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MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

Accepting regular submissions through May 31, 2016

For your best chance to win, enter right now!

PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

You may also submit your entry to Moondance via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway:

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DON’T MISS THESE EXCITING EVENTS AT THE 2016 FILM FESTIVAL:

Top-quality Indie film screenings (documentaries, animation, music videos, drone films, feature & short films); professional workshops for filmmakers, writers & composers; productive networking cocktail parties & events daily; celebrity appearances & photo-ops; private consultations with the pros; industry keynote speakers; Q&As with the film directors; after-parties each evening; gala awards ceremony & reception, and more.

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY:

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“Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s non-judgmental admiration of you as conclusive evidence that you are simply wonderful.” ~ Ann Landers

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“Let your hook always be cast in the stream where you expect a fish.” ~ Ovid

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“Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen.” ~ Goethe

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ENVIRONMENTAL ALERTS

INDONESIA’S ORANGUTANS SUFFER AS FIRES RAGE

Excerpts from an article by: Joe Cochrane • April 5, 2016 • The New York Times

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The blazes in the Indonesian regions of Borneo and Sumatra are an annual occurrence, when farmers clear land by burning it, often for palm oil plantations. The blazes have recently destroyed more than 10,000 square miles of forests, blanketing large parts of Southeast Asia in a toxic haze for weeks, sickening hundreds of thousands of people and, according to the World Bank, causing $16 billion in economic losses.

Multinational palm oil companies, giant pulp and paper businesses, the huge plantations that sell to them, local farmers and even day laborers all contribute to the problem. While it is against Indonesian law to clear plantations by burning, enforcement is lax.

The fires also killed at least nine orangutans, the endangered apes native to the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra. More than 100, trapped by the loss of habitat or found wandering near villages, had to be relocated. Seven orphans, including five infants, were rescued and taken to rehabilitation centers here. The suffering of the wildlife is part of a larger story of corporate expansion in a developing economy crashing into environmental issues in an era of climate change.

CLIMATE-RELATED DEATH OF CORAL AROUND WORLD

Excerpts from an article By Michelle Innis, April 9, 2016, New York Times

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SYDNEY, Australia — Reports of damaged or dying coral reefs around the world have become a major concern. Reefs that take centuries to form can be destroyed in weeks. The damage off Kiritimati is part of a mass bleaching of coral reefs around the world, only the third on record and possibly the worst ever. Scientists believe that heat stress from multiple weather events including the latest, severe El Niño, compounded by climate change has threatened more than a third of Earth’s coral reefs. Many may never recover.

Coral reefs are the crucial incubators of the ocean’s ecosystem, providing food and shelter to a quarter of all marine species, and they support fish stocks that feed more than one billion people. They are made up of millions of tiny animals, called polyps, that form symbiotic relationships with algae, which in turn capture sunlight and carbon dioxide to make sugars that feed the polyps. In Indonesia, fish supported by the reefs provide the primary source of protein. Rising temperatures due to climate change have pushed corals beyond their tolerance levels.STARFISH-SMALL-copy

FUN FACTS: THE BAGEL LEGEND

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It is said that, in 1683, a Jewish baker in Vienna, Austria, was looking for a way to thank the king of Poland for having protected his compatriots from the invading Turks. He created a small bread in the form of a stirrup (‘beugel’, in Austrian German), which pleasantly reminded the king, who loved riding, of his favorite hobby.

Adopted by the Polish, bagels became the official gifts offered to new mothers upon the birth of a child. They are even mentioned in the civil registers of communities of that era. Bagels were also used as nutritious teething rings that babies could easily chew and manipulate.

When bagels arrived in Russia, they were given the name “bubliki” They were sold at market stands and on city streets. Because of their circular form, they were said to bring happiness, and were believed to have magical powers. There even seems to have been songs about bagels! “The Bagels’ Bagel Book” by Marilyn and Tom Bagel

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Moondance has always been, and continues to be, a “Green” event!

No trees or natural habitats were harmed in the creation of this news-blog!

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2016 Moondance Venue & Event Dates Announced!

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The beautiful, historic city of Montréal, Canada, has welcomed Moondance to make its home there, and all are cordially invited to attend this very special 3-day weekend cultural event, September 23, 24, & 25.

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Montréal, c’est si bon! This French-speaking city is considered the cultural capital of Canada, is a cosmopolitan celebration of Québécois style, and one of the world’s top waterfront cities. Canada’s most diverse metropolis, Montréal, is an historic city that favors classic style and elegance.

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The second largest city in Canada, Montréal, was named North America’s leading host city for international events. French is the city’s official language, and Montréal is considered to be the historic heart of French Canada. The city is on the Island of Montréal. The port of Montréal, (the largest inland port on Earth), lies at one end of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the river gateway that stretches from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

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DON’T MISS THESE EVENTS AT THE 2016 FILM FESTIVAL:

Top-quality Indie film screenings (documentaries, animation, music videos, drone films, feature & short films); professional workshops for filmmakers, writers & composers; productive networking cocktail parties & events daily; celebrity appearances & photo-ops; private consultations with the pros; industry keynote speakers; Q&As with the film directors; after-parties each evening; gala awards ceremony & reception, and more!

Our Valued Sponsors :

XII Tribes Entertainment • Red Carpet International • 7Seas Productions • LGMA • BMW CANBEC Official Festival Car • NARAT official Festival Travel Agency

To read the French version, click here.

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CUISINE FRANÇAISE!

Here are just some examples of the delicious French cuisine you can enjoy during the 2016 Moondance in Montreal: escargots, croque monsieur, pot au feu, bouillabaisse, quiches, vichyssoise, croissants, cassoulet, crème brulèe, ratatouille, coq au vin, mousse au chocolat, profiteroles, and more!

 

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MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions through June 30, 2016

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

You may also submit your entry to Moondance via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway:

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Have Short Films About Colorado?

COLORADO REVEALED VIDEO CONTEST

Sponsored by The Colorado Film Office and The Audience Awards

We are accepting 1-minute videos about what makes Colorado great and giving away a share of $15,000, commemorative Hateful 8 film strips and the opportunity for films to reach a new, global audience. There is no submission fee. Here is the link to the contest for more information. Here is an article about the contest.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with those who grieve for those lost & injured in Brussels.
Nos pensées et nos prières vont à tous qui pleurent pour les disparus et blessés à Bruxelles.
Onze gedachten en gebed zijn met een ieder die rouwt voor de verloren en gewonden in Brussel.

Through top-quality indie films, writings and music, the Moondance International Film Festival promotes non-violent conflict resolution and equality for women and girls, as well as encouraging awareness and action to resolve vital environmental issues and humanitarian crises.

PLEASE READ THE FULL MISSION STATEMENT:

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INTRODUCING THE 2016 MOONDANCE TEAM!

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ELIZABETH ENGLISH

Festival Founder, Executive Director & Creative Director

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2016 Festival Executive Producer

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2016 Festival Executive Producer – USA/ International

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ALAN ROGERS

2016 Festival Executive Producer – Sponsorships

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YSÉ BRISSON

2016 Festival European Executive Producer

We look forward to meeting you in Montreal!

