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2014 MOONDANCE EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEE!

 

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OUR 2014 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Get in on the discounted 2014 Early-Bird entry fee of only $50,

with your submission postmarked by December 31, 2013!

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PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE

FOR INFO, GUIDELINES, SUBMISSION CATEGORIES, AWARDS CATEGORIES,

AND THE 2014 ENTRY FORM:

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www.moondancefilmfestival.com 

THREE EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR PROJECTS TO

THE 2014 MOONDANCE (in order of MIFF preference):

1. MOONDANCE ENTRY FORM

2. ACTEVA: www.acteva.com/go/miff

3. WAB: www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

Film submissions to Moondance, through Withoutabox, are now eligible for IMDb.com qualifying status, which grants filmmakers a fast-tracked IMDb.com title page once a submission has been completed and tracked “In Consideration”. Currently, only film projects are eligible for an IMDb title page through Withoutabox; screenplays, TV projects, webisodes, music videos, and other projects are ineligible.

Screenwriters: All 2014 winning screenplays can be posted, for free, at www.inktip.com, as a special consideration for Moondance screenwriters. Producers, directors, acquisition execs, managers, and literary agents regularly seek screenplays and talented writers at the InkTip.com website. This year, producers and reps used InkTip to option, purchase, hire, and represent more than 190 scripts and writers! This has resulted in 35 movies going into production in 2013 alone! Inktip.com gets your script into the right hands! Get a jump on 2014 by listing your scripts now.

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MOONDANCE VALUES & GOALS!

NELSON MANDELA: IN MEMORIAM

OF INTEREST: GENDER ROLES IN MEDIA!

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS!

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MOONDANCE VALUES & GOALS:

• Enrich, inspire and entertain a global audience

• Absolute top quality in every film we screen and every screenplay we promote

• Exceeding international film and entertainment industry expectations

• Trust, reliability, respect and integrity in all of our relationships

• Continuous improvement, innovation and embracing change

• Teamwork and open, honest communication

• Creating a productive, creative and rewarding environment

• Encouraging and rewarding non-violent conflict resolution in films and television

• Promoting total equity for all writers, filmmakers, and composers, worldwide

• Raise awareness, inspire action and reward creative endeavors to preserve Earth’s natural

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• FOR MORE INFO ON THE MOONDANCE MISSION, VISIT THE WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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IN MEMORIAM:

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“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony, and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I live for and hope to achieve.” ~ Nelson Mandela July 18, 1918 – December 6, 2013

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 VIDEO TRIBUTE: http://www.cbs.com/shows/60-min-60-sec/video/0EE2B437-18E9-6BB9-CEC1-CA323F3CA531/60-minutes-a-tribute-to-nelson-mandela/

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT (IN TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA)

 GIRL ON ROAD

“We come into this world naked, and we leave this world naked. What remains is only the goodness we have accomplished.” ~ Yehuda Berg

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“American Gothic” by Grant Wood

“American Gothic” by Grant Wood

“You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind!” ~ Anonymous

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Reclining Buddha 

“A crust of bread eaten in peace is better than an entire banquet eaten in chaos, fear and anxiety.” ~ The Buddha

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STINGING NETTLE

“If one softly grasps a nettle, it stings you. But grasp it firmly, and it feels soft as silk.” ~ The Buddha, (on dealing with problems & difficult people)

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“Amelia” by S. V.

 “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.”  Bruce Barton

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OF INTEREST: GENDER IN MEDIA*

Wonder Woman to hit the big screen in “Man of Steel” sequel: Wonder Woman will finally make her Hollywood film debut in the sequel in the works to “Man of Steel.” Gal Gadot will play the role of Wonder Woman in the film. “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” director Zack Snyder said. Daily News (New York)

N.Y. Film Academy: Men had 70% of speaking parts in 2012′s 100 biggest-grossing films: Despite the high-profile box offices successes of female character-led films like “Gravity” and “The Hunger Games” series, in 2013 gender bias remains entrenched in Hollywood, and the overwhelming majority of feature film speaking roles remain filled by men, according to findings from the New York Film Academy. The school looked at data between 2007 and 2012 and found that 70% of speaking parts in 2012’s 100 biggest-grossing movies were performed by men. The Huffington Post

Women-led “Catching Fire,” “Frozen” break holiday box-office records: Female character-led films dominated the Thanksgiving holiday box office, delivering record-breaking numbers and a blow to the notion that women-centered movies can’t deliver strong financial results. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” posted the best Thanksgiving weekend of any movie ever with $110 million over five days, and “Frozen” delivered Disney’s biggest ever opening for the holiday with $93 million in box office sales. TheWrap.com

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For more information visit: www.seejane.org

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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Watch & listen to the serene music on this lovely video on the way of the traditional Thai Forest Monks*: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCJi3u_KmQQ&feature=player_detailpage

  • This hour-long video is very slow to start, but it’s worth the wait!

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The Rainforest Alliance has helped communities worldwide conserve the rainforests and farmland they need to earn a living. They have introduced sustainable practices across millions of acres of land and created benefits for an estimated 11 million people. Over the past year, they’ve achieved great things. The total number of Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms soared to 894,000. We also certified an additional 17 million acres of forestland, making the total area of responsibly managed rainforests larger than the state of Texas! http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/

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WANT TO WIN THE MOONDANCE? THE 2014 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES IS OPEN NOW!

 

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Greetings & a snowy view from the Moondance office, Boulder, Colorado!

OUR 2014 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Get in on the discounted Early-Bird entry fee of only $50,

with your submission postmarked by December 31, 2013!

SMALL STARFISH

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PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE

FOR INFO, GUIDELINES, SUBMISSION CATEGORIES, AWARDS CATEGORIES,

AND THE 2014 ENTRY FORM:

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www.moondancefilmfestival.com 

THREE EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR PROJECTS TO THE 2014 MOONDANCE:

1. MOONDANCE ENTRY FORM

 

2. ACTEVA: www.acteva.com/go/miff

 

3. WAB: www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

 

Film submissions to Moondance, through Withoutabox, are now eligible for IMDb.com qualifying status, which grants filmmakers a fast-tracked IMDb.com title page once a submission has been completed and tracked “In Consideration”. Currently, only film projects are eligible for an IMDb title page through Withoutabox; screenplays, TV projects, webisodes, music videos, and other projects are ineligible.

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Screenwriters: All 2014 winning screenplays can be posted, for free, at www.inktip.com, as a special consideration for Moondance. Producers, directors, acquisition execs, and literary agents regularly seek screenplays and talented writers at the InkTip.com website. Inktip.com gets your script into the right hands!

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Moondance annually receives a very wide-ranging global response to our call-for-entries from nearly 50 countries: from North America, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Russia, Pacific Rim countries, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. We look forward to seeing those multi-talented submissions to the Moondance 2014 call-for-entries, as we continue to grow, and have a greater impact on the international entertainment industry, and as a lasting cultural benefit to our enthusiastic film audiences and our many annual festival attendees!

FLAGS Send in your submission now & represent your country, at this truly international event!

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  • A MOONDANCER WRITES US!
  • MOONDANCE NEWS!
  • MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS!
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!
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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

Thank you for your wonderful Moondance Film Festival. Sorry I had to be on crutches and wheelchair, but Thank G-d that has already changed…ready for next year! Darren and I are actually starting a TV series based on the best selling books – SMALL MIRACLES. We will spread the word about Moondance, and having been to many Sundances, and Cannes’, you have a small gem…a filmmaker’s festival. ~ Rabbi Moshe Paul Mones, 2014 Moondance award-winner and Audience Favorite film winner, for the feature film, “Dovid Myer”

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MOONDANCE NEWS:

 Women International salutes Elizabeth English for being the creator and founder of such a creative event as the Moondance International Film Festival, where talent such as our Women International member, Vittoria Colonna, have had her work seen, and then, happily enough, awarded!” ~ Angelique Rockas

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“IMAGINE” WATCH THIS VIDEO ON HOW TO STOP THE WARS:

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

 GREAT WALL

 “Start by doing what you are capable of; then do what is necessary; and then do what is possible; and, suddenly, you will find that you are doing the impossible!” ~ Saint Francis of Assisi

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

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 CHEETAH

“The secret to success in any endeavor is total concentration.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

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 EGG SPROUT

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not even starting.” ~ Buddha

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SAND GARDEN

“The true test of certainty is not in the moments when everything is going smoothly, but in the times when it seems like everything around us is falling apart. I say “seems” because it is, in fact, all an illusion. Most of the time when things seem to be falling apart, they are really just coming together, albeit very much in disguise to us. We don’t always see the bigger picture, but we need to remember there always is one.” ~ Yehuda Berg

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“Everything is always impossible, before it works. That is what entrepreneurs are all about – doing what people have told them is impossible.” ~ Hunt Greene

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“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will soon discover that your life is suddenly filled with gratitude.” ~ Harold Kushner

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MOONDANCE & YOUR FILMS, SCRIPTS & MUSIC!

