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MOONDANCE MARCHES ON!

GREAT ENTRY FEE DISCOUNTS IN MARCH!

Spring is in the air!

MOONDANCE NEWS:

1. Special discounted entry fees are available only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of March, are eligible! More info below…

2. All entries submitted during Moondance’s March Madness days will receive 5 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival!

3. WRITERS: Moondance is the only US film festival competition that accepts written works in several languages other than English! The following foreign languages are accepted: German, French, Africaans, Dutch, Spanish! These works will be read & judged by professional writers who are native speakers of those languages!

4. Moondance has added a new competition category to our extensive list! You may now submit screenplay treatments. See the note below for details.

5. Host the very best of Moondance films, professional workshops & popular networking parties in your community, anywhere in the US and in the world! You really can bring Moondance to your area. Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits of this special opportunity.

6. In our continuing success of promoting top-quality original filmmaking, writing and music composition by talented artists from around the world, the Moondance International Film Festival is very pleased to announce that our festival competition has brought in great submissions, in all genres and categories, from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Marshall Islands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, the UK, the US, and Venezuela! