS AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
  • MOONDANCERS WRITE US
  • ARTICLE: THE POWER OF MUSIC IN FILM!
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
  • MOONDANCE SUPPORTS & RECOMMENDS

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MOONDANCE & OUR GLOBAL SUBMISSIONS:

In our continuing success of promoting top-quality original filmmaking, writing and music composition by talented artists from around the world, the Moondance International Film Festival is very pleased to announce that our festival competitions have brought in great submissions, in all genres and categories, from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea,  Lithuania, Malta, Marshall Island, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestinian Territories, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, the UK, the US, and Venezuela!

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Moondancers are part of an amazing worldwide community; a unique collaboration of multi-talented writers, film score composers and filmmakers. The Moondance mission is to entertain, inform, inspire, encourage and educate. We honor those artists who, through their creative work, actively increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, and strengthen ties between international audiences. At Moondance, you can come together with other writers, directors and producers to create new opportunities, develop tools for success and forge new alliances within the international film and entertainment industry.

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

We are thrilled to submit our film to the Moondance Festival! Your mission to support cinema that increases awareness, provokes dialogue and inquires into complex social global matters is a perfect match with our film.“ ~ Doria Bramante, director

“I have followed the success of the Moondance International Film Festival over the past few years, and I admire your spirit and the films you promote…your festival is on top of my wish list! I am sure that the next Moondance International Film Festival will be absolutely tremendous.” ~ Vartanoush Torossian, director

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MOONDANCE SPECIAL OFFER: 

SUBMIT TWO ENTRIES FOR A SINGLE ENTRY FEE! *

 FROM NOW THROUGH  JUNE 30TH, 2014 SUBMISSION DEADLINE!

You may submit 2 films, 2 written works, 2 film scores or original music, or a film & script, a film & music, and so on…your choice!

* PLEASE NOTE: This offer is only available via the

OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE ENTRY FORM!

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

Submissions postmarked or submitted after the June 30th date must pay the regular entry fee of $75 for each single submission. If you wish to submit via WAB or FF, please select the fee waiver option on both entries (Code: MIFF2014), and send a check for the $75 entry fee to Moondance.

This offer expires on June 3o, 2014

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3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

(in order of preference)

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

2. FILM FREEWAY SUBMISSION SERVICE

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

*PLEASE NOTE:

DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS IN ALL MEDIA ARE WELCOMED & ACCEPTED!

The award for winners is the coveted Moondance star, which is worth more than a small amount of prize money. A Moondance win, or even finalist status, offers you the opportunity to have global entertainment industry doors opened to you, as a MIFF winner!

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“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Jung

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MOONDANCE COMPETITION CATEGORIES

  • • FILMS (SHORTS & FEATURES, DOCUMENTARIES, NARRATIVE, ANIMATION, MUSIC VIDEOS)
  • • SCREENPLAYS
  • • FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC
  • • STAGEPLAYS
  • • SHORT STORIES
  • • FILM TRAILERS
  • • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • • KID’S FILMS
  • • TV PILOTS
  • • RADIO PLAYS
  • • REALITY TV CONCEPTS (NEW FOR 2014!)
  • and more!

~ Click here for more MOONDANCE INFO, GUIDELINES & ENTRY FORM ~

EVENTS AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:

  • • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS! (Features, shorts, documentaries, animation, trailers & music videos)
  • • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS!
  • • PITCH-PANELS FOR WRITERS, FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS!
  • • PRODUCTIVE FREE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS!
  • • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS!
  • • DINNER & A MOVIE EVENT!
  • • MINGLE WITH CELEBRITY ATTENDEES!
  • • SPECIAL VIP CELEBRITY FILM, Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR + PRIVATE RECEPTION
  • • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
  • & more!

2014 Moondance Film Festival dates: September 26, 27, 28, 

in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA!

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THE POWER OF MUSIC IN FILM!

MUSIC NOTES

Post-production phase: editing, sound, foley, dubbing, special effects, background ambience, music, lab work, color, title, trailers, director, assistant directors or ADs, cinematographer &/or DP, focus-pullers, gaffers, best boy, key grips, script supervisor, body doubles, sound and light, still photographer…the still photographer and a videographer gets his or her coverage too….production assistants or PAs, studio execs, wranglers, extras, location manager, prop master, special effects, extras, stunt coordinator, tech advisors, insurers, book-keeper/accountant, fire marshal, production designer, art director, storyboard artists, line producer, sound editor…all those elements that make the world of the film believable to the audience: story, set design, lighting, sound, special FX, continuity, locations, props, extras, stunts, costumes, hair and makeup, musical score composer, music…

Music! Ah, yes. The power of music in film. We need 30 to 40 minutes of music, one of the most important elements in a film, which can be artfully used to arouse, to manipulate, to frighten, or to soothe & calm, to aid in transitions, to punctuate, to comment, to move plot along, to focus, to add sense of continuity, to add information, to heighten tempo, add dramatic tension, to change mood, to add character and to define, as well as to add dimension and give the film new or different meaning. The major categories of a film score are:

• THEME, such as the musical theme from the James Bond films.

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 • SOURCE, as from a radio, TV, iPod, or a band/orchestra shown on screen.

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• MOVIE SONG: like the music from “Titanic”.

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• UNDERSCORING: such as soft, “seen but not heard” music. • DEVELOPMENTAL or NARRATIVE music. adds to the story as it unfolds, weaving in and out, through the entire film. • COUNTERPOINT music and FORESHADOWING themes, usually of a dramatic tempo. • OVERTURE: the central core. Sets mood, sets time, sets location. Music for a romantic film shot in Rio, would not be appropriate for an action film in New York City, nor for a noir detective film in 1920’s Chicago, a light comedy in Paris, a sci-fi film, nor documentary on polar bears in Alaska, for example. • And last, but not least, LEITMOTIF: identifies the character or repeated action on screen., such as the famous tune from the film,  “Jaws”.

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You should have a main musical theme that runs throughout the film, interspersed with other music, or even the same theme, but done in different genres of music, such as jazzy, classical, pop, rock, rap, world, new-age, trance, metal, disco, whatever works for the film & particular scene.

You might want to take a look at & listen to the music in the 1969 Greek film, directed by Costas Gavras, called “Z”, starring Yves Montand. This film, an Oscar-winner, uses the exact same tune throughout the film, an old, beloved, traditional Greek shepherd’s flute music, but the music composer & arranger, Mikis Theodorakis, changes it to joyful, scary, militant, smooth, ominous, fast, romantic, erotic, dark, sad, marching, angry, and so on, and with different current & traditional musical instruments, as needed, with a driving score that resonates even today. (Available on Netflix.com)

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A BOOK MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

10 TRAITS WOMEN OF POWER AND COURAGE: 10 TRUTHS ABOUT A WOMAN’S BRAIN THAT WILL FOREVER CHANGE YOUR WORLD

by Alexia Parks

image by www.universityaffairs.ca

image by www.universityaffairs.ca

Alexia Parks, delineates the leadership differences between men and women and focuses on what makes the female brain hard-wired to change the world in a positive way. Looking from a historical perspective, the author shows how women have developed evolutionary skills based on raising children, building community and being primarily responsible for the home. In today’s world, that means women are superior in social bonding, fostering diversity, expressing emotions and having empathy for the plights of others. Ms. Parks concludes that women should be recognized and promoted into responsibilities that can best use their multi-tasking and problem-solving skills. (S)he is certainly correct that, if given the chance, women can and will change the world into a more communal and less conflicted place. (excerpt from an Amazon.com book review by Laurence Kirshbaum)

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

Greek shepherd

Greek shepherd

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan; but also believe.” ~ Anatole France

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“Moonbeams”, photo by J.E.S.

“Moonbeams”, photo by J.E.S.

“ There are nights when the wolves are silent, and only the moon howls.” ~ George Carlin

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MATCHES

“One of the most vital characteristics of a successful person is the power of lighting one’s own fire.” ~Source Unknown

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STONE FOOTPATH

“Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” ~ Peter T. McIntyre

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Giancarlo Esposito, as Gus Fring, “The Chicken Man”, on “Breaking Bad”

Giancarlo Esposito, as Gus Fring, “The Chicken Man”, on “Breaking Bad”

“Fill your life with happiness and surround yourselves with positive people. Speak your truth, and the universe will always support you.” ~ Giancarlo Esposito, award-winning actor, director; film, television & theater

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MOONDANCE SUPPORTS & RECOMMENDS:

www.wcs.org/‎

www.wcs.org/‎

We’re grateful to all our supporters for helping to keep the planet safe for wildlife. Here’s our extra special thank you that is sure to melt your heart: 96 seconds of baby elephants playing and frolicking. This video is pure joy, but sadly the problems facing these magnificent creatures are downright heartbreaking. Check out this video, then head over to 96elephants.org to find out more about what you can do to save them.

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MOONDANCE NEWS: SPECIAL 2-FOR-1 ENTRY FEE!

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Being fearless and bold, Moondance is where monotonous conformity is considered mediocrity, and extravagant individualism, innovation, uniqueness and experimentation is encouraged, awarded and applauded!

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MOONDANCE SPECIAL OFFER: 

SUBMIT TWO ENTRIES FOR A SINGLE ENTRY FEE! *

 FROM NOW THROUGH 

JUNE 30, 2014  SUBMISSION DEADLINE!

You may submit 2 films, 2 written works, 2 film scores or original music,

or a film & script, a film & music, and so on…

* PLEASE NOTE: This offer is only available via:

OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE ENTRY FORM!

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

Submissions submitted after the June 30th date, or submitted via WAB & FF, must pay the regular entry fee of $75 for each submission.

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3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

(in order of preference)

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

2. FILM FREEWAY SUBMISSION SERVICE

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

*PLEASE NOTE:

DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS IN ALL MEDIA ARE WELCOMED & ACCEPTED!

MOONDANCE COMPETITION CATEGORIES

  • • FILMS (SHORTS & FEATURES, DOCUMENTARIES, NARRATIVE, ANIMATION, MUSIC VIDEOS)
  • • SCREENPLAYS
  • • FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC
  • • STAGEPLAYS
  • • SHORT STORIES
  • • FILM TRAILERS
  • • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • • KID’S FILMS
  • • TV PILOTS
  • • RADIO PLAYS
  • • REALITY TV CONCEPTS (NEW FOR 2014!)
  • and more!

~ Click here for more MOONDANCE INFO, GUIDELINES & ENTRY FORM ~

EVENTS AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:

  • • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS! (Features, shorts, documentaries, animation, trailers & music videos)
  • • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS!
  • • PITCH-PANELS FOR WRITERS, FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS!
  • • PRODUCTIVE FREE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS!
  • • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS!
  • • DINNER & A MOVIE EVENT!
  • • MINGLE WITH CELEBRITY ATTENDEES!
  • • SPECIAL VIP CELEBRITY FILM, Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR + PRIVATE RECEPTION
  • • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
  • & more!

2014 Moondance Film Festival dates: September 26, 27, 28, 

in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA!

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“Spring-Flatirons-Moonset”, view from Boulder, Colorado Photo by Charles Pfeil www.ArrowPhotos.com

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 SCROLL ON DOWN TO READ ABOUT:

• ON WRITING: GEORGE R. R. MARTIN & JAMES THURBER • ON WOMEN IN THE HOLLYWOOD FILM INDUSTRY • LIVING WITH NATURE • MOONDANCERS WRITE US • BOULDER ROCK ART • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

 “There’s always this tension between fiction and life. Fiction has more structure than life does. But we have to hide the structure. We have to hide the writer, and make the story seem like it was true.” ~ George R. R. Martin, author, “Game of Thrones” HBO series, from a Vanity Fair magazine cover article, April 2014

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The view from poet Dylan Thomas’ writing  hut, Wales, thecelticyear.blogspot.com

The view from poet Dylan Thomas’ writing hut, Wales, thecelticyear.blogspot.com

“When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare.” ~ James Thurber

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ON WOMEN IN THE HOLLYWOOD FILM INDUSTRY:

TO HOLLYWOOD, MEN ARE THE BIG-SCREEN HEROES

 

John Wayne, Image @ Wikipedia

John Wayne, Image @ Wikipedia

By Martha M. Lauzen and Jennifer Siebel NewsomVariety, March 18, 2014

It seems that everyone but those at the top of the Hollywood hierarchy has gotten the memo that the big-budget film world remains desperately behind the curve on gender diversity. In 2013, female characters comprised only 15% of all protagonists and just 30% of all speaking characters in the top-grossing 100 films, according to a study released last week by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film (see Variety.com for more on the study). Women of color were even less visible.

Behind the scenes, women accounted for 6% of directors and 10% of writers working on the top-grossing 250 films in 2013. These percentages are actually lower than those recorded in 1998. For all of the talk about gender diversity on various blogs and industry panels, little has changed in more than a decade. How can this be? We need leaders working at the major studios and unions who are willing to establish clear guidelines and practices that will result in greater numbers of women working behind the scenes and on screen. READ MORE

WGA DIVERSITY REPORT: WOMEN WRITERS SEE GAINS IN TV, SLIDE ON FILM SIDE

The WGA West 2014 Hollywood Writers Report has uncovered modest gains for minority and women TV writers but on the film side employment in these circles is continuing its slide, offsetting overall gains. Women remained underrepresented by a factor of nearly 2-to-1 among TV writers in 2012, claiming 27% of sector employment, and they earned about 92 cents for every dollar earned by white males in 2012 — up slightly from 91 cents in 2009. Women screenwriters accounted for 15% of sector employment (down from 17% in 2009) , and they earned 77 cents for every dollar earned by white male film writers in 2012, down from 82 cents in 2009.

Minority TV writers posted an increase in employment share (from 10% in 2009 to 11% in 2012), also closing the earnings gap “a bit.” Data also show that minorities watch a disproportionate share of television and theatrical films, while increases in their consumer spending outpace the rest of the nation. Older writers — especially ages 41-50 — claimed the largest share of employment in TV and film, as well as the highest earnings in each sector. The relative status of older writers tends to decline “rather rapidly” beyond age 60. “Before we are likely to realize meaningful, sustained change…other industry players – the networks, studios, and agents – will have to go well beyond what they have routinely done in the past to address the troubling shortfalls evident on the diversity front among writers. Only then will the industry position itself to make the most of opportunities afforded by audiences whose story needs are becoming more diverse by the moment.” READ MORE 

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LIVING WITH NATURE

GRASS “Exposure to Nature is good, even at low levels; the psychologist R.S. Ulrich found that hospital patients who had a view of trees recovered more quickly than those whose rooms looked out on a brick wall. Contact with Nature increases alpha-wave activity, at HZ 7-12, in the brain. These are the waves the brain creates when it Is relaxed. Therefore, mental and emotional health is improved. Interestingly, the resonant frequency of the Earth’s electromagnetic field is in the same HZ range as alpha-waves; consequently, when people are outside, they may be literally in sync with Nature.”