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

Bravo pour aller en Canada. How did this move happen?–that must be quite a story. We plan to submit a new feature doc soon.  BTW — Walking in Two Worlds will air on PBS nationally on Earth Day!  We’re excited & pleased. Salut et avec beaucoup d’esprit!” ~ Bo Boudart & Aline

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:

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WOMEN EMPOWERING WOMEN

Around the world, women hold the key to overcoming poverty and making change happen for themselves. The potential of women to transform their lives is unlimited – if they are given the opportunity to shine. This is what drives us forward and powers our passion for a more just and equal world. Our mission toward achieving our vision is to inspire and connect women, to harness their skills, creativity and influence, thereby becoming catalysts of change in order to transform the challenges and injustices faced by the most disempowered women and girls in the world. We believe that empowered women and girls can make a positive difference not only to their own lives, but also those of the wider community.

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After a meeting with Nelson Mandela in 2003, “I was shocked and appalled by the fact that so few people seemed to be aware of what was happening, let alone taking effective action. As a woman and mother, I resolved to contribute to supporting the cause and amplifying the virtually silent voice of women and children. It was a life-changing experience, and I became resolved to do whatever I could to make a difference. The concept of The Circle came from the notion of women supporting, connecting and inspiring each other to become advocates and change agents, through our passion, skills and ideas.” ~ Annie Lennox

Together, as contributors to the global women’s movement, we bring attention to important issues, amplifying the voices of vulnerable women. Working with respected partners, we seek out and support impactful projects, such as through its partnership with Oxfam, The Circle, founded by Annie Lennox, one of the most successful female British artists in pop music history, and highly respected political and social activist, has funded the creation of community protection groups within 28 communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and to raise awareness about International Women’s Day, we were involved in supporting a short film directed by Sam Taylor-Wood (Fifty Shades of Grey) and featuring actors Daniel Craig & Judi Dench. The film has been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube. We support a broad range of projects that help women to become independent and confident – able to stand up for their rights, and influence change. We need volunteers to support the work of our members, and help us to grow and reach more women who are want to turn their lives around. READ MORE:

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OUR MISSION:

The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever. 

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In Africa, deforestation and climate change give real cause for concern. The African continent is anticipated to experience more than its fair share of climate change’s negative impacts. From extreme weather patterns to losses in crop productivity to an overall decrease in the quality of life for both the people and wildlife that call Africa “home,” the effects of a changing climate are only continuing to accelerate. Deforestation throughout Africa is also troubling—while the continent is home to 17% of the world’s forests, it is losing them at four times the rate of the global average. A key component of AWF’s climate change mitigation efforts are Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation projects. Your financial support will help us end poaching and wildlife trafficking. Your partnership is vital to our mission to protect Africa’s most precious – and imperiled – creatures. READ MORE:

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY:

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CHOOSE…

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

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

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“Without passion, one is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the strike of the iron before it can give forth its spark.” ~ Henri F. Amiel

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Thank you for your interest in the Moondance International Film Festival!

Please forward this news-blog to your creative artist colleagues! 

 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

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Moondance Marches On; Come Join Us!

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Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. ~ Henry Ford

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Thank you for your interest in the Moondance International Film Festival!

MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

January 1 through June 30, 2016

PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

You may also submit your entry to Moondance

via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway:

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Lights, Camera, Action! The Moondance International Film Festival invites all talented US & International filmmakers, writers and music composers to submit their films, written works and film scores to our annual season, to take place in September, at our fabulous & memorable festival event location venue.

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

The secret to our international success and longevity can be directly attributed to upholding our founding principles, goals, values and mission. We continually strive to inspire talented filmmakers, writers, composers and audiences, locally and globally, for the benefit of the community and the world. Maintaining the Moondance reputation for top-quality indie films, professional workshops, and productive networking events, is always the first priority. Our valued sponsors, donors, supporters, friends of the Moondance, as well as our staff, volunteers, competition entrants, enthusiastic audiences and festival attendees, are an integral element of our long-term and continued success.

DON’T MISS THESE EVENTS AT THE 2016 FILM FESTIVAL:

  • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS (documentaries, animation, music videos, drone films, feature & short films)

  • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR FILMMAKERS, WRITERS & COMPOSERS
  • PRODUCTIVE NETORKING COCKTAIL PARTIES & EVENTS DAILY
  • CELEBRITY APPEARANCES & PHOTO-OPS

  • INDUSTRY KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
  • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS

  • Q&As WITH THE FILM DIRECTORS

  • NETWORKING AFTER-PARTIES
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  • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!

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People are the creators and the story-tellers. Not machinery, not conglomerates, but talented, inspiring, creative people. We want to put faces to all the stories you are telling in films, screenplays, short stories, music, and more! Plan to attend the 17th annual Moondance International Film Festival in September. We want to get to know you!

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TAKE A LOOK INSIDE THE MOONDANCE PHOTO ALBUM!

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INSIDER TIPS FOR ACTORS:

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Insider Tips for Delivering a Great Performance, Every Time

By D. W. Brown 

Here’s another must-read title from Michael Wiese Productions. In this book, a companion piece to the author of the acclaimed book, You Can Act: A Complete Guide for Actors, states“…an actor and a camera have a special relationship and the conditions for recording a performance have their own unique challenges.” He fills this important and detailed book with 32 principles of Acting on Camera, An Actor’s Manifesto, and many other examples of the challenges a film actor may face during the shoot, and with well-thought out solutions and advice in this easy-to-follow book. It is an acting insider’s guide to getting the best performance from yourself, for the film’s director, as well as for the ultimate success of the film, and for your future career as an actor who can be trusted to be relied upon, no matter the character he or she plays, or the circumstances of a film production. READ MORE:

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WATCH THE VIDEO:

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~ History of the World in 2 Minutes ~

Hold on to your seat and don’t blink your eyes for a second!!  This is amazing. Seventeen year-old Joe Bush got a high school assignment to make a video reproduction. He chose history as a theme and tucked it all into a great 2 minute visual ride: http://marcbrecy.perso.neuf.fr/history.html

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:

LOLITA DESERVES TO RETIRE IN PEACE AND DIGNITY!

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Watch Ric O’Barry as he makes an impassioned plea to the owners of the Miami Seaquarium to allow Lolita, the solitary orca held in captivity for more than 46 years, to retire in peace and dignity. Photo credit: ScubaFilmFactory / VIMEO: https//vimeo.com/157166898

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Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project encompasses Ric’s work around the world as he saves dolphins from slaughter and exploitation. Visit DolphinProject.net for more details.

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OCEANIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY

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The Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) is an Academy Award-winning team of filmmakers and activists, based in Boulder, Colorado, who are committed to sustainability and the preservation of our oceans and planet. OPS founder and director, Louie Psihoyos, takes us on a journey that illuminates the challenges facing species around the world. Join us in supporting Louie and his mission to save the planet.

WATCH THIS VIDEO:

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PROTECT THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE GRIZZLY: STOP THE DE-LISTING!

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has just released a proposal  to remove Endangered Species protections from grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone region. Grizzly bears are an essential piece of the American West, a wildlife icon that has been integral to the Yellowstone region for centuries. Each year, visitors spend millions in the region, hoping to catch a glimpse of a grizzly, this beautiful and powerful symbol of our wild heritage. And as an apex predator, their presence is crucial to the health of wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone region.

Thanks to Endangered Species protections, grizzly bears are making a remarkable recovery after being hunted to the brink of extinction — but they’re still vulnerable. The proposal to de-list the grizzly fails to preserve this progress — in fact,  it will reverse it. The bears’ naturally slow reproductive rate, loss of key food sources to climate change, and state plans to reduce numbers through methods like trophy hunts, all spell disaster. Get more details and take action HERE

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It’s critical that U.S. Fish and Wildlife gets this right, and this plan isn’t right. Speak out and demand a healthy future for Greater Yellowstone grizzlies today!

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IF OBAMA WASN’T “BLACK” BEFORE, HE IS NOW.

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Article by Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Miami Herald, Feb. 29, 2016

Today’s column is for the benefit of one Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson. He shouldn’t need what follows, but obviously does. No other conclusion is possible after his interview with Politico a few days ago.

The subject was Barack Obama and what the Republican presidential contender sees as the inferior quality of the president’s blackness. “He’s an ‘African’ American,” said Carson. “He was, you know, raised white. I mean, like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but . . . he didn’t grow up like I grew up . . . ”

Want to know if you’re black? Try to rent a house in Miami. Try to hail a cab in Times Square. Try to win an Oscar in Hollywood. You’ll find out real quick. And there is something spectacularly absurd in the fact of Barack Obama being criticized as “not black” by a Republican.

Think about it: In the unlikely event he somehow managed to live the 47 years before his presidency without being insulted, bullied and oppressed by people who think they are white, Obama has sure made up for it since. Members of Carson’s party have called him “boy,” “uppity” and “ape” and have gone to extraordinary and unprecedented lengths to block him from doing . . . anything. So the good doctor can relax. If Obama wasn’t “black” before, he certainly is now. READ MORE:

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY:

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Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. ~ Golda Meir

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“The daring not only blaze new trails, the pave them for others.” ~ Source Unknown

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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of that candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Buddha

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Love is the only force capable of transforming enemies into friends. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. ~ William Shakespeare

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You Can Make a Big Splash at the 2016 Moondance!

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MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

through June 30, 2016

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

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

PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

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WHAT’S IN THIS NEWS-BLOG:
  • CALL FOR ENTRIES 2016
  • NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE 2016 MOONDANCE
  • INSIDER TIPS: First Impressions
  • 4 NEW FESTIVAL SPONSORS ANNOUNCED
  • MOONDANCE RECOMMENDATIONS: CASA Advocates for Children, Save the Monarch Butterflies
  • • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
  • GNOME-HOMES KICKED OUT OF PARK

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PEOPLE YOU CAN MEET AT THE 2016 MOONDANCE:

Our fabulous 2016 film festival program is simply packed with an incredible line-up of inspiring and top-quality, entertaining films from around the world, professional workshops and pitch-panels, celebrities, photo-ops, and productive networking parties, plus our not-to-be-missed gala awards ceremony and reception. Plan to come help us celebrate the 17th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

Let’s do some productive networking!

Literary agents, story editors, acquisitions execs, film studio execs, development execs, producers, directors, film & script editors, career coaches, actors’ agents, film & music distributors, indie filmmakers, screenwriters, music composers & arrangers, playwrights, writers, film crews, lyricists, novelists, short-story writers, ghost-writers, script doctors, film festival directors, executive producers, film production funders, film buffs, the media, animators, costume designers, directors of photography, cinematographers, drone filmmakers, musicians, film-score composers, film production designers, book publishers, videographers, television producers , directors & show-runners, audio program writers & producers, website developers, journalists, line producers, sound designers, stageplay producers & directors, casting directors, script supervisors, location scouts, publicists, art directors, set designers & decorators, actors, acting coaches, film sales agents, film commissioners, foreign filmmakers, writers & composers, photographers, public relations specialists, and more! Plan to attend the 2016 Moondance; don’t miss your best opportunity to connect with the international film community!

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--MOONDANCERS @ THE MED

--MOONDANCE WINNERS W-STARS

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Take a look inside the Moondance photo album!

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INSIDER TIPS FOR SCREENWRITERS & FILMMAKERS:

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

TITLES & LOGLINES

by Elizabeth English

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Have a fabulous, unique idea for a movie? That’s wonderful, but you need to know how to turn your great story into a great logline. 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 25 words or less! You need to learn how to get your script idea enthusiastically read by an agent and then a producer, director and actors. Learn what they look for in a title and logline. Your first impression to these movers and shakers is all about the fine art of pitching your film or screenplay, your TV series concept, your film, or story idea, via your eye-catching and memorable title and logline.

“SELL THE SIZZLE; NOT JUST THE STEAK!”

A great title for your film or screenplay is the first (and maybe only) introduction to an agent, a producer, director 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 wouldn’t even get that meeting or a reply to your query letter, if you didn’t have an interesting title and logline that caught their eye. You can almost always find that great, eye-catching title within your screenplay text, and then write a sizzling logline to go with it. Know how to “dress” your script for success, make it stand out from all the others, and get it noticed in the first round. READ MORE!

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FOUR 2016 FILM FESTIVAL EVENT SPONSORS ANNOUNCED!

From the UK, Canada, New York & Colorado

The 2016 Moondance International Film Festival is very pleased to announce our first four event sponsors! Their generous support is greatly appreciated, and will make the 2016 film festival the best ever! For information on supporting the upcoming film festival, please see our sponsor pages on the website: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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  • RED CARPET ENTERPRISES was founded by Alan Rogers in 1996 and rapidly became a leading name in the organisation of exclusive corporate retreats for FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies across the globe. The company expanded into the organisation of individual trips and private events for HNWI, their families and groups of friends.  The Red Carpet Concierge Club provides access to unique experiences and the unattainable. Rogers steered Red Carpet Enterprises to win the Vision 100 award for the top 100 UK visionary companies in both the private and public sector. Having achieved over a million miles of air travel, worked in over 54 countries, toured the world’s most iconic of cities and reviewed the most prestigious of hotels and resorts, Rogers and his team are perfectly placed to give advice on the worldwide luxury market. Red Carpet Enterprises & Concierge Club have also organised many prestigious International events making them the perfect partner for such a prestigious film festival. http://www.redcarpet.co.uk

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  • XII Tribes Entertainment, a media company, was founded by industry insiders Ysé Brisson and Michel Zgarka. It is based in Canada with regional offices in Paris, New York, London and Los Angeles as well representation offices in Beijing, Singapore and Rome. It has extensive knowledge and expertise in securing funding and producing for the international marketplace.  The company funds and develops all of its own proprietary Intellectual Properties. XII Tribes Entertainment has built over the past few years a fully multi-platform slate of proprietary intellectual properties ranging from theatrical feature films, Prime-time scripted drama, animation, factual & reality shows and is actively working in creating new streams of monetization for all of its properties. The company also makes substantial acquisitions of revenue generating media properties as well as further monetize its new technologies. www.xiitribesentertainment.com

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  • LGMA, the global media consulting company, was first created in 2007 by Georges Leclere to promote Eco-TV programs including format game shows Go For Green! and District Green and drama series, GWEN. After 10 years as director of the United Nations Media & Television, Leclere headed the International Emmy Awards as well as the competitions and awards of the Banff World Media Festival in Canada, adding new TV competitions to its lineup. Today, LGMA is involved and partnering with the Seoul Drama Awards in Korea, the War and Peace Media Company in Russia and the Sichuan TV Festival in China. LGMA advises international companies on worldwide media ranging from classic television events to future visual media on any platform. www.lgma.tv

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  • 7SEAS PRODUCTIONS, founded by Elizabeth English, an award-winning filmmaker & screenwriter, in 2000, is a consulting company for screenwriters, filmmakers and music composers, offering insider tips, film & script editing, original screenwriting, music arranging, ghost writing, film & script consultations & creative input on storyline, plot, characterizations, loglines & synopses, as well as rewrites & polishes, at affordable rates. 7Seas Productions has also produced the Moondance International Film Festival annually. http://moondancefilmfestival.com/7seas-productions/

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Mission: The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. Read more about us.

CASA/GAL volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA/GAL volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

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Judges appoint CASA volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Each year, more than 600,000 children experience foster care in this country. Because there are not enough CASA/GAL volunteers to represent all of the children in care, judges typically assign CASA /GAL volunteers to their most difficult cases. Read the stories of young people whose lives were changed by the support of a CASA/GAL volunteer.

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SAVE THE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES!

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Imagine yourself standing in an open forest and watching in wonder as thousands of delicate monarch butterflies begin floating slowly in, settling down to cover every inch of every tree.

That’s what happens when one of nature’s most astounding migration events occurs each year in North America. Every autumn, tens of millions of monarchs take flight on a remarkable 3,000-mile journey from the northeastern United States and Canada to their ancestral wintering grounds in the forest mountains of central Mexico. Each migration follows the same route as it did the year before. Milkweed, the only plant on which monarchs lay their eggs and the only source of food for baby caterpillars, is disappearing all across the United States due to herbicide use and land conversion.

Now imagine this route being destroyed. Our ever-growing demand for food, fuel, and living space results in the loss of more butterfly habitat and more milkweed (the only food source for monarch larvae) every year. Further, illegal logging is ruining their wintering grounds in Mexico. Monarch populations have been on the decline for decades. The good news is that together, we can save them!

That’s why we’re launching the Monarch Squad today—a group of WWF supporters who are at the ready to help monarchs. As a member of the Monarch Squad, you will be part of WWF’s effort to save the monarch butterfly. Throughout 2016 and beyond, we’re going to restore the butterflies’ milkweed habitat and work with companies and policymakers to take critical action. Start today and take the first step toward saving these magical creatures. We’ve set a goal of getting 1 million supporters to come together with WWF to help us save the monarch butterfly. Will you join us? JOIN NOW

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SOME THINGS TO THINGS ABOUT TODAY:

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“If you watch how Nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can’t help but learn something.” ~ Edith Sitwell

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“Wind from the Sea” by Andrew Wyeth “Art is the window to one’s soul. Without it, we would never see beyond our immediate world, nor could the world see within us.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson

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“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton

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“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper – and re-imagines the world!” ~ Malcom Gladwell

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GNOME HOMES KICKED OUT OF THE PARK!

By Deb Kiner, @ Pennlive,com February 24, 2016

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The 7-year-old girl had just finished her last chemo treatment. Her dad asked what she wanted to do – she said she wanted to see in person the gnome houses that she had seen on Facebook. Hoke was pulling a garden wagon full of the 38 gnome houses that since early December have been a wildly popular attraction along Fisherman’s Trail in Little Buffalo State Park, PA. Hoke offered her a gnome house. “That has kind of been the draw. It has just been a wonderful thing. We have seen so many kids out there,” Hoke said.

The gnome houses had been evicted by park management and needed to be removed by Feb. 29. Hoke was told the gnome homes “upset the balance of nature.” Hundreds of people have walked the trails, eagerly looking for the homes, sometimes adding little furniture, gnome statues, notes and coins. “That was another special part: the interaction that people had with those things. Each home had a saying – “Gnomes are nature’s work,” “Gnome home,” “Gnome throne,” “Smell the trees,” “Work hard; gnomes do,” “Dream big.” In the end, it may have been the popularity of the homes that led to their demise. “My ultimate goal was to get kids out of their houses and away from their electronics and go for a walk. That is exactly what happened,” Hoke said. READ MORE (article excerpted & edited by EE)

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The 2016 Moondance Film Festival Wants YOU!

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MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

January 1 through June 30, 2016

PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

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SEE WHY PRODUCERS MADE MORE THAN 30 MOVIES IN 2014 ALONE FROM SCRIPTS AND WRITERS FOUND ON INKTIP!

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(InkTip Magazine featuring several of InkTip’s more than 200 produced features.)

Producers Register Now (it’s free!):

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Writers Register Now & List Your Scripts:

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MOONDANCE SCREENWRITER ALERT!

InkTip.com, a long-time festival supporter, offers the unique opportunity for annual Moondance screenwriting winners to have their winning title, logline, synopsis & script posted on the InkTip.com website, AT NO COST, for literary agents, producers & directors to see! Submit your screenplay now: moondancefilmfestival.com

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February 23, 2016 is exactly 17 years since I sat down early one morning at my computer, with a cup of coffee, and started the Moondance International Film Festival! ~~EE

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Beauty Mark is for anyone who has ever felt invisible because they didn’t conform to our culture’s impossible, unhealthy, abnormal beauty standards. This courageous film examines popular culture’s toxic emphasis on weight and looks through the eyes of Boulder-based psychotherapist and former world-class triathlete Diane Israel– who tells her own story while interviewing other champion athletes, body builders, fashion models and inner-city teens about their experiences relating to self-image.

This deeply personal and funny film asks some tough questions … How do our families influence our relationships with our own bodies?  How do popular culture “standards” get inside of our hearts and heads?  In what ways can sports actually make us sicker instead of healthier?  Former champion athletes, including David Scott, Ellen Hart Pena and Brenda Maller share their stories while notable luminaries such as playwright Eve Ensler, author Paul Campos and cultural critic Naomi Wolf provide their insights.

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An elite runner and triathlete until age 28, Diane won the Pikes Peak Marathon and several other major races after settling in Colorado in the early 1980s. She retired from competition after collapsing from anorexia (sometimes called  “athletic bulimia”, a disorder many athletes suffer from, but which few experts knew anything about at that time). Diane went back to school to become a psychotherapist and is now a professor of human development at Naropa University, a counselor and the co-owner of a women’s fitness center. She continues to run, but strives to live her life at a less frantic pace. info@beautymarkmovie.com

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If you are interested in purchasing the film or hosting a screening in your community, Beauty Mark, in partnership with Media Education Foundation (MEF), is now accepting orders for the 50-minute Educational Edition of Beauty Mark.

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“LET’S MAKE MOVIES THAT WOMEN ASPIRE TO, AND ADMIRE” ~ Geena Davis

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Geena Davis is best known for the memorable characters she has portrayed, whether it is the rebellious Thelma in Thelma and Louise, a baseball phenomenon in A League of Their Own ,and the first female President of the US, in the TV show Commander in Chief. But since setting up the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, she has also been recognised as an advocate for representation of girls and women in films and television programming. She was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in Information and Communications Technology for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union; she is also an official partner of UN Women, and the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.

Academy award-winning actor Geena Davis spoke with Forbes India Magazine in Mumbai, on Gender in media, and discussed a host of issues affecting women in media, as well as the need for gender-neutral casting, the openly biased pay discrepancies in film and on television, and how important it is for young girls to see well-written female characters on screen. “I think we will change the way we value women if we see them as 50% of the characters and doing half of the interesting and important things. In other words, life can imitate art,” Davis said, adding, “[Daisy Ridley plays Rey in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’], and it is the most successful movie of all time. We don’t need any further proof that audiences will go in droves to see movies that are about women characters.” READ MORE:

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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“One cannot lead a life that is truly excellent without feeling that one belongs to something greater and more permanent than oneself” Mihaly Csikszenthmihali (Hungarian psychologist, who created the psychological concept of flow, a highly focused mental state)

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“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears in pruning hooks; nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” ~ Isaiah 2:4 (8th century BCE)

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Save Alaska’s Ancient Trees!

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After years of public outcry in defense of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service finally declared it would end clearcut logging of old-growth trees — many of which are centuries old. But a new plan just released by the agency doesn’t do that at all. It calls for 15 more years of business as usual for old-growth logging.

We need your help now, to protect this majestic temperate rainforest — by far America’s largest national forest.

The new plan to log ancient trees in the Tongass will destroy irreplaceable habitat for bears, owls, salmon and wolves. This area is truly world-class, but it’s being exploited beyond what it can sustain & recover!

Act now to protect this national treasure from harmful old-growth logging. Tell the Forest Service to revise its draft plan and better manage the Tongass for wildlife. TAKE ACTION NOW!

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Moondance February News & Insider Tips

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MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

January 1 through June 30, 2016

PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

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MOVIEBYTES members can get a $5 discount on Moondance entry fees until the regular submission deadline, with the special MovieBytes code! And it’s free to become a MovieBytes member.

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WHAT’S IN THIS NEWS-BLOG:
  • CALL FOR ENTRIES
  • THE FIELD OF DREAMS: PLOT & STORYLINE
  • ON HOLLYWOOD MOVIES
  • GETTING & WORKING WITH AN AGENT
  • ON MUSIC IN FILM
  • ON WRITING
  • DRONE FILMMAKING, LEGALLY
  • THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES
  • MOONDANCE RECCOMENDS & SUPPORTS:
  • Creative Syrian Refugees
  • Save the American Buffalo
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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ON HOLLYWOOD MOVIES:

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“What we need is a story that starts with an earthquake and works its way up to a big climax.” ~ Sam Goldwyn

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SCREENWRITING 101: GETTING AND WORKING WITH AN AGENT

February 6, 2016 By C J Perry

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As a screenwriter, there are a few ways to get your script sold and—possibly—made into a movie. Screenwriting contests have emerged as a way for unknown writers to get their name out there, but this requires either winning the contest or placing very high, and more than likely having to do it in multiple contests to get noticed. If you have the money and are a director as well as a writer, you can go the indie route, but providing you get the movie made, there is no guarantee of any kind of distribution. The most traditional way for a screenwriter to get his or her work sold and made into a movie is by getting an agent.

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The first step is to find an agent. Agents, by virtue of their occupation, are well connected and can help a screenwriter immensely. If you find representation, this helps you out because an agent is supposed to only have talented writers as their clients, enhancing your reputation, while using theirs in the process. An agent should not charge anything unless they’ve sold your script. READ MORE:

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ON MUSIC IN FILM:

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“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” ~ Victor Hugo   READ MORE:

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Energy & Words is a unique process for writers to generate new work at a deeper, more vital level, and create more emotionally resonant writing, as well as to liberate and  maximize one’s creative potential: body balancing (mild physical movement to balance the body’s energy); meditation (a variety of focused meditations and techniques intended to clear the mind, and ready participants for active creation); writing (taking creative advantage of the ideas that surface during meditation); and sharing (both the work created and the ways in which it has surfaced). This process liberates and gives voice to one’s memories, passions and observations, and moves one from the spontaneous self-expression of a first draft or journal to the careful crafting of written communication that may be a poem, story, screenplay, essay, or drama. Clarity and intention mark the work that is generated in this way!”
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DRONE UPDATE: THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO FLY & FILM, LEGALLY

By Bill Milling

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“Flying unmanned aircraft in violation of the Federal Aviation Regulations is illegal and can be dangerous,” FAA Administrator, Michael Huerta, said in a statement. The Federal Aviation Administration requires a 333 exemption. You can file online.

But even with the 333 exemption, your drone pilot needs to actually be a pilot.  And to have at least a sport pilot’s license. While we expect this requirement to be modified when the FAA updates its rules, for now… it’s the law.

Do Not Fly Within Five Miles of an Airport:  There is a useful app called “Hover”. You can download it from the App Store. It’s free and it will show you your proximity to an airport.

Drone Flights for Fun: If you are flying a small drone just as a hobby, and do not use the footage for any commercial purpose, you may be exempt from most of the above.  You will still need to register your drone and you still can’t fly within five miles of any airport.

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THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES:

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No. 1 on the best-seller list for non-fiction, In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group.

As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Trees in the forest are social beings.

They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the “Wood Wide Web”; and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots. In nature, trees operate less like individuals and more as communal beings. Working together in networks and sharing resources, they increase their resistance.

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MOONDANCE RECCOMENDS & SUPPORTS

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CREATIVE SYRIAN REFUGEES TAKING MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS!

One of the many tragic aspects of the Syrian conflict is the wanton destruction of its irreplaceable architectural and historic treasure. No one feels that loss more acutely than the Syrians who were forced to leave their country, but who have never stopped loving it. Concerned about what they might find when they are able to return home, a very talented group of refugees took matters — literally — into their own hands. Thanks to their ingenuity and industry, a community center in Za’atari has become an exhibit hall where models of destroyed, damaged or threatened sites are displayed. They use whatever materials they can find — discarded wood and plastics, local stone and clay, even wooden kebab skewers.

Click here to read the full story about how they are preserving their heritage for their children and grandchildren.

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It often takes many years before a refugee family can be resettled or return safely to their native countries. You can help keep them sheltered and protected. Please give now.

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HELP SAVE THE AMERICAN BISON

The plains bison is the largest land mammal in North America. Tens of millions of these iconic animals once roamed across much of North America. Right now, Yellowstone National Park is the premiere site for bison restoration in the US. However, there are restrictions in place that force park officials to kill bison when the herd count gets higher than 3,000 and bison leave the park.

Fort Peck tribes in northern Montana have established a quarantine site that is now ready and waiting to host surplus Yellowstone bison. The National Park Service is now evaluating whether to use the site as their preferred alternative location for surplus bison. For thousands of years, the plains bison provided food and shelter for tribal communities across the Northern Great Plains.

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Today, Native Americans have an opportunity to do the same for the bison in return. Tell the National Park Service you support Fort Peck as the Preferred Alternative and help us contribute to conservation and cultural restoration efforts in North America. By supporting the allocation of Yellowstone bison by the National Park Service you are helping to put healthy bison back on their historic North American lands. https://support.worldwildlife.org/

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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

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I have arrived, I am home. My destination is in each step.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Sometimes we simply forget to just pause and look. Sometimes what we’re outwardly seeking is right in front of us.

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“Life is like a camera, focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out…take another shot!” ~ quote from Red Carpet Enterprises website

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“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao Tse

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Women in Film, Writing & Music + Insider Tips for Filmmakers!

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MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

January 1 through June 30, 2016

PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

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MOVIEBYTES members can get a $5 discount on Moondance entry fees until the regular submission deadline, with the special MovieBytes code! And it’s free to become a MovieBytes member.

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WHAT’S IN THIS NEWS-BLOG:
CALL FOR ENTRIES
WOMEN IN FILM, WRITING & MUSIC
    Women In Film & Video
    Alliance Of Women Directors
INSIDER INFO FOR FILMMAKERS
    Directing Actors in Film
    7 Tips for Creating Winning Documentary Films
    Making a Great Promotional Trailer
    Music in Film
MOONDANCE RECOMMENDATIONS
    Free Dolphin Activist
    Festival That Is Killing Koalas
    Parrots & PTSD?
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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MOONDANCE & WOMEN IN FILM, WRITING & MUSIC

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Women filmmakers, women writers and women music composers are vocal and active participants in the social forces that shape our culture. They portray women as three-dimensional, complex human beings, and thus defy the demeaning and pervasive stereotypes perpetuated by the mainstream media. Our work on reaching out toward women filmmakers, women writers and women composers everywhere in the world is primary and ongoing. Women writers and filmmakers from all six continents, and from a wide diversity of ethnic and linguistic groups are an integral part of our mission and goals. We seek to inspire and invigorate this creative potential of women to perceive, conceptualize, and produce their works for the benefit of the world society. Equity creates new standards, which accommodate and nurture differences. Equity fosters the individual voice, investing women with confidence in their own authority. Equity unleashes the creative potential. READ MORE:

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WOMEN IN FILM & VIDEO (WIFV) of Washington, D.C. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, television, video, multimedia and related disciplines. WIFV supports women in the industry by promoting equal opportunities, encouraging professional development, serving as an information network, and educating the public about women’s creative and technical achievements. WIFV is part of an umbrella organization called Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI), which is a network of more than 35 chapters around the world. Our membership in WIFTI allows us access to filmmakers from NY to LA to Auckland to Dublin.
For a complete list of WIFTI chapters, visit our web site & join us: http://www.wifv.org

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Dedicated to the education, support & advocacy of women film directors. The Alliance of Women Directors fosters a community of professionals to advance the art, craft and visibility of women directors in the world of film, television and new media. AWD is dedicated to creating opportunities for women’s voices in the world entertainment industry. We believe it is vital that stories are told from all perspectives. We are committed to providing support and advocacy for women filmmakers through resources, tradecraft workshops and mentorship opportunities. Visit the website & join us: http://www.allianceofwomendirectors.org

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INSIDER TIPS FOR FILMMAKERS:

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 or trailer, 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, you’ve just lost all credibility as a film director, and you may not ever get a second chance. READ MORE:

At Moondance International Film Festival, we look for documentary films that entertain, inform, inspire, encourage and educate. We believe that films can contribute to a healthier society, and that films should encourage the active involvement of audiences to connect and act collectively to address global challenges. Moondance screens doc films that are innovative, distinctive, compelling, educational, engaging, and relevant to varied audiences, and which encourage active participation. READ MORE:

First, select an interesting subject for your documentary film! A subject that is of interest to a wide-ranging audience, and 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. READ MORE:

Great film trailers are in a special class of their own; little polished gems that showcase your film, and make people want to see more! But film trailers can be more difficult to make really well than the entire film, itself. It can be more time-consuming, judicious editing must be a main concern, you have to tell the main story, theme & concept quickly, harder scene decisions need to be made, and you need to sell your film in less than three minutes. Can you tell the main story, introduce the lead characters, show the main conflict, and give the viewer a visual, memorable impression in under three minutes? And, remember, you need to hook the viewer in the first few seconds! You probably don’t even have a full 3 minutes to do the job, unless the first 30-60 seconds are fantastic. READ MORE:

The power of music in film! Music is the non-verbal, unspoken dialog in a film. A feature film needs at least 30 to 40 minutes of music, which is one of the most important elements in a successful film. Take a look at: 1. A film score can be artfully used to…2. The major categories of a film score are…3. Along with a good screenplay, and great dialog, music is what makes a film memorable! All of these vital crafts and elements contribute to making the “Dream Factory” world of the film believable to movie audiences! READ MORE:

Don’t miss reading all the other great filmmaking & writing articles in the

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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Guatemalan girl & tourist

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know when it will be too late.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Dominique Browning photo

“CARPE DIEM (Seize the Day): Regret for wasted time is just more wasted time.” ~Mason Cooley

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Vincent Van Gogh, “Wheat-field with Crows”

It’s your life, not someone else’s. How do we navigate myth and religion, the hero’s journey, the personal inward quest for meaning, the feminine divine, eternity, and bliss? All human civilization, throughout time, has centered on this cri de coeur, a passionate cry from the heart, the yearning to experience a life of meaning. ~ Joseph Campbell

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Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” ~ John W. Gardner

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FREE DOLPHIN ACTIVIST RIC O’BARRY FROM DETENTION IN JAPAN!

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Ric O’Barry (of Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project) was detained in the Tokyo Airport on Jan. 18, and has since been held in a deportees facility and repeatedly interrogated. Barry is perhaps most known for his role in the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary “The Cove,” which details the horrific slaughter of hundreds of dolphins each year in Taiji, Japan. As a result of this spotlight and his continued work to stop the hunts, he has become a target for surveillance and repeated interrogations by the Japanese government. TARGET: Japanese Ministry of Justice; Immigration Bureau of Japan. Please sign this petition now, demanding that Japanese immigration officials stop making up reasons to detain Ric O’Barry and release him immediately!

