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MOONDANCE MAY DEADLINE REMINDER!

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Sculpture by Charlotte Zink, of www.zinkmetalart.com

Moondance has been offered the unique opportunity to hold the 2013 film festival event in the historic, New England seacoast village of Mystic, Connecticut! Dates: September 26-29Plan to attend & participate!

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Right now is the best time to submit your film, screenplay, original music CD, stageplay, short story, and etc. to the 2013 Moondance competition!

THE REGULAR POSTMARK SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MAY 31st

The extended postmark deadline is June 30.

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Scroll on down: For the 2013 Moondance call-for-entries, announcements, more info, festival news, recommendations, great photos & some things to think about!

Thanks for the many fine submissions already received for the Moondance’s 2013 competition!

The Moondance winners’ star award

Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

the best-of-the-best films, screenplays and music!

MOVIEBYTES.COM lists Moondance as one of the top-ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

THE 2013 MOONDANCE CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.entry.html

2. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

SUBMIT YOUR  FILM TRAILERS!

• Do you have a really good 1- to 3-minute film trailer to send to Moondance?

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

Submit the trailer via the Moondance entry form.

The entry fee is only $25!

• All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

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CLARIFYING THE MOONDANCE STATEMENT ON NON-VIOLENCE:

The goal of Moondance is not to unrealistically refuse to acknowledge violence in the world, but to offer, where possible, alternatives to it, and to actively promote peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution. We have screened winning films at Moondance, and written works have won awards, which show violent scenes. We just prefer to promote possible alternatives, and to show how violent conflict-resolution is usually counter-productive. But a historical scene of a killing, in a duel, for example, or a war, and so on, is acceptable at Moondance. It is depictions of gratuitous violence, and killing for the sake of a thrill, that we object to considering at the Moondance.

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“Another terrific Moondance news blog! If my car will make it to Mystic, I will surely be there! I wouldn’t miss it!!! ~ LORNA KANTER, screenwriter, artist, NJ

A little follow-up on my play ‘Nuclear Family’ (which won the Moondance Atlantis Award for Best Stageplay in 2011), in addition to its successful seasons in festivals in Adelaide, London and Edinburgh, last year it had its NZ premiere in Wellington, followed by another production in Auckland, both very well received. I am now working on a Radio adaptation of the script for RadioNZ, very exciting too! Thanks again, and wishing you the best,” ~ DESIREE GEZENTSVEY, New Zealand writer

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

MAGIC LAMP RELEASING

www.magiclampreleasing.com Filmmakers: if you want the best in international film marketing, publicity and releasing for your indie film, and the best, most effective PR on the film festival circuit, you can’t go wrong by choosing Magic Lamp Releasing.

Marc Halperin has worked at Miramax, Fineline, Universal, Warner Bros, as an executive for over 30 years with films as sex, lies, videotape; Cinema Paradiso, My Left Foot, Shine, Dancer in the Dark, Sex and Lucia, the Hitchock rereleases, Repo Man and over 250 films you have seen or heard of. Marla Halperin has worked for Palm Pictures, Regent Entertainment, and for many directors and producers, authors; our client, Donna Cross, won two awards at Moondance last year; Nick Lyon won the DGA director’s award at Moondance and went on to direct a film for Frank Capra Jr.  Marc Rosenbush won at Moondance for Zen Noir, and Magic Lamp released that film in theatres.

Most recently Magic Lamp Releasing has done PR & marketing for Moondance and several Moondance filmmakers, “Pope Joan” (author and movie), Golden Globe/academy award campaign for “Little Rose”, “Already Famous,”, the Russian film “Little Dancer”, directed by George Jecel, and other films at Cannes, and other film festivals. In the past we have offered workshops on distribution, marketing and pitching. We are also available as consultants to filmmakers. Anyone can send a DVD screener for consideration to:

MAGIC LAMP RELEASING

9530 Haines Canyon Avenue,

Tujunga, California, 91042

EMAIL: Marla Halperin: marla_magiclamp@mac.com

WEBSITE: www.magiclampreleasing.com

PHONE: 818-951-7914

Moondance highly recommends Marla & Marc for pre-festival promotions of your film, and for their reasonable fees for top-of-the-line PR.

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DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS:

One Military Family, One Year of Heroes,

and Lessons for a Lifetime

Click on the book cover

Fifty-two guests take turns filling a military father’s chair at his family’s dinner table while he serves his yearlong deployment. The week before Thanksgiving 2011, Dustin Smiley left for a yearlong military deployment. Soon after, his son Ford, eleven, invited Senator Susan Collins to fill his dad’s chair at dinner.

Amazon.com review: Dinner With The Smileys Is A Must Read This is such an incredible and touching story. It speaks to the relationship between a mom and her sons. It’s beyond filling a seat at dinner, it’s about relationships and lessons for a lifetime. You will laugh, shed a tear and feel like you’re part of this very special family and the adventures that surely changed their lives forever.

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“When you walk a lonesome valley, and you walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley’s rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms… and they will walk along beside you, and hold your hand.” ~ (source unknown & edited by EE)

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“Being a positive person isn’t just a nice thing, it’s actually a protection. Positive consciousness creates positive realities. When we see the good in everything and everyone – including ourselves – we can start to experience the good that is all around us. 

The more we connect with the force of positivity, the less negativity can touch us.”~ YEHUDA BERG

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Buddha statue in ancient Bodhi tree, Cambodia

“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.” ~ HAL BORLAND

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“The greatest part of our happiness depends upon our dispositions, not on our circumstances.” ~ MARTHA WASHINGTON

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“When we give to the world what we want the most, we heal the broken part inside of each of us. ~ EVE ENSLER

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~~ Thanks for reading the Moondance news blog!  ~~

If you’re not yet a subscriber, please subscribe now:

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Send comments or questions to: moondancefestival@gmail.com

THE REGULAR POSTMARK SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS

MAY 31st

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THE MOONDANCE MID-MAY NEWS!

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PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE FABULOUS

2013 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL,

IN MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT, SEPTEMBER 26th-29th!

http://mystic.org/

This unique event is a “must attend” opportunity for all serious filmmakers, screenwriters, music composers, and indie film buff audiences, from the US and around the world, with the best-of-the-best indie films screened, professional workshops, seminars, and pitch-panels, private consultations with the pros, celebrity appearances, networking cocktail-parties and opportunities, a gala awards ceremony and reception, and you won’t want to miss our premiere festival market, with many top entertainment industry companies on hand, buying and selling, located in the lovely, historic New England seaside village of Mystic, Connecticut!

Watch for more 2013 festival info & ticket sales,

coming in a future blog & on the Moondance website!

 

 

MOONDANCERS COME FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

 

 

In our continuing efforts to promote & provide 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 received great submissions, in all categories, and festival attendees, from these countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macao, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tasmania, Thailand, Turkey, UK, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Republic, USA, Venezuela, Viet Nam and Zambia!

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Right now is the best time to submit your film, screenplay,

original music CD, stageplay, short story, and etc.

to the 2013 Moondance competition!

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

Thanks for the many fine submissions received so far

for the Moondance’s 2013 competition!

 

The Moondance winners’ star award

Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

the best-of-the-best films, screenplays and music!

Scroll on down:

For more info, festival news, recommendations, great photos

& some things to think about!

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THE 2013 MOONDANCE CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

 

 

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.entry.html

2. ACTEVA ONLINE ENTRY

http://www.acteva.com/go/miff

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

Do you have a really good 1- to 3-minute film trailer to send to Moondance?

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

Submit the trailer here: www.acteva.com/go/miff

The entry fee is only $25!

All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

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FILMS CHANGING THE WORLD!

This picture shows child activists working with Amlan Ganguly, marching through the streets of Calcutta using megaphones to spread health messages. These girls are from a documentary film called The Revolutionary Optimists by Nicole Newnham and Maren-Grainger-Monsen. Amlan Ganguly empowers children to become activists and educators, with powerful results. The Revolutionary Optimists follows him as he attempts to replicate his work in the brick fields outside the city, where children live and work in unimaginable conditions. Using street theater, puppetry, and dance as their weapons, the children in Calcutta’s slums have cut their neighborhoods’ malaria and diarrhea rates in half, and turned former garbage dumps into playing fields. Ganguly’s story suggests that education and child empowerment are crucial keys to lifting entire societies out of hopelessness. Co-presented by the Women’s Film Institute. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

“When one door closes, another one opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the one which has opened.” ~ HELEN KELLER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

 

 

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” ~ ANONYMOUS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely.” ~ ROALD DAHL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

“When we first come to study enlightenment, it is usually with the intention to help ourselves and to achieve serenity. We wish to become better people, and to live better, more meaningful lives. We want to have fewer negative thoughts, be less judgmental, and encounter fewer toxic relationships. 

But at some point, a true student realizes that this endeavor is not about self-help. It’s about helping others. Improving our own lives is only the result of when we become a greater channel to improve the lives of others. 

The real goal is to work toward the elevation of the entire world.”  ~ EE & YB ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

JUMPING 4 JOY video, by Lou Hamilton, UK

http://youtu.be/unorfhKYWqM

“In time of conflict or judgment, it’s important to remember that we all have more in common than we have differences. 
99.9% of our DNA is the same. Let’s not let a little 0.01% get in the way of having tolerance and respect for each other.” ~ YEHUDA BERG ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

 

 

 

Avaaz.org is a 21-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. Avaaz is entirely funded by donations, and we receive no money at all from any governments or corporations. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

We know that dolphins, porpoises and whales are much more intelligent and sentient than most humans realize. This message is being echoed by tens of millions of people around the world because of movies like our Oscar-winning film, The Cove, and supporters like you. Film is a powerful way to evolve culture, but we still have so much more work to do. Our oceans continue to be assaulted by overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and perhaps the worst threat of all, acidification. All of this is adding up to a mass species extinction like the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs 65 million year ago. Except this time, we are the asteroid.

 

Our next film tackles this issue head on. We’re doing it by telling a great story with a very compelling cast of characters–every day heroes–and then, like The Cove, bringing them together to a crescendo that illuminates the issue and the solutions on the biggest stage imaginable. When people ask me what the next film is about I tell them, “It’s just like The Avengers, only it’s real.” Many thanks to you all for helping us create a better world for not just humans, but for all Earthlings. ~~ Louie Psihoyos & the OPS Team Oceanic Preservation Society, Boulder, CO. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Earth’s soils are living, dynamic interfaces that are habitats for millions of microbial and animal species. The activities of soil biota are critical to the wellbeing of human societies because their activities underpin the delivery of major ecosystem services. Soil organisms are responsible for ensuring that the nutrients necessary to produce the ear of corn that we will consume next year will be made available from last year’s roots and residues. They are also responsible for sustaining the soil’s capacity to provide us with food in the decades and centuries to come. All of this is very well known by scientists, but the majority of people are hardly aware of this critical role played by soil biota.

 

Glowing Millipedes found on Alcatraz Island

Sunday May 12, 2013 – New York Times author Jim Robbins highlights soil biodiversity and GSBI in an article The Hidden World Under Our Feet. Robbins describes the importance of soil biodiversity for maintaining healthy soil as well as the GSBI sponsored project in central park.  Soil biodiversity is receiving lots of attention in the media thanks to Dr. Diana Wall, GSBI Scientific Chair, receiving the Tyler prize. In the words of Dr. Wall “It’s showtime for soil biodiversity.”

