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Wishing you a joyful holiday and peaceful new year!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Moondance!

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MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions, starting:

January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016

¡BIENVENIDO AL MOONDANCE! • BENVENUTO AL MOONDANCE! • BIENVENUE SUR LE MOONDANCE ! • WILLKOMMEN BEI DER MOONDANCE! • BEM-VINDO AO MOONDANCE! • ΚΑΛΏΣ ΉΛΘΑΤΕ ΣΤΟ ΤΟ MOONDANCE! • ЛАСКАВО ПРОСИМО НА MOONDANCE! • WELKOM BIJ DE MOONDANCE! • VELKOMMEN TIL MOONDANCE! • PŌWHIRI KI MOONDANCE! • رحبا بكم موندانسي! • WELCME TO THE MOONDANCE!

WHAT’S IN THIS NEWS-BLOG:

  • CALL-FOR-ENTRIES INFO LINKS
  • ABOUT MOONDANCE
  • NEWS ABOUT WOMEN IN FILM
  • ~ Gender Equality in Media
  • ~ The Women of Hollywood Speak Out
  • ~ The Wave of Change
  • SCREENWRITING INSIDER ARTCLE
  • INSIDER TIPS FOR ACTORS
  • CLIMATE ACTION NEEDED NOW!
  • RACING EXTINCTION FILM
  • DANGEROUS PESTICIDES IN OUR FOOD CROPS
  • POPCORN’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY
  • TIME OUT: LIFE’S BIGGEST LUXURY

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The Moondance International Film Festival is dedicated to providing the local community and international festival attendees with a diverse array of top-quality films from the US and around the world. In addition to showcasing the most important new indie narrative, documentary, animation, multi-media music videos and, new this season: drone films, Moondance provides unique multi-cultural experiences, professional networking opportunities and events, participatory workshops and pitch-panels for filmmakers, writers and music composers. For additional information, updates, announcements, insider articles, and inspiration, please subscribe to our popular news-blog at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog and visit: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:

GENDER EQUALITY IN MEDIA: FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION

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Think about it. When was the last time you went to see a movie directed by a woman? Please check out & consider supporting these vital organizations that are making a difference: Women’s Media Center, whose mission is to increase the visibility of women in media and the numbers of women in decision-making positions, The Sundance Institute, and Women in Film, on the status of women filmmakers, and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender Awareness: http://seejane.org, which illuminates institutional bias in favor of male directors in the studio system. Naming the gender gap in media is the first step, but, of course, it’s not enough; we must go beyond raising awareness of the problem to taking action to solve it. One example of this is SheSource, an online resource that the Women’s Media Center created in the U.S. that links news producers looking for experts to women experts across a broad range of subject areas. SheSource also provides a training program that prepares progressive female voices to be media-ready. “Women Filmmakers Fare Much Better in the Indie World – But It’s Still Not Good Enough” READ MORE:

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The Women of Hollywood Speak Out

NYT article by Maureen Dowd, Nov. 20, 2015

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Mimi Leder, photo by Amy Kellner

Female executives and filmmakers are ready to run studios and direct blockbuster pictures. What will it take to dismantle the pervasive sexism that keeps them from doing it?

Female directors are in what ‘‘Girls’’ creator Lena Dunham calls ‘‘a dark loop.’’ If they don’t have experience, they can’t get hired, and if they can’t get hired, they can’t get experience. ‘‘It’s kind of like the church,’’ notes the actress Anjelica Huston, whose father, John Huston, helped set the template for macho directors. ‘‘They don’t want us to be priests. They want us to be obedient nuns.’’ Manohla Dargis, co-chief film critic for The New York Times, wrote a three-part series on the plight of female directors, calling the imbalance ‘‘immoral, maybe illegal.’’ When I began reporting this article several months ago and asked some male moguls in the entertainment industry for their perspectives, they shrugged the issue off as ‘‘bogus’’ or ‘‘a tempest in a teapot.’’

Penny Marshall, the director and actress, told me in that hilarious nasal whine: ‘‘All they like is ‘Superman,’ ‘Batman,’ those kinds of things, because it sells foreign, because it doesn’t have a lot of dialogue. Even the comedies are sophomoric. Lena Dunham laments that, instead of creating space for women to tell stories they are naturally good at telling, the studios just keep trying to wedge them into narrow, clichéd concepts. ‘‘I think there’s a fear that females can only tell female stories, like if they’re given free rein, they’ll just write stories where everyone’s braiding each other’s hair and crying,’’ said Jessica Elbaum.

But if only 1.9 percent of the top 100 films are helmed by women, there is virtually no trickle-down effect. ‘‘What struck me the most was how blatant and out in the open some of the discrimination was,’’ says Ariela Migdal. The image of a director as swaggering general is deeply embedded in the Hollywood brain even though it has nothing to do with ability. The actor Alec Baldwin, who has worked with Meyers, notes that the ‘‘clichéd paramilitary nature’’ of directing runs deep. ‘‘They call it shooting,’’ he says. ‘‘Its groupings are called units. They communicate on walkie-talkies. The director is the general. There is still the presumption that men are better designed for the ferocity and meanness that the job often requires.

When considering women in powerful positions, it’s also important to remember the male-dominated terrain they have to navigate. ‘‘When male Hollywood executives make decisions, they are in touch with their 15-year-old self — that’s who they’re making movies for,’’ said one top Hollywood woman. (excerpts by EE) READ MORE:

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Join the Wave of Change!

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Hedgebrook supports women writers authoring change.

We call Hedgebrook writers Women Authoring Change, because the impact of their work is experienced in so many facets of our culture. Work generated by the writers who come to Hedgebrook flows out from Whidbey Island to reach millions of people around the globe.

When you count up all the writers who’ve experienced Hedgebrook through residencies, festivals, classes, workshops and events at home and around the world— and those yet to come—you see how the ripples of change are building into waves.

Give Hedgebrook a gift this year, and join the wave. Your gift directly enables us to support women writers authoring change in our culture every day. Together, we will reach a future of Equal Voice. http://www.hedgebrook.org

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INSIDER TIPS FOR ACTORS

By Elizabeth English

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My advice for upcoming actors is to take acting lessons, and to study people and events, pay close attention to actions and reactions by people & to events you experience in the world, to body language, tone of voice and accents, as well as facial expressions & then use that information & knowledge when you play a character. Become the character you play & react to the other actors & situation appropriately for that character. Get experience in theater acting, and in film & as an extra and watch what the director wants to see in other actors. Try to get work on a film production, even as a driver, an extra, or any production job, to see how a film is made. Do networking and make good contacts, for future reference.

In your daily life, pay attention & remember what you see people doing & how they react to each other and to different circumstances, situations, crises and events. And then use that in your own acting. Not just people of your same age, race, location, economic situation & gender. Watch everybody & then use what you’ve seen and heard. Make it part of your studies to go to different places, in different weathers, at different times of  day or night, and watch the people there, to see and hear how they go through their daily life & react to others & to events. Be prepared to play any character!

Do not try to be like other actors on TV, movies or theater. Be unique. Every individual has a personal life story, which affects who they are, how they react to others and circumstances, and you should include that unique back-story when you create a character. The world is your acting studio & teacher. Remember: acting is reactingAnd you’ll need a talent agent to get you work, but you need to have good acting experience & some acting credits first. 

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:

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World leaders at the UN climate talks have just set a landmark goal that can save everything we love! This is what we marched for, what we signed, called, donated, messaged, and hoped for: a brilliant and massive turning point in human history. It’s called net-zero human emissions — a balancing of what we release into the air and what is taken out — and when the dust settles and the Paris Agreement is in the hands of lawmakers, clean energy will be the best, cheapest, and most effective way to keep their promise. This gives us the platform we need to realize the dream of a safe future for generations!

Everyone expected failure from the climate conference process. Leaders told Avaaz staff over and over again, “people don’t care about climate change” . But we knew better. We knew this community of millions consistently chose saving our planet as a key priority for our work together, year after year.

We have decades of work ahead of us to live up to the promise of this moment. We need more ambition to meet our 100% clean energy by 2050 target, improving on the benchmark of “the second half of the century” now in the agreement. We need rich countries to give more money to developing countries so they can skip coal altogether and lift hundreds of millions out of poverty. We need to push governments everywhere to keep the planet’s warming under 1.5 degrees so that island nations can survive. And most importantly, we need to make sure all our governments keep the promises they made here in Paris.

Avaaz.org is a 42-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Without climate action, humanity, wildlife, and the planet we know and love will suffer. Many species will be under increased threat when they’re not able to adapt to rising seas, changing rainfall patterns, warming temperatures, an acidifying and warming ocean and other consequences of increased carbon pollution. We cannot stand back and let this happen. We need to start today and change the way we choose and use energy and resources. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the United States and the world today. The only way to protect life on our planet from its worst impacts will be strong action by all countries. READ MORE:

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Racing Extinction!

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Watch the trailer for Psihoyos’s groundbreaking film and see how you can take action.

Oscar-winner Louis Psihoyos, based in Boulder, Colorado, in his latest film, Racing Extinction, he and his team of eco-spies explore the global loss of wildlife by infiltrating the world’s most dangerous black markets and exposing the disastrous effects of carbon emissions and acidified oceans, with state-of-the-art equipment and Bond-esque strategies.

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Dangerous Neurotoxic Pesticides in Our Food!

After years of pressure from Earthjustice lawsuits and advocacy efforts by a diverse coalition of groups, the EPA recently proposed banning the dangerous neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos from all food crops. Dow AgroSciences—which manufactured the millions of pounds of chlorpyrifos sprayed on our agricultural fields this past year—is doing everything in its power to stop or weaken the ban. Chlorpyrifos poisons farm-workers and communities at alarming rates and causes serious brain and neuro-developmental impairments in children.

The EPA has already found that extensive scientific evidence links chlorpyrifos to serious harm to children’s brains, including reduced IQ, loss of working memory, delayed development and attention disorders. It is already banned for residential uses because of its harm to kids.

What’s worse is just how widely the pesticide is used—millions of pounds applied each year on crops from corn to almonds and fruit trees—and even Christmas trees sold during the holiday season! Tell the EPA to stand up to the pesticide industry and ban this neurotoxic pestcide for good. http://earthjustice.org

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POPCORN’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

BY ROBIN WALTER | NOV 12 2015

POPCORN & FILM REEL

It’s no secret that Americans love popcorn. We consume more than 16 billion quarts of the buttery gold each year. But few know that most of what we’re feasting on comes from seeds coated with toxic bee-killing pesticides called Neonicotinoids.

No bees, no popcorn.

Which is why conservationists are celebrating popcorn giant Popweaver’s recent decision to phase out the use of neonicotinoid-coated seeds. An estimated 80 to 95 percent of America’s corn and nearly half of its soybean seeds are pre-coated with Neocotinoids. Scientists have linked the use of these pesticides to an alarming decline in bee populations over the last decade. Beekeepers are reporting annual hive losses of 40 to 50 percent, with some as high as 100 percent. Overall, the number of managed honey bee colonies in the U.S. has dropped from 6 million in 1947 to fewer than 2.5 million today.

This has enormous implications—bees pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world’s food, according to the United Nations Environment Program. And bees aren’t the only ones in trouble. Nearly 40 pollinator species are listed as threatened or endangered, with many more under consideration for listing. Without pollinator species, over 70 percent of plants would be unable to reproduce or provide food.

Pressuring popcorn companies to use non-coated seeds is a step in the right direction, but biofuel, grain, fiber, food, and beverage industries also rely upon Neonicotinoid-coated crops. A shift in large-scale agriculture’s reliance on pesticides would give pollinator species a fighting chance, bolster national food security, and ensure guilt-free popcorn eating for all.  WHAT YOU CAN DO: Want to help the bees? Buy or grow organic popcorn! Tell PopSecret to stop using neonicotinoid-coated seeds.

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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“The way I see it, there are reasons to never be unhappy. First, you were born. This, in itself, is a remarkable achievement. Being born is easily the most remarkable achievement of your whole life. Second, you are alive. For the tiniest moment in the span of eternity, you have the miraculous privilege of existing. Since you are able to sit here right now in this never-to-be-repeated moment, reading this, is really wondrous beyond belief.” ~ Bill Bryson, “Notes from a Small Island”

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Llanrwst Bridge, Conwy River, Wales

Love is the bridge between you & everything else” ~ Rumi

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GRAPES ON VINE PURPLE

“The sun, with all those planets orbiting around it, and depending on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes on the vine, as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” ~ Galileo

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T I M E • O U T !

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Time is arguably the biggest luxury. Why have wealth if you have no time to enjoy it? Why wait until we retire to dabble away at what we enjoy in the final expanse that time affords us? Most creative people understand the importance of empty space in their lives, time to mull, chew the fat, daydream, gaze. It is in this space our best ideas come. When our lives are stuffed from morning to night there is barely a moment for contemplation or inspiration, to go and play, think, snooze.

But many people are terrified of not being ‘busy’. They want to fill up time with as much activity as possible, most of which is non-essential. They are scared of time, scared of being bored or lonely or being faced with difficult questions like ‘what the hell am I doing with my life?’ The idea of taking a day to just do ‘nothing’ is like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. What’s that? they ask, no way, I am far too busy for that. With what?

Neuroscientists are having a field-day researching the benefits on the brain, of timeout through mindfulness and meditation. The results are fairly conclusive. Give your brain the chance to slow down, notice the insignificant, observe emotions with detachment and it gradually starts to rewire itself; from hyper-frenzy, addiction, negativity to acceptance, calmness, control. Timeout is a sure-fire self-optimization tool for the super-technology age, a practice as old as time itself. ~ Lou Hamiltion, UK

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Moondance December News & 2016 Call-for-entries!

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MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

January 1 through June 30, 2016

IN THIS NEWS-BLOG:
  • ABOUT MOONDANCE
  • ANNOUNCING THE 2016 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
  • MOONDANCERS COME FROM AROUND THE WORLD!
  • SAVE THE MANATEE
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
  • THE CASE FOR MELANCHOLY
  • THERE’S ALWAYS HOPE!
  • IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD VIDEO

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Lights, Camera, Action! The Moondance International Film Festival invites all talented US & International filmmakers, writers and music composers to submit their films, written works and film scores to its 17th annual season, planned to take place in September 2016. Our fabulous & memorable festival event location venue will be announced shortly.

Moondance is known as the “American Cannes” of film festivals, and features the very best of indie films, music & writing by talented artists from around the world, Plan now to participate in this unique competition and film festival! For the last 16 years, the annual Moondance International Film Festival has showcased many hundreds of top-quality award-winning indie films, and hosted filmmakers, writers, composers, actors, industry professionals and media, from around the world.

Get Ready for Your Close-up! Moondance celebrates, encourages, inspires, and supports original independent films, written works and music, not just during our film festival, but throughout the year. Moondance screens the very best in independent cinema to enthusiastic audiences from the US and around the world. Our super-productive workshops, pitch-panels, networking parties and events, film screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s, and gala awards ceremony and reception are very popular and always very well-attended. Thanks for helping keep Moondance in the international entertainment community spotlight!

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ANNOUNCING THE 2016 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

GEORGES LECLERE:

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A native of Paris, France, Founder and President of LGMA Inc., a global media consulting company, Georges Leclere is also the creator of several initiatives using television and media to fight the causes of global warming. Through LGMA, Leclere advises international companies on worldwide media, ranging from classic television events to future visual media on any platform. Among its clients and endeavors, LGMA was appointed director of the Banff World Television Festival Program Competition and Awards. Leclere created the Francophone TV Programs Competition and the Banff International Pilots Competition (see www.banffmediafestival.com). That same year, Leclere produced the History-Makers Awards competition and awards, (see www.historymakers2011.com). Georges is also advisor for the Foundation for International Understanding, an initiative of the US Congress, advisor for the Sichuan TV Festival in China and the Seoul Drama Awards, La Cinquième, the Franco-German Cultural Channel, ARTE, and Sesame Street Workshop. Most recently, Leclere was consultant for several companies from the Monaco Media Forum and the Rose d’Or Festival, The Prix Galien, the Elie Wiesel Foundation and will be a co-producer of the 2016 Canada International Film & Television Festival in Vancouver, Canada.

Leclere, together with the board of directors, has started a new initiative: Music as a Natural Resource, (www.musicasanaturalresource.com), for which he produces the awards ceremony. Georges Leclere is an international journalist, producer and communications specialist who from 1986 through 1993, served as director of radio and TV for the United Nations. Currently a Fellow of the International Academy, Leclere is credited with the creation of the iEMMYs Festival, screening International Emmy-nominated programs. The French Government has awarded Georges Leclere the prestigious Medal of “Chevalier des Arts & des Lettres”. He is now the executive producer for the Moondance International Film Festival!

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MOONDANCERS COME FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

Moondancers are part of an amazing worldwide community; a unique collaboration of multi-talented writers, film score composers, filmmakers and audiences. 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 film audiences, filmmakers, writers, directors, producers, actors, agents, and composers to create new opportunities, develop tools for success and forge new alliances within the international film and entertainment industry.

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In our continuing efforts to promote 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 categories, from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Republic, the UK & US, Venezuela, and more! Come join us!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:

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Manatees are gentle and slow-moving animals. Most of their time is spent eating, resting, and traveling, and it is believed they can live 60 years or more.. The manatee’s closest relatives are the elephant and the hyrax (a small, gopher-sized mammal). Manatees are believed to have evolved from a wading, plant-eating animal. The average adult manatee is about 10 feet long and weighs between 800 and 1,200 pounds. The Florida Manatee Recovery Plan was developed as a result of the Endangered Species Act. The recovery plan is coordinated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and sets forth a list of tasks geared toward recovering manatees from their current endangered status. Manatees are easily injured or killed due to their large size and generally slow pace, which makes them vulnerable to being hit by motorboats and caught in fishing nets.

Because of its warm waters, Florida's Blue Spring State Park is a winter refuge for a growing number of manatees (pictured). Photo by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic

Because of its warm waters, Florida’s Blue Spring State Park is a winter refuge for a growing number of manatees (pictured). Photo by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic

Sailors across many cultures have thought these aquatic mammals were the mythical mermaids! The scientific name for manatees is Sirenia, a name reminiscent of mythical mermaids, or sirens of the sea. Save the Manatee Club’s mission is to protect endangered manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations. To achieve this mission, we work to: increase public awareness and education; sponsor manatee research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts; and advocate for strong protection measures, such as boat speed zones and sanctuaries. SMC also supports research and conservation efforts for other sirenian species around the world. Adopt-A-Manatee® now and help support manatee protection efforts! Unlike some other animal adoption programs, the manatees in our adoption programs are real, living manatees with names & known histories.

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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

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“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror.” ~ Edith Wharton

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“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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SEE YOUR GOAL

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“Seek freedom, and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline, and you find your liberty.” ~ Frank Herbert

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“Amelia” Photo by SKV

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect, and beginning to work on just becoming your best self.” ~ Anna Quindlen

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“There is much more to creative endeavors, riding races, and survival than fearlessness and being able to stay in the saddle; more than tactics, more than experience, more than ambition. Winning races, like survival or success, begins in the mind.” ~ Excerpted & edited from “Longshot”, by Dick Francis

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THE CASE FOR MELANCHOLY

Melancholy’s Sweet Allure

By Laren Stover – Nov. 7, 2015 – NYT (excerpted)

Illustration by Shannon Freshwater

Illustration by Shannon Freshwater

Everywhere you look these days you see something on how to be happy — how to manifest abundance, desires and success, find your bliss. A quick Google search will produce instantaneous remedies for the blues: the promise that it’s possible to find happiness in 10 or 15 easy steps. Some strategies promise happiness in as few as three steps.

Whatever happened to experiencing the grace of melancholy, which requires reflection: a sort of mental steeping, like tea? What if all this cheerful advice only makes you feel inadequate? What if you were born morose? Melancholy, distinguished from grief, is not caused by events, like losing your job, the passing of beloved pets, your miscarriages or health problems. Nor does it vanish when you receive excellent news, like a big film star optioning your novel, or being invited to an all-expenses-paid trip to Venice for the Biennale.

Melancholy is more … ephemeral.

