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THE MOONDANCE INSIDER TIPS ON WRITING!

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MOONDANCE 2015 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

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REGULAR SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 30*

For your best chance to win, send in your entry early!

LATE SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 30*

 *These deadlines are postmark or received digitally, or via email attachment, NOT the date submitted by!

 See our submission categories HERE!

Read our submission guidelines HERE!

Entry Form HERE!

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Moondance International Film Festival dates:

September 7th & 8th, 2015

(US Labor Day Holiday)

Hotel Boulderado, Boulder, Colorado USA

 Check out the website for more info:

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

The Moondance International Film Festival, featuring its distinct cinematic visions and bold film selections, has distinguished itself around the world as much more than an annual film festival! The Moondance is a unique community, a supportive, productive, and creative year-round collaboration between independent filmmakers and movie audiences, between writers, composers and the world of top-quality filmed entertainment.

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“The Moondance International Film Festival is well known for offering the best venue to raise awareness of social issues through films and showcasing talented international independent social impact filmmakers’ works to audiences. We believe that your organization has a very good potential to share this important message to our global audiences who love social impact films as well as support social and environmental change.” ~ Michelle Lam, Founder of www.Visiomi.com a WebTV on-demand startup that focuses on streaming independent films, music, TV shows and sports.

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MOONDANCE INSIDER TIPS:

 WRITERS: WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW!

By Elizabeth English

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“A good writer needs to know what it’s like, and “it” can be just about anything. We have far too many writers today who have never ridden a horse, or fired a gun, or sharpened a knife, or fought with their fists, or been shot at. And so on and so on.” ~ Gene Wolfe, science fiction & fantasy writer, interview in a Barnes & Noble book review.

“Write what you know” is the vital, traditional message for all fiction and non-fiction writers, screenwriters, television writers, playwrights and journalists. You need to know the details, the visuals, the emotions, the reactions to events, and the totality of the experience, in order to write coherently about a subject, and action, a character and his or her dialog, and for your reader, or audience to relate to the story, the character and the action.

If you don’t know much, or very little, about a subject, do deep research, learn about it from others, ask an expert, read about it online or in books, go experience it yourself, pay attention as you go through your daily life, listen and look, remember what you’ve seen, heard, learned and experienced, then use it in your writing. It’s a vital element of your “job” as a writer. You would never be hired by any company if you didn’t know anything about the job and had no experience in the work required!

Expand your knowledge and your experiences beyond television, movies, even books, your home or workplace, neighborhood, town or state, or country, your computer, your smart-phone, Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube & so on. Go on out there and see the world, watch and listen to other people, experience other events than the usual. Learn to tango, ride a horse, go to a rodeo, learn to cook a foreign dish, give a themed party, go for a long hike in the woods, join a political group, plant an organic garden, take a train ride, go hiking in the woods, attend a concert or stageplay.

Build a snow sculpture or sand castle, surf the waves, swim with wild dolphins, visit with the elderly in a nursing home, practice yoga, learn to meditate, shop at a farmer’s market, volunteer to work with an environmental group or peace activists, go SCUBA-diving, attend a lecture, get involved in a political campaign, go to a museum or an art gallery, study improv acting, travel to a foreign country, play hide-and-seek with a child, listen to teenagers to learn their lingo, sit in on an Al-Anon meeting, volunteer at a hospital, sign on as an extra in a local indie film shoot, pick apples from a tree, chat with some homeless folks, go on an archaeological expedition, and, above all, pay close attention to the people and the real world around you, and remember and use your past, discover your roots. Don’t just rely on movies, TV, social media and the Internet for your writing ideas…that’s not necessarily real life!

DIRECTOR'S CHAIR

Screenwriters absolutely need to know how movies are made, what goes into the project, the budget considerations, and how and why scripts are selected by agents, investors, producers, directors and actors. When deciding upon a location for your story, consider how that location or those locations will affect the success of the film. You also need to know what story, style and subject matter different potential clients want to see. A script is merely a story, a blueprint for a film. Imagine an architect designing a building properly, if he or she knows nothing at all about what the client wants, the details, the budget, and how the blueprint is ultimately selected by the client, is paid for and built by the contractors!

To learn how and why a script is selected and made into a movie, a TV show, or a stageplay, you can volunteer to work as an intern at a production company. Read scripts that have been rejected or won at film festivals and competitions, rejected or successfully produced by a production company or studio, and pay attention to why they work or don’t work. You can audition for a part in a film, television or theatrical show, even as an extra, or apply for work on the crew. Direct your own short film. Take note of all the credits at the end of successful films to see how very many people work on a film (and need to be paid!). Attend professional workshops and seminars on writing and filmmaking. Networking & making valuable connections is another very important method of learning about the film business from all aspects, and for getting your work and talents noticed.

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Most importantly, keep writing and experiencing as many aspects of life as you can! Write in different genres to expand your knowledge and talents. Are you a writer of drama? Write a great comedy! Romance writer? Write a scary mystery or an action story. Sci-fi writer? Write a contemporary romance or drama. Have at least 3 to 5 completed, edited and polished screenplays to show. Create fabulous loglines and one-page synopses for all of them. And get a good agent or manager.

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MOONDANCE NEWS:

Catori Crawford, 2014 Moondance Best Actor Award

Catori Crawford, 2014 Moondance Best Actor Award

CHECK OUT THE NEW WEB-PAGE ABOUT OUR MANY

ENDORSEMENTS & TESTIMONIALS FROM MOONDANCERS

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WELCOME OUR NEW MOONDANCE WEBSTER:

NORM STRASSNER!

Norm Strassner

Norm Strassner

Norm is very enthusiastic about developing the Moondance website and actively supports the festival’s mission & goals.  Strassner Web & Video creates websites and produces professional videos, since opening in 1999.  Owner Norm Strassner spent nearly two decades in the Hollywood television production community as a Directors Guild member and editor for popular TV shows such as Entertainment Tonight and Real People, as well as for CBS, NBC and Paramount Pictures, among others.  Norm uses his programming talents to create a very successful line of broadcast-quality video editing systems, Strassner Editing Systems.  He now applies all these skills to producing “Moving Pictures, Compelling Stories and Dynamic Websites”.  Check out his portfolio of websites and videos, along with client testimonials, at www.strassner.com

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Dr. Linda Seger

Dr. Linda Seger

Linda Seger created the script consulting profession in 1981 and is considered one of the foremost script consultants and screenplay coaches in the world today.

She is the most prolific author on the subject of screenwriting with 9 books and is known world-wide as one of the best experts in the field of award-winning screenwriting. Linda has consulted on over 100 produced feature films, television shows, and stage plays, and her clients have won numerous awards, including Academy Awards, awards from numerous film festivals, as well as having major box-office hits. She has lectured on screenwriting in 33 countries on all 6 continents, her books on screenwriting are best-sellers, and she is a regular and very popular Moondance Film Festival workshop presenter, consultant & supporter.

Linda’s clients include writers, directors, producers, executives and production companies, in film, television, and theater. They range from beginners to Academy Award winners such as Peter Jackson and William Kelley. One of her clients, Ray Bradbury, called her technique, “a light to see by.” To discuss a script project, seminar or keynote speaking opportunity, please contact Linda. To read more about Linda’s popular, best-selling screenwriting books and her background, please click here.

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agnès films

~ a community of women filmmakers ~

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Sophia Coppola

 http://agnesfilms.com

Agnesfilms.com is named in honor of Agnès Varda, the French filmmaker who has been making women-centered fiction films and documentaries for over 50 years. Varda, in spite of the high quality of her work, remains an obscure figure to mainstream audiences around the world. This is not surprising, since the film industry is not always supportive of women who want to work behind — as opposed to in front of — the camera. In an effort to provide support to emerging and established women filmmakers, our site aims to do the following:

  • Foster a community of women filmmakers, scholars, instructors who teach film and filmmaking, and film lovers who support each other. 
  • Shed light on the work of talented and committed women filmmakers working today.
  • Help women not trained in cinematic techniques be able to tell stories in this powerful medium.

Consider becoming a member (it’s free) and visit our contribution guidelines to learn about ways in which you can get involved with agnès films.

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

PUZZLE PIECES

“Prejudices are rarely overcome by arguments and wars; not being founded in reason, they cannot be destroyed by logic.” ~ Tryon Edwards

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BABY ELEPHANT RUNNING

“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” ~ Demosthenes

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BEACH FOOTSTEPS

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” ~ John F. Kennedy

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"Analia", Paraguay, photo by Britt Newell

“Analia”, Paraguay, photo by Britt Newell

“For man(kind), as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.” ~ D. H. Lawrence

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DANDELION PUFF

“Few are those whose contribution to humanity — be it art, or music, or literature, or some other enchantment — fills the heart with uncontainable gratitude for their very existence, be it intellectually, creatively, spiritually, of paying compassionate attention, or making a supreme art of bearing witness to our world. “ ~ Maria Popova, Brain Pickings blog http://www.brainpickings.org

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MOONDANCE: MARCH CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!