 

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WE WANT YOUR FILMS, SCRIPTS & MUSIC

FOR THE ONE, THE ONLY OFFICIAL 2014

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

~ Our 15th Annual Season ~

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2013 MOONDANCE SCREENPLAY WINNERS & INKTIP.COM:

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• FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH / James P. Steffman  

• GRACE / Lynda Lemberg & Jeffrey Allen Russel

• THE GAME / Doug Nelson

• THE KIDS FROM NOWHERE / George Guthridge & Deborah Schildt

• THE OBLATE / Gar Hoover & Beth Hoover

• THE SINGING TREE / Marilyn Pesola & Peter Moss

INKTIP.COM annually offers Moondance screenplay winners the unique opportunity to post their winning script on InkTip.com, for free, where producers, directors, distributors and agents regularly look for projects to develop!

November 22nd is the final deadline for subscribing to the InkTip Preferred Newsletter. The Preferred Newsletter gives you access to 6-8 new calls for scripts each week. It tells you what those companies are searching for right now.  Give yourself a competitive edge and subscribe now. Through access to InkTip’s Preferred newsletter 52 features were optioned, 16 writers were hired, and 5 writers gained representation, in 2012 alone!

Subscribe now! www.InkTip.com/sa_preferred_newsletter.php

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• Our 2014 call-for-entries opens December 1, 2013 •

Get ready now to send in your submission!

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PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE NOW

FOR INFO, GUIDELINES & SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

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CALL FOR PICTURES!

Please email some of your best photos of Moondance 2013 to:

director@moondancefilmfestival.com

To add to the film festival photo album! 

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The “Dovid Meyer” team at Old Mystic Village, MIFF 2013

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2013 MOONDANCE WINNERS:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-winners-and-finalists/

• If you are a 2013 Moondance winner, but were unable to attend the awards ceremony & reception, and wish to have your star award star & official certificate sent to you, please e-mail us a note with your name, mailing address, and the title of your winning project, and we will mail you the star & certificate, suitable for framing. There is no cost for the award & certificate, but postage & handling is only $10 for addresses in the USA or $20 for foreign addresses. Postmark deadline for awards orders: December 1, 2013. Please go to: http://www.acteva.com/go/miff to order your award & certificate now. The lovely star award and personalized winner’s certificate will look great framed and on your wall, to remind you, and others, how talented you are!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

A very successful entrepreneur friend shared his wisdom, in an amazing short video, with Garrett, founder of the Wayseers organization.

See it here for yourself.~~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfvmZ1O2ni8

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ATTENTION: All you rule-breakers, you misfits and troublemakers – all you free spirits and pioneers – all you visionaries and non-conformists … please do check out the Wayseers Manifesto video, for a major blast of inspiration!

“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.” ~ Peter Marshall

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“My ‘Tibet: The Truth’ film just won the Gold Angel Award for Best Documentary at the Chinese American Film Festival in Los Angeles. We are now preparing a huge press & PR screening in Beijing for this film in the first days of December.” ~ Chris Nebe, director/producer of the finalist film & winner of the Seven Seas Award: “Jiangsu: Land of Good Fortune”, screened at Moondance 2013, and the appointed International Image Consultant of the International Institute for Urban Development, Beijing & Beijing International City Forum Foundation. 

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

 GORILLA

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ~ Dale Carnegie

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“ One of the best prizes that life has to offer is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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The mind is an incredibly powerful thing. The thoughts you entertain are what determine your reality.” ~ Yehuda Berg

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The idea is to see how good you can get. Practice does not make perfect. Perfect is a by-product of learning from your mistakes. If you learn and are honest, that’s what gives you mastery.” ~ Dean “Bullwinkle” Fidelman

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Lascaux Cave, France, prehistoric rock art

“At a very early stage of human evolution, our ancestors discovered the advantages of having a way of preserving and disseminating the results of their experiences: telling stories, writing, art, music and acting.” ~ adapted from a quote by Aldous Huxley

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Movie Quotes Quiz

Remember who said “What we have here, is a failure to communicate”? 

Test your movie quotes knowledge below by clicking the Start Quiz button!

Match your favorite movie quotes to their movie.



Awards, Certificates and Laurels for Moondance Winners

starIf you are a 2013 Moondance winner, but were unable to attend the awards ceremony & reception, and wish to have your star award star & official certificate sent to you, please e-mail us a note with your name, mailing address, and the title of your winning project, and we will mail you the star & certificate, suitable for framing. There is no cost for the award & certificate, but postage & handling is only $10 for addresses in the USA or $20 for foreign addresses.

Deadline for awards orders: December 1, 2013

Please go to: http://www.acteva.com/go/miff to order your award & certificate now.