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Sometimes, a hug is all we need!

FREE HUGS is a real-life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives. In this age of social dis-connectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal. As this symbol of human hope spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe-inspiring. In the spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you can reach just one person…

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“Once again, Elizabeth, you have outdone yourself. I am so excited that you are moving the festival to Connecticut, and that you have such great people on board. Well done!” ~ PREMA ROSE, Boulder, Colorado, filmmaker, writer, actor

“Encouraged by last year’s placement as semifinalist I have done some re-writes as suggested by your reader. That meant that BITTER BEANS was chosen for the official selection at the Oaxaca Film Fest in November 2012.” ~ LOLITA FORTUIN, Denmark

“Kudos to you for your festival’s fierce independence!” ~ GENEVIEVE DAVIS, filmmaker, artist

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If you’re not yet a subscriber, please subscribe now:

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MOONDANCE: BIG NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2013!

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It’s the warm and sunny month of May! Now you can create a garden that is your peaceful sanctuary — a calm refuge from the stresses of everyday life, a soothing balm for heart and soul, a place of natural beauty to engage the senses, in which to go barefoot and connect with nature, where you can foster personal growth, serenity and spiritual awareness.

 

2013 MOONDANCE SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Moondance has been offered the unique opportunity to hold the 2013 film festival event in Mystic, Connecticut!

 

Mystic, Connecticut, located mid-way between New York City and Boston, has the unique distinction of being one of the most popular tourist and vacation areas in New England. It’s a lovely small seaside town within easy driving distance to New York City, with big-city amenities – great seafood restaurants, a lively arts and music scene, and the historic Olde Mystic Village. Mystic has become known for its quintessential New England charm, as well as its two world-class attractions: Mystic Seaport, the world’s largest maritime museum, and the Mystic Aquarium, featuring fascinating creatures from both sea and land, as well as the exhibits of Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic. Mystic also has beautiful beaches, a lighthouse, and now, Mystic can boast that it’s the new home of the Moondance International Film Festival & Market!

 

Please give a very warm welcome to Moondance’s 2013 Festival Director & Marketing Director, the talented and award-winning Mystic filmmaker and producer, Hans Hartman! Hans is the new Festival Director for the Moondance International Film Festival and is building the premiere Moondance Film Market, for filmmakers, writers & music composers, and for entertainment industry buyers & sellers.

Hans Hartman

He has been in the entertainment industry since 1968, and has worked in almost every stage of the production process. In 1978, Hans started working behind the camera and started editing film in the mid 1970’s and video in the early 1980’s. As the digital migration came about, he learned several NLE systems and became an expert on FCP Studio Suite. Hans taught 35mm filmmaking at a prestigious college, in Florida, and created “The Young Filmmaker’s Workshop” in Orlando, FL.

Hartman has hundreds of film, television and commercial projects to his credit. In 2002, Hans formed a new production company to focus on film and digital cinema, called H2Films. Hans has also been recognized by the State of Connecticut and appointed to the Advisory Board of the Department of Economic and Community Development. Currently, he is working on producing a slate of films in the mid-range. Using his knowledge of independent filmmaking techniques and new media, he is able to keep quality high and prices reasonable. Hans is passionate about building the infrastructure needed to bring more films & filmmakers to Connecticut.

Contact Hans at: moondancefestdirector@yahoo.com

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I also wish to extend a very warm welcome to Moondance’s new webster, the talented Internet maven & website designer,  Kelly Brenner, of Buenos Aires, Argentina! Kelly’s website is: http://www.sailordesign.com/

Kelly Brenner

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~~ Elizabeth English ~~

Moondance international Film Festival

Founder, Executive Director, Artistic Director

Elizabeth English

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moondancefestival@gmail.com

Now is the best time to submit your film, screenplay, original music CD, stageplay, short story, and etc. to the 2013 Moondance competition!

 

Thanks for the many fine submissions received so far,

for the Moondance’s 2013 competition!

The Moondance winners’ star award

 

 

Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

the best-of-the-best films, screenplays and music!

 

Scroll on down:

For 2 very special announcements, more info, festival news, recommendations, great photos & some things to think about!

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THE 2013 MOONDANCE CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

 

 

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.entry.html

2. ACTEVA ONLINE ENTRY

http://www.acteva.com/go/miff

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

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Do you have a really good 1- to 3-minute film trailer to send to Moondance?

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

Submit the trailer here: www.acteva.com/go/miff

The entry fee is only $25!

• All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

How I Lost My Wings (trailer)

Written and Directed by Ivan Tasić

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrBctEQlSm8

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“Elizabeth, I’m writing to let you know that I just finished my second screenplay, using the methods and writing secrets that you exposed me to on my first screenplay. Your critique of my work was dead-on. The common sense – no nonsense approach brings out the details and cuts out the fluff. I’m very proud of both of my screenplays now, which could not have been so well-written without your tutelage. I’m confident that I have achieved a much higher plane of quality screenwriting since your professional evaluation via 7seas Productions. My first screenplay is already being considered by a production company! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH” ~ Michael L. Edwards, Moondance award-winning screenwriter and music composer

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

We’re working with you to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries, all 50 United States, and in your backyard. We address the most urgent conservation challenges at the largest scale. Today, more of our natural world is at risk than ever before. So our work is crucial to keep vital habitats and unique species from being lost forever. http://www.nature.org/

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WORLD WILDLIFE FUND

 

http://worldwildlife.org

WWF is building a future where human needs are met, in harmony with nature. We work to conserve the world’s most important natural places and significantly change global forces to protect the future of nature. Our experts are active at every level—from field work to government—conserving the largest tropical rain forests, the most remote areas of our planet, and the world’s most endangered species.

As the world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries around the globe. We seek to apply the wealth of our talents, knowledge, and passion to make the world wealthier in life, in spirit, and in living wonder of nature. Our unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science. It involves action at every level and ensures the delivery of solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. http://worldwildlife.org

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Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them

by Ted Danson & Michael D’Orso

Most people know Ted Danson as the affable bartender Sam Malone in the long-running television series Cheers. But fewer realize that over the course of the past two and a half decades, Danson has tirelessly devoted himself to the cause of heading off a looming global catastrophe—the massive destruction of our planet’s oceanic biosystems and the complete collapse of the world’s major commercial fisheries.

In Oceana, Danson details his journey from joining a modest local protest in the mid 1980s to oppose offshore oil drilling near his Southern California neighborhood to his current status as one of the world’s most influential oceanic environmental activists, testifying before congressional committees in Washington, D.C., addressing the World Trade Organization in Zurich, Switzerland, and helping found Oceana, the largest organization in the world focused solely on ocean conservation.

In his incisive, conversational voice, Danson describes what has happened to our oceans in just the past half-century, ranging from the ravages of over-fishing and habitat destruction to the devastating effects of ocean acidification and the wasteful horrors of fish farms. Danson also shares the stage of Oceana with some of the world’s most respected authorities in the fields of marine science, commercial fishing, and environmental law, as well as with other influential activists.

Combining vivid, personal prose with an array of stunning graphics, charts, and photographs, Oceana powerfully illustrates the impending crises and offers solutions that may allow us to avert them, showing you the specific courses of action you can take to become active, responsible stewards of our planet’s most precious resource—its oceans. (text from www.amazon.com book blurb)

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

Guatemalan girl & tourist

“Though most of us consider ourselves to be people who share, we probably still fall into the trap of sharing with strings attached. We tend to give most to the people who give us love, friendship, or security in return. 

If you really want to practice sharing without an agenda, give something to the person who has nothing to offer you. 

Start with one person a week, then make it two. This is a powerful practice in growing our capacity for unconditional sharing.” ~ YEHUDA BERG, Kabbalahist

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“Pick battles big enough to matter, but small enough to win.” ~ JONATHAN KOZOL, American writer, educator & activist

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“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” ~ FRANZ KAFKA

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VINOTEK FESTIVAL, Crested Butte, CO

 

 

 

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work, but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes from the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” ~ THEODORE RUBIN, American psychoanalyst & author

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“Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous. “ ~ YEHUDI MENUHIN, American violinist and conductor

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“Taking note of how much we give or take energy can provide a gauge for where we are spiritually. 

Examples of taking energy include: Watching TV, gossiping, overindulging, and complaining. 

Examples of giving energy include: Volunteer efforts, creative outlets, positive new projects, and sharing support with a friend. 

Isn’t it weird that the things we take energy from actually make us feel drained, whereas the ways in which we give make us more energized? 

The way to get more energy is to give it!” ~ YEHUDA BERG

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“You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do.” ~ HENRY FORD

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“Three Musicians”, Pablo Picasso

 

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ SCOTT ADAMS, American creator of the Dilbert comic strip

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Please take a moment to watch & listen to this beautiful musical video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUDIoN-_Hxs

 

 

 

Video by Philip Scott Johnson ”500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art”,

Music: Bach’s Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

Nominated as Most Creative Video at the 
2nd Annual YouTube Awards.

For a complete list of artists and paintings visit: http://www.maysstuff.com/womenid.htm

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Thanks for reading the Moondance news blog!

If you’re not yet a subscriber, please subscribe now:

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Send comments or questions to: moondancefestival@gmail.com

 

 

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MOONDANCE APRIL NEWS & VOTE NOW FOR MIFF!

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“Welcome to the Moondance. C’mon in!”

April is synonymous with blossoming, growth, warmth and new life. Spring begins to weave its green magic, as the long, dark, cold days of winter fade into distant memories. And what better time to celebrate your talents, and to welcome this new season, than by sending in your best screenplay, film, original music composition, and so on, to the Moondance now?

Thanks for the many fine submissions received so far

for the Moondance’s 2013 competition!

Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

the best-of-the-best films, screenplays and music!

The editors of MovieMaker are writing their annual article on the

“Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals.”

Please vote now for

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The more votes they receive,

the more likely Moondance is to make it to the final round!