In his book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv details how children –- families as a whole, actually – are increasingly prone to stress and mental disorders, (and obesity) as a result of being ‘shut-in’, away from direct contact with Nature. “ ~ John Lewis-Stempel, author, The Wild LIfe

‪www.kidspot.com.au

‪www.kidspot.com.au

There are solutions, though, and they’re right in our own backyards. Last child in the Woods is the first book to bring together cutting-edge research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development — physical, emotional, and spiritual. What’s more, nature is a potent therapy for depression, obesity and ADD. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade-point averages, and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision-making. Even creativity is stimulated by childhood experiences in nature!

http://blacklemag.com

http://blacklemag.com

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The season for shark fishing and dolphin killing is fast approaching. Action is urgently needed to stop the heinous slaughter of dolphins for shark bait. Harming dolphins is illegal in Peru so we have the law on our side. Now we need to get the authorities to enforce those laws. Enough is enough. It’s time to hold Peru accountable and change these disgraceful practices. Peru deserves its own version of The Cove and Blackfish. At BlueVoice.org, co-founded by actor Ted Danson, we are gathering documentary footage for just this purpose. In addition, we are producing a film showing the benefits of dolphin and whale watching to the Peruvian economy. Will you please join us? Your gift will help save the lives of thousands of dolphins and will help prevent the extinction of the Amazon River dolphin. Donate now and save the dolphins of Peru!

Peruvian dolphins, photo by Mundo Azul

Peruvian dolphins, photo by Mundo Azul

 Let me stress – the law is on our side. The Peruvian people and press are on our side. We can change government policy and save thousands of dolphins. We can’t do it without you. For the dolphins of Peru, Hardy Jones, BlueVoice.org

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~~~ SAVE OUR BEES AND OUR FOOD SUPPLY! ~~~

Do you know that U.S. beekeepers have lost an average of 45% of their colonies between the end of 2012 and the end of 2013? Or that, thanks to pesticides, hives are producing 85% fewer queens? Pesticides aren’t just terrifying for the beekeepers or our agricultural economy – they’re terrifying for everyone. Most of the food we eat requires plant and flower pollination – including breads, tree- & ground-nuts, honey, cows’ milk, chicken eggs, as well as all fruits and vegetables! And, the animals for meats that we eat, beef cattle, chickens, lambs, and pork, require grass, wheat, hay and corn for feed, all of which need bees to pollinate it.

We need you to help solve this problem for our country. Please support H.R. 2692, the “Saving America’s Pollinators Act”. This bill would protect bees by requiring the EPA to immediately suspend the use of the pesticides that kill bees, until their safety can be determined. It would also charge the EPA with monitoring bee health. it’s time to stop using chemicals that put bees — and the food we eat — at risk. Sign the Sierra Club petition now!  http://share.sierraclub.org

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EXPOSE FOX’S ANTI-CLIMATE AGENDA TODAY!

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Fox News image

You wouldn’t feed your family all junk food all the time, but that’s exactly what Fox News is doing with its viewers when it comes to climate science. A study out just last week shows that when Fox News covers climate change, they get it wrong nearly 3 out of every 4 times! Fox is entitled to its own opinion, but not its own “facts”. Sometimes I think “Faux News” really would be a more accurate name for the network.

This matters — Fox is the most-watched cable news channel in the US, so millions of Americans are deceived when the network dresses up fossil fuel lies as climate science. No wonder so much of the public is confused about climate change. “How can there be global warming if it’s snowing and bitterly cold?” — Steve Doocy. Can you imagine a serious reporter or anchor anywhere else getting the facts wrong 3 out of 4 times? They’d be kicked right off the air!

It’s up to us to expose Fox News’ climate lies for what they really are. Sign the petition — tell Fox to stop misinforming the public and start featuring actual climate scientists!

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BOULDER, COLORADO ROCK ARTIST:

Rock Balancing art on Boulder Creek, by Michael Grab

Rock Balancing art on Boulder Creek, by Michael Grab

Michael Grab is an artist who has been rock balancing since 2008. Much of his recent work has been done around the Boulder, Colorado area. Grab explains: “The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of tripod for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another.  These “sculptures” have no support other than the rocks themselves. VIDEO: WATCH THE ARTIST CREATE THESE SCULPTURES WITH ONLY “GRAVITY GLUE”! Come to the Moondance, and see these unique works of art in Boulder Creek!

Rock Balancing art by Michael Grab

Rock Balancing art by Michael Grab

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

• “My film was in the Moondance festival when they were in NYC and I had such a wonderful experience! I highly recommend it!” ~ Lori Romero, filmmaker

• “I love your mission and vision…it is very much in-sync with the work I do.” I really like the vibe of your film festival. ~ Donna-Lynne Larson, film producer, Canada

• “I was deeply touched by your April 14th Moondance blog. So, as I read about your activities with conserving wildlife, I once again was reminded of your higher nature. It is such a pleasure to know there is someone out there who loves and values all of life and does not treat animals as if they have no feelings, as if they are not intelligent and as if they do not understand.” ~ Lorna Kantor, screenwriter & artist

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

"Le Bouquet Ardent", Marc Chagall

“Le Bouquet Ardent”, Marc Chagall

“In our lives, there is a simple color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides us with the meaning of life and art: it is the color of love.” ~ Marc Chagall

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“Peaceful Valley”, www.bruceonline.com

“Peaceful Valley”, www.bruceonline.com

“ When we long for a life without difficulties, remember that diamonds are created out of great pressures.” ~ Peter Marshall

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www.livingartscenter.org

www.livingartscenter.org

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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Oak tree at dawn, photo by www.alexnail.com

 “There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of.” ~ Nelson Mandela

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THE MOONDANCE SPRING 2-FOR-1 SPECIAL OFFER!

 