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MOONDANCE 2015 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES! 

  • REGULAR SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 30*
  • For your best chance to win, send in your entry early!
  • LATE SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 30*

 See our submission categories HERE!

Read our submission guidelines HERE!

Entry Form HERE!

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

Moondance International Film Festival planned dates:

September 20, 21, 22,, 2015

 • Check out the website for more info:

 WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

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

MARTIN LUTHER

Martin Luther (1483-1546) famously said (way, way before computers, cameras & the Internet were in use), “If you want to change the world, pick up a pen and write.”  And that’s exactly what we want to accomplish at the Moondance! We hope to change the world by inspiring universal stories and themes. Our ultimate goal is to connect talented writers, filmmakers & composers with industry insiders who can make dreams a reality.

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NEWS FOR WOMEN FILMMAKERS, WRITERS & PRODUCERS:

“Thelma & Louise” inspires film contest!

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  • Filmmakers have a chance to create a sequel to or a short film inspired by “Thelma & Louise,” which stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon and is turning 25 this year. Sponsored by the Utah Film Commission and Zions Bank, winners will receive $5,000 and a screening at the next Sundance Film Festival Women’s Leadership Celebration. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)
  • Brit Marling of Sundance TV’s “Babylon” believes female writers are helping turn the tide for women in Hollywood. “Watching Kristen Wiig and Lena Dunham and a lot of women take the reins and be like, ‘I’m not finding the characters that I need. I’m just going to sit down and write them,'” is bringing about the shift, Marling said while speaking on a panel at the Sundance Film Festival.

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MOONDANCERS WRITE TO US:

 “Moondance Is unique. It seems to vivify good things to everyone who comes into contact with it.  I simply mean its encouragement and open arms to creativity, across the globe, dazzles me with its generosity, chutzpah and reach. The award I won does indeed open doors! The Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, and the Geffen Theatre in L.A. both asked for submissions.  I am sure it was paid attention to because of your name and the festival’s impact.” ~ Gino Matteo, writer, Moondance 2014 winner for “Nellie”

“I’ve entered screenplays in your festival three or four times and it has been a blast!! Thanks for all the work you do to make it a rich experience.” ~ Jack Vendargriff, screenwriter

“Moondance is a personal first choice of mine, since your festival is so intimate and has such a great reputation for quality!” ~ Marlane Barnes, filmmaker

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Downton Abbey

For all you “Downton Abbey” fans, here’s a clever, wry & fun spoof on the show, played by many of the regular cast members:

https://vimeo.com/115023404

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“Watch this Oscar® award-winning short animation video, Disney’s Paperman.  It’s a 5-minute masterpiece with a powerful theme that offers the choice: Push papers or let our dreams take flight.” ~ Michael Maurer, writer-producer.com 

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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“It is by believing in roses that one brings them to blossom.” ~ French Proverb

 

BUDDHA & LOTUS

“To one in whom love dwells, the whole world is but one family.” ~ Buddha

 

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“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” ~ Sydney Harris

 

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“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill

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MOONDANCE MOONDANCE NEWS + INSIDER TIPS ON WINNING FILM TRAILERS!

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新 年 乐

Wishing you a very happy, healthy, and productive Chinese Lunar New Year of the Goat! February 19, 2015. Chinese Zodiac signs… lucky people born under the sign of the goat are elegant, charming, artistic, gentle, gifted, peace–loving, kind-hearted, honest, compassionate, and are fond of nature!

MOONDANCE 2015 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

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REGULAR DEADLINE: MAY 30 *

For your best chance to win, send in your entry early!

LATE DEADLINE: JUNE 30 *

* These deadlines are postmark or received via email attachment, NOT the date submitted by!

See our submission categories HERE!

Read our submission guidelines HERE!

Official Moondance Entry Form HERE!

OR:

Withoutabox : www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

Moondance International Film Festival planned dates:

September 20, 21, 22,, 2015

The Dairy Center for the Arts / Boedecker Theater

2590 Walnut Street

Boulder, Colorado 80302 USA

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Check out the website for more info:

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

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MOONDANCE SPOT IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE: 

Listen to 2015 Moondance film score winner,

Rahman Altin, for the award-winning feature film from Turkey, “The Butterfly’s Dream”

 

MOONDANCE INSIDER TIPS:

MAKING A GREAT PROMOTIONAL FILM TRAILER:

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  • Do you want to have a really good 2-3-minute trailer to send to producers, studios, and/or film festival competitions, for your website & in social media ?
  • Haven’t quite finished post on your film yet, but want to promote it now and/or solicit funding for your film?