The deadline for nomination is May 3, 2013

VOTE FOR MOONDANCE HERE:

http://www.moviemaker.com/festivals/nominate-festival-moviemakers-25-coolest-film-festivals/

~~~~~~~ Thanks a million! ~~~~~~~

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For info, festival news, recommendations, great photos & some things to think about!

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THE 2013 MOONDANCE CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.entry.html

2. ACTEVA ONLINE ENTRY

http://www.acteva.com/go/miff

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

Do you have a really good 1- to 3-minute film trailer to send to Moondance?

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

Submit the trailer here: www.acteva.com/go/miff

The entry fee is only $25!

All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunityto showcase your talents, and for a good chance to win the Moondance!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

MOVIEBYTES.COM lists Moondance as one of the top 10

film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“Wisdom can be an enormous support, whether you seek to be ahead of the curve, navigate stressful times, release repetitive patterns, bring more prosperity into your life, heal from illness, manifest love, or simply appreciate everyday moments. Wisdom gives you information, knowledge, and support to grow and change, so you can master challenges and achieve your highest potential.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

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“The greatest power is often simple patience.” ~ E. JOSEPH COSSMAN, American entreprenuer

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“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races, one after the other.” ~ WALTER ELLIOTT, American Roman Catholic priest and missionary

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“What you can do, or dream, you can do. Begin it! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” ~ GOETHE

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“In order to write about life, first you must live it.” ~ ERNEST HEMINGWAY

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

 

“I find it far more challenging to make something quick and powerful. I really love your idea (to add film trailers to the contest). Short promotional pieces really are in a class by themselves and the artists and craftspeople, or just plain hobbyists who create them deserve to be recognized . A great “Hassah” for your intention! Rock on, Elizabeth!” ~ PETER LEWIS (from LinkedIn.com, on Moondance’s addition of film trailers to the 2013 competition)

“Thanks for all you do for the industry to promote well-being (what a challenge!).” ~ CHESLEY LYDEKKER, screenwriter, multi-media filmmaker

 

“Elizabeth! Your enthusiasm, drive, and positive energy is inspiring!” ~ RICHARD “RB” BOTTO, CEO, www.Stage32.com, popular entertainment industry networking site

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Moondancer, Earl D. James’ new award-winning novel:

“BELLA COOLA: THE RAINFOREST BROUGHT THEM HOME”

 

A novel set in the lush British Columbia rainforest, with a compelling storyline: the Bella Coola find themselves straddling several competing worlds: Native American and Euro-American, material and spiritual, past and future, when opposing the imminent destruction of their ancient and sacred valley, in a world where spirit and greed face off for control.http://www.earldjames.com/news.html

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I LOVE LINKEDIN.COM! LinkedIn is a great international entertainment industry professional networking opportunity for everyone! I’ve recently gotten two feature screenplay writing commissions from networking on www.linkedin.com. LinkedIn has over 200 million world-wide professional members!

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Another international entertainment industry networking site I highly recommend: www.stage32.com. ~ Elizabeth

“Don’t wait for things to happen, make them happen. Join Stage 32 today and start building your network.” ~ Richard “RB” Botto, CEO, Stage 32

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Please remember to vote right now for

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

The more votes MovieMaker magazine receives,

the more likely Moondance is to make it to the final round!

The deadline for nomination is May 3, 2013

VOTE FOR MOONDANCE HERE:

http://www.moviemaker.com/festivals/nominate-festival-moviemakers-25-coolest-film-festivals/

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Hey, it’s my birthday, April 27th!

I’m celebrating a lot of  happy & productive years,

& looking forward to many more!  ~~ Elizabeth

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Here’s a contemplative musical & visual gift for you:

Full Moon Rising, New Zealand

http://vimeo.com/58385453

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MOONDANCE APRIL CALL-FOR-ENTRIES & INSIDER TIPS!

Get your entry in EARLY for this great opportunity to showcase your talents, and for a good chance to win the Moondance!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

SCROLL ON DOWN:

For festival news, call-for-entries, insider tips on making a great film trailer, special recommendations, great photos & some things to think about!

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MOVIEBYTES.COM lists Moondance as one of the top 10 film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

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THE 2013 MOONDANCE CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR 2013 ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.entry.html

2. ACTEVA ONLINE ENTRY

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NEW SUBMISSION CATEGORY:

~~~~ FILM TRAILERS! ~~~~

At Moondance, we feel that great trailers are in a special class of their own.

We want to honor & recognize those filmmakers who can create a great one!

Do you have a really good 1 to 3-minute trailer to send to Moondance?

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

Submit the trailer here: www.acteva.com/go/miff

The entry fee is only $25!

• All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

We look forward to previewing your submissions!

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FILM AS COMMUNICATION:

  • Living in the 21st Century is to engage in the consumption, production, and distribution of sounds, images, and information that enables creative talents and audiences to realize and gain a more sophisticated perception and contemporary understanding of the world around us.

  • Media, defined as the multiple TV channels, radio, print media, the Internet, social media, and interfaces through which information, ideas, and emotions are stored, shared, and reciprocated – and the ways in which that plethora of media shape our understanding of the world, our perceptions,  and our ability to act in it, for the common good, can make it a better place for all.

  • Awareness of all forms of media can promote a heightened ability to analyze, contextualize, create and use all forms of media, and emerging trends affecting the traditional media distribution channels, as a vital exercise in creative expression and positive change, through international entertainment mediums.

  • Media is inextricably linked to questions of power, rights, human development, peace, national and international social and environmental issues, creative expression, knowledge, entertainment, collaboration, self-determination and vital calls for action.

  • Films screened at Moondance are original, entertaining and uniquely distinguished by our focus on story, top quality, social justice, peace, women, and environmental activism.

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MOONDANCERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

In our continuing efforts to promote & provide 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 received great submissions, in all categories, from these countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Macao, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tasmania, Thailand, Turkey, UK, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Republic, USA, Venezuela, Viet Nam and Zambia!

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INSIDER TIPS:

A FILMMAKERS TOOLBOX:

MAKING A GREAT PROMOTIONAL TRAILER

By Elizabeth English

Do you want to have a really good 1-3-minute trailer to send to producers, studios, film festival competitions, for your website & in social media ?

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

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

Can you tell the main story, introduce the lead characters, show the main conflict, and give the viewer a visual, memorable impression in under three minutes? And, remember, you need to hook the viewer in the first few seconds! You probably don’t even have a full 3 minutes to do the job, unless the first 10-30 seconds are fantastic.

You need to know how to turn your great story into a great 1 to 3-minute (or less) trailer. There is and always has been only one real secret to success in the entertainment industry. Tell a great story. Period. And you need to figure out how to tell that fabulous story in only two to three minutes or less!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch this good example of an exciting 1 ½-minute trailer of “Red Tails” by George Lucas,  on YouTube:

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO CREATE THE BEST TRAILER:

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

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

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

Quote from a FILMMAKER Magazine article by Stephen Garrett:

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

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SPECIAL MOONDANCE RECOMMENDATIONS:

~~~~~~~ CELEBRATE EARTH DAY! ~~~~~~~

APRIL 22nd

Show extra love for our Mother Earth: reduce; recycle; re-use; walk or bike, don’t drive; clean up; go organic; don’t pollute; plant a tree; start a garden; hug an environmentalist; and remember: Every Day is Earth Day!

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REMEDICa Australia offers a range of luxurious, effective and natural skincare products based on natural remedies combined with modern science, as an alternative to synthetic chemical-laden products. Intensive phyto-nutrient-based product lines for healthy, radiant and, most importantly, self-reliant skin. No animal testing, ever! Remedica is owned by the daughter of an award-winning Australian Moondancer, too!

Elizabeth’s favorites: Regenerate-Visage, Pure Olive Squalane, & Hibiscus Lip Balm!

Natural Skin Care Solutions | Organic Soap | la Savonnerie | Natural Skin Care For Problem Skin | Acne | Australian Bush Botanical Soaps | African Skin Care | Australian Made Skin Care | Natural Soap | African Organics | African Black Soap from the woman’s co-operative of Ghana | African Fair Trade Shea Butter | Natural Insect Repellent | Organic Skin Care | Monoi De Tahiti | Bath And Body

Web Address: http://www.remedica.com.au

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• • • WAYSEERS • • •

Be What You Were Born to Be! More than ever, the world needs YOU.

THE WAYSEERS VIDEO: http://www.wayseermanifesto.com/

WAYSEERS are the change-agents of society. Wayseers are the ones who know first, who sense earliest the disturbances in the fabric…Wayseers are the free spirits, the misfits, the rebels and revolutionaries, the passionate creatives, the innovators, the visionaries, the pioneers…

SOME NOTABLE WAYSEERS:

Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, St. John, Leonardo Da Vinci, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Rosa Parks, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Amelia Earhart, Buddha, Jacques Cousteau, Oprah Winfrey, Joan of Arc, John Lennon, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa…

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OCEANIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Wild dolphins in Bimini, photo by Atmoji, Wildquest.com

Oceanic Preservation Society

Boulder, Colorado, creators of the Academy Award-winning film “The Cove

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LIFE…Camera…and…Action!

www.makeafilmfoundation.org

MAKE A FILM FOUNDATION is a non-proft organization that teams children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions with film industry professionals, who help them create short film legacies. We grant children their wishes of writing and starring in their own movies. Sponsors include: SONY Studios, HBO, Warner Bros., and the Annenberg Foundation.

“PUT IT IN A BOOK” award-winning short film, sponsored by MAFF & screened at Moondance 2011

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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Reclining Buddha, Shanghai Jade temple, China

“Consciously choose a sense of inner peace over that voice of negativity. 

A life of happiness lies in your own hands, and more importantly in your own mind. It’s just waiting for you to choose it.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

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“ The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change for the better; the realist simply adjusts the sails.” ~ WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD

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“Akbar”, photo by Nasrin Mohammadi

“Courage faces fear, and thereby masters it; cowardice represses fear, and is thereby mastered by it.” ~ MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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“Sea Glass at Sunset”, photo by Barb Youchah

“Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ~ FRANZ KAFKA

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Photo by Sharee Basinger

“I invented this rule for myself, to be applied to every decision I might have to make in the future. I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness, and other things being equal, I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side. I think it must be a rule something like this that makes jonquils and crocuses come pushing through the cold mud in the early spring.” ~ Katharine Butler Hathaway, American writer

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Cornwall Pathway, photo by Michael Wiese

“The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to one’s destiny.” ~ Napoleon I

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It takes great courage to stand up for something, because the moment you decide you want to do good in this world…(you need to) be brave in the face of criticism and opposition. Follow your heart, you’ll never get lost, and you will prevail.” ~ Yehuda Berg, Kabbalah

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Boston: In a terrorist attack on Monday, explosions rocked an area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, leaving many people dead and seriously injured, including children, runners and spectators. Now is the time for us to do everything in our power to stop violent acts like this, by actively endeavoring to create a world of peace, international friendship and good will, in order to help prevent this type of senseless tragedy from happening again and again.

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IN MEMORY:

The Elephants’ Journey To Pay Respect

Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated  elephants all over the globe from human atrocities, including the  courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during US invasion in  2003.

On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died.

 He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2  grandsons and  numerous elephants.

 Two days after his  passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home led by two large  matriarchs.

 Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say  goodbye to their beloved man-friend.

A total of 31  elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his South  African house.

Witnessing this spectacle, humans  were obviously in awe not only because of the supreme intelligence  and precise timing that these elephants sensed about Lawrence , but  also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals  evoked in such an organized way: Walking slowly – for days –  making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat  to his house.

So, how after Anthony’s death, did the  reserve’s elephants — grazing miles away in distant parts of the  park — know? “A good man died suddenly,” says Rabbi Leila Gal  Berner, Ph.D., “and from miles and miles away, two herds of  elephants, sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved  in a solemn, almost ‘funereal’ procession to make a call on the  bereaved family at the deceased man’s home.”

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If there ever  were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous  ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the  elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart stops, and hundreds of  elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s abundantly loving heart  offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving  homage to their friend.”

Lawrence ‘s wife, Francoise, was  especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to  his house prior to that day for well over 3 years! Yet they  knew where they were going.

The elephants obviously wanted to  pay their deep respects, honouring their friend who’d saved their  lives – so much respect that they stayed for 2 days 2 nights  without eating anything.
 
Then one morning they quietly left,  and made their long journey  back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Anthony

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MOONDANCE: On Directing Actors in Film & call-for-entries!

“The flowering, bright green of springtime provides us with a multi-layered, rich, and complex symbol of the self and its journey toward enlightenment and awareness. It is what life can be in its ideal form and when understood in its true nature.” ~ EE

SCROLL ON DOWN: For info, festival news, insider tips on directing actors in film, recommendations, great photos & thoughts for the day!

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THE MOONDANCE MISSION:

  • We believe that films, scripts and music can contribute to a healthier society and that these works should encourage the active involvement of audiences to connect and act collectively to address social challenges. The Moondance mission is to entertain, to inform, to inspire, to encourage and to educate.

  • We are eager to continue to be one of the most important film festivals in the world by being innovative, risk-taking, and open to new thinking, new concepts, new talent, and new ways of telling stories.

  • Our mission is also to present a vibrant and growing collection of films, writings, and music, which is an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, place, age and gender.