It visits you like a mist, a vapor, a fog. It is generally uninvited. And as some people are born into royalty, wealth and prestige, others inherit a disposition for sadness. Personally, I’d much rather open the windows to the fragrant garden of melancholy, and spritz on something to go with ennui, reflection, wistfulness. Such a gentle perfume might smell like autumn rain, or a rain-damp windowsill infused with wilted, decaying roses and tears.

Should melancholy descend, you may as well welcome it, wear your finest lounging outfit; give it your finest fainting couch or chaise to lounge in, or that hammock stretched between two elm trees. Let it settle in. You may as well enjoy it reclining with a pot of green thunder tea as you watch the rolled leaves unfurl their poetic fury as it steeps, as you listen to Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé” or Jean Françaix’s Concertino for Piano and Orchestra, 2a.

I propose there be melancholy perfumes, fashions, footwear (no running shoes under any circumstances), music (Lana Del Rey is the melancholy diva du jour, and Joni Mitchell and Billie Holiday still work), elixirs (no alcohol; look what happened to Edgar Allan Poe) and furniture ideally suited for indulging in or succumbing to the deeply tinted blue moods….I want moonlight.

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“Hope requires stepping out from the past and looking to the future. It’s about imagining a better tomorrow and being prepared to do what it takes to make it so. It’s about creating a vision and taking affirmative action. It makes the difference between success and failure, triumph or defeat, confidence or fearfulness. Hope is the leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business—as well as of a healthier, happier life. Without the proactive approach of constructive and creative endeavour, the belief that tomorrow will be better than today is merely an optimistic attitude. Wishful thinking doesn’t get us where we want to be, hard work in the right direction does. To create a hopeful attitude we must use our imaginations to envision positive outcomes, we must develop a plan of action and we must take the necessary steps. When we actually do something about making the future a better place, then we are living in the real definition of hope.” ~ Lou Hamilton, award-winning screenwriter & filmmaker, career coach, UK READ MORE

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Clark Little shooting a wave in Hawaii, www.clarklittlephotography.com

“It requires bravery to do something no one else around you is doing.” ~ Amber Heard

IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD VIDEO:

Don’t miss this beautiful & inspiring BBC video,

narrated by Richard Attenborough!

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Focusing on the elements crucial to creating a compelling and readable script, and/or a winning, marketable film, our helpful comments will allow you to concentrate on solving the problems that will make your material move toward receiving a CONSIDER or a RECOMMENDED from a studio or production company reader, and will assist in advancing your script or film up toward WINNER in screenwriting competitions & film festivals.

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Moondance Mid-November Blog: On Creative Writing

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Nos coeurs sont avec Paris. Nous sommes unis.

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“Creativity is a magic wand that works two ways. When you set it in action and seek to create something, it does not just brings into existence that object or work, it also raises in your heart a dream, a hope, and a will to achieve that creation.” ~ Jyoti Arora WHAT’S IN THIS NEWS-BLOG?

  • THOUGHTS ON CREATIVE WRITING
  • A MOONDANCER WRITES US
  • MOONDANCER NEWS
  • OFF-BEAT POWER PLAYERS
  • MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:
  • SUMATRAN TIGERS & CINNAMON?
  • A MAN-MADE CRISIS FOR ORANGUTANS
  • MARINE MAMMALS IN DANGER
  • EMPOWERING THROUGH EDUCATION
  • IS THIS THE LIFE YOU’RE MEANT TO LIVE?
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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New Yorker magazine cartoon, by Isaac Littlejohn Eddy

New Yorker magazine cartoon, by Isaac Littlejohn Eddy

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“(Writing is) the carrier of civilization. Without it, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” ~ Barbara W. Tuchman

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“It is the function of the arts to renew our perception. What we are familiar with, we fail to see. The writer shapes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see new meaning in it.” ~ Anais Nin

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PILGRIMS PROGRESS BOOK

“What is important – what lasts – in (any) language is not what is said, but what is written. For the essence of an age, we look to its poetry and its prose…” ~ Peter Brodie

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CABIN IN SNOWY WOODS

“(Creative) writing preserves you in a state of innocence – a lot passes you by – simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.” ~ Anita Brookner

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KIDS LISTENING-by A.w. Rossi

“Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.” ~ Paul Coelho

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Ernest Hemingway in Africa

Ernest Hemingway in Cuba

“Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing about.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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Buster Keaton

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” ~ E. L. Doctorow

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New Yorker magazine cartoon, by Charles Barsotti

New Yorker magazine cartoon, by Charles Barsotti

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“Received the Moondance Seahorse Award.  Beautiful!  Will frame and hang it ASAP.  I want to thank you again for including the play in your wonderful festival.  Wish I could have attended.  Now if I can just get someone to produce it…” ~ Fred Perry, playwright (The Ascension of Twyla Potts)

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MOONDANCER NEWS:

http://www.christinetulis.com

Christine Tulis and Kem Stone, Having forged a musical partnership based on their shared beliefs, Tulis and Stone have traveled widely to share their music, including performances at the United Nations in New York and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. They have produced two recordings. Their first CD, “Portal,” won the Gaia Award for Spiritual Music from the Moondance International Film Festival in 2008. They are currently working on their third release at their recording studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tulis finds inspiration for her lyrics in the mystical poetry of Rumi, the writings of Saint Theresa of Avila as well as personal experiences. She writes songs to celebrate “the universal qualities of divine love and beauty,” according to a press release. “The harp has an ancient history of being used to facilitate healing and help people connect to the sacred, inner dimensions of their being.” Tulis and Stone, both award-winning composers and musicians, present concerts that highlight the healing qualities of music.

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OFF-BEAT POWER PLAYERS:

(Jacob Koffler, Time Magazine: August 17, 2015)

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JELLYFISH: Scientists in Sweden have harnessed a protein from glow-in the-dark jellyfish to create miniature fuel cells for electronics, and more.

DANCING: Club Watt in Rotterdam uses floor vibrations, generated by people walking and dancing, to power its light system.

BODY HEAT: The Mall of America. in Minneapolis. has long relied on human shoppers & visitors to help warm its corridors, and now London and Paris are piping heat from crowded subway stations into nearby homes during cold weather.

HUMAN WASTE: Scientists at the University of California at Irvine have developed a method of deriving hydrogen from processed sewage, which is being used to power fuel cells for cars.

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:

SUMATRAN TIGERS & CINNAMON?

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Indonesia—one of the world’s largest rainforests: This region is:
  • An important center for global cinnamon production
  • One of the last habitats for the critically endangered Sumatran tiger
  • About cinnamon: Harvested only once every 10-15 years
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farm land is carefully mapped in clusters, forming critical wildlife corridors to protect Sumatran tiger habitat

So the next time you order that cinnamon latte, think about how we’re working to help people, animals and forests thrive in harmony. This is just one piece of the puzzle in our work to protect vital rainforests.

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Orangutan babies, Indonesia

The forest fires currently raging in Indonesia are a man-made crisis driven by decades of forest destruction by some of the biggest palm oil and paper companies in the world. As you read this, Indonesia’s forests are burning. Orangutans and tigers are losing their homes with nowhere to go. And at the root of this tragedy is one of the greatest environmental crimes of our time: decades of forest destruction by some of the world’s biggest palm oil and paper companies.

FOREST FIRES

Can you join me in taking action today? Greed is winning over the survival of people and amazing wildlife like orangutans and tigers. Millions of people in Indonesia and neighboring countries are suffering from the toxic haze caused by the fires. Please HELP restore and protect Indonesia’s forests and peatlands, and implement an industry-wide ban on trade with companies that destroy forests and peatlands. Around the world, tens of thousands of Greenpeace supporters are building the pressure on the Indonesian Government and company CEOs to act. Take action now: sign the petition to help save Indonesia’s forests, wildlife and people!

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MARINE MAMMALS IN GRAVE DANGER:

DOLPHINS TRAPPED IN GILLNETS… SEA LIONS HOOKED ON LONGLINES… WHALES ENTANGLED IN LOBSTER POTS…

Here’s a truly unimaginable statistic: More than 650,000 whales, dolphins and other marine mammals are killed or seriously injured every year after being hooked, entangled or trapped in commercial fishing gear used by fleets across the globe.

Diver trying to help a whale entangled in fishing gear

Uncontrolled “bycatch” now threatens the very survival of some of the world’s most endangered marine mammals, including the North Atlantic right whale, the Mexican vaquita and the Mediterranean sperm whale, and others. This needless killing must be stopped! Sign the petition to end this assault on our threatened marine wildlife.

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The Marine Mammal Protection Act requires the U.S. to import only fish and fish products that meet U.S. standards for protecting marine mammals — but this lifesaving measure has never been enforced by the federal government. Shockingly, that means that the majority of foreign seafood we eat — from shrimps, to sea bass, to fish sticks — has been caught in violation of federal law. Meanwhile, our planet’s most vulnerable marine mammal species remain in grave danger, and are suffering and dying.

But here’s the good news: the Obama Administration is finalizing new regulations to end this horrendous practice and save marine mammals. These new rules would enforce the existing law, only allowing seafood from foreign fisheries to be imported into the U.S., only if it’s been caught in accordance with U.S. standards for protecting marine mammals. READ MORE:

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Empowering through Education!

Some of these children are on the Rosemary Pencil scholarship program who attend CITW’s after-school eco clubs.

Some of these children are on the Rosemary Pencil scholarship program who attend CITW’s after-school eco clubs. 

THE ROSEMARY PENCIL FOUNDATION believes that all children have the right to an education.  Working with our local partner, Children in the Wilderness, we help transform the lives of children in rural Malawi and Zimbabwe by providing scholarships for them to attend secondary school and pursue higher education.  Although primary school education in these countries is free, secondary school requires tuition fees.  Through the kindness of donors, we are able to expand the opportunities for these children and, by extension, their communities.

Nearly all our students are orphans and without your help would finish elementary school at age 13 or 14 and remain at home in their villages. This is particularly true of the girls. Despite very challenging circumstances, these boys and girls have an incredible spirit and hope for the future.

Since our founding in 2005, more than 100 children have benefited from our program and completed four years of secondary school in Malawi. We currently have more than 70 students at school in Malawi and Zimbabwe as well supporting some former students in higher education, job training and teacher’s training.