 

If you are an officially-listed winner, finalist, semi-finalist, a selected filmmaker, or your film was listed as an audience favorite, and you want to use the 2013 Moondance laurels for your promotions & publicity, please download whatever laurel(s) you need here:

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Moondaners Write Us: The Halperins

“We have had a long relationship working together with the Moondance International Film Festival to assist films and filmmakers in giving their voices and stories a wide international audience and a broader life. You have chosen films that have made my job of promotion easier to talk about in the media, and it has always been my intention to put a light on subjects that can enrich and enlighten. This year you screened films about  ”Our Common Roots,” which shows us how to improve our health and well being from wild plants in nature; films with stories about families like “A Fish Story,” and “Dovid Meyer,” two uplifting films about faith and overcoming tragedy, “We Are Voices for a Future Without Genocide,” a feature-length music video, and “Paper,” a short narrative film which opens the question of “what would you do?” to survive abuse/poverty. Thank you for asking to again show films we have worked with through the years, such as “Little Dancer,” “Zen Noir,” and “Punk Love,” which were all award winners that went on from Moondance to have lives in theaters or to kick off a career. It is a joy to work with these talented filmmakers, and we are so grateful at Magic Lamp Releasing, and now Global Film Village, Inc. to be a part of your moving forward.”

~ Marla & Marc Halperin



Moondance Recommends the Geena Davis Institute

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The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under.

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

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

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

Watch Geena Davis do some archery tricks while to prove a point about strong women on screen:

 



Moondance Recommends Chrysanthemum Tea

CHRYSANTHEMUM TEA’S MEDICINAL & SYMBOLIC USES

chrisanthChrysanthemum tea has many purported medicinal uses, including an aid in recovery from influenza, acne and as a “cooling” herb. According to traditional Chinese medicine the tea can aid in the prevention of sore throat and promote the reduction of fever. In Korea, it is known well for its medicinal use for making people more alert and is often used as a pick-me-up to render the drinker more awake. In western herbal medicine, Chrysanthemum tea is drunk or used as a compress to treat circulatory disorders such as varicose veins and atherosclerosis.

teaIn traditional Chinese medicine, chrysanthemum tea is also said to clear the liver and the eyes. It is believed to be effective in treating eye pain associated with stress or yin/fluid deficiency. It is also used to treat blurring, spots in front of the eyes, diminished vision, and dizziness. The liver is associated with the element Wood which rules the eyes and is associated with anger, stress, and related emotions, potential benefits against cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, vision-related diseases (such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma) or from neuroprotective, anticancer or immunomodulatory activity.

chrisanth2With a history that dates back to the 15th century B.C., chrysanthemum mythology is filled with a multitude of stories and symbolism. A symbol of the sun, the Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of the chrysanthemum’s petals to represent perfection, and Confucius once suggested they be used as an object of meditation. It’s said that a single petal of this celebrated flower placed at the bottom of a glass of wine will encourage a long and healthy life.

In the Chinese culture, the chrysanthemum signifies a life of ease. Buddhists are fond of using this flower as offerings on alters. Symbolic of powerful Yang energy, this flower is an attractant of good luck in the home. Giving white chrysanthemums means: tell the truth, be honest, a request for utter candor. In Eastern meditative and Ayurvedic traditions the chrysanthemum is associated with the heart chakra.  A common practice is to focus on the beauty of the chrysanthemum with a goal to blossom the beauty held within the heart….stimulating the heart chakra. The chrysanthemum blooms in the cold autumn air and foretells the coming of winter, which symbolizes the virtue of withstanding all adversities.



Dovid Meyer Premiere at Moondance

DOVID MEYER: The Orphan From Jerusalem

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Written and directed by Rabbi Moshe Mones (Paul Mones on Google and imdb.com) and produced by Mones and Darren Schwartz, this film, on the redemptive power of faith, parallels Mones’ own life.

Mones became seriously ill in 2010 and, by the next year, he could barely walk. His doctor introduced him to Darren Schwartz, who told him of a small book he had read: “Dovid MEYER: The orphan From Jerusalem.” Mones read the book and it was, indeed, something special, a blessing. A gift. A miracle. From it, Mones has learned that life is full of immeasurable surprises.

A brief synopsis of the film: the Kalmans, a proper British, non-observant Jewish family, think they are hiring an au pair for their two children. Hoping for a Mary Poppins-type nanny, the family is shocked when the au pair who appears on their doorstep is Dovid Meyer, a 13-year-old Hasidic boy. They agree to keep him for few days, not knowing how he is about to change their lives. One young boy, full of life, humor and faith, brings a spiritual awakening to the Kalmans and unites two desperate families as he spreads his wisdom, wonder and magic into our world.

See original article here.



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