~~~~~~~~ Come join us! ~~~~~~~~

MOVIEBYTES.COM lists Moondance as one of the top 10 film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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The 2013 Moondance

OFFICIAL CALL-FOR-ENTRIES

is open for submissions!

Get your entry in EARLY for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and for a good chance to

win the Moondance!

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.entry.html

2. ACTEVA ONLINE ENTRY

http://www.acteva.com/go/miff

(save $5 on entry fee)

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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We look forward to previewing your submissions!

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MOONDANCE NEWS:

A SPECIAL NEW CATEGORY FOR 2013 SUBMISSIONS:

~~~~ FILM TRAILERS! ~~~~

Do you have a really good 3-5-minute trailer you’d like to send to Moondance?

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

Submit your trailer here: www.acteva.com/go/miff

The entry fee is only $25!

All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

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INSIDER TIPS:

DIRECTING ACTORS IN FILM

“Lights, camera, and…action!”

By

Elizabeth English

When judges preview films for film festival competitions, or when distributors look at films they may decide to screen in theaters, or during Academy Award nomination season, or when a talent agent may decide to take you on as a client, or when a production company or film studio is watching your demo reel,  trailer, or film, and considering you to direct a film, the actors’ performances are one of the most important elements they look for in the film. You may have a unique story, the best cinematographer, incredible editing, memorable film score, interesting locations, fabulous action scenes, great dialog, and impressive production values, but…if any of the actors, not just the lead actors, fluff a scene, or are wooden, over-act, are amateurish, or are simply unremarkable in their roles, your film will be rejected, you’ve just lost most, if not all credibility as a film director, and you may never get a second chance.

Directing a feature or short film, commercial, music video, or television pilot requires an extraordinary output of time, energy, patience, and talent. You owe it to yourself, and to the success of the film project, to get the richest, most realistic, relatable performances possible. Directing actors is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, aspects in the array of creative tasks that await any film director.

You’ll need to know how to constructively and efficiently collaborate with actors to create truthful, compelling, and natural performances. Unlike the creative process of writing a script or generating shot-lists and storyboards, actors are unpredictable, and you can’t completely plan their performances in a film, but you can direct them toward the performance you envision for the role.

Kathryn Bigelow, Oscar-winning director, for “The Hurt Locker”

Some film directors (even seasoned veterans) just don’t seem to know how to communicate with actors – they often don’t speak a language that is useful to them. You need to learn a new language, which enables you, as the director, to give the actor a clear point of departure for a performance, and which allows you to quickly communicate adjustments, as that particular scene or performance evolves, yet also allows the actor his or her interpretation of the character and scene, but always based on what you  and the script require.

This is a directorial process that begins by articulating a “through-line” – a concise statement that captures a director’s interpretation of the script, into language that will help the actors build their performances, and establish a productive working relationship between actors and director. You want the actors to “quit acting” and just BE the characters, tapping in to emotions which the actor has experienced in her/his own life and applying it to the scene. No hitting their marks and just reading their lines!

Woody Allen, directing

Directing actors for film is much different from directing actors for the stage. Because a stage has 3 walls, and the audience sits at the fourth “wall”, seeing and hearing everything on the stage, and everything the actor does or says, as it occurs, there can be no multiple takes, no do-overs. Larger gestures and broader, more visible facial expressions, as well as throwing one’s voice to the back of the balcony, are needed in theater, but not usually in film.

Anthony Hopkins, as Hannibal Lecter

With a roughly a 22’ tall X 52’ wide movie screen, actors can use much more subtle facial expressions, especially in close-ups, simpler body movements ad gestures, and with lower, more modulated voices. A twitch of an eyebrow, or a tiny smirk can easily be seen by the audience, unlike on stage. A good film actor will be aware of this.

And, with film, many takes of the same scene can be shot until the director is happy with that scene. An actor must be capable of accommodating this arduous and frustrating process, and to be able to make adjustments in his or her characterizations, over and over, without complaint.

When auditioning actors for specific roles in a film, you can see, at that time, how amenable each one is to suggestions for adjustment, how patient he or she is, how a particular actor has his or her own interpretation of the role, and how capable the actor is of listening and understanding what you, as director, want to see, and giving it to you. An actor may look right for the role as a particular character, but may not be able to be the character, not merely memorize the lines and play the part.

The camera can move to different viewpoints, can do a two-shot, a close-up, or a crowd scene, or action outdoors, and even use a parkour technique, by following the actor(s) for several minutes moving through a location sequence. With just a single camera, if you’re shooting two actors speaking back and forth, each actor must be able to speak his or her lines and react accordingly, but must then wait while the other actor speaks and reacts, then speak or react when the camera is back focused on him or her. A demanding lesson in patience, and staying in the role while the camera changes position, sound and lighting is set up, makeup and hair are fluffed, and lens focus is established, for each shot.

As a director, if you’re working with non-professional actors, or interviewing people for a documentary, you may need to remind them to pay extra attention to their total body language (head-to-toe) in a scene, tone of voice, and facial expressions, to get a realistic characterization from them. In narrative and documentary filmmaking, actors & interview subjects generally need to move a bit more slowly than normal (but not too slowly) through a scene, in order for the camera to focus and catch the image, and not cause the audiences to feel they are being forced to visually follow the scene too quickly.

Acting is reacting. Reacting to another actor’s dialog or actions. Reacting with what is already known, and can be, should be, brought into the role’s characterization from the actor’s and director’s own life experiences and personal observations, as well as by what the particular role requires.

One might consider the talented actor as a visual story-teller, a creator of visions who can transport movie audiences out of their habitual ways of being, create an atmosphere of “suspension of disbelief,” and who leads them on a journey of self-discovery and possibly new perceptions. Personal magnetism and charisma, intense body awareness, voice control, and great sensitivity are among the special abilities that contribute to the actor’s mystique, and a film director can encourage and inspire the actor to bring this out in performance.

As a director, you should know all there is to know about filmmaking: cinematography, editing, production, lighting, sound, and etc., and that, of course, includes acting. You need to study the art and craft of acting, both stage and film acting, especially improv, and consider learning to be an actor, yourself, in order to understand actors and communicate with them, and most effectively bring out the best performances from your actors.

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SUGGESTED READING:

Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre: by Lenore DeKoven, foreword by Ang Lee

Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television by Judith Weston

The Film Director’s Intuition: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques, by Judith Weston

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“We tend to make spirituality a part of our lives in the same way we go to a yoga class, but it can’t really benefit us if it isn’t consistently becoming more and more the core of our being. 

Spirituality isn’t something we do. It is part of our consciousness. It is how we see the world. 

The spiritual path is a constant walk where we make a conscious effort to be the best version of ourselves, and make a difference in the lives of others.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

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“It’s no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years, while saying, ‘Really, I was meant to be a ballerina.’ By that time, pigs will have become your style” ! QUENTIN CRISP

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Photo by Dominique Browning

“Patience. Clay cannot be forced to dry faster than it wishes. Clay cannot be forced to do anything faster than it wishes, lest it explode. We must do everything in stages lest the process become overwhelming. You have to focus, so that you move the clay and the clay doesn’t move you. The clay does have its memory, so you must have a firm idea in mind before you begin to shape a form. And stop when you are tired, as that is when things fall apart. Same with our mortal clay.” ~ DOMINIQUE BROWNING, Slow Love Life blog (excerpt)

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It’s sometimes tough to accept, but nothing happens suddenly. We don’t awaken one day and find a full-grown tree on our front lawn, because in the world of physicality, there is always a process. 

Every action we make plants a seed in our lives that will manifest something positive or negative. 

A good deed today may manifest a blessing later when it is needed most.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

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“The Obstacle in Our Path”

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a 

roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if 

anyone would remove the huge rock blocking the way. Some of the

 king’s’ wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by 

and simply walked around it.. Many loudly complained and blamed the

 king for not keeping the roads clear, but no-one did

 anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a simple peasant came along, carrying a load of 

vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the 

peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the 

stone to the side of the road. After much pushing

 and straining, he finally succeeded. After the 

peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed 

a purse lying in the road where the boulder had

 been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note

 from the king, indicating that the gold was for the 

person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The 

peasant learned what many of us never really understand: Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve 
our condition, and maybe even to help others, in the process.

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

~~~~~~~ 7seas Productions ~~~~~~~

7seas Productions, an enthusiastic Moondance International Film Festival sponsor, offers professional screenwriting, screenplay reading services, critiques, coverage and edits to screenwriters & filmmakers, other writers, and to production companies and agencies, at a special discount price!

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

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

Elizabeth English, the founder, executive director and artistic director of Moondance, is also a professional screenwriter, with 3 award-winning screenplays produced, and currently in pre-production on 2 more. She is available for feature screenplay commissions from individuals, novelists, writers, directors, producers, production companies and studios.

Contact Elizabeth at: mermaid7seas@gmail.com

or call 303-545-0202 or 303-818-5771 today!

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MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS FOR YOU:

Filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, playwrights, short-story writers, TV writers, and the many indie film audiences, internationally!

FOR OUR 2013 FESTIVAL EVENT, WE ARE SEEKING: UNDERWRITING SPONSORS, PRESENTING SPONSORS, GENERAL SPONSORS, SUPPORTERS, DONORS, FINANCIAL & IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS, PARTNERS & FRIENDS OF MOONDANCE!

Very Special Promotional Opportunities Available
for Partners, Donors, Supporters, Sponsors & Friends of Moondance!

MORE INFO:

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Moondance International Film Festival provides our generous sponsoring partners with a full spectrum of marketing visibility, including on the website, in the popular blog, print & Internet advertising, flyers, the festival print program, & social media!

Make your donation today at: www.acteva.com/go/miff

CONTACT ELIZABETH ENGLISH AT: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

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ROGER EBERT (1942-2013)

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A “two-thumbs-up” accolade for the nation’s best-known movie reviewer, who wrote about movies, (both great, good, mediocre and bad ones), with a passion, and with real knowledge of film and film history. Ebert was one of the most influential film critics in the US, won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism, and was the first film critic to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From the Chicago Tribune & The New York Times: President Barack Obama issued a statement that “movies won’t be the same without Roger. Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient — continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive — capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical.”

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MOONDANCE NEWS & SPRING CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

“When spring comes, even the false spring, there are no problems, except where to be happiest.” ~ ERNEST HEMINGWAY

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MOVIEBYTES.COM lists Moondance as one of the top 10 film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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The 2013 Moondance

OFFICIAL CALL-FOR-ENTRIES

is open for submissions!

Get your entry in EARLY for this great opportunity to showcase your talents and for a good chance to win the Moondance!

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

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1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

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“Our film…involves complex subject matter, told in unconventional narrative structure…. Moondance is one of the few festivals on the circuit that consistently rewards films and filmmakers that take risks and are willing to depart from the status quo.” ~ John Chi

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MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

FOR OUR 2013 FESTIVAL EVENT, WE ARE SEEKING: UNDERWRITING SPONSORS, PRESENTING SPONSORS, GENERAL SPONSORS, SUPPORTERS, DONORS, FINANCIAL & IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS, PARTNERS & FRIENDS OF MOONDANCE!