In 2013 the Rosemary Pencil Foundation in partnership with Worldreader introduced e-readers to Malawi, giving students more than one hundred African, American and British authors to read and enjoy as well as being able to access the Malawi secondary school curriculum on a Kindles. In 2015, thanks to the gift from one individual donor, we were able  to bring  a  second shipment of e-readers to another  school in Malawi. DONATE NOW!

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IS THIS THE LIFE YOU’RE MEANT TO LIVE?

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Because most modern people have separated their minds from their bodies, and their souls have been banished from their ordinary lives, they forget that the well-being of all three (body, mind, and spirit) is intimately entwined. Health begins with firmness in body, deepens to emotional stability, then leads to intellectual clarity, wisdom, and, finally, the unveiling of the soul. These are relative to and dependent upon the stage of consciousness we are at.

Your body is the child of the soul. You must nourish and train your child. Physical health is not a commodity to be bargained for, nor can it be swallowed in the form of drugs and pills. You have to create within yourself the experience of beauty, liberation, and infinity. This is health. Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.

“Freedom” by Zenos Frudakis

Even in simple yoga asanas, one is experiencing the three levels of the quest: the external quest, which brings firmness of the body; the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence; and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit. As long as the body is not in perfect health, you are caught in body consciousness alone. This distracts you from healing and culturing the mind.

(Excerpted from the book, Light on Life, by B.S.K. Iyengar)

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

DANCING BY THE OCEAN

“I CHOOSE…to live by choice, not by chance; to make changes, not excuses; to be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful, not used; to excel, not compete. I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others.” ~ Author Unknown

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Graphic artist unknown 

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

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BUTTERFLY & BOY

“If you give yourself up to unproductive emotions, you cannot focus on your goals.” ~ Anonymous

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“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, just pick up some of those pieces and begin again.” ~ Flavia Weedn

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SUNRISE ON ROAD

“Whatever you want to be, or do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” ~ Pope Paul VI

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PROFESSIONAL COVERAGE OF YOUR SCRIPT OR FILM!

Ready to get your screenplay or film on the right track? 7seas Productions now offers script reading services, critiques, coverage and edits to all screenwriters, playwrights & filmmakers, and to production companies and agencies, at special discount prices!

Focusing on the elements crucial to creating a compelling and readable script, and/or a winning, marketable film, our helpful comments will allow you to concentrate on solving the problems that will make your material move toward receiving a CONSIDER or a RECOMMENDED from a studio or production company reader, and will assist in advancing your script or film up toward WINNER in screenwriting competitions & film festivals.

An advantage of this low-cost critique service is that we will help you prepare your screenplay before sending it to screenwriting competitions, film producers, agents, managers and others who may have requested it. READ MORE

7seas Productions annually produces the Moondance International Film Festival, and also offers film festival start-up consultations!

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7seasproductions@gmail.com

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Moondance November News & Insider Tips: the Craft of Screenwriting!

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Selected Moondance winning films have been invited to be screened the annual 2015 Canadian International Film & Television festival (CIFTF), which takes place in Richmond & Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 6-8th. Moondance winning films will be screened as a special Moondance Roadshow part of this important event, from November 8-10th. Many of the event’s attendees & invitees are from China, and include the director of the China Film Group in Beijing, who is responsible for all films produced or screened in China. Please consider attending the festival. This is your best chance to network with the powers-that-be in the lucrative Chinese film & television industry! All events and film screenings are free of charge.

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Website: www.naimfs.org   Email: naimfs.org@hotmail.com

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THE CRAFT OF WRITING: EXTERNALIZING THE INTERNAL, PART 1

Award-Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger

http://www.writeyourscreenplay.com

The extraordinary thing about working in the medium of film is that we get to tell stories with compelling images that capture the imaginations and the emotions of our audiences. And the challenging thing about working in film is that half of the things that exist in the world, we can’t see! We can’t see thoughts and we can’t see feelings.

And that means, as screenwriters, our job is to externalize these internal thoughts and feelings. To take them outside of the mind, and put them into the body and the action of our screenplay. To translate the emotional language of our writing into compelling and visceral action.

As one of my great mentors, Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili, who is a world-renowned set designer, used to say, “If you want a director to do what you want, you must make him think it is his idea.” And one of the ways we allow directors and producers to do what we want and connect and visualize our movies in the way that we want them to see them is by externalizing the internal: capturing our story in images exactly the way that we are seeing it in our heads.

Similarly, if you want to attract an A-list actor to your film, you need to learn to externalize the internal in a visceral way, so that you can capture their attention from the very first line, stimulate their imaginations, and allow them to see themselves doing all those exciting things that your character is doing, as if they were already playing the role! These are the practical reasons to externalize the internal.

But here is an even deeper artistic reason you want to externalize the internal, which is that often times when you’re not externalizing the internal it’s because you have not actually seen it yet in your own mind’s eye. Which means you are not yet fully serving your own creative vision of the movie, or getting your full talent onto the page. To understand how you can go about externalizing the internal in your own work, in this week’s podcast, we’re going to be looking at one of the best examples of this technique, There Will Be Blood.

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

I wanted to thank you for the wonderful opportunity to screen a sneak preview of our film at Moondance. So many wonderful things came out of that screening. It was especially great to have Bill Ury, author of Getting to Yes, and Randy Compton, and Mark Gerzon, Author of American Citizen, Global Citizen: How Expanding Our Identities Makes Us Safer, Stronger, Wiser – And Builds a Better World. They were both very enthusiastic about the film and we look forward to further collaboration with them. We also loved all the great feedback we got on the Audience Comments forms: “I think it’s awesome”  “I love his story, mission, tenacity and love for the future!” “The world will be a better place because Garry was in it.”  “Needs to get out into the world. It will shift consciousness.”  “Like, it’s about time!” In addition to accolades, the audience feedback forms also gave us valuable suggestions for further improving our work-in-progress version.  — which we incorporated into later edits of the film. Several funders also loved the film – we received important donations in Boulder – also building excellent prospects for the future. So again, thank you for who you are and all you do for the world.” ~ Arthur Kanegis, director of The World Is My Country

“I find these (Moondance news-blog) articles so helpful.  Thank you for caring enough to help us first-time screenwriters!” ~ Kentrell Liddell

“This is a very spiritual and moving newsletter. Congratulations! ~ Chris Nebe, award-winning documentary filmmaker, “Mysterious China” series

“If you hadn’t recognised there was something of merit about my stageplay. “Stitched Up”, the production wouldn’t have happened, so, on behalf of Mr Nibbs, Rags, their wonderful palace colleagues, and, of course, myself, many, many thanks for that.” ~ Celine Gibson, award-winning playwright, New Zealand

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DO A DOODLE!

By Lou Hamilton

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A blank page and a pen is ripe territory for doodling and if you do it while your brain is apparently attending to something else, your ability to broaden your creative thoughts and ideas, make sense of and retain what you are listening to, is hugely increased. In decision-making, problem-solving and creative thinking we need to engage with at least two of the four learning processes: auditory, visual, reading/writing and kinetic. So in a lecture or in class or on the phone, where information density is high, doodling, simple shapes, mind-maps, grids, nothing tricky, but the act of doodling allows (one) to explore…thoughts, by placing words into the shapes has the benefit of exploiting…decision-making, problem-solving and creative thinking we need to engage with at least two of the four learning processes: auditory, visual, reading/writing and kinetic. Which is why (doodling) is so effective!

The shapes, along with your hand movements, stimulate parts of the brain that allow you to make connections between things that you otherwise would likely have never come up with. It helps you tap into your memory, your emotions, your desires, your intellect….a way of aiding learning, processing, problem-solving, creative thinking and remembering.

Sunni Brown, named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and one of the “10 Most Creative People on Twitter” by Fast Company, is the leader of “The Doodle Revolution” the purpose of which is to “disrupt social norms about visual language and visual thinking, and educate people around the world about doodling’s power and potential.” Using deliberate pen strokes and a vocabulary of abstract patterns, artists and non-artists alike are equally able to focus on their marks with no pre-determined end result, while their attention shifts “to a state that allows fresh thoughts, new perspectives, and creative insights to flow unhindered by anxiety or effort.” Zentangle… is a form of combined doodling and meditation, devised by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts in 2004 as an elegant system of structured patterns for zoning out. READ MORE

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MOONDANCE SUPPORTS & RECOMMENDS:

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"Yellow River Mother" sculpture, by HeE, Gansu

“Yellow River Mother” sculpture, by He E, Gansu

The Yellow River is called “the cradle of Chinese civilization”, because its basin was the birthplace of ancient Chinese civilization, and is the third-longest river in Asia. Water is the source of ten thousand species, of rich and varied topography and biological species, and the feeding, nourishing, and our civilization. The river is the mother, nurturing the luxuriant creatures & is a natural parent. Human economic and social development has entered a new historical period, and river and water are faced with unprecedented crises and challenges. The Yellow River is one of several rivers that are essential for China’s very existence.

We have a responsibility to have an obligation to action, with reason, courage and strong faith, to maintain the health of the Chinese mother river of life… maintaining river health, life, and river ethics. The CYRF makes the most of the advantages of this non-governmental organization, to promote Chinese civilization, inherit the Yellow River culture, take actions to protect the Mother River, and to involve more people in devoting their time and resources to the protection and maintenance of the endless life of the vital Yellow River. Our mission is: Carrying out regular activities toward the Yellow River protection, and to promote long-term maintenance of the healthy life of the Yellow River. The Yellow River is 5,464 kilometers long, with a total elevation drop of 4480 meters. READ MORE

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A World Without Florida Panthers?

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They’re the last of their kind! A mere 180 Florida panthers are all we have left. When we allow places like the Florida Everglades to be torn apart, whittled down and chopped up for commercial purposes, we all lose more than just our beloved landscapes. We lose the migratory pathways the Florida panther and many other animals depend on for survival. Without intact migration corridors, these great cats can’t reach the additional habitat they need in order to survive as a species. They’re trapped and isolated…with nowhere to go to establish healthy populations and thrive. These lands are critical to the recovery of this iconic species and a cornerstone in the plan to support their survival.