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BAN NOISY MUSIC FESTIVAL THAT IS KILLING KOALAS!

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Scientists believe koalas are dying off in massive numbers because music from a local festival is causing them a great amount of stress. We need to try and ensure this festival is moved or banned in order to save as many koalas as possible. Scientists believe koalas are dying because noise from the Byron Bay Bluesfest is stressing them out. This festival needs to be moved to a more appropriate location or banned in order to ensure that koalas can continue to thrive. One study showed that almost all of the koalas that lived near the festival grounds died shortly after it was held. Another study showed that all of the koalas living in a particular area left to find new homes while the festival was taking place.

Unlike many other wild animals, koalas are not nomadic. Therefore, moving to a new location causes them a great amount of stress. Not only is there a chance that they will be attacked by dogs while trying to relocate, but they may also have adverse encounters with other koalas. Just as bad, their low energy levels as a result of eating eucalyptus leaves makes it so they are much more vulnerable to becoming sick and getting serious diseases whenever those energy levels are rapidly expended. If we do nothing, these beautiful animals will likely continue to quickly die off. SIGN THE PETITION:

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NEWS OF INTEREST:

WHAT DOES A PARROT KNOW OF PTSD?

An unexpected bond between damaged birds and traumatized veterans

could reveal surprising insights into animal intelligence!

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Macaw Parrot

Excerpts from a New York Times article

by Charles Siebert, January 28, 2016

Parrots, among the oldest victims of human acquisitiveness and vainglory, have become some of the most empathic readers of our troubled minds. Their deep need to connect is drawing the most severely wounded and isolated PTSD sufferers out of themselves. In an extraordinary example of symbiosis, two entirely different outcasts of human aggression — war and entrapment — are somehow helping each other to find their way again.

There is abundant evidence now that parrots possess cognitive capacities and sensibilities remarkably similar to our own. Veterans, of course, share similar psychological scarring, but asked how it is that the parrots succeed in connecting where human therapists and fellow group-therapy members can’t, the answer seemed to lie precisely in the fact that parrots are alien intelligences: parallel, analogously wounded minds that know and feel pain deeply and yet at a level beyond the confines of human language and prejudices. READ MORE:

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Moondance “Downton Abbey” Quiz & Mid-January News!

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Bienvenue à Moondance! ¡Bienvenido al Moondance! • Benvenuto al Moondance! • Willkommen Bei der Moondance! • Bem-Vindo ao Moondance! • ΚΑΛΏΣ ΉΛΘΑΤΕ ΣΤΟ ΤΟ Moondance! • ЛАСКАВО ПРОСИМО НА Moondance! • Welkom Bij de Moondance! • Velkommen til Moondance! • Pōwhiri ki Moondance! • Welcome to the Moondance!

MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

January 1 through June 30, 2016

  • PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS 

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES 

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

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Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

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WHAT’S IN THIS NEWS-BLOG:

  • CALL FOR ENTRIES
  • FESTIVAL NEWS FOR WRITERS
  • Moviebytes offers Moondancers $5 discount
  • Logline Clichés to Avoid!
  • “DOWNTON ABBEY” QUIZ
  • MOONDANCE RECOMMENDATIONS
  • The UN Refugee Agency
  • Blue Voice
  • Save the Manta Ray
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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MOVIEBYTES members can get a $5 discount on Moondance entry fees until the regular submission deadline, with the special MovieBytes code! And it’s free to become a MovieBytes member.

LOGLINE CLICHÉS TO AVOID!

InkTip.com article by Michael Kim

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When you read logline after logline, patterns emerge. These patterns are sometimes exact copies of each other, clichés based on expressions that are hammered into our heads in taglines we’ve seen on movie or show posters, or in voiceovers we heard in trailers by the late, great Don LaFontaine.

Here are clichés to avoid in loglines and how you can overcome them. Keep in mind that using these can scream “novice writer” to a reader. In most cases, the solution to these is to simply be more specific as to what you are really trying to say when you use them.

  1. The hunter must become the huntedThis is a clichéd tagline that appears in loglines. If the premise involves the hunter becoming the prey, then your logline should illustrate how.

Example: A corrupt cop discovers the man he helped put behind bars twenty years ago is released and angry. Now, the hunter becomes the hunted.

This is better: A corrupt cop learns the wrongly-convicted genius he helped put behind bars twenty years ago is released. Now, his paranoia increases as he sees evidence he may be stalking him despite moving across the country to a farm. READ MORE:

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  1. Which are your favorite characters on Downton Abbey?
Male: ________________________________________ Female: ______________________________________    2, Which Downton Abbey character(s) are you? Male: ________________________________________ Female: ______________________________________
  1. Which Downton Abbey characters do you dislike?
Male: ________________________________________ Female: ______________________________________
  1. Which Downton Abbey characters do you want to be?
Male: ________________________________________ Female: ______________________________________
  1. Who are the best Downton Abbey actors?
Male: ________________________________________ Female: ______________________________________

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY:

LADDERS + MAN @ WALL

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“Hold onto what is individual about you; don’t allow your ambition make you try to imitate the success of others. You’ve got to find it on your own.” ~ Harrison Ford

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Photo by Stephan McGhee

“I can think of few heroic actions which cannot be traced to an artistic impulse. Whomever does great deeds, does them from an innate moral beauty.” ~ Walt Whitman

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“Scriptwriting is like cooking. Shooting the film, the part I like most, is like eating. Editing the film is, well, the washing up.” ~ Claude Chabrol, French film director, a member of the French New Wave group of filmmakers

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Andrew Wyeth painting “Master Bedroom”

“Almost everything will work again if you just unplug it for a little while, including you!” ~Anne Lamott

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:

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REFUGEES WALKING

Hala is Syrian, and she lost her mother, her home, and her childhood in one terrible moment when a bomb hit her house when Hala was outside, playing in the courtyard. Hala has become the “mother” of the family. She prepares the food, cleans, and attends to her oldest brother, 18, injured by the bomb that took their mother. Hala is not in school … she gets little rest … and she could use more food. In spite of all that, she is brave and resolute. If Hala was an 11-year-old American girl, the video she made with Angelina Jolie Pitt would probably be the high point of her life. WATCH THE VIDEO: Find out what happened to Hala.

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Saving Dolphins and Whales, Protecting the Oceans

Make 2016 the year we save thousands of dolphin and shark lives. Early in the new year we will complete filming our documentary of the whole vicious process of killing dolphins, overfishing sharks and commercializing the meat and fins. When released worldwide on television, this will put huge pressure on Peru to enforce its laws – already on the books – to protect dolphins and end overfishing of sharks. Together we will save the lives of thousands of dolphins and sharks. The dolphins of Peru are depending on  you. www.bluevoice.org

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

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

Animal Petitions

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Stop Killing Manta Rays for Their Gills!

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http://animalpetitions.org/

Rare, majestic manta rays are being killed by the thousands in Sri Lanka to meet demand for their gills in Chinese markets. Urge the Sri Lankan government to stop the slaughter of these gentle creatures. please-help@animalpetitions.org

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Moondance Official 2016 Call-For-Entries Opens & Happy New Year!