Special Promotional Opportunities Available
for Partners, Donors, Supporters, Sponsors & Friends of Moondance!

MORE INFO:

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Moondance International Film Festival provides our generous sponsoring partners with a full spectrum of marketing visibility, including on the website, in the popular blog, print & Internet advertising, flyers, the festival print program, & social media!

Make your donation today at: www.acteva.com/go/miff

Thank you!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

~~~~ INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION ~~~~

Cranes, which mate for life, are the symbol of wisdom, fidelity, purity, vigilance and discipline. They are frequently seen as messengers of the gods. In many myths and folktales the crane is portrayed as the animal guide who leads the hero on the right path. Cranes help bring light into the darkness and are associated with the ability to take people to higher levels of spiritual consciousness.

Mission: The International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds and flyways on which they depend. ICF is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to these ecosystems.

FOR MORE INFO & TO DONATE: https://www.savingcranes.org

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SHAKESPEARE FOR SCREENWRITERS:

Timeless Writing Tips from the Master of Drama

by J. M. Evenson

All the world’s a stage, and this is the book you need in your library, whether you’re a screenwriter, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, or just want to understand how Shakespeare managed to write such wonderful stories and create those fabulous characters! I love “Shakespeare for Screenwriters”!

This is now my favorite, absolutely must-have book on screenwriting! The table of contents alone is articulate, cleverly-written and gives you imaginative ideas before you even open the first chapter! Using the master’s own writing elements, it eloquently speaks to the essence of writing a great story, in any genre, creating memorable characters, putting together relatable dialog and action that all work together in an easy-to-follow manner. The book will inspire, encourage and guide beginning, intermediate and professional screenwriters toward perfecting their script writing style.

PRE-ORDER NOW FROM THE PUBLISHER: www.mwp.com

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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“The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; that lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to lack of respect for humans, too.” ~ CHIEF STANDING BEAR

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“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”  ~Native American Proverb ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”  ~MOHANDAS K. GANDHI ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

“It wasn’t the Exxon Valdez captain’s driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill.  It was yours.”  ~Greenpeace ad, New York Times, 25 February 1990 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

INSIDER TIPS:

CREATING WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILMS

By Elizabeth English

Here’s an example of a winning short documentary film screened at the first Moondance in 2000: the “Beyond Words” short doc, directed by Linda Phelan McCoy and Andre Alosine, a cinematic and visual expression, without words, of the truth, sorrow, hope, emotions and thoughts of breast cancer patients. As I remember it, from 13 years ago: it shows a dozen women & kids arriving at a barn on a lovely Rhode Island farm. They go in, take off their shirts & bras (if wearing one), and help each other put wet white plaster over the front tops of their bodies.

No introductions, no explanations, no captions, no dialog or talking heads, other than vague soft chattering in the background. Some women have already had a mastectomy, one needs second one, all will be having one. Some women who will lose a breast cut a hole in the cast where it will be removed. They let the plaster dry, then peel it off, everyone helping each other, kids included. By now, the film audience is starting to understand. Next, they all paint or draw something on the dry body casts. They paint rainbows, birds, red hearts, write poems, & etc. on the casts, then…this is the kicker, everyone carries the painted body casts outside and hangs them on the clothesline to dry, and stand back, smiling.

The camera now sees only the red barn, blue sky, green grass, the music rises, and we see these beautiful, sad, hopeful body casts waving in the breeze. Beyond words. Touching, heartfelt, passionate and real. The film evokes much emotion. See why it won?! The director got a standing ovation for 5 minutes, and half the audience had tears streaming down their faces. People in the audience started giving her money to continue her work with this important program in Rhode Island.

painting by William Erwin

Finding Your Subject: First, select an interesting subject for your documentary film! Choose a subject that is of interest to a wide-ranging audience, and to you, and which will be the kind of project many different types of film festivals will select for screening. A unique story, well-told is what gets selected and wins.

Telling the Story: Write or have a screenwriter write a script for your film! Yes, documentary films need a script, a plot-line, a blueprint, a plan, a storyboard, an outline to follow during all phases of the production, from location scouting, interviews (if any), the shoot, the edit and adding the music background. Tell the story visually. Let your viewers see the story; don’t just tell them.

Avoid “talking heads”! Film is a visual medium, and a documentary film must always be cinematic. Use voice-overs, instead. Dialog or interviews work best with perhaps a 10- to 30-second shot of the speaker, then segue to a visual to show what the speaker is saying or describing. As they say in Hollywood, “Show; don’t tell”.

Cinematography: Use the best camera, lenses and cinematographer you can afford or find, and…

  • Frame virtually all images and shots as if they were paintings or professional photographs for an art gallery or book.
  • Linger on shots long enough to give the viewer time to see and comprehend the subject of each shot or action, but don’t drag it out.
  • Don’t look up or down at your subject; try to stay at eyelevel when pointing the camera.
  • Try to keep the lighting the same or similar when moving from shot to shot.
  • Use close-ups to further define long or wide-angle shots.
  • If using still photos, slowly pan in or out on them; don’t keep the camera static, but keep them to a minimum, or intersperse them throughout the film.
  • If you are, or someone else is, the narrator, let the viewer see you or him/her, so the viewer can relate to the speaker.

Sound: The tone and quality of sound in your doc film is vital to its success. Sound should remain clear and even, throughout. Natural, ambient sound is also very important, and adds depth and a more realistic, recognizable element to the film. Ambient audio levels will usually be lower than other types of audio.

(This text on ambient sound is excerpted from www.mediacollege.com): Ambient sound (AKA ambient audio, ambience, atmosphere, or background noise) means the background sounds which are present in a scene or location. Common ambient sounds include wind, water, birds, crowds, office noises, traffic, etc. Ambient sound is very important in video and film work. It performs a number of functions including:

  • Providing audio continuity between shots.
  • Preventing an unnatural silence when no other sound is present.
  • Establishing or reinforcing the mood.
There are several types of ambient sound used in film production:
  • Matching ambient sound: Any ambient sound recorded to match the ambient sound of a scene.
  • Wild sound: Background noise with distinct sounds, i.e. more than ambient sound, which is not synchronised with the main vision. Example: Children playing in a playground.
  • Buzz track: A general term for ambient sound.
  • Room tone: The sound of an empty room, or a room in which all the actors are standing silently.

Music/Film Score: Definition: A film score (also sometimes called background music or incidental music) is original music written specifically to accompany a film, and can make the difference between a forgettable film or a successful one. The score forms part of the film’s soundtrack, which is timed to begin and end at specific points during the film in order to enhance the dramatic narrative and the emotional impact of the scene in question.

A film score can be artfully used:

to arouse to manipulate or inspire to frighten to soothe & calm to aid in transitions from scene to scene to punctuate to comment to move the plot along to focus attention to add sense of continuity to add information to heighten tempo to add dramatic tension to change mood to add character to define to add dimension …and to give the film or scene a new or different meaning

Editing: (This text on film editing excepted & edited from Wikipedia.org): Film editing is an art, the only art that is unique to cinema, separating filmmaking from other art forms that preceded it, although there are close parallels to the editing process in other art forms like poetry or novel writing. Film editing is often referred to as the “invisible art”, because when it is done well, the viewer can become so engaged that he or she is not even aware of the editor’s work. On its most fundamental level, film editing is the art, technique, and practice of assembling shots into a coherent sequence.

A film editor must creatively work with the layers of images, story, dialogue, music, pacing, to effectively “re-imagine” and even rewrite the film to craft a cohesive whole. Editors play a very dynamic role in the making of a successful film.

Film editing is an art that can be used in diverse ways. It can create provocative montages; become a laboratory for experimental cinema; bring out the emotional truth in a story or subject matter; create a point of view of events; guide the telling and pace of a story; create an illusion; give emphasis to things that would not have otherwise been noted; and even create a vital subconscious emotional connection to the viewer, among many other possibilities.

Budgeting: (This text on film budgeting excepted & edited from Wikipedia.org) Film budgeting refers to the process by which a line producer, unit production manager (UPM) or the filmmaker prepares a budget for a film production. This document is used to secure financing for the film and leads to pre-production, production and post-production of the film, as well as for budgeting in costs of marketing and advertising, insurance, and theatrical distribution, and/or for entry fees and other expenses to submit the film to film festival competitions, which is an effective type of marketing.

A budget is typically divided into four sections: above the line (creative talent), below the line (crew & direct production costs), post-production (editing, visual effects, music, etc.), and other (insurance, completion bond, marketing, & etc.). Film financing can be acquired from private investors, family & friends, colleagues, sponsors, product placement, social media crowdfunding such as Kickstarter.com or Indiegogo.com, a film studio or production company, out-of-pocket funds, and all or any combination of the above.

Some other good examples of Moondance’s winning documentaries:

PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME: feature documentary, Directed by: Jenny Stein (US). Combining the gripping testimony of farmers breaking a long-held code of silence, and with rare footage demonstrating the rich emotional lives of farm animals, this new documentary from the award-winning filmmakers of THE WITNESS invites viewers on an epic journey of awakening conscience. The farmers’ touching personal experiences with individual animals challenge what they’ve been taught since childhood, forcing them to acknowledge that these beings have greater mental and emotional depth than they were ever led to believe. A Moondance 2009 premiere & festival winner!

FAMILY VALUES: THE MOB AND THE MOVIES, feature documentary, directed by Joseph Consentino & Sandra Consentino (US). This film asks the question: who influenced who? Did the mob influence the movies, or did the movies influence the mob? They break arms, shoot off kneecaps. They leave the gun and take the cannoli. Sometimes they whack people. Stars from “The Sopranos” and other Mafia TV shows and films describe the broader issues of Italian-American identity and Hollywood’s fascination with the Mafia way of life.

BLUE VELVET IN THE SINAI, feature documentary, 52 minutes, directed by Gulrukh Kahn (UK).This lovely film is set in the exotic Sinai desert, Egypt. It focuses on the remarkable relationship between a wild female dolphin in the Red Sea, named Olin, and a hearing- and speech-impaired Bedouin fisherman. Olin gives birth to a male calf, who develops a remarkable bond with a Bedouin child, and the family of dolphins bring healing and prosperity to the village. Each part of this story relates to larger issues such as captivity, oceanic pollution and over-fishing. Ric O’Barry (Oscar-winner for THE COVE) relates stories and evidence relating to captivity and solutions for it, as well as dolphin healing with sonar and giving birth amongst dolphins.

ONE DEGREE MATTERS, feature documentary, directed by Eskil Hardt (Denmark). Now, even one degree matters! Travel to the Arctic to witness climate change at first hand, in this visually stunning travelog. An insider’s view on immediate and realistic solutions for tackling climate change. “It could be called An Inconvenient Truth, Part 2” – The New York Times film review

MISSION OF MERMAIDS, short documentary, directed by Susan Cohn Rockefeller, 15 minutes, (USA). Mission of Mermaids is about the current state of the ocean. Ms. Rockefeller takes a radically personal approach in the film, based on her deep love and concern for the seas. She invokes a mythical and spiritual connection, using the metaphor of the mermaid, as well as describing dire facts: ocean acidification, over-fishing, and pollution. This personal approach offers a powerful way to open a dialogue about changing the human relationship to the sea, knitting our past reverence for the natural world with our understanding of the urgent need to change course.