Your donation today will help The Nature Conservancy’s vital work to protect and create habitats for threatened animals like the Florida panther — among too many others — who are simply running out of time. You’ll know that your dollars will be hard at work in endangered places like the Everglades. The Nature Conservancy is working to protect 18,529 acres of prime panther habitat that could help make a difference in securing their future. Thank you for helping to protect the lands and waters on which great migrations depend! http://www.nature.org

A World Without Sea Turtles?

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Imagine travelling more than 1,000 miles, through danger and hunger and hardship…only to find your destination washed away. Too often, that’s the fate waiting for hawksbill sea turtles at the end of their long migrations. They risk their lives only to find that their habitats have been destroyed and they’re left with nowhere to go. It’s a tragic end to an incredible journey. Today the Pacific nesting beaches hawksbills rely on are in grave danger. Development and sea level rise are shrinking them fast. And as the hawksbill populations are now a mere 20% of what they were 100 years ago, we have to fight for them to make sure that number doesn’t get any lower.

The truth is sad and simple: if more nesting beaches continue to disappear…so will hawksbills. If you’ve ever seen a sea turtle swim, you know it’s like flying under water. They coast along with so much grace, it would make anyone feel peaceful and calm. But their effortlessness hides one of the toughest survival stories on our planet. They’re up against predators, poachers, developers, climate change, and so much more. These animals do everything they can to survive in such desperate conditions, and right now, they need our help. Your gift will help with hands-on conservation like: helping expand the network of protected beaches for hawksbills, bringing together communities to safeguard their beaches & creating more turtle conservation sites so they can finish their migrations in peace. http://www.nature.org

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

Artwork by Christopher David White

Sculpture by Christopher David White

“You do not make sculpture because you like wood. You make sculpture because the wood allows you to express something that another material does not allow you to do.” ~ Louise Bourgeois, French-American artist  (This quote can be extrapolated to include creative writing, filmmaking, music, dance, theater, & other arts)

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Mermaid figurehead by Jan Reichard

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

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THE CATCH-22 OF ORIGINALITY:

"WOLF TOTEM", Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

“WOLF TOTEM”, Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Film audiences crave originality – or at least a fresh take – and so it seems do movie distributors. And yet film financiers tend toward the tried and tested. They want to back name actors, proven concepts and known quantities.” Hear from two leading film sales agents how they go about resolving that eternal contradiction: http://info.slated.com/the-catch-22-of-originality/

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STUDIO-TYPE COVERAGE OF YOUR SCRIPT OR FILM!

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7SEAS PRODUCTIONS

Ready to get your screenplay or film on the right track? 7seas Productions now offers script reading services, critiques, coverage and edits to all screenwriters, playwrights & filmmakers, and to production companies and agencies, at special discount prices!

Focusing on the elements crucial to creating a compelling and readable script, and/or a winning, marketable film, our helpful comments will allow you to concentrate on solving the problems that will make your material move toward receiving a CONSIDER or a RECOMMENDED from a studio or production company reader, and will assist in advancing your script or film up toward WINNER in screenwriting competitions & film festivals.

An advantage of this low-cost critique service is that we will help you prepare your screenplay before sending it to screenwriting competitions, film producers, agents, managers and others who may have requested it. READ MORE

7seas Productions annually produces the Moondance International Film Festival, and also offers film festival start-up consultations!

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Moondance is Always the “Girl on the Right”!

BE THE GIRL ON THE RIGHT

At Moondance, we don’t just accept differences, innovations, creativity, independence, and uniqueness – we celebrate them, we support them, encourage & inspire them, and we thrive on them for the ultimate benefit of the international film industry, as well as for writers, filmmakers, composers, festival film audiences, and our world community.

READ ON:

  • 2015 Festival Photo album request
  • 2015 Awards requests
  • Moondance news
  • Tom Shadyac at Moondance
  • Moondancers write us
  • Screenwriting: ALL-CAPS on sounds?
  • Radio plays
  • Moondance recommends
  • Some things to think about
  • Rules for the blues

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The 2015 Moondance PHOTO ALBUM will be online soon!

 ONLY IF YOU send us up to 5 of your best Moondance 2015 photos in .jpg, to: director@moondancefilmfestival.com with MIFF PIX in the subject line.

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ATTENTION MOONDANCE 2015 WINNERS NOT AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY:

If you won an award, but could not attend the event, and want to receive your Moondance Award, Award certificate, & a 2015 Moondance festival program, please use this option to pay only for postage to send it to you:

AWARDS POSTAGE: USA ADDRESS POSTAGE: $10 • FOREIGN ADDRESS POSTAGE: $25 

The Moondance winners’ star award

The Moondance winners’ star award

Send your request now; this offer expires October 1.

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MOONDANCE NEWS:

FILMMAKERS: Moondance International Film Festival is now an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions (via Withoutabox), a fast-tracked title page on IMDb.com!

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Moondance 2016 wishes to celebrate the art of DRONE CINEMATOGRAPHY with our newest competition category, and offers an international venue for talented & innovative drone filmmakers from around the world to exhibit their winning work to film industry professionals and to the drone cinema fan audiences, at this world-class film festival.

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Film director Tom Shadyac gave a fascinating Q&A at Moondance 2015 to an enthusiastic audience, participated in the productive networking & photo ops, and was presented with the Moondance 2015 Calypso Award!

Watch this video:

CELEBS FAVORITE PLACES ON EARTH: DOUBLE-WIDE: TOM SHADYAC’S LIFE NOW

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Read this article on Oprah.com:

FROM MULTIMILLIONAIRE TO MOBILE HOME!

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US

“Let me know when the 2016 early, early, early-bird submissions can be sent. I’m itching to send you the “Sock Opera” feature screenplay. I love to write, but this is the first time I actually felt real joy when working on a project. Although animation is probably the most difficult category to break into, I think, after all these years, I may have found my bliss.” ~ Janice MacDonald, 2015 Moondance winner for “The Sock Opera” short musical screenplay

I am sorry to have missed the 2015 festival, but I see that it was a great success! It is a wonderful service you offer to new writers and filmmakers who are trying to find a way into their chosen profession. I – for one – feel that your input and help has given me the confidence to keep writing, so thank you once again!” ~ Liz Falconer, 2015 winner, short screenplay, “One Door Closes”

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PILE OF SCRIPTS

NOTE TO SCREENWRITERS: Please, please do NOT put noises & sounds in all-CAPS in your spec screenplay! That formatting is only for final production scripts, when the funding is in place & the Foley editor needs to know what sound effects to include. Your script should be, at this early stage, a reader’s script. All-caps on sounds are very distracting from a smooth read. We certainly already know that a door SLAMS, a gun goes BANG, a dog BARKS, a lion ROARS, cars HONK or CRASH, FOOTSTEPS make a sound & so on! If you are seeing all-caps on sounds in scripts that you may be reading online, you are looking at director’s scripts, or production scripts! To sell this sucker to an agent, actor, producer, director, funder, or distributor, it needs to read almost like a scripted novel. To send out a production script is egotistical, arrogant & un-professional, as if the film is already in production. I have passed on way too many otherwise pretty good spec scripts that are filled with all-caps sounds, in the festival competition. 

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RADIO PLAYS ARE MIND-MOVIES!

RADIO:VINTAGE

Radio is sometimes known as the writer’s favorite medium; as Malcolm Bradbury once said, it is “a world made with words shaped into being, without a physical presence.” With radio, you have to use your imagination – something you don’t need when watching TV or movies. We can be whom-ever we want to be, travel wherever we want to go; all in “our mind’s eye”, thanks to radio programs. The stories and scenarios are often planted forever in our memories and in our own personal “theatre of the mind”.

Radio drama has long been a fertile training ground for writers and is a genre in which screenwriters, playwrights and television writers feel at home. It has given voice to generations of writers. From Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and Irish writer Samuel Beckett to Orson Welles and American playwright Harold Pinter; all have been involved with radio drama.

Moondance includes audio drama in our competition categories not merely in order to get the attention of the film industry. We want to promote audio drama for it’s own cultural value, and to encourage writers, storytellers, musicians/composers, audio producers, voice actors & others to create new works for radio & digital listening…whether it’s drama, comedy, kids’ stories, news & info, or documentary, and getting people to use their imaginations, to see the story in their minds, & to visualize, rather than have it shown to them in film, on their digital devices, online, or on TV, while they just sit there, being only consumers, rather than being creators or using their imagination to visualize the story! Consider learning how to write for radio, and revising your screenplay into an audio play! Moondance is dedicated to ensuring that audio drama remains an integral and dynamic part of our international broadcasting and cultural heritage.


MORE INFO: theaudiodramadirectory.com/ • www.audio-drama.com/www.artc.org/‎audiodramaproduction.com/ • jimfrenchproductions.com/

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH IMAGE

Friends of the Earth understands that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half-measures, so we push for radical change, not tweaks to the status quo. This means speaking uncomfortable truths to power and demanding more than people think is possible. It’s hard work. That’s why we’re dedicated to building and organizing a workforce for Earth. Earth H.Q. is an action center where you can tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our planet and discover practical, meaningful ways that all of us can work together to fix them. Let’s get to work! https://earthhq.foe.org

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WHY TALENT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH IN HOLLYWOOD

From the desk of: Nat Mundel, Founder/CEO of Voyage Media, Los Angeles, CA

MARKETABLE BOOK

Let’s assume for a moment that you’re a great writer, which you likely are… How far has your talent alone gotten you? There are thousands of talented writers creating excellent stories right now in Hollywood…So what is it that separates the great writer who gets projects made from the also-great writer who has a bunch of unsold scripts sitting on the shelf? A professional writer becomes so when he or she learns how to be part of the business of entertainment and drive his or her own projects forward  (not waiting around to be ‘discovered’). Talent is the minimum barrier to entry in entertainment… the real measure of your success is how effective you (the creator) are at building a marketable package for your project. Countless brilliant screenwriters and filmmakers never get their projects made because they don’t understand the importance of packaging their project in a way that speaks to the people who write the checks…

All successful writers and filmmakers in Hollywood know this, but most learned it the hard (and long) way. It doesn’t have to be that way. So to help you get your projects moving, I’m offering you a free copy of my report, “Building A Marketable Package: How To Get The Team You Need In Order To Market To The Audience You Want”. 

Click here for your FREE GIFT:

I hope this free report helps you to drive your project forward and attract the attention it needs in order to get made — and maybe you and I can work on a project together in the future!