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SPRING IS HERE, AND THE 

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL,

TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON, IS OFFERING A SPECIAL DEAL*: 

 ~~~~~ SUBMIT TWO ENTRIES FOR A SINGLE ENTRY FEE! ~~~~~

Now you have TWO great opportunities to win the Moondance! Any combination of genres or media is accepted: 2 films, 2 screenplays, a film & screenplay, a film & original music…and so on.

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

• This 2-for-1  special offer expires on postmark May 31.

If you wish to submit two entries, just note the fee waiver option for your second submission.

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

SCROLL ON DOWN TO SEE: • MOONDANCE SUBMISSION INFO • MOONDANCE COMPETITION CATEGORIES • 2014 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL EVENTS • MOONDANCE 2014 FESTIVAL DATES & LOCATION • A MONDANCE ANNOUNCEMENT • A RECOMMENDED BOOK • MOONDANCE SUPPORTS AFRICAN WILDLIFE • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT + COOL IMAGES • MOONDANCERS WRITE US • ACTING TIPS FROM ROBERT DUVALL • CONTACT US

DIRECTOR'S CHAIR

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

(in order of preference)

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

2. FILM FREEWAY SUBMISSION SERVICE

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

*PLEASE NOTE:

• DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS IN ALL MEDIA ARE WELCOMED & ACCEPTED!

• FINAL SUBMISSION POSTMARK DEADLINE IS JUNE 30th

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MOONDANCE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

  • FILMS (SHORTS & FEATURES, DOCUMENTARIES, NARRATIVE, ANIMATION, MUSIC VIDEOS)
  • SCREENPLAYS
  • FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • FILM TRAILERS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • KID’S FILMS
  • TV PILOTS
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • REALITY TV CONCEPTS (NEW FOR 2014!)
  • and more!

~ Click here for more MOONDANCE INFO, GUIDELINES & ENTRY FORM ~

EVENTS AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:

  • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS! (Features, shorts, documentaries, animation, trailers & music videos)
  • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS!
  • PITCH-PANELS FOR WRITERS, FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS!
  • PRODUCTIVE FREE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS!
  • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS!
  • DINNER & A MOVIE EVENT!
  • MINGLE WITH CELEBRITY ATTENDEES!
  • SPECIAL VIP CELEBRITY FILM, Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR + PRIVATE RECEPTION
  • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
  • & more!

2014 Moondance Film Festival dates: September 26, 27, 28,

in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA!

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The 2014 Moondance International Film Festival’s host hotel & main venue:

HOTEL BOULDERADO

Hotel Boulderado

In the heart of downtown: 2115 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

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Zenos Frudakis- “Freedom”

Zenos Frudakis- “Freedom”

Being fearless and bold, the Moondance International Film Festival is where monotonous conformity is considered mediocrity, and extravagant individualism, innovation, uniqueness and experimentation is encouraged, awarded and applauded!

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

Zinc Metal Art
Zinc Metal Art

“If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.” ~ Chinese Proverb

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CHERRY TREES + PATH

“Follow the good path or follow the evil one. To stand at the crossroads may require more strength than you possess.” Heinrich Heine

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BUDDHA + LOTUS

“Holding on to anger, hatred, resentment and a desire for revenge is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone; you are the one who gets burned.” ~ Buddha

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Mt. Everest, photo by www.peakware.com
Mt. Everest, photo by www.peakware.com

 “We must overcome the notion that we should be regular; it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.” ~ Uta Hagen

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Illustration by Maurice Sendak from “Open House for Butterflies” by Ruth Krauss.

 We may have found a cure for many of the world’s evils, but we have found no cure for the worst of them all:  the apathy of human beings.” ~ Helen Keller

•apathy (n): indifference, a lack of feeling, emotion, interest, or concern. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical and/or physical life and the world, and may lack a sense of purpose.

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STILL WATERS RUN DEEP RECIPE

INGREDIENT:

One life story

1. Flavor with your experiences

2. Spice it up

3. Stir gently

4. Smile big, breathe deep

5. Relax

~ Serves the entire world!

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OF INTEREST:

“BRING ME MY DRAGONS!”

(Op-ed article on “Game of Thrones)

By Maureen Dowd

New York Times, April 6, 2014

Dragon-Chinese

“When a flattering adviser warns Cersei, the queen regent, that “knowledge is power,” she makes a feint to cut the man’s throat and then informs him, .”

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

• “In the past, I have done well in the Moondance International Film Festival – HALFWAY HOME (2012 Feature Winner), CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: ACCIDENT (2012 TV Spec Winner), and THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT (2012 Short Script Semi-finalist). Currently, my short film is in pre-production with Alex Merkin directing (Adrian Grenier, Britney Murphy, Terrence Howard, Peter Fonda, Queen Latifah), and Jordi Vilasuso playing the lead role (AMC, Emmy). Good luck with the Moondance IFF!  Maybe this is the year to come to Colorado.” ~ David J Schroeder, screenwriter

• “I will be in the Boulder area at the end of September, so I will make it a point to attend the festival. I look forward to it very much!” ~ Richard Sherman, actor & storyboard artist

• “It’s a GREAT Festival.  I won an award there twice. Once for a screenplay, a comedy, and once for a short story.  The Festival is excellent, very well run and Elizabeth English really helps the screenwriters.” ~ Lorna Kanterscreenwriter, artist

• “This event gives the attendees the wide range of opportunities to network and excel .. “.True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.” ~ John W. GardnerLinkedIn Entertainment Industry Group

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ACTING TIPS FROM ROBERT DUVALL:

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“The key to acting is simple: Just prepare yourself as best you can, and by the time you start, you’ve just gotta throw all that out the window. Just talk and listen, and listen and talk, just like we’re doing right now. Because for me, that’s the beginning and the end of it, acting is talking and listening. Very simple, but if you do it purely, if you do it purely, and don’t cheat it, it’ll lead you to good surprises emotionally.”~ Robert Duvall, (at the 2014 SXSW conference)

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RECOMMENDED BOOK:

SECRETS BOOK

“Secrets of Breaking into the Film and TV Business:

Tools and Tricks for Today’s Directors, Writers, and Actors”

by Dean Silvers

Only $12.95 @ amazon.com

A highly successful, award-winning producer shares his funny, practical, and innovative approach to breaking into film or television, whether you want to direct, act, write, or produce. “This book will make you want to follow your dreams, and will give you the courage and tools you need to do so.”

 • Editor’s note: Dean Silvers has been invited to give a workshop at Moondance!

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 MOONDANCE SUPPORTS AFRICAN WILDLIFE:

www.deshow.net

www.deshow.net

For 10 years, I have been trying to bring awareness about the dangers of deforestation and the direct link between illegal logging and wildlife poaching. If you believe, as I do, that we are at a crossroads in our society where we can no longer ignore the facts that we’re destroying our planet’s ecosystems, then please join me in helping to spread this important message. My company is developing a movie and webseries about these crises. We are trying to raise $250,000 on INDIEGOGO to produce the webseries and we need your help. Time is running out.

 Please become an advocate. If you can contribute, wonderful. If not, at the very least, help spread the word to visit our page and make a contribution (link is below). We have great perks at various levels, literally starting at $1. And as with any crowd-funding campaign, it is a numbers game. So take a few moments and visit the page. You will be helping with a noble cause and a great film! Thank you for your attention. LINK: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-lion-inside-webisode-series. Regards, Jim Branchflower, President, ECO Films, LLC

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Photo: Julie Larsen Maher

Photo: Julie Larsen Maher

WCS Run for the Wild

Sneakers, kicks, tennis shoes – whatever you call them – they’re itching to be put to use for elephants! Sign up as a virtual runner for the WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY  Run for the Wild and join thousands of elephant-lovers on Saturday, April 26, by running or walking around town, at the gym, or even another 5K! You’ll get the chance to win incredible prizes – all while making an elephant-sized difference for wildlife! When you raise $30, you’ll receive our t-shirt; raise more to earn great fundraising prizes! REGISTER HERE

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WILD GIRAFFES ARE IN TROUBLE ALL OVER AFRICA!

Giraffes at dusk

Life Net Nature, a conservation charity, is in “emergency” mode working to save habitat for giraffe next to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.  They are hosting a cost-share volunteer monitoring team to count giraffe on Maasai lands next to the reserve this June. Wildlife counts will be used to leverage more local and national support for a community-based conservancy next to the reserve. They need 4-6 cost-share volunteers to be able to conduct these first-time counts focusing on wild giraffes. Join the team if you can!  And, please spread the word on any list serves you use, social media, and with friends and family. HERE is the link to the project as posted on the Conservation Biology Jobs board. http://www.conbio.org/professional-development/scb-job-board/giraffe-monitoring-volunteer-kenya. Thanks!  For the wild giraffe! ~ Dr. Dusti Becker, LIFE NET NATURE, http://lifenetnature.org

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MOONDANCE MARCH NEWS & SPRINGTIME CELEBRATION!

SPRING IS IN THE AIR, AND THE

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL,

TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON, IS LOOKING FORWARD TO PREVIEWING YOUR FILM,

ORIGINAL MUSIC, FILM SCORE, OR WRITTEN PROJECT! 

CROCUSES & SNOW

SCROLL ON DOWN TO SEE: • SUBMISSION INFO
• A MOONDANCE ANNOUNCEMENT
• MOONDANCE COMPETITION CATEGORIES
• 2014 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL EVENTS
• MOONDANCE 2014 FESTIVAL DATES & LOCATION
• MOONDANCE NEWS
• MOONDANCERS WRITE US
• SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT + IMAGES
• MOONDANCE SUPPORTS & RECOMMENDS

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:
(in order of preference)

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

2. FILM FREEWAY SUBMISSION SERVICE

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival


3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

*PLEASE NOTE: SINCE I PERSONALLY PREVIEW AND JUDGE ALL ENTRIES, I PREFER TO PREVIEW SUBMITTED FILMS ON DVDs OR BLU-RAY, TO READ SCREENPLAYS IN HARDCOPY, AND TO LISTEN TO MUSIC ON CDS (OR AS A FILM SCORE ON DVD), RATHER THAN AS DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS.

MOONDANCE COMPETITION CATEGORIES: • FILMS (SHORTS & FEATURES, DOCUMENTARIES, NARRATIVE, ANIMATION, MUSIC VIDEOS)
• SCREENPLAYS
• FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC
• STAGEPLAYS
• SHORT STORIES
• FILM TRAILERS
• MUSIC VIDEOS
• KID’S FILMS
• TV PILOTS
• RADIO PLAYS
and more!

~ Click here for more MOONDANCE INFO, GUIDELINES & ENTRY FORM ~

EVENTS AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:

• INDIE FILM SCREENINGS! (Features, shorts, documentaries, animation, trailers & music videos)
• PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS!
• PITCH-PANELS FOR WRITERS, FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS!
• PRODUCTIVE FREE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS!
• PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS!
• DINNER & A MOVIE EVENT!
• MINGLE WITH CELEBRITY ATTENDEES!
• GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
& more!

2014 Moondance Film Festival dates: September 26, 27, 28,
in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA!

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A MOONDANCE ANNOUNCEMENT:

Zenos Frudakis- “Freedom”

Zenos Frudakis- “Freedom”

BEING FEARLESS, MOONDANCE IS WHERE MONOTONOUS CONFORMITY IS CONSIDERED MEDIOCRITY, AND EXTRAVAGANT INDIVIDUALISM, INNOVATION, UNIQUENESS AND EXPERIMENTATION IS ENCOURAGED, AWARDED AND APPLAUDED!

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https://filmfreeway.com

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Join the world’s fastest growing 
film festival submissions platform! Easily submit to hundreds of film festivals and 
contests all over the world. FilmFreeway is always 100% free for filmmakers and screenwriters. No tricky paid add-ons or upgrades. We built FilmFreeway for you. Crystal Clear Online Screeners, Free Vimeo and YouTube Integration, Safe and Secure, User-Friendly Technology, Mobile Ready, Real Customer Service, & You Own 100% of Your Rights! SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT TO MOONDANCE @ FILM FREEWAY

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MOONDANCE NEWS:

• Four of the most respected and sought-after storytelling and screenwriting teachers in the world are John Truby, Christopher Vogler, Linda Seger and Michael Hauge, who, together have sold over 1,000,000 books, spoken to over 350,000 people, and traveled to more than 40 countries…and now one of them, Linda Seger (http://www.lindaseger.com), famed “script doctor”, will be presenting 3 workshops at Moondance 2014! (And Michael Hauge (http://www.storymastery.com) has been invited, too.) Updates on other professional entertainment workshop presenters and pitch-panelists will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Top Women’s Film Festivals
by Madeline Wickman (AKA Sophie Kinsella)

• “Moondance International Film Festival – This festival stays true to their original goal to present films and writing which successfully raise awareness about a variety of vital social issues. Besides their feminist initiatives, other objectives include educating writers, filmmakers, and film festival audiences, and inspiring them to take action upon this knowledge. Moondance uses this entertainment media to stimulate social and environmental change. Having initially started to widen the knowledge of the hardships women face, as the festival has matured, it has also expanded the social issues it promotes.” READ MORE

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

• “I am a recent graduate of the directing program at the American Film Institute Conservatory. I am eager to submit my thesis film to the Moondance International Film Festival because it is well known for supporting emerging filmmakers and providing a platform for culture diversity in cinema. As a Chinese filmmaker who attended universities and lived overseas, I was exposed to and understand different cultures. I hope to convey this understanding through the cinematic expression of my films. It would be a tremendous honor for me to premiere my work at your prestigious festival. I recently received an email from the Festival de Cannes informing my film has been accepted for its Short Film Corner.” Sincerely, ~ Quan Zhou

• “While searching for festivals most welcoming of the type of film I created, I came across Moondance, and I was immediately impressed. “Honoring filmmakers, writers, and composers who actively increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, and address complex social issues” is a mission statement that closely resembles the motivations behind me making my film, both in story and in craft.” ~ Mike McAleer

• “I looked up your festival, and appreciate your emphasis on social issues and also women moviemakers (one of my previous movies was written by veteran writer, Ann Marcus, who is considered a pioneer woman in television. She also won an Emmy for creating a show called ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’ with Norman Lear). I think you have a wonderful festival.” Nat Christian, www.newyolktimes.com

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“Blue Nude”, Henri Matisse

“Blue Nude”, Henri Matisse

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose. Before one can do so, one has to first forget all the roses that were ever painted.” ~ Henri Matisse (editor’s note: one can extrapolate this concept to also be applicable to all the creative arts; film, writing, music & etc.)

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THE WAYSEER MANIFESTO
(An inspiring video)
“Comfort the disturbed & disturb the comfortable. You have found your tribe. Welcome home!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPR3GlpQQJA

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

The Wayseers’ burgeoning new movement
is full of revolutionaries, geniuses, free-spirits and pioneers.
http://www.wayseers.org

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Holstee Manifesto Poster, Brooklyn-based design studio

Holstee Manifesto Poster, Brooklyn-based design studio

“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look as if they cannot be done.” Arnold Palmer

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‪africansweetheart.blogspot.com

‪africansweetheart.blogspot.com

“If my music aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.” ~ Jim Morrison, The Doors

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Bluesman Howlin' Wolf, ‪www.puremusic.com

Bluesman Howlin’ Wolf, ‪www.puremusic.com

“Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again, and they will want to bring others to show them how well you do what you do.” – Walt Disney

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Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe

“I’d move to Los Angeles only if New Zealand and Australia were swallowed by a tidal wave, if there was bubonic plague in Europe, and if the continent of Africa disappeared from a Martian attack.” ~ Russell Crowe

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“Narcissus” painting by J. Waterhouse

“Narcissus” painting by J. Waterhouse

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ~ Rachel Carson, author, “Silent Spring”

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MOONDANCE SUPPORTS & RECOMMENDS:

African Wildlife • Smithsonian • Wildlife Conservation • Rainforest Alliance • Nature Conservancy • National Wildlife Federation • World Wildlife Fund • Defenders of Wildlife • Greenpeace USA • National Audubon Society • Habitat Conservation • Save the Dolphins & Whales ~ and many more!

Siberian tiger cub

Siberian tiger cub

MORE INFO: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endangered_species

Extinct: Atlas bear, aurochs, Bali tiger, blackfin cisco, Caribbean monk seal, Carolina parakeet, Caspian tiger, dodo, dusky seaside sparrow, eastern cougar, elephant bird, golden toad, great auk, Haast’s eagle, Japanese sea lion, Javan tiger, labrador duck, moa, passenger pigeon, pterosaurs, saber-toothed cat, Schomburgk’s deer, short-faced bear, Steller’s sea cow, thylacine, toolache wallaby, western black rhinoceros, woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros.

Extinct in the wild: captive individuals survive, but there is no free-living, natural population. Examples: Barbary lion (maybe extinct), Catarina pupfish, Hawaiian crow, Père David’s deer, Scimitar oryx, Socorro dove, Wyoming toad

Critically endangered: faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the immediate future. Examples: addax, African wild ass, Alabama cavefish, Amur leopard, Arakan forest turtle, Asiatic cheetah, axolotl, bactrian camel, Brazilian merganser, brown spider monkey, California condor, Chinese alligator, Chinese giant salamander, gharial, Hawaiian monk seal, Iberian lynx, Island fox, Javan rhino, kakapo, leatherback sea turtle, Mediterranean monk seal, Mexican wolf (now extinct in the wild), mountain gorilla, Northern hairy-nosed wombat, Philippine eagle, red wolf, saiga, Siamese crocodile, Spix’s macaw, southern bluefin tuna, Sumatran orangutan, Sumatran rhinoceros, vaquita, Yangtze river dolphin, northern white rhinoceros,Asiatic Lion

Endangered: faces a very high risk of extinction in the near future. Examples: African penguin, African wild dog, Asian elephant, blue whale, bonobo, Bornean orangutan, common chimpanzee, dhole, eastern lowland gorilla, Ethiopian wolf, hispid hare, giant otter, giant panda, Goliath frog, green sea turtle, Grevy’s zebra, hyacinth macaw, Japanese crane, Lear’s macaw, Malayan tapir, markhor, Persian leopard, proboscis monkey, pygmy hippopotamus, red-breasted goose, Rothschild’s giraffe, snow leopard, Steller’s sea lion, Scopas tang, Takhi, tiger, Vietnamese pheasant, volcano rabbit, wild water buffalo

• Vulnerable: faces a high risk of extinction in the medium-term. Examples: African grey parrot, African elephant (with recent poaching threats, may increase to Endangered), American paddlefish, common carp, clouded leopard, cheetah,Chinese giant salamander, dugong, far eastern curlew, fossa, Galapagos tortoise, gaur, blue-eyed cockatoo, golden hamster, whale shark, crowned crane, hippopotamus, Humboldt penguin, Indian rhinoceros, Komodo dragon, lesser white-fronted goose, lion, mandrill, maned sloth, mountain zebra, polar bear, red panda, sloth bear, takin, yak

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Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

Dolphins in Bimini, photo by Atmo, www.Wildquest.com

Dolphins in Bimini, photo by Atmo, www.Wildquest.com

A WORLD WHERE EVERY WHALE AND DOLPHIN IS SAFE AND FREE
http://adopt-us.whales.org

“No one knows why dolphins protect humans, but stories of the marine mammals rescuing humans go back to ancient Greece, according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. A surfer named Todd Endris, was hit three times by a great white shark and was facing likely death, when a pod of dolphins suddenly arrived and formed a protective circle around him until he got to shore. It seemed like the dolphins had been patrolling for trouble. If the dolphins hadn’t been there, he wouldn’t have survived…” 

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A Death Sentence For Yellowstone’s Bison?

‪blogs.villagevoice.com

‪blogs.villagevoice.com

In harsh winters like this one, Yellowstone’s bison — the last genetically pure wild bison in the country – naturally migrate outside the park in a desperate search for food, where the National Park Service rounds them up and ships them off to slaughter. More than 250 wild bison, symbols of the American West, have already been killed this year.

Bison are historical icons of the American West, integral to American Indian life and cherished by generations of Yellowstone visitors. James Holt, a member of the Nez Perce tribe who has worked tirelessly to protect bison, put it best: “It does them a disservice and is a disrespect to them that they are being treated in this manner.”

But there is hope — there are hundreds of thousands of acres of available public land next to Yellowstone that are part of the bison’s natural habitat. Last year, state agencies released a historic proposal to grant them access to that land. It’s time for the governor to listen to science, history, and the grassroots — not campaigns of misinformation and fear. Send your message and tell Governor Bullock to protect Yellowstone’s bison by allowing them access to public lands! ~ Ashley Allison, Senior Sierra Club Campaigner

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VIDEO: BETTY WHITE & MORGAN FREEMAN AT THE AFI TRIBUTE:

Betty White

Betty White

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Worth the few minutes to lift the spirit! They don’t make ‘em like this anymore…If you don’t do anything else today — Watch This! Betty White is 90+ years old. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=b4S7T05zTqY

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• MOONDANCE 2014 SUBMISSIONS & CATEGORIES

• MOONDANCE 2014 FESTIVAL EVENTS

• MOONDANCERS WRITE US

• SUGGESTION FOR SCREENWRITERS

• SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

• MOONDANCE SUPPORTS & RECOMMENDS

• IN MEMORIAM: WU TIANMING

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MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014

Open for submissions!

MOONDANCE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

  • • FILMS (SHORTS & FEATURES, DOCUMENTARIES, NARRATIVE, ANIMATION, MUSIC VIDEOS)
  • • SCREENPLAYS
  • • FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC
  • • STAGEPLAYS
  • • SHORT STORIES
  • • FILM TRAILERS
  • • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • • KID’S FILMS
  • • TV PILOTS
  • • RADIO PLAYS
  • • and more!

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EVENTS AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:

  • • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS! (Features, shorts, documentaries, animation, trailers & music videos)
  • • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS!
  • • PITCH-PANELS FOR WRITERS, FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS!
  • • PRODUCTIVE FREE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS!
  • • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS!
  • • MINGLE WITH CELEBRITY ATTENDEES!
  • • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
  • • & more!

* The winning projects at Moondance 2014, in every category, are selected from all submissions received, from the US and many different countries, for their uniqueness, quality, artistic excellence, accomplished storytelling, professionalism, and cultural perspective.

 Moondance Film Festival dates: September 26, 27, 28, 

in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA!

* ALL FILM SCREENINGS, WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS AT MOONDANCE ARE AFFORDABLE, WELCOMING, ECO-FRIENDLY GREEN, ACCESSIBLE, USER-FRIENDLY, AND THERE IS NO GENERAL FESTIVAL FEE TO ATTEND! COME ENJOY OUR UNIQUE EVENTS, WHERE ALL ARE TREATED EQUALLY, AND EVERYONE IS A V.I.P.! Tickets will be on sale in August.

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True to the spirit of the best of entertaining, important and meaningful films, professional workshops & seminars, pitch-panels, networking events, and so on, Moondance is supported and attended by those people who value the very best in top-quality films, as well as the Moondance mission, and share a passion for the power of great films, stories & music to entertain, enlighten, inspire, encourage, educate and challenge peoples’ perceptions. Moondance is working with the US & international entertainment industry, and with celebrity advocates, helping connect our audiences to vital global issues, so, we thank you wholeheartedly for helping to make all of this possible!

Check out the Moondance Mission.

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

(in order of preference)

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

2. FILM FREEWAY SUBMISSION SERVICE

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

• “Great newsletter!!! Always!! You are really so good at what you do! Your hints and info to screenwriters are always so welcome and helpful. You should get accolades from all who enter Moondance for that alone.” ~ Lorna Kanter, New Jersey screenwriter & artist

 • “Thank you for the wonderful information and insight that you put into the festival blog. It’s such a joy to have people in the world who value and share the beauty around us. I’m so glad we found you. I just wanted to thank you so much again for your honesty and time. A few times in a life, you’re exposed to something that sticks with you from that point forward, and your advice (about our film) has fallen into that category. I’ve made significant changes to the film over this last year, with your words always in the back of my mind: a great deal more visuals, and a great deal fewer talking heads. Again, thank you so much, I’ll always be in your debt.” ~ Heather Spencer, Mission Possible Films, Hawaii 

• “That is so cool about the mission of Moondance! We are in the process of developing new projects right now but I’ll look forward to submitting to your fest one of these days, for sure!” ~ David Stone, Intrigue Films, Scottsdale, Arizona

SCREENWRITERS: A SUGGESTION:

To make sure your submissions to film festivals, writing competitions and production companies in the USA are seen as professionally-written and presented, this is what you need, in solid brass (not brass-plated), for submitting scripts: Acco Solid Brass Fasteners, 1 1/4 Inch Capacity, 100 Count, (A7071505) #6, AND ACCO Brass Washers, 15/32″, Box of 100 (71511) The washers go on the back side of the script. Both items are also available at Office Max, or by special order through the store.

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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www.anyglass.com

“The world is a mirror; growl at it, and it growls in return. Smile, and the world smiles back at you.” ~ Herbert Samuel

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”Sunrise” miriadna.com

 “Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth. Set down as a gain each day that fortune grants.” ~ Eudora Welty

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Neil Gaiman, author www.blastr.com

Neil Gaiman, author www.blastr.com

 “There are three points of view from which a writer can be considered: he (or she) may be considered as a storyteller, as a teacher, and as an enchanter. A major writer combines these three — storyteller, teacher, enchanter — but it is the enchanter in him (or her) that predominates and makes him (or her) a major writer.” ~ Vladimir Nabokov (parentheses by the editor)

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“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”~ Anaïs Nin

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“What’s in a name? Everything — the seed, the germ of a new life, given to us by those who bring us into this world, with all their hopes and expectations. And…a name is ours to fill as we choose…” ~ Dominique Browning, Slow Love Life

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Navajo (Dine) woman weaver, Wikipedia photo

Navajo (Dine) woman weaver, Wikipedia photo

“I believe in the power of film. Empowerment and motivation of Native peoples drive me to create. Films are stories and stories are teaching tool for the way you live your life. This art form will take us into the future, help us to make sense of this difficult time in our history, and give the People the power to reclaim and re-represent our histories to the world, more importantly, to ourselves.” ~ Ryan Begay, Native American filmmaker, New Mexico

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 “Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work!” ~ Chuck Close

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MOONDANCE SUPPORTS & RECOMMENDS:

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http://www.internationalwomensday.com

 A global hub for sharing International Women’s Day news, events and resources. Women’s equality has made positive gains, but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. The vast array of communication channels, supportive spokespeople, equality research, campaigns and corporate responsibility initiatives means everyone can be an advocate inspiring change for women’s advancement.

http://www.internationalwomensday.com

http://www.internationalwomensday.com

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 “Boots on the ground for nature conservation!”

http://lifenetnature.org

Dr. Tony Povilitis, Life Net founder & president

Dr. Tony Povilitis, Life Net founder & president

LIFE NET NATURE is a non-profit organization that protects wildlife and recovers endangered species by creating natural areas, engaging citizens in monitoring biodiversity, and by implementing science and policy initiatives. Life Net volunteers apply ecology and community-based conservation in biodiversity hotspots in Ecuador, Kenya, Chile, and parts of the USA.

We invite people who are (or wish to be) active in conservation to volunteer with us or to support our work via donations. An all-volunteer organization, Life Net balances the aspirations of local people with nature preservation to sustain biological diversity. MAASAI WALKING SAFARI VIDEO 2012

You can learn more about environmental works, needs & successes in Dr. Povilitis’ important book, “ Slipping Through Our Hands: Imperiled Species of the San Juan Mountains” of Colorado & New Mexico. This illustrated paperback book is a guide to endangered and vulnerable wildlife of the San Juan Mountains, San Juan Basin, and San Luis Valley of Colorado and New Mexico. It includes: profiles of 110 animal and plant species, information on habitat and threats, & conservation measures for wildlife advocates. Slipping Through Our Hands makes a great companion to standard animal and plant field guides. Purchase it here, for only $6 a copy, while supporting the organization and their international environmental work!

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STREET ART CINEMA

“Safety Last”, Harold Lloyd, 1930

“Safety Last”, Harold Lloyd, 1930

How does Street Art pays tribute to Cinema? Discover the History of the 7th Art through the eyes of Urban Artists. http://www.streetartcinema.com

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www.eileenfisher.com

Our environmental initiative is a company priority, involving changes big and small—from developing eco materials and supporting renewable energy to recycling clothing. It’s a commitment to our belief in honoring the earth and its connection to our well-being. By seeking the best practices throughout the lifecycle of our products, we are creating healthier environments for farmers, supply chain workers and future generations. We hope you will join us as our sustainability journey deepens—and grows. 

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SUSTAINABLE LOGOwww.sustainableman.org

A sustainable world must be built from sustainable values. The vision for Sustainable Man aims to create multi-media (videos, articles, graphics) content that both counter the mainstream messages that reinforce separation and consumption and illustrate other ways of doing things aligned with the sustainable values from which we wish to form a more compassionate, empathetic civilization.

WATCH “HOW WOLVES CHANGE RIVERS” SHORT VIDEO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

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IN MEMORIAM:

Wu Tianming, Film Director, 1939-2014

 WU W:WOMAN-www.asiapacificscreenacademy.com

 Wu Tianming, the acclaimed Chinese director and former head of the influential Xi’an Film Studios, on location in China.

Wu Tianming, known for his fame as a film director and esteemed mentor. For his outstanding contributions to Chinese cinema, he received many honors both from China and internationally. As the manager (and later president) of Xi’an Film Studios, he oversaw production of many renowned films. His own efforts as a film director have earned him many international awards and accolade. Known as the “Godfather of the Fifth Generation,” Wu directed several celebrated films that reshaped Chinese cinema, including The Old Well (1986) and The King of Masks (1996). These films, along with Life (1984), CEO (2002) and his final feature, Song of the Phoenix (2013), earned praise by critics around the world. His films were simple, resilient and full of humanity.

 As he was gaining stature as a filmmaker, Wu was offered the position of head of Xi’an Film Studios in the early 1980s. As the youngest person to head the studio, he fostered a creative environment for “Fifth Generation” directors. Filmmakers mentored by Wu went on to create such global critical and commercial hits as Raise the Red Lantern, Farewell My Concubine, House of Flying Daggers and Hero, among others.

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We sincerely hope you’ll consider submitting your film, script, story, and/or music project to the 2014 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL competition, and plan to attend 3 days & nights of the gala film festival events, September 26, 27, 28, 2014, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado USA. / Colorado INFO.