UNDER OUR SKIN, feature documentary film, directed by: Andy Abrahams Wilson (USA). It’s bigger than AIDS, West Nile Virus, and Avian Flu, combined, yet most physicians don’t recognize it or are afraid to report it. Insurance companies pay experts to say it’s all in your head. And the mainstream medical establishment won’t want you to see this film. Each year tens of thousands go undiagnosed or mis-diagnosed with such conditions as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and even autism, MS and Alzheimer’s. The shocking story of Lyme disease, what may be the fastest-growing infectious disease in the nation, and a hidden epidemic destroying untold numbers of lives.

SUGGESTED READING:

  • The Documentary Film Makers Handbook: A Guerilla Guide, by Genevieve Joliffe & Andrew Zinnes (www.amazon.com)

  • Documentary Storytelling: Making Stronger and More Dramatic Nonfiction Films, by Sheila Curran Bernard (www.amazon.com)

  • Filmmaking for Change: Make Films That Transform The World, by Jon Fitzgerald (www.mwp.com)

  • When The Shooting Stops, the Cutting Begins: A Film Editor’s Story, by Ralph Rosenblum & Robert Karen (www.amazon.com)

  • Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: The Way to a Successful Film Campaign, by John T. Trigonis (www.mwp.com)

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MOONDANCE MARCHES ON!

新年快乐

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

THE YEAR OF THE WATER SNAKE IS UPON US!

If your energy is guided in a positive direction, it can bring intelligent and innovative ideas and successes. (But beware of cunning, unpredictable and deceptive elements!)

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For info, festival news, fast-forward contest winners, insider tips, recommendations, great photos & thoughts for the day!

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MOVIEBYTES.COM lists Moondance as one of the top 10 film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

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The 2013 Moondance OFFICIAL CALL-FOR-ENTRIES is open for submissions! Get your entry in EARLY for this great opportunity to showcase your talents and for a good chance to win the Moondance!

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CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

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3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

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2. ACTEVA ONLINE ENTRY

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3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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We look forward to previewing your submissions!

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MOONDANCE 2013 FAST-FORWARD CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED*

Prize: 2 free tickets to attend 2013 Moondance film screenings!

Alex Ginsburg
Alma Murray Dunham
Amy Mc Corkle
Andrew Garrett
Chloe Bolan
David Mech
Dawn Leak
Diane Lynn Gardner
Doug Nelson
Gar & Beth Hoover
Gen Hiraiwa
James Cockerham
Jeana H. Grady
Leonardo Reis
Lidice Abreu
Margie Walker
Maria Lennon
Maria Morancho
Mary Goldman
Muri Mc Cage
Patrick Gamble
Richard Levine
Rik Filion
Robin Martin
Rosalie Skinner
Sirin Parkan
Victor Ghizaru
Wendy Wilkins

You may pick up your free tickets at the box office during the film festival

All “FAST-FORWARD” submissions with a final status of winner, finalist or semi-finalist, to be announced in August, will receive an official certificate of your submitted project’s award status!

* The prize-winners listed above include all who submitted a project to the special Moondance 2013 fast-forward contest, regardless of award status.

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A MOONDANCERS WRITES US:

“I thought your most recent news blog was GREAT! I was particularly interested in all you had to say about short stories, which is my new-found love. You are REALLY very helpful to writers. I guess that’s one of your very important missions in life, and you certainly do come to the fore.” ~LORNA KANTER, award-winning artist & writer

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MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

IS NOW OPEN FOR OUR 2013 FESTIVAL EVENT!

SEEKING: UNDERWRITING SPONSOR, PRESENTING SPONSOR, GENERAL SPONSORS, DONORS, FINANCIAL & IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS, PARTNERS & FRIENDS OF MOONDANCE!

Special Promotional Opportunities Available
for Partners, Donors, Sponsors & Friends of Moondance!

MORE INFO:

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Moondance International Film Festival provides our sponsoring partners with a full spectrum of marketing visibility, including on the website, the blog, print & Internet advertising, flyers, the festival print program, & social media! Make your donation today at: www.acteva.com/go/miff

Thank you!

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INSIDER TIPS FOR SCREENWRITERS:

HOW TO GET AN AGENT!

What Agents Want (and Don’t Want) to See

By Elizabeth English

First, call or write to literary agents who are listed as being willing to look at unsolicited screenplays. Do not send a script unless you are invited to do so!

How to find listed agents:

  • The Hollywood Creative Directory’s Agent/Management directory
  • Writers Digest
  • Writers Guild of America (East & West)

Guidelines for getting an agent:

  1. Write killer titles, loglines and one-sheet synopses for the all the scripts you want to submit to agents.
  2. Write up a one-sheet document with titles and loglines of all your completed screenplays. You may be asked to send these before sending in a screenplay.
  3. Presentation of script: be sure to have a plain cardstock cover, front and back; a title page with all your contact info; three-hole punch white paper; two solid-brass brads in the top and bottom hole.
  4. You may be asked to submit your script digitally, via email. In that case, ask if the agent wants it in a screenwriting program, such as Final Draft, or as a .pdf.
  5. In any case, always be sure to register your script with WGAw or WGAe, and/or copyright it before sending it out!
  6. “Attachments”, in the form of actors, director, producer, and most importantly: money, to your project, will always help get almost any agent interested. Mention this, if applicable, in your cover letter. But don’t send a “wish-list” of actors, director, etc.
  7. If you’ve had a film or films produced from other screenplays you’ve written, definitely mention this in your cover letter.
  8. Getting your screenplay to an agent is a 4-step process:
  9. Have more than one screenplay completed. At least three of your best screenplays need to be completed and ready to go, when and if requested.
  10. In your initial phone call or e-mail, try to find out what genre of story that agent is looking for, at the moment. Agents generally know exactly what the buyers and/or producers want to see, and will usually only request those genres. But needs change all the time, and at a moment’s notice, so let them know what you have, even if they’re not looking for that at the time of your call or email.
  11. Story: This is the first thing agents look at, when considering whether to read your script or not. Write a unique story, well-told.
  12. Writing ability and style. Everything depends on this.
  13. Dialog: your ability to write good, memorable and believable dialog is paramount.
  14. Format and structure: in submitting your work to an agent, you should be sure the script is in proper format and structure. There are many books and online articles on these vital subjects.
  15. Print out your script and read it in hard-copy, checking every word and every line for typos, edits needed, and etc.
  16. Submit a reader’s script, not a production script! No camera angles or technical suggestions. Don’t use (continued) or (con’t.) after every character name and scene or bottom & top of each page.
  17. Remember, you’re the writer, not the director, director of photography, costumer, set director, producer, cinematographer, lighting director, editor, music director, and so on.
  18. Budget: yes, a screenwriter needs to know about this. Many buyers are looking for specific subjects with very specific production budgets. Currently, a low-budget feature film will be $10-20 million, for example. If your script requires action scenes and/or CGI graphics, double that figure.
  19. If you know The Business at all, make the agent aware of this, so he or she will know you are a professional.
  20. Let the prospective agent know you are open to re-writes and edits of your scripts. You will almost always be asked to do re-writes, edits and revisions, sometimes “on spec”, so prepare yourself mentally and be agreeable to it.
  21. Be willing and able to pitch your screenplay to production companies and studios, with the agent, in person. If you live far from L.A., let the agent know you can arrange to go there for pitching appointments. Try to schedule more than one pitch meeting at a time.
  22. Be friendly and easy-going, yet professional and self-confident. Hollywood, even though it’s a “snake-pit” at times, is run on connections and contacts. If they don’t like you, and don’t feel they can work with you, you don’t have a chance there.
  23. Be honest! Never, ever hype yourself or your script unless the information is absolutely true & provable. If you’ve won a contest with your script, let them know. And if you’ve been submitting your scripts around to everybody for years, and they ask, tell the truth. Production companies and studios keep lists of what has been submitted to them, and you don’t want to embarrass your new agent!

How to get “discovered”:

  • InkTip.com is a good website to post your scripts on, to be seen by many agents, producers, and development company executives)
  • If you live in or near Los Angeles, attend parties and other events where Hollywood types will be.
  • Enter the top film festival competitions, and win!

What should an Agent do for you?

  • Send out your loglines and one sheet synopses, and scripts to Development Executives at production companies and studios
  • Give suggestions on potential edits, revisions and re-writes that may be needed to sell the script
  • Set up pitch sessions for you at production companies and studios
  • Get the best deal he or she can for you, at or above schedule of WGA minimums.
  • Encourage and inspire you to create new material and projects.
  • An agent should NOT charge you any reading or consultation fees, nor for any expenses incurred for promoting you or your script. The agent will be compensated from his or her 10 or 15 % of the sale of your script.

What agents DO NOT want to see:

  • A script sent to them “cold”, with no phone call, e-mail or letter first
  • A script that is too long (over 130 pages), or too short (under 90 pages)
  • A script that is bound incorrectly (no brads, no cover, no title page)
  • A script that is not formatted correctly & has grammatical and/or spelling errors
  • A cover letter that is more than one page long
  • A script that is mostly descriptions of people and locations, like a novel
  • A script with unrealistic or stilted/boring dialog
  • A script where the real action of the story begins late, after page 10 or 20
  • A script with more than 100 scenes (each scene costs money)
  • A script with a prospective production budget over that what is requested
  • A script that has a lot of well-known copyrighted music noted in the text.
  • A script that is not in the genre requested
  • A writer who is unwilling to consider re-writes, revisions and edits
  • A script that has any typos, misspellings or poor syntax
  • A script without conflict in the plot and story-line
  • A script without interesting, memorable characters
  • A story without character development
  • A storyline that has been done a million times
  • An incomplete screenplay
  • A script that has been shopped around for years
  • A writer who calls or e-mails sooner than 2 weeks after the agent received the script

If and when you do call an agent, after you’ve sent your query letter, title & logline, and synopsis, then the screenplay, if requested, and waiting at least two weeks to get a response, don’t ask, “Did you get my screenplay? Did you read it? Did you like it?” Ask, instead, “Have you had a chance to take a look at (title of screenplay)?” If the agent or assistant or intern says “not yet”, and he or she probably will, ask when it might be OK to call again to follow up.

SUGGESTED READING & RESOURCES:

Relevant articles, by Elizabeth English:

Books & Magazines:

  • Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting 434
  • Linda Seger’s How to Make a Good Screenplay Great
  • Linda Seger’s How to Make a Good Screenwriter Great
  • David Howard’s A Writer’s Guide to the Craft and Elements of a Screenplay
  • Creative Screenwriting
  • Scr(i)pt Magazine

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“Aurora on Ice” Photo by Thilo Bubek

“May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart.” ~ INUIT BLESSING

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It is a great paradox, yet a powerful spiritual principle, that an act of sharing benefits the giver infinitely more than the receiver.” ~ YEHUDA BERG, Kabbhalist

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“One of the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn.” ~ DAVID RUSSELL, Scottish classical guitarist ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Andrew Wyeth painting

“It is better to sleep on things beforehand than to lie awake worrying about them afterward.” ~ BALTAZAR GRACIAN, (1601-1689) Jesuit & writer of the Spanish Baroque literary style ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

“In this world, I would rather live two days like a tiger than two hundred years like a sheep.” ~ TIPU SULTAN, (1782-1799) scholar, soldier and poet, also known as the Tiger of Mysore, India ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~ NELSON MANDELA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

“Take a leap of faith today, even if you’re not sure what’s going to happen. Your chances for success are greater than you think. Let go of expectations, and embrace the unknown. You’ll be amazed at what you will find!” ~ Source Unknown ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of weather. ~ JOHN RUSKIN

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WHAT YOU NEED
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  • As Moondance’s founder, executive director & artistic director, I have had the rare pleasure of personally previewing and judging every single film, reading all screenplays and other written works, and listening to all music and film scores submitted to the annual competition.