 Do great things!

 When you download the report above, I’m also going to give you free access to our popular video training course, “Making the Power Move from Amateur to Pro”, featuring over 4 hours of training from high-powered executives from HBO, CAA, Alcon Entertainment, Wes Craven, the Weinsteins, Dimension Films and others, who are finally spilling their most honest insights on what it takes to get their attention, build a reputation and get your material noticed and bought again and again.

In the past, I’ve sold this course for $297, but today I am giving it to you for free!

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

 

Three Planets

“I CHOOSETo live by choice, not by chance. To make changes, not excuses. To be motivated, not manipulated. To be useful, not used. To excel, not compete. I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the opinions of others. I choose to be myself, not someone else’s idea of me.” ~ Author Unknown

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FOOTSTEPS IN DESERT SAND

“Here are two options: Make progress or make excuses.” ~ Anonymous

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Vincent Van Gogh, "Wheat-field with Crows"

Vincent Van Gogh, “Wheat-field with Crows”

“The true artist reveals the unseen, and creates that which is new and uniquely his or her own,” ~ Ralph Ellison (excerpted & edited)

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

It does not generally take much strength to do something, but it often requires great strength to decide what to do.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

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~~~ RULES FOR THE BLUES ~~~

Howlin' Wolf

Howlin’ Wolf

 

  • Most Blues begin, “Woke up this mornin’…”
  • “I got a good woman,” is a bad way to begin the Blues, ‘less you 
stick something nasty in the next line, like “I got a good woman with 
the meanest face in town.”
  • The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. 
Then find something that rhymes … sort of: “Got a good woman – with 
the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher – and she 
weigh 500 pound.”
  • The Blues are not about choice. You stuck in a ditch: You stuck in 
a ditch, ain’t no way out.
  • Blues cars: Chevys and Cadillacs and broken down trucks. Blues 
don’t travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues 
transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft and 
state-sponsored motor pools ain’t even in the running. Walkin’ plays a major 
part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin’ to die.
  • Teenagers can’t sing the Blues. They ain’t fixin’ to die yet. Adults sing the 
Blues. In Blues, adulthood means being old enough to get the electric chair 
if you shoot a man in Memphis.
  • Blues can take place in New York City, but not in Hawaii or any 
place in Canada. Hard times in St. Paul or Tucson is just depression. 
Chicago, St.Louis, and Kansas City still the best places to have the Blues. 
You cannot have the blues in any place that don’t get rain.
  • A man with male pattern baldness ain’t the blues. A woman with male 
pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg cuz you skiing is not the blues.
  • Breaking your leg cuz a’ alligator be chomping on it is.
  • You can’t have no Blues in an office or a shopping mall. The lighting is 
wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.
  • Good places for the Blues: 
lonesome dirt road or highway, 
jailhouse, 
empty bed
  • 
Bad places: 
Ashrams, 
gallery openings, 
Ivy League institutions, 
golf courses
  • 
No one will believe it’s the Blues if you wear a suit, ‘less you 
happen to be a’ old black man, and you slept in it.
  • 
Do you have the right to sing the Blues? Yes, if: you’re older than dirt, 
you’re blind, 
you shot a man in Memphis, 
you can’t be satisfied.
  • No, if: 
you have all your teeth, 
you were once blind but now can see, 
the man in Memphis lived, 
you have a retirement plan or trust fund.
  • Blues is not a matter of color. It’s a matter of bad luck. Tiger 
Woods cannot sing the blues. Gary Coleman could. Ugly white people 
also got a leg up on the blues.
  • If you ask for water and Baby give you gasoline, it’s the Blues. 
Other acceptable Blues beverages are: bad wine, 
bad whiskey or bad bourbon, 
muddy water, 
black coffee. 
The following are NOT Blues beverages: 
mixed drinks, 
kosher wine, 
Snapple, 
sparkling water.
  • 
If it occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it’s a Blues death. 
Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So 
is the electric chair, substance abuse, and dying lonely on a broken down 
cot. You can’t have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match, in a spa or hot-tub, or while getting 
liposuction.
  • 
Some Blues names for women: Sadie, 
Big Mama, 
Bessie, 
Fat River, Dumpling. 
Some Blues names for men: 
Joe 
Willie, 
Little Willie, 
Big Willie. 
Persons with names like Sierra, Sequoia, and Rainbow can’t sing the 
Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.
  • 
Make yer own Blues name (starter kit): name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.) 
first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Kiwi, etc.) 
last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.) 
For example, Blind Lime Jefferson, or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc.
  • I don’t care how tragic your life is: if you own a computer or cell-phone, you cannot sing 
the blues. You best destroy it – with fire, a spilled bottle of Mad Dog, or get 
out a shotgun. Maybe your big woman just done sat on it.

I don’t care.

From John Morrison’s Swing City website

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2015 Moondance Selections Announced & Festival Info

“Freedom” by Zenos Frudakis

“Freedom” by Zenos Frudakis

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

Moondance International Film Festival dates:

September 7th & 8th, 2015

Boulder, Colorado USA

Check out the links below for 2015 competition results & other info!

Moondance is known as the “American Cannes” of film festivals, and features the very best of indie films from the US and around the world, as well as our fabulously productive workshops, networking parties & special events. Come to be entertained, encouraged and inspired at this annual world-class event! Plan now to participate in this unique film festival event: September 7th & 8th, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA, and help us celebrate the 16th annual Moondance International Film Festival! 

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FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

You are cordially invited to volunteer to help out at the film festival!

All volunteers can earn free regular movie tickets for hours worked.

Contact Meghan at:

melaxton@hotmail.com

With “MIFF volunteer” in the subject line.

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Check these links for 2015 festival info:

FESTIVAL PROGRAM SCHEDULE
FILM SCREENING SCHEDULE
FESTIVAL TICKET SALES
FILMS DESCRIPTIONS
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELECTED FILMS

SPECIAL FILM SCREENING EVENTS
COMPETITION RESULTS – FILM AND FILM SCORES
COMPETITION RESULTS – WRITTEN WORKS
FIRST IMPRESSIONS WORKSHOP
NETWORKING & AWARDS EVENTS
TRAVEL INFO
BOULDER LODGING INFORMATION
PHOTO ALBUM

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Moondance International Film Festival Presents

Very Special Film Events!

I AM VIDEO COVER

“I Am” + Q&A with director Tom Shadyac

Monday, September 7th, 7:PM @ eTown Hall

~and~

“The World is My Country” + Q&A*

Garry Davis

Garry Davis

Special Free Sneak Preview

with director Arthur Kanegis

*This film to be screened at the Hotel Boulderado

Tuesday, September 8th, 7:PM

$25 for the 2-film package

Special Event Double Feature: Two must-see revolutionary documentary films , presented by Moondance, Boulder’s #1 international film festival, in conjunction with the 16th annual film festival films & events, : “I Am” directed by Tom  Shadyac, and, as a free bonus, “The World is My Country” by award-winning director Arthur Kanegis, including a Q&A with the director immediately after each film screening. And a free networking after-party at the Hotel Boulderado’s new License #1 bar & lounge, 10:PM until midnight! This networking party is OYO (On Your Own, no tickets required). http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Sandboy

Monday, September 7th, 7:PM

Hotel Boulderado • Columbine Theater

Short narrative film, directed by Vittoria Colonna (IRELAND, c& executive-produced by Julian Lennon (USA). In a sleepy Californian desert, sits an abandoned junkyard, an abandoned RV and an abandoned young woman haunted by a secret. Award-winning film score by Hugh Rodgers. The director & the lead actor, Wallis Murphy-Munn , will be in attendance, with possibly Julian Lennon, son of John Lennon & Yoko Ono.(23 minutes)

"SANDBOY", directed by Vittoria Colonna

“SANDBOY”, directed by Vittoria Colonna

INDIGO GREY: The Passage

Monday, September 7th, 7:PM

Hotel Boulderado • Columbine Theater

Shirt narrative music video, directed by: Sean Robinson (USA). A young boy’s discovery of a mysterious gas mask provides a glimpse into an alternate reality. 

Featuring America’s Got Talent’s ‘Hammerstep’ a traditional Irish/hip-hop dance troupe, and nine-year-old prodigy Aidan Lok, who has a first degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and has won over 100 medals from international karate tournaments, and original score by Evanescence’s Amy Lee. (6 minutes)

INDIGO GREY: THE PASSAGE

INDIGO GREY: THE PASSAGE

Special Double-Feature Screenings!:

Tuesday, September 8th, 7:PM

Hotel Boulderado • Alpine Theater

Food for Thought, Food for Life

Short documentary film, directed by Multi-award-winning Susan Rockefeller (USA). We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost? As farms become supersized our environment suffers and so does the quality of our food.

Our Common Roots

Feature documentary film, directed by Glenn Axford (Canada). This film speaks to the therapeutic and energetic qualities of medicinal plants of the forest, field and garden. Reconnecting with the intelligence of the plant kingdom, and our global healing traditions.

WHEAT SHEAF & GIRL

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

Join the Elephant Stampede!

Join the Elephant Stampede!

World Elephant Day was Wednesday, August 12, and this year we had something BIG to celebrate! President Obama recently introduced a proposal to ban ivory sales in the United States. Once enacted, this ban will close loopholes that have allowed smugglers to disguise ivory from recently killed elephants and sell them as antiques in the U.S. It will send a clear message that America is serious about shutting down the ivory trade and saving elephants. But the president’s proposal isn’t law yet. The administration is collecting public comments for 60 days and you can bet that opponents of the ivory ban (yes, there are people who oppose this common sense regulation) will be vocal. We need voices in support of the ban to #BeHerd.

Earlier this year, the Wildlife Conservation Society worked with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to investigate the ivory trade on Craigslist. But there’s more work to be done. Talk about a big statement! Recently, elephants and other endangered species lit up New York City, appearing on the side of the Empire State Building!

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

OWLS ON BRANCH

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. ~ Marilyn vos Savant

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Photo by Stephanie V.

Photo by Stephanie V.