OK, there’s no ocean here, but Boulder has lots of lovely wild & scenic hiking trails, mountain climbing, river rafting, wildflower meadows, dude ranches, biking & horseback trails, nearby historic gold-mining towns & steam-engine railroad trips, great nightlife, buffalo herds, fabulous dining, national parks, and not to mention fantastic trout fishing in mountain lakes and icy streams roaring down from our glaciers. Like mountain climbing? There are 50 “fourteeners” (14,000’ high mountain peaks) in the USA, and Colorado has 49 of them! Check out a virtual edition of the 2013 Official Colorado Virtual Guide here, & sign up for the e-newsletter, or download our Colorado iPad App here.

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(just 2 blocks from the Moondance office & less than a  mile from downtown!)

MOONDANCE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
  • FILMS (SHORTS & FEATURES, DOCUMENTARIES, NARRATIVE, ANIMATION, MUSIC VIDEOS)
  • SCREENPLAYS
  • FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • FILM TRAILERS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • KID’S FILMS
  • TV PILOTS
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • and more!
MOONDANCE AWARDS CATEGORIES:
  • SPIRIT OF MOONDANCE AWARD
  • MOONDANCE SEAHORSE AWARD
  • MOONDANCE COLUMBINE AWARD
  • MOONDANCE DOLPHIN AWARD
  • MOONDANCE SANDCASTLE AWARD
  • MOONDANCE GAIA AWARD
  • & more!
EVENTS AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:
  • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS! (Features, shorts, documentaries, animation, trailers & music videos)
  • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS!
  • PITCH-PANELS FOR WRITERS, FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS!
  • PRODUCTIVE FREE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS!
  • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS!
  • MINGLE WITH CELEBRITY ATTENDEES!
  • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
  • & more!

ALL FILM SCREENINGS, WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS AT MOONDANCE ARE AFFORDABLE, WELCOMING, ECO-FRIENDLY GREEN, ACCESSABLE, USER-FRIENDLY, AND THERE IS NO GENERAL FESTIVAL FEE TO ATTEND! COME ENJOY OUR UNIQUE EVENTS, WHERE ALL ARE TREATED EQUALLY, AND EVERYONE IS A V.I.P.! Tickets will be on sale in August.

True to the spirit of the best of entertaining, important and meaningful films, professional workshops & seminars, pitch-panels, networking events, and so on, Moondance is supported and attended by those people who value the very best in top-quality films, as well as the Moondance mission, and share a passion for the power of great films, stories & music to entertain, enlighten, inspire, encourage, educate and challenge peoples’ perceptions. Moondance is working with the US & international entertainment industry, and with celebrity advocates, helping connect our audiences to vital global issues. Check out the Moondance Mission.

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

(in order of preference)


1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

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2. FILM FREEWAY SUBMISSION SERVICE

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

FINAL POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR REGULAR SUBMISSIONS:

JUNE 30, 2014

…but don’t wait until the last minute! Send in your submission now!

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READ THESE INFORMATIVE MOONDANCE E-ZINE ARTICLES HERE!

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“I would like to thank Moondance for the sponsored Inktip.com subscription. As well, I’d like to share some news: MovieBytes.com has identified GRACE as one of the top ten winning scripts for 2103 in three different categories. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I discovered this!” http://www.moviebytes.com/ws/ ~ Lynda Lemberg, Moondance winner for GRACE, feature screenplay

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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“A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water always shapes itself to the container that holds it.” ~ Ancient Chinese Proverb

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Photo by ‪www.shadowandact.com

 “Nothing is so contagious as an example. We rarely do great good without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.” ~ La Rochfoucauld

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“Do not be too quick to fabricate an injurious rumor, to falsely accuse, or lay unfair blame; speak always as though you were giving testimony before the judgment of your God.” ~ Anonymous

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“Love really IS the answer! Nothing else, not controlling, nor bullying, nor cajoling, nor whining, nor blaming, nor any other means of self-protection or self-seeking, is as effective in attaining happiness as is the act of loving with an open-heart. Love is the key to a happy life – but you’ve got to give it in order to get it.” ~ Lynne Forrest (edited)

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“Freedom is that brief instant between when someone tells you that you must do something and when you decide how you will respond.” ~ Jeffrey Borenstein

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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” ~ Anonymous

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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A LIST OF UPCOMING GRANTS FOR FILMMAKERS

 filmcontact.com

 To give everyone more time to work on your films and scripts and a little less time researching how to fund them find relevant opportunities for your narrative films, documentaries, and screenplays, with deadlines for applying for these grants. READ MORE: http://www.filmcontact.com/africa/south-africa/list-upcoming-grants-filmmakers

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Movie Nation: The Numbers Behind Our Obsession

While the movie industry might be complaining lately about a lack of DVD sales due to piracy, Americans still attend cinema more often than several other popular entertainment options, including sporting events. We look at the numbers behind our movie obsession, including the cost of making movies, the cost of attending. Take a look: http://www.superscholar.org/movies/

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Ben Cahan, the original developer and co-founder of Final Draft®, the
 most widely-used screenwriting software on the planet, has created Talentville with the goal of building a global community where
 screenwriters the world over can interact, collaborate and ultimately get the
 attention of Hollywood insiders. 

We already have over 7500 members, 1600 screenplays, 6400 reviews and 150 Industry 
members looking for their next project. 

If you take your screenwriting seriously, become a Talentville Resident today, and 
let’s build a large and influential screenwriting community together. It’s all about connections, right? Well, let’s get connected! http://www.talentville.com

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Resting in Stillness: Integrative Restoration – iRest Yoga Nidra

Amazon.com book listing (Audio CD)

Richard Miller, PhD, author

Yoga nidra or “yogi sleep” is a sleep-like state which yogis report to experience during their meditations. Yoga nidra, lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Lucid dreaming is the Western term used to denote a practice similar to yoga nidra. The distinguishing difference is the degree to which one remains cognizant of the actual physical environment as opposed to a dream environment. In lucid dreaming, one is only (or mainly) cognizant of the dream environment, and have little or no awareness of our actual environment.

The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well. It has been used to help soldiers from war cope with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_nidra

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With a goal of providing the most accurate and up-to-date news and information available, MOTHER NATURE NETWORK covers the broadest scope of environmental news and social responsibility issues on the internet. And, we do so in a way that is engaging and easy-to-understand. MNN is designed for people who want to make our world a better place. Just as your world encompasses many different aspects—your family, your health, your lifestyle, your business, your community, AND your planet, so too does MNN. Every day offers a wide range of opportunities to improve your world, and MNN is here to help keep you informed. Join the MNN community and connect with others who share your interests and passions. http://www.mnn.com

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• How many times Moondance has appeared in LinkedIn searches in just one recent week: 2,663. Moondance has one of the top 1% most-viewed LinkedIn profiles! Moondance now has over 5000+ opt-in connections on LinkedIn! Please consider joining the Moondance International Film Festival networking group there, too.

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