  • I have selected all the films to be screened and all the winners in every category, and have done so, successfully, from the very first Moondance, in 2000.
  • I do not travel to other film festivals looking for films to invite. In the rare event that a very special film is invited to be screened at Moondance, it is clearly labeled as “invited”, and it can have no chance of winning an award. Only submitted films have that opportunity.
  • When submitting your work to the Moondance annual competition, you can be 100% assured that it will be carefully previewed and judged fairly.
~~Elizabeth English Founder, Executive Director, Artistic Director, Moondance International Film Festival

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Moondance founder & director, Elizabeth English, with 8’ white python, at Kok River, in Thailand, January 2013

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Challenges come to teach us something, to make us stronger, or to shatter our belief system about what we can and can’t overcome. 

Once we understand the real purpose of whatever challenge we face, we will see the truth: there are no obstacles. Only opportunities to grow.” ~ Yehuda Berg

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INSIDER TIPS FOR SCREENWRITERS & FILMMAKERS:

THE FIELD OF DREAMS:

Conflict as Metaphor

By Elizabeth English

“If you build it, they will come!” The skillful use of metaphor can give visible shape to a character and recognizable, believable impetus to conflicts in film. The deeper meaning of a situation becomes clear and powerful to the varied cinema audience, when metaphors for conflict are utilized. The film, “Field of Dreams”, is one example of strong use of this device. Put in the simplest terms, a farmer, played by Kevin Costner, down on his luck (conflict), is advised by a voice only he hears, to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield in Iowa. He fights with his wife, his friends and the bank over this wildly improbable notion (conflicts). He builds the baseball diamond anyway, always believing in his dream, though he has no idea why he does it (conflict). He just “has to”. He solicits the reluctant help of a famous & combative author (conflict), and a long-dead doctor. The ghosts of former baseball players, including the farmer’s deceased father, appear. The film ends with the farmer finally playing catch with his father and rectifying past wrongs, the doctor saves the life of the farmer’s child (conflict), the author goes to his fate, peacefully at last, and the financial fate of the farm and his family is salvaged when long lines of cars arrive with paying baseball fans (solution to conflicts).

The farm itself is a metaphor for one’s career or chosen path in life, which is in conflict with the protagonist’s social and situational milieu. The cornfield/baseball diamond is a metaphor depicting a small portion of that life, but which affects and is in conflict with all other parts of his life. The farmer is Everyman/woman. The wife, the child, the friends and relatives, the bankers, the author and the doctor, as well as the ghostly baseball players and the neighbors, are all recognizable and human metaphors, to whom the audience can relate, for conflicts in one person’s life; past, present and future. The farmer’s character is identified by his conflicts and how he deals with them.

Visual metaphors can speak directly and visibly to our characters’ conflicting feelings and emotions, when used to convey abstractions, such as death, love, fear, joy. A bare winter field can convey death or hopelessness as the character trudges across the frozen wasteland; a bright red balloon floating upward into a blue summer sky can impart happiness or a character surpassing expectations, a sense of freedom, irreplaceable loss, a letting go, or even childlike emotions of simple joy. A woman sadly gazing into pieces of a broken mirror tells the audience more about her personal conflict than does a page of dialog. In the short film, “The Unique Oneness of Christian Savage”, a child’s best friend falls from the tall tree in which they were playing, and is killed…the surviving child runs from the pious words spoken at the funeral and grabs a broken tree branch, and beats at the “evil” tree that killed his little friend. Conflict in film made visible and powerful! And without a single word of dialog.

NORMA RAE tells the story of a factory worker, played by Sally Field, from a small town in North Carolina, who becomes involved in the labor union activities at the textile factory where she works, a cotton mill that has taken too much of a toll on the health of her family for her to ignore her Dickensian working conditions. The young mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. After hearing a speech by New York union organizer Reuben Warshowsky, Norma Rae decides to join the effort to unionize her shop. This causes conflict at home when Norma Rae’s husband says she’s not spending enough time in the home.

The film “Cool Hand Luke” beautifully shows the conflict between the protagonist/hero, Luke, played by Paul Newman, and his captors, who are inhumanly cruel and evil and hold all the cards. Luke seems to have no hope of escape or of retribution., though he makes every effort, only to be doomed to return to solitary confinement over and over, and to further punishment.

Similarly, the film “The Great Escape”, starring the late Steve McQueen, is filled with conflict against the Nazi captors, who are in conflict with the prisoners who try to escape, and whom are killed or re-captured for their trouble. Some other powerful examples of well-written conflict in film are “Babette’s Feast”, “Dersu Uzala”, “American Beauty”, “Jules et Jim”, “The Bagdad Café”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Dr. Strangelove”, “The Virgin Spring”, “Mulan”, “Sophie’s Choice”, “The Life of Pi”, “Midnight Cowboy” and “La Strada”, to name just a few.

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, is about two of the most memorable, conflicted characters in movie history, Clarice Starling, played by Jodi Foster, and Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins, and their strange, strained relationship. Both are ostracized by the worlds they want to inhabit–Lecter, by the human race because he is a serial killer and a cannibal, and Clarice, by the law enforcement profession because she is a woman. Both feel powerless–Lecter because he is locked in a maximum security prison and Clarice because she is surrounded by men who tower over her and fondle her with their eyes. (excerpted & adapted from a Roger Ebert review)

There are five distinct types of conflict that can be utilized in screenwriting. Inner or personal conflict, relational conflict, social or local conflict, situational conflict, and universal or cosmic conflict. All five types of conflict can be in a single screenplay, and can involve most, if not all of the characters, interacting with each other and with the protagonist and antagonist(s).

Conflict as the central event drives the story and the characters. Conflict in the plot structure breathes life into your story! The audience relates to your protagonist and to the conflicts he or she faces. The patterns of tension resulting from the visible and invisible forces the characters overcome create a believable reality for the filmgoer, and increase the film’s impact on that audience.

Inner conflict is the hardest type of conflict to convey successfully in a film, if that’s the central focus of conflict in the story. It’s also the most difficult kind of screenplay to sell, despite the recent success of such films about inner, personal conflict, like “American Beauty”. In the comedy, “Tootsie”, the protagonist goes through conflict with his original situation (poverty, wanting to be a great actor), to personal conflict (lack of confidence in his ability to pull off the scam), relational (falling in love with a woman who thinks the protagonist is a woman), social conflict (with his boss and co-workers, friends, the father of the woman he loves, and his TV audience), and another situational conflict (should he let the cat out of the bag in order to win the heart of the woman he loves?). Only when inner, societal, situational, or universal conflict is projected outward toward another character, and becomes relational, and is therefore the basis of the clear story-line, does it have the most dramatic impact. THELMA & LOUISE, starring Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis, Before their journey is done, these two conflicted characters will have undergone a difficult rite of passage, and will have finally discovered themselves.

The wildly-popular American TV reality series, “Survivor”, is an archetypal example of strong conflicts among a group of people, and of those clear conflicts driving the “story”. The producers and directors of the reality-based series emphasize conflicts when editing each week’s film footage. The millions of fanatic audience members cared about the characters, or they hated them. The TV viewers hoped that their favorites remained on the island, jungle or various exotic locations, and that one of them would win the prize. They argued on internet chat rooms and message boards, and around the office water cooler or in the halls at school about complete strangers whom they perceived to be bad guys or good guys worthy of achieving the show’s goal, of winning the million dollars, despite the characters’ conflicts with isolation, hunger, danger, competition with the other “tribe”, and with each other. Same with “Downton Abbey”, “Mad Men”, “Breaking Bad”, “The Simpsons” and “American Idol”. Conflict, conflict, conflict!

THE COLOR PURPLE, As a young teenager, Celie, played by Whoopi Goldberg, is raped by the man she takes to be her father, and both of her babies are taken away from her. Told she cannot have more children, she is given to a brutal farmer named Mister (Danny Glover), who beats her, uses her as a servant and as a receptacle for his lust, and convinces her she is ugly, but we can empathize with her struggle and ultimate victory. We learn something about what it must have been like to be her, and share her conflicts.
 Celie is a great & powerful movie character, played with astonishing grace and tenderness, and to feel her story is to be blessed with her humanity. (excerpted & adapted from a Roger Ebert review)

Conflict is the ultimate basis of dramas, action films and comedies, and is the key ingredient for great characterizations and is key to a successful screenplay and film. All conflict occurs when a character has a goal that is not shared with another character, whether it’s the protagonist and antagonist, &/or secondary characters in the story. One will win and the other will lose, or may come around to the viewpoint and goals of the main character. Build each hurdle or obstacle your protagonist faces higher than the last. Make each subsequent conflict be more insurmountable or impossible than the one before.

In a film, the audience comes to observe and to experience the story’s conflicts and the expected or surprising conclusion. The audience wants the protagonist to have as much trouble reaching his or her goal as is possible. The antagonist must be as strong as, or stronger than, the protagonist. The more powerful and persuasive the antagonist, the greater the eventual victory is for the protagonist. The last five or ten pages of the script should play out the final conflict and answer the question whether the central character will realize his or her goal.

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful information and insight that you put into the festival blog. It’s such a joy to have people in the world that value and share the beauty around us. I’m so glad we found you.” ~ HEATHER M. SPENCER, Mission Positive Films

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Annalia, Paraguay, photo by Britt Newell

“You come into this world naked, and you leave this world naked. What remains is the goodness you have done. All that we leave behind is that which we’ve given away.” ~YEHUDA BERG

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The Dalai Lama

“…it is one thing to hear the lesson, another to learn it, and yet another to live by the lesson…” ~ DOMINIQUE BROWNING, Slow Love blog

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Often we don’t even realize who we’re meant to be because we’re so busy trying to live out someone else’s ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny.”~ OPRAH WINFREY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Amelia, photo by SKV

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.” ~ ANNA FREUD

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Photo by Dominique Browning

It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.” ~ PHILIP ADAMS

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You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~  ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

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Reclining Buddha, Shanghai, China

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ~ THE BUDDHA

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Seek beauty, truth, harmony…the promise of the future and the blessings of today. Live well, laugh often, love much, gain the respect & the love of children; fill your niche, accomplish your tasks; leave the world better than you found it. Appreciate Earth’s beauties & express it. Look for the best in others and give the best you have.” ~ Source of quote: in dispute

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“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never truly live, if you are always looking for the meaning of life.” ~ ALBERT CAMUS

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“Hollow Man” sculpture by Bruno Catalano, France

“Enlightenment is simply the falling away of untruths and darkness so that the inner light, that has been there all along, is revealed. It is a process of unveiling, rather than  one of attainment.” ~ LYNNE FORREST

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Cornwall, UK, Seascape

“The more I see of life, the more I perceive that only through solitary communion with nature can one gain an idea of its richness and meaning.” ~ CYRIL CONNOLLY

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Peace is not the absence of chaos, commotion, or challenges. 

Peace is to be in the midst of those things, while remaining calm, and with love in your heart.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

VISIT THAILAND!

“The Land of a Million Smiles!”

Elizabeth receiving blessings from a Buddhist Monk at a temple in Northern Thailand

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OUTLINING IN REVERSE!