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 OF THE STORY & CHARACTERS in 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.

You 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! READ MORE HERE!

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www.inktip.com 

How to Showcase Your Scripts:

Every other month, InkTip Magazine is sent to nearly 15,000 producers and reps. They avidly look through it to find good scripts and writers and then contact writers through the site to option or purchase their scripts, or represent them.

That means nearly 15,000 producers, agents and managers will get your titles & loglines on their desks and in their inboxes!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS 

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The Jim Luce Foundation which helps all sorts of human causes.

This year the focus is on human trafficking:

See http://www.lucefoundation.org/

 “Can You See Me?” doc film, Lou Hamilton, director, UK

“Can You See Me?” doc film, Lou Hamilton, director, UK

The needs of the world are vast, but so too are our many resources. One of humanity’s most valuable resources is young global leadership impacting positive social change, which this foundation endeavors to support. The Luce and Dudley families have had a long and historical commitment to youth, education, and social improvement in the United States and around the world. I aspire to continue this family tradition through the grants, awards, and publications of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation – playing a role, however humble, in bettering humanity. My goal is uplifting the worst of humanity while celebrating the best of humanity – especially the arts.  Support our efforts here.

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“FIRING THE EMPEROR’S KILN”

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Meet Le Le & David Burns, of Shanghai, China, film director/producers, and winners of a best short documentary film at Moondance 2014. Come follow their journey as they make this important film about an especially interesting piece of Chinese heritage, Beijing’s Forbidden City’s “Golden Bricks”, a 2015 documentary film about this endangered craft of ancient Chinese cultural heritage, still in use today. Please visit their CineCrowd page to support them to produce this important film project, in exchange for some exciting rewards, and make a vital step toward preserving one of China’s most fascinating crafts on film, before it is lost forever…

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THE LYNDON TECHNIQUE

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Attention film & TV actors:

Amy Lyndon is Hollywood’s premiere Booking Coach and creator of the revolutionary “The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking.” Amy Lyndon currently has 38 Network Series Regulars, and an Emmy Winner – all trained in The Lyndon Technique. She was also voted one of the Best Cold Reading Teachers in Los Angeles – Backstage Magazine for 4 Years! a Multi-Award-winning Filmmaker, Director, Actor and International Booking Coach for close to 20 years, Lyndon is at the top of her game.

The Lyndon Technique proves to be a practical & successful approach to auditioning and booking the acting job, on the first take. Lyndon’s Technique has literally helped 1000’s of Actors around the globe learn what it takes to get into the 1% ratio of working actors and run a successful business.

Amy Lyndon

http://thelyndontechnique.com

Office: 818-760-8501

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

 JULY-BIRD STRETCH

“However difficult life can seem to be, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” ~ Stephen Hawking

 J.EARTH“On Spaceship Earth, there are no passengers; all of us are members of the crew. We have moved into an age in which everybody’s activities affect everyone else.” ~ Marshall McLuhan
SAILING SHIP-HIGH SEAS“Take a moment to ask yourself if you’re on track with you. Now is the time to take responsibility for your own life and to love yourself enough to take the action required. Take responsibility for what you are doing. You are the captain of your own ship. You can do it for you.” ~ Amy Lyndon, acting coach, The Lyndon Technique

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

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

“Failure is not the only punishment for laziness; there are also the successes of others to consider.” ~ Jules Renard

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Dear Moondancer,

Moondance provides a substantive and transformative alternative to all those sound bites, and the distortions spun out by the corporate media. Our films, written works and music reinforce our belief that for those talented artists, audiences, and for many of you, Moondance International Film Festival, with our mandate for integrity, the highest quality, and our mission, is an essential part of a creative, progressive future.

Please let other colleagues and friends know about Moondance, via your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Stage 32, and other social media accounts.

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HOW TO GET AN AGENT! & MOONDANCE MID-JANUARY NEWS

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“True peace is a state of mind brought about only by peaceful people.”

~ Jawaharal Nehru

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M O O N D A N C E   N E W S !

BOULDER, COLORADO: Moondance’s long-time home-town of beautiful Boulder, Colorado, is where this internationally known and well-respected film festival started in 1999, and to celebrate all the talent here in Colorado, Moondance 2014 will hold the first, the one & only…

~ ALL-COLORADO MOONDANCERS FILM SCREENINGS ~

…during the 15th annual September event, in conjunction with all the other fine films selected for screenings from the US and around the world! Moondance will also have a special focus on Colorado writers and music composers, too! Moondance also promises to bring attention to the state of Colorado as a world-class destination for filmmakers to consider shooting their projects here. […]