“The key to success is trusting yourself.” ~ Scott Adams, Dilbert cartoonist

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Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton

 “It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ~ Author Unknown

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"Flatirons-Moonset", view from Boulder, Colorado / Photo by Charles Pfeil www.ArrowPhotos.com

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

“I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the knowledge, experiences, growth and happiness occurs while you’re climbing it.” ~ Andy Rooney

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"Hollow Man" by Bruno  Catalano

“Hollow Man” by Bruno  Catalano

“It’s not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy…it’s whether or not our work is fulfilling.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell

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THE MOONDANCE MISSION FOR PEACE & FESTIVAL INFO

Moondance International Film Festival dates:

September 7th & 8th,, 2015

Boulder, Colorado USA

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Moondance International Film Festival Presents

I AM VIDEO COVER

A Very Special Film Event!

“I Am” + Q&A with director Tom Shadyac

Monday, September 7th, 7:PM @ eTown Hall

~and~

“The World is My Country” + Q&A*

with director Arthur Kanegis

*This film to be screened at the Hotel Boulderado

A Special Sneak Preview

Tuesday, September 8th, 7:PM

Special Event Double Feature: Two must-see revolutionary documentary films , presented by Moondance, Boulder’s #1 international film festival, in conjunction with the 16th annual film festival films & events, : “I Am” directed by Tom  Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, Patch Adams, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar) & “The World is My Country” by award-winning director Arthur Kanegis, including a Q&A with the director immediately after each film screening. And a free networking after-party at the Hotel Boulderado’s new License #1 bar & cocktail lounge, 10:PM until midnight! 

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FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS WANTED! 

You are cordially invited to volunteer to help out at the film festival!

All volunteers can earn free regular movie tickets for hours worked.

Contact our volunteer coordinator, Meghan Laxton, at:

melaxton@hotmail.com

With “MIFF Volunteer” in the subject line.

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ALL OF THESE INFO LINKS ARE COMING SOON:
IN THE VERY NEXT NEWS-BLOG

ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2015 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2015 SELECTED FILMS 

2015 FILM PROGRAM SCHEDULE

2015 FILMS DESCRIPTIONS

2015 FESTIVAL PROGRAM INFO

2015 FESTIVAL TICKET SALES

dove copy “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will then know peace.” ~ Jimi Hendrix

MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to present a vibrant and growing collection of films, writings & music, which is an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age and gender. Moondance promotes, encourages, educates and rewards non-violent conflict resolution in the arts and film. Our much-coveted Columbine Awards are given to the filmmakers and/or writers who best depict alternatives to violence as a method of dealing with conflicts, whether personal, local, national or international, and/or show why violence as a solution to conflict is ultimately counter-productive and inhumane. READ MORE

MOONDANCE STATEMENT ON NON-VIOLENCE

Our objective is to identify and address the root causes of violence and contribute to the just and peaceful transformation of violent conflict resolution, through the art of film, writings & music. The core of conflict transformation work is the building of a sustainable peace between all people. This involves a process of profound change in attitude, transforming situations characterized by fear and killing into environments in which reconciliation, respect for other people, social justice and participatory democracy can take root. READ MORE

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US

 Thank you, Elizabeth, for your wonderfully helpful advice (on improving my screenplay). I agree that the reading experience, compared to the first iteration, is like chalk and cheese – so thank you! I can’t thank you enough for your care, attention and advice.  It’s a privilege to be a part of your wonderful contest!” ~ Tony Heaver-Wren, screenwriter, Cayman Islands

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Moondance International Film Festival dates:

September 7th & 8th,, 2015

Boulder, Colorado USA

2015 BOULDER LODGING INFORMATION

2015 MOONDANCE TRAVEL INFO 

BOULDER AREA INFO

Check out the website for more info:

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WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

Gandhi's glasses

Gandhi’s glasses

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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GROUCHO FACE

“The most efficient way of attacking evil is to expose it to ridicule. It can bear rebukes, but not laughter. It doesn’t mind appearing wicked, but it hates to look ridiculous.” ~ Moliere (translated & edited for clarity)

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Photo: cbsnews.com

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. ~ Albert Einstein

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Guatemalan girl & tourist

Guatemalan girl & tourist

Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. ~ Roland Reagan

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magic hat and wand with clipping path

“Tricks of magic follow the archetypes of narrative fiction writing – there are tales of creation and loss, death and resurrection, and obstacles that must be overcome.” ~ Marco Tempest

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occasionalplanet.org

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” ~ Sam Ewing

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ANT LIFTING STICK

“People who say it can’t be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” ~ Stephen Klasko & Richard W. Hevner, Thomas Jefferson University

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

STORY JARS LOGO

Story Jars encourage imagination and provide great fun for adults and children. A perfect gift for parents, grandparents and children! So many children these days spend too much time alone, surfing the web & on social media. The Story Jar comes with interesting and fun objects, including shells, toy animals and an assortment of curiosities that can be the basis of real or imaginary stories. In short, you have an “open book” of ideas that you can invent together. We provide the “starter kit”, which includes the Story Jar itself, plus about a third of a jar worth of interesting items. But the real excitement comes for both of you when you add some of the trinkets and little memorabilia from your own life.

It’s perfect for personal and family stories you may want to pass down from generation to generation. Start by picking one item from the jar and say, “Once Upon a Time…” which sets the mood for the story. There is nothing like a Story Jar to bring the stories to life! It’s perfect for personal and family stories that you may want to pass down from generation to generation. The kids love it, the parents love it and it’s something the young ones will remember and look forward to. And someday, they can pass it along to their kids and grand-kids. A genuine family legacy.

There is nothing like a Story Jar to bring those great stories to life! This is also great for teachers, libraries and the therapeutic community, all of whom see Story Jars as a valuable additional tool for learning & self-expression. READ MORE

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THE POWER OF HEALING FOODS

APPLE

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

Treating disease with healing foods is certainly not a new idea; it has been done for many thousands of years. Now science and medicine have made amazing discoveries regarding the healing power of these natural foods and plants. Healthful, readily available and inexpensive natural, organic healing foods can strengthen your body’s defenses against disease, treat disease directly, and even slow down the aging process. All without expensive and potentially toxic prescription medicines & over-the-counter medications. 

The underlying cause of many common diseases is often the type of foods we eat on a regular basis, or foods we neglect to eat. Studies show that people who eat a lot of refined carbohydrates, animal fats, and a lot of animal protein are at much greater risk of developing diseases and a shorter, less healthy lifespan. Read more at: http://www.foods-healing-power.com/

NATURE’S MEDICINE

Lavender, for peacefulness, serenity & sleep

Lavender, for peacefulness, serenity & sleep

There are times when it’s much smarter to use an herbal remedy than a pharmaceutical. For example, an herbal remedy usually offers a safer alternative. Archaeological evidence indicates that the use of medicinal plants, essential oils, herbal extracts, spices, tinctures and herbal teas for healing dates to at least the Paleolithic, approximately 60,000 years ago. Written evidence of herbal remedies, such as ayurvedic remedies, can date back to over 5,000 years.

Native Americans have medicinally used about 2,500 plant species that are native to North America. Many herbs have beneficial effects on long-term health, and can be used to effectively treat human diseases. Few traditional remedies, however, have translated into modern drugs, although there is continuing research into the efficacy and possible adaptation of traditional herbal treatments.

 Here are just a few of these common herbal remedies one can utilize, instead of prescription drugs: aloe vera, basil, chamomile, ginger, ginseng, kelp, lavender, marijuana, quinine, rosemary, tumeric & valerian. If you are taking prescription drugs, be sure to check online or with your doctor if there might be any adverse reactions when combining the two.

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BRAVE BOULDER OWL VIDEO GOES VIRAL!

“Only in Boulder!”

Photo courtesy of Boulder County Sheriff's Office

Photo courtesy of Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

A young northern saw-whet owl stands on Rainbow Lakes Road near Nederland on July 21 as Boulder County sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman takes a photo. The photos of the small, fuzzy owl photo & video taken by the sheriff’s office have gone viral. Watch the YouTube video here. A fluffy little owl photographed and videotaped last week staring down a Boulder County sheriff’s deputy outside Nederland has become a worldwide Internet star, with the pint-sized bird appearing all over social media and on the websites of Time, Mashable, the U.K.’s Daily Mail and many more. Read the Daily Camera article, by Mitchell Byars, Staff Writer

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Moondance Insider tips: When and How to Follow Up & Women Writers in Residence info

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Ephemeral African Animals sand sculpture, artist unknown

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

Thanks again, for all the very fine submissions received. Sending your work out into the world is a true act of bravery, and we certainly appreciate your leap of faith. Announcements of winners, finalists & semi-finalists, as well as the film-screening program of selected films, will be made in August.

Subscribe now to the Moondance news-blog to receive announcements, and the 2015 competition results, as soon as all the submissions have been previewed, and selection decisions have been made. Our very popular news-blog also has festival event info, entertainment industry news, insider tips & articles, recommendations, things to consider & more!

Moondance International Film Festival dates:

Monday & Tuesday, September 7th & 8th,, 2015

(with an Early-bird networking party on Sunday afternoon 4-6:PM)

Beautiful Boulder, Colorado USA

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US

“The Moondance Festival I helped with was one of the most enjoyable experiences in my life. I am an actor and I had so much fun as an emcee, guiding, helping at a table, and attending a dinner. I was also a part of the CASA group that performed for a small audience in one of the theatres that year. Thank you for all that you are doing to promote such talented and creative people. My husband Lynn and I would love to volunteer again for the 2015 festival. ~ Lee Nicholson

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INSIDER TIPS!

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StoryPower – When and How to Follow Up!

InkTip Advice: The Follow-up

You’re getting your work out there, and people are asking to read your material. You’ve sent it in to them. Congratulations, you’re on the path to success. So, what do you do now, sit back and wait for the offers to roll in? Read this article to learn more!

Moondance note on how NOT to follow up: It’s best not to call, text or email someone who has asked to see your work, or when you’ve submitted it to a competition, to put him or her on the spot by asking the 3 dreaded questions, “Did you get my (script, films, music, etc.)?” and “Did you (read it, watch it, listen to it?” or worst of all, “Did you like it?”. Don’t even think about it!

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ATTENTION, WOMEN WRITERS!