By AARON HAMBURGER

NY Times, January 22, 2013

In my experience, one of the surest ways to kill the creative energy of a work of fiction at its inception is with an outline. During my early years as a writer I dutifully worked with the outlines of my youth. However, the longer I wrote, the more loose the structure of those outlines became. The numbers and letters gradually transformed into bulleted key words or bolded phrases, little Hansel and Gretel bread crumbs I left for myself to find and expand during revision.  Later on, I wrote in stages, first blocking out the general parameters of my piece, then going back to fill in the details. It’s much the same way a sculptor begins by carving into a hunk of raw clay with broad strokes to determine the proportions of the limbs before going into muscles, veins and fingernails.

Read more: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/21/outlining-in-reverse/?hp

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LGMA TV: http://www.lgma.tv/

Georges Leclere, CEO, Georges has over 40 years of experience in television and new media, starting in 1968 as a producer and on-air personality in Lebanon and later in his native France. Currently, Georges is internationally involved in the Florida Media Market, the Sichuan TV Festival, the Seoul Drama Awards and was the Director of the Competition and Awards at the Banff Festival. Much of the programming he’s done recently through LGMA has been focused on fighting the causes of climate change, including format game shows “Go for Green!”, “Worried Green” and “District Green.” www.lgma.tv

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Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Drawn from original sources, Old Path White Clouds is the beautiful classic recounting of the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha over the course of eighty years. If you read only one book on Buddhism, let it be this one. Thich Nhat Hanh, a monk, is one of the world’s great teachers, and this life of Buddha is his masterpiece. Every chapter is a perfect gem, every idea put forth bears witness not only to the noblest spiritual tradition, but to the purity of heart of its author. This is literature of an everlasting kind. The art of narrative found here really has no equal in all of contemporary philosophical literature. Beautifully delicate line drawings accompany every chapter like a faint temple bell.  Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness.

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I’m looking for unique stories, well-told! I don’t much like gratuitous violence, blood and guts, page after page of murders, rapes, zombies, killer space-aliens, Hollywood car-chases, old standard boy-meets-girl, & etc. I’d like to see some attempts at non-violent conflict resolution, by writers & filmmakers, if possible. Quality and originality is my criteria, as well as great entertainment. Take a look at some of the titles & loglines of the films screened at MIFF 2012 in NYC

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MOONDANCE NEWS:

ARTISTS: Moondance 2013 has added a new category for submissions: Graphic Novels!

“ The Connoisseurs” ‘toon by Elizabeth English

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!

SCREENWRITERS: www.InkTip.com offers a free listing of all Moondance winning feature screenplays for 2013!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

MISSION OF MERMAIDS

http://www.missionofmermaids.com/

What you can do every day to make a difference:

~ Refuse single use plastics. When you can, don’t accept plastic bags in supermarkets, shops or local markets. There are many practical, small cloth bags that you can now carry in your purse and unfold very easily to hold your purchases. Instead of plastic bottles for your juice, soft drinks or water, try to carry around a reusable bottle. There are plenty of attractive options.

~ Be selective with your fish. There is plenty of information available about what species are endangered, which ones are enduring unnecessarily painful deaths (such as sharks for shark fin soup), and what fishing practices have a lethal impact on the ecosystem of the oceans (such as trawling). And there are restaurants, shops and fishermen who are making sure that what they serve or provide as catch is done with more attention to the conservation of the ocean and its creatures. Read up this information and on the suppliers of your food. Consume with care.

~ Walk, bike, run. Find alternative means of transportation. Or alternate the days that you use the car. Your body will appreciate the effort as much as the environment. The extra carbon dioxide contributes to ocean acidification, which is a major threat to the creatures at the bottom of the ocean food chain.

Follow the 7 C’s of ocean conservation: Commit to making a real difference, Conserve in your home, Consume consciously, Communicate your interest and concerns, Challenge yourself daily, Connect to your community, Celebrate our beautiful oceans.

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Your Online Shopping can Save Dolphins & Whales!

When you shop on-line this holiday season, you will be supporting our work of saving dolphins and whales worldwide. Shopping at Amazon.com? Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to BlueVoice. Just designate BlueVoice Organization (just as it’s written here) as your charity of choice and each time you click to a retailer through GoodShop and make a purchase, you’ll help save dolphins, whales, coral reefs and our ocean habitats.

The BlueVoice Shop: Shop for the holidays at the BlueVoice store for great merchandise such as t-shirts, caps, totes, water bottles, stationery and much more! Get our new Dolphin Defender cap, new iPhone, iPad cases & more. http://www.cafepress.com/bluevoice

Please consider a gift to BlueVoice.org to honor a friend or relative this holiday season, while helping to protect our oceans!

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OPERATION VETERAN’S PROMISE is a nonprofit organization and contingent of private individuals, consisting of American civilians and military veterans who have come together to achieve a noble and most important mission: To help U.S. military veterans across the country reintegrate into American society and to be able to live and lead normal, dignified lives. 

Our mission is to help them, whoever they are and wherever they are, be they homeless, jobless, or even cast-outs from their own homes and communities.

OPERATION VETERAN’S PROMISE is now here to help them. 

This includes providing financial and material assistance, education and training, housing and sustenance, employment, medical and dental assistance, and offering them the warmth and camaraderie of friendship and acceptance and respect which each and every veteran so unequivocally deserves. 

The truth is, we need them. And by helping them, we help ourselves and America become stronger and better than ever before! Please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/operation-veterans-promise?a=1606978 to donate and show your caring support.

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Peaceable Kingdom, Jenny Stein, director, Moondance doc film winner

What is Tribe of Heart?

Award-Winning Films that awaken compassion and deepen each individual’s understanding of the interconnectedness of all life.

A Charitable Organization that empowers caring people everywhere to become agents of peaceful social change.

A Global Community of people from all walks of life dedicated to living with kindness and respect for all living beings.

A Commitment to actions guided by publicly stated values, ever mindful that the means are the end.

A Vision of a world free of violence and full of beauty.

http://www.tribeofheart.org/

DVD: Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home

A Tribe of Heart Documentary
©2012, USA, 78 min
Multi-lingual DVD: SDH, Spanish, French, Portuguese

Director: Jenny Stein. 

A riveting story of transformation and healing, PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME explores the awakening conscience of people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life. Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers’ sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma. This important film had its world premiere at Moondance, and won best feature documentary award.

Preview & buy the DVD here: http://www.peaceablekingdomfilm.org/

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• Comments in regard to the Connecticut school killings:

I’m sickened, just sick at heart. And angry. Innocent little children getting ready for the holidays, learning their ABC’s, maybe finger-painting, with their whole lives ahead of them. Perhaps a budding little Beethoven, a Mozart, an Einstein, a Martin Luther King, a Marie Curie, a Mother Teresa. And I feel so, so bad for the parents of those kids, the adults killed, and all the families touched by this senseless tragedy. And fear for the other kids who witnessed this horror by a deranged sicko, who killed his own mother first, before he turned his guns on those 20 little children and 6 adults. WHY?? This is an incomprehensible and profound loss of innocence.

New York Times photo, Newtown, CT, December 14, 2012

  • Charlotte Bacon, 6
  • Daniel Barden, 7
  • Olivia Engel, 6
  • Josephine Gay, 7
  • Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6
  • Dylan Hockley, 6
  • Madeleine F. Hsu, 6
  • Catherine V. Hubbard, 6
  • Chase Kowalski, 7
  • Jesse Lewis, 6
  • James Mattioli, 6
  • Grace McDonnell, 7
  • Emilie Parker, 6
  • Jack Pinto, 6
  • Noah Pozner, 6
  • Caroline Previdi, 6
  • Jessica Rekos, 6
  • Avielle Richman, 6
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6
  • Allison N. Wyatt, 6
  • Rachel Davino, 29, Teacher
  • Dawn Hochsprung, 47, School principal
  • Nancy Lanza, 52, Mother of gunman
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52, Teacher
  • Lauren Rousseau, 30, Teacher
  • Mary Sherlach, 56, School psychologist
  • Victoria Soto, 27, Teacher

Gun control, yes, better security, yes, but what about all the violence shown 24/7/365 on TV, in film, video games, and etc. You’re angry at someone or something? Is the only option to just get your guns and start shooting people, as you’ve seen over and over in the entertainment industry, and as on 9/11, as well as too many other horrific incidents of this kind, in the US and around the world? Never a mention or depiction of viable alternatives to violence as a means to solve conflicts.

Moondance, after the Columbine High-school massacre, annually presents the coveted Moondance Columbine Award to those filmmakers and writers who have offered alternatives to killings and wars, and who show this senseless violence as being counterproductive. ~ Elizabeth English

Please read:

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL STATEMENT ON NON-VIOLENCE

Newtown, CT is 20 miles from here and we have many friends there with children, but, thank God, they are all safe. Our 10 year-old grandson was supposed to wrestle at that same school last night – how blessed we are. Everyone in the country is devastated, as we all are. This day will forever be remembered along with Columbine, Virginia Tech and every other senseless murder of innocents. Twenty children gone from their parents, grandparents and friends by a man whose mother, a teacher, signed for his gun permit. What are intelligent people thinking, or not thinking?” ~ J. C., award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ridgefield, CT

“If we are to achieve any measure of success in creating a more peaceful, just, sustainable, and healthy planet, it will require more than the participation of governments and businesses. We’ll need a critical mass of consciousness. I feel that the only solution is the creation of networks of creativity and “love in action.” New ideas would be offered, and as people backed them with time, effort, and funds, the solutions would become self-organizing – they would grow along natural lines of enthusiasm and support, bypassing blocks imposed by special interests and nationalism. A critical mass of people need to be engaged in the process while also undergoing personal transformation through spiritual practices of every kind.” ~ DEEPAK CHOPRA, excerpted from a comment on Linkedin.com

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Cottage, Normandy, photo by Michele Agniel

“The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome, And say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was yourself. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.” ~DEREK WALCOTT

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“Real sharing includes consciousness as well as action. When we start to share more unconditionally with the right consciousness, doors open where we didn’t know there were doors, and the more we become beings of true sharing.” ~ YEHUDA BERG, The Kabbalah Centre (excerpted from his Daily Tune Up blog) http://www.kabbalah.com/

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“Charlie”, photo by Chris Anastasiadis

“Happiness unshared can scarcely be called happiness.” ~ CHARLOTTE BRONTË

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“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity: love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, beauty, and forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.” ~ CARLOS BARRIOS, Mayan Elder

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Humpback whales, photo courtesy of NOAA

“Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present. And by every kindness, we birth our future.” ~ Cloud Atlas

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Sacred Bodhi tree leaf

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~ THE DALAI LAMA

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Japanese moss garden & pond

“Our task must be to free ourselves…by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” ~ ALBERT EINSTEIN

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“The lotus is a most beautiful flower, whose petals open only one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life. The mud speaks of the common ground that all of us share.” ~ GOLDIE HAWN

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"Hollow Man", by Bruno Catalano, France

“Apathy can only be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.” ~ Arnold Toynbee

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A Joyous Musical Thought For the day:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=GBaHPND2QJg&feature=youtu.be

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