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written!

Happy New Year!

Et une Très Bonne Année 2016!

~ From Moondance, Elizabeth & Georges

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If you can dream it, you can create it!

If you can dream it, you can create it!

MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

January 1 through June 30, 2016

PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

The Moondance winners’ star award The Moondance Star Award “I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become!” ~ Carl Jung

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Moondance is a unique, world-class venue for bold and visionary filmmakers, writers and composers to present their work to the cinema-loving public who are looking for quality alternatives to all those blockbuster studio movie projects. Our top-quality film screenings are always of entertaining and thought-provoking indie films, and the film festival attracts the cinema-loving public, filmmakers, writers & musicians, but also international talent, music & literary agents, actors, production companies, film distributors, and established producers.

As we prepare for the 2016 Moondance International Film Festival, our 17th annual event, and to make our global goals a reality, through entertainment, film, writing & music, there has never been a better or more important time or place to speak up, stand up, and rise up to help make the world a better place for all. We hope you’ll join us and actively participate in our shared to-do list and this important effort now.

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WHAT IS IN THIS BLOG:
  • MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES
  • GIRL UP!
  • THE ART OF OBSERVATION
  • YOUR SMART-PHONE…
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY
  • 7SEAS PRODUCTIONS CONSULTATION OFFER

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Campaigns like our “Girl Up”, the movement to empower adolescent girls at the United Nations Foundation, are so vitally important. The Foundation’s global goals reaffirm the simple principle that the United Nations Foundation has believed in and worked for since 2010: when girls are educated, healthy, and counted, they can change the world. With the support and guidance of our incredible network of more than half a million adolescent girl leaders around the world, Girl Up has powered critical UN programs in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Liberia, Malawi, and India – just some of the places where it’s hardest to be a girl. These programs help fulfill vital needs like access to quality education and healthcare, advocacy against child marriage, and making sure that girls’ voices are heard.

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Learn more about how Girl Up unites girls to change the world in this short video.

It takes all nations and all sectors to make progress on the most important and far-reaching international challenges. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. http://www.unfoundation.org

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THE ART OF OBSERVATION:

Learning to Really Look

Active observation, being mindful of our surroundings, is how we make sense of things; it’s an incredibly valuable tool. By taking the time to observe, without judgment, bias, preference or prejudice, by using your previous knowledge, by noticing changes, you can begin to unravel the mysterious, unlock the problem and with your naturally creative and critical thinking skills, you take the consequent correlations and connections, and begin to form understanding. Like any habit worth forming the ability to observe and make deductions can be improved with deliberate practice. With a creative-thinking, engaged and enquiring mind, the power of observation can be developed by cultivating habits of watching. To writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, ‘people-watching’ is as important as practicing scales is to a pianist.

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Take a few minutes each day to focus outwardly at the world around you, and learn from the interactions, the expressions, the movements, the textures and shades of human life. There is no one-way or right way to do it. By developing our visual sense, our visual literacy we are better able to immerse ourselves in our experience of our surroundings. We spark our imaginations when we notice things. We don’t think in a linear fashion, but instead draw on the network of connections we have created over time.

We were given five senses but without attention, any one of these is flattened and is as useless as a deflated balloon. Pump up your visual sense and your day becomes a brighter place. Look up from your smart phone, look out at the horizon, or zoom in to the nook and crannies, climb to tallest building and look down at people scurrying like ants, or lie in the grass and watch the clouds turn into faces. Sit with a small child and see what they see, look through the glass into the gorilla enclosure and wonder what those intelligent eyes are conveying, search out all the public art or graffiti in your area and stop for a while to contemplate what the artist was thinking when they made it. Take a walk through a forest and see how the branches twist and turn from one tree to the next, like scribbles in the sky. Tramp along a beach and see how many colours you can count in the pebbles or grains of sand.

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Peer out of the airplane window when you go on holiday and marvel at the patterns below, then look at the lines on the palms of your hands and see how the DNA of the planet and ourselves are interconnected. Keep a visual journal with you to scribble down what you see, in doodles or notes, and question the make-up of your observations. What more can you learn from what you have seen? How can you use these observations to improve and deepen your writing, filmmaking & music composition? ~ Lou Hamiltion (article condensed & edited by EE)

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YOUR iPHONE IS RUINING YOUR POSTURE — AND YOUR MOOD!

By AMY CUDDY, DEC. 12, 2015, NYT

There are plenty of reasons to put our cell-phones down now and then, not least the fact that incessantly checking them takes us out of the present moment and disrupts family dinners around the globe. But here’s one you might not have considered: Smart-phones are ruining our posture. And bad posture doesn’t just mean a stiff neck. It can hurt us in insidious psychological ways.

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If you’re in a public place, look around: How many people are hunching over a phone? Technology is transforming how we hold ourselves, contorting our bodies into what the New Zealand physiotherapist Steve August calls the iHunch. I’ve also heard people call it text neck, and in my work I sometimes refer to it as iPosture. When we’re sad, we slouch. We also slouch when we feel scared or powerless. Studies have shown that people with clinical depression adopt a posture that eerily resembles the iHunch.

So, the next time you reach for your phone, remember that it induces slouching, and slouching changes your mood, your memory and even your behavior. Your physical posture sculpts your psychological posture, and could be the key to a happier mood and greater self-confidence. READ MORE

Amy Cuddy is a professor at Harvard Business School and the author of the forthcoming book “Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges.”

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY:

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“We are each of us angels with only one wing. The only way we can fly is by embracing one another.” ~ Luciano de Crescendo

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“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” ~ Greg Persson

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“If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you back! Much of the best work in the world has been done despite seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” ~ Dale Carnegie

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“Let the one who would be grateful think of repaying the kindness while it is being received.” ~ Seneca

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“Love has nothing at all to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give, which is everything.” ~ Katherine Hepburn

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“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” ~ Babtunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist

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

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Moondance Holiday News & Call-For-Entries To Open January 1st!

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Wishing you a joyful holiday and peaceful new year!

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

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MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions, starting:

January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016

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

WHAT’S IN THIS NEWS-BLOG:

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

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LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

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

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:

GENDER EQUALITY IN MEDIA: FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION

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

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The Women of Hollywood Speak Out

NYT article by Maureen Dowd, Nov. 20, 2015

Mimi Leder, photo by Amy Kellner

Mimi Leder, photo by Amy Kellner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SCREENWRITING INSIDER ARTCLE FROM INKTIP.COM:

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INSIDER TIPS FOR ACTORS

By Elizabeth English

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

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

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

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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https://www.worldwildlife.org

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Racing Extinction!

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

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

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Dangerous Neurotoxic Pesticides in Our Food!

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

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

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

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POPCORN’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

BY ROBIN WALTER | NOV 12 2015

POPCORN & FILM REEL

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

No bees, no popcorn.

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

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

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

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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

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

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

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T I M E • O U T !

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

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

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

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