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. We offer writing residencies, master classes and salons at our retreat on Whidbey Island, and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences around the world. Hedgebrook offers a variety of ways for women writers to create and connect: www.hedgebrook.org

Six writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage. They spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. Applications are due by July 28th! www.hedgebrook.org/writers-in-residence/

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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

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“If you would be wise, you must adapt yourself to circumstances, as water always shapes itself to the container that holds it.” ~ Ancient Chinese Proverb

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“Life is the perpetual present moment one lives in, and a perception that time is nothing more than the current…an eternal flowing back to the sea.” ~William Least Heat-Moon, author, “River Horse”

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JAPANESE SAND GARDEN

When we are out of alignment with ourselves, it is mirrored immediately – when we are in harmony with ourselves, the world reflects that, too. Accept the lessons offered, and return to serenity.” ~ Lynne Forrest

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DANCING BY THE OCEAN

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

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Moondance Insider Tips on Filming with Drones + the Power of Words

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

PLAN TO ATTEND THE 2015

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

Film Festival dates:

September 7th & 8th, 2015

Boulder, Colorado USA
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2015 Moondance historic landmark venue:

Hotel Boulderado

2115 Thirteenth Street

Boulder, CO 80302 USA

303-442-4344

reservations@boulderado.com

EARLY-BIRD 2015 FILM FESTIVAL INFO:

2015 BOULDER LODGING INFO

2015 MOONDANCE TRAVEL INFO

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Check out the website for more info:

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WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

Subscribe now to the Moondance news-blog to receive announcements, and the 2015 competition results, as soon as all the submissions have been previewed, and selection decisions have been made. Our very popular news-blog also has festival event info, entertainment industry news, insider tips, articles, recommendations, things to consider & more!

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THE POWER OF WORDS

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WATCH THIS SHORT, INSPIRING VIDEO!

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INSIDER TIPS:

SHOOTING FILMS WITH A DRONE!

BY Sebastian Solberg

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Drones are revolutionizing filmmaking, allowing filmmakers to achieve jaw-dropping, cinematic results that have previously only been available to hugely expensive Hollywood productions! Drone technology won’t turn you into a great filmmaker but it will enhance your skills as a story-teller, and, if used well, will make your work shine. If you’re wanting to get high-production value shots for your next film project and you’re looking at using a drone, here are top ten tips on how to get that money-shot safely & to watch a cool drone tutorial! Also available: something just as impressive – a camera-equipped quadcopter drone that can land on the water and shoot underwater footage, too!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

KANGAROO BABY

From www.change.org: Did you know that Gap Inc. profits from animals’ inhumane suffering in the fur industry? Raccoon dogs, foxes, rabbits, mink, and even kangaroos are slaughtered and skinned for Gap Inc.’s Intermix stores despite this widespread cruelty to animals who are often beaten, electrocuted, or bled to death for their fur. A spokesperson for Gap Inc. said: “We are committed to the ethical sourcing of our products, which includes the humane treatment of animals,” but they have stopped short of putting this policy in place across all stores. Many Gap, Inc. fur products are made in China, a country with virtually nonexistent animal cruelty laws. If they claim to care about humane treatment of animals, why are they allowing their Intermix stores all over the world to continue selling fur coats, hats, gloves, and other accessories from animals killed? Please take a stand right now against the heartless slaughter of animals! Please sign this petition asking Gap Inc. to go completely fur-free!

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Please enjoy watching this lovely 5-minute video:

“THE BIRDS OF PARADISE”

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 https://www.youtube.com/embed/REP4S0uqEOc

by Tim Lama & Ed Scholes

BOREO EXOTIC BIRD

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Watch “Cheerleader” Pom-pom Crabs waving stinging sea anemones in their claws to protect themselves against predators! 

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Wish you had these when dealing with Hollywood producers?

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in complete harmony” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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“Memory is like a child wandering along the seashore. You can never tell what special small pebble or luminous seashell it will pick up and keep among its most precious treasures.” ~ P. Harris (edited)

OAK TREE GREEN LEAVES

“When we long for a life without difficulties, remember that oak trees grow old and strong in contrary winds, and diamonds are made under long years of great pressure.” ~ Peter Marshall

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 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

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moondancefestival@gmail.com

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BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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Make a Splash at the 2015 Moondance!

~~~ Happy Summer Solstice to all Moondancers! ~~~

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You can make a big splash at Moondance 2015. Submit your entry now!

CALL-FOR-ENTRIES EXTENDED FINAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:

JUNE 30TH

Thanks a million to all those talented filmmakers, writers & composers who have already submitted their entries for 2015!

Please note: Films may be submitted to Moondance by the director, producers, cinematographer, DP, film score composer, writer, editor or a lead actor(, with permission from the producer/director, as needed!

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See our submission categories HERE!

Feature, short, documentary, & animation films, music videos, screenplays, stageplays, radio plays, short stories, treatments, kids scripts & films, TV pilots, and more!

 Read our submission guidelines HERE!

 Official Entry Form HERE!

 Moondance now also accepts scripts for judging in these languages:

FRENCH, SPANISH, GERMAN, DUTCH & AFRICAANS.

 

Moondance International Film Festival dates:

September 7th & 8th,, 2015

Boulder, Colorado USA

Check out the website for more info:

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WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

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MOOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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INKTIP.COM NEWS

 24 production companies joined InkTip in the past month alone, to look for new scripts to produce!

List your scripts now to take full advantage of producers looking to option scripts and discover new writers. As you may know, we launched a new pricing structure to make it easier for writers to list multiple scripts. The more scripts you list on InkTip, the more visible you become to our growing network of producers and reps. Log in here to list your scripts now and make them visible to the 24 production companies that just joined InkTip – as well as the dozens of producers who already hired multiple writers and optioned over 70 scripts so far this year – not to mention the many more producers who will option scripts very soon. New producers sign up and use InkTip every week, to find the scripts and writers they are looking for!

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“FRAGMENTED: THE HIDDEN HEROES OF BORNEO”

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ABOUT THE FILM:

“Fragmented: the Hidden Heroes of Borneo”, from UK directors Stephanie Sammann and Ellie Mackay, explores the unusual conservation efforts by researchers in Northern Malaysian Borneo, where palm oil deforestation threatens one of the most treasured & wild parts of the planet. The forested depths of Borneo are home to some of the world’s most unique animals & plants, and at the current rate of deforestation, they are on the brink of being lost forever.

Within the ecological disaster unfolding around them, our unlikely protagonists work to protect some of the world’s most peculiar creatures against the impending destruction. From incredibly rare frogs, to impossibly strange insects, the scientists’ dedication to their subjects can be both baffling and moving. Their conservation methods are far from conventional, and the complicated relationship between the SAFE Project and the local palm oil corporations shows that the conservation story that we have all heard may not be all that it seems. More than just a nature documentary, Fragmented tells the story of the very human aspect behind one of the wildest places on earth. www.fragmentedfilm.com

ORANG & BABY-BONEO

The story of conservation in Borneo is an essential one to tell.

How YOU can help:

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/FragmentedFilm2015

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“Labor Day weekend would certainly be a marvelous night for a moon dance in Boulder Colorado!”
~ Brian Connors, director, “Good Men”, short film, starring Ed Asner & Mark Rydell

Karen Pearlman and I so appreciated your support of the first work of our Physical TV Company A Dancer Drops Out Of The Sky in the early days of Moondance. Many thanks and congratulations on what you have achieved over all these years with this festival.”
~ Richard James Allen

So Moondance goes on its wonderful way. What a fine gateway you’ve created. I have decided you are an archetype…not sure which…but one of the good guys. Truly great work. Marguerite and I just smile when we think of you!”
~ Gino Matteo, playwright, 2014 winner, “Nellie” libretto

 I would love to offer my help for the Moondance Festival. Please let me know when you are ready to sign up volunteers. I will forever remember how wonderful an experience I had helping in the past.”
~ Lee Nicholson

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STAGE 32 MEET-UP AT THE MOONDANCE INT’L FILM FESTIVAL!

WHERE:

Hotel Boulderado

2115 13th street

Boulder, Colorado

WHEN:

Monday, September 7th

4:00 – 6:00 PM

Please RSVP at the above invitation link, or just show up & join us!

JOIN STAGE 32 HERE!

Everyone within the International Film, TV and Theater industry can benefit from being a Stage32 member & networking with other members. The Stage 32 community is strictly for people working in or with a desire to work in film, television or theater. It’s a place to gather, to discuss and develop projects, to join actor with director, director with producer, producer with cast and crew, maybe even find financial support for filmmaking, promote your project, and connect screenwriters with agents, producers and directors. Here, you can grow your contact list and build a pertinent network in a rapid fashion. The more you participate, the greater the results. As the saying goes, it’s not only what you know, it’s also who you know. So, don’t wait for things to happen, make them happen. With over 400,000 members from every country on the planet, Stage 32 is the vital social network and educational hub for the film, television and theater community, and is uniquely populated with the most creative people on Earth. Join Stage 32 today and start building your world-wide entertainment industry network.

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

SHOULD OR MUST?

Excerpts from

“The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion”

By Elle Luna

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Van Gogh, Chambre – Arles”

“Does what goes on inside show on the outside?,” young Vincent van Gogh despaired in a moving letter to his brother while floundering to find his purpose. “Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney.” A century later, Joseph Campbell stoked that hearth of the soul with his foundational treatise on finding your bliss. And yet every day, countless hearths and hearts grow ashen in cubicles around the world as we succumb to the all-too-human tendency toward choosing what we should be doing in order to make a living over what we must do in order to feel alive.

Sometimes, Shoulds are small, seemingly innocuous, and easily accommodated. “You should listen to that song,” for example. At other times, Shoulds are highly influential systems of thought that pressure and, at their most destructive, coerce us to live our lives differently.

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Must is when we stop conforming to other people’s ideals and start connecting to our own – and this allows us to cultivate our full potential as individuals. To choose Must is to say yes to hard work and constant effort, to say yes to a journey without a road map or guarantees, and in so doing, to say yes to what Joseph Campbell called “the experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” Choosing Must is the greatest thing we can do with our lives. (excerpted from www.BrainPickings.org)

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LAST CHANCE! SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TODAY!

DON’T BE A SNAIL!

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When we choose Should, we’re choosing to live our life for someone or something other than ourselves. The journey to Should can be smooth, the rewards can seem clear, and the options are often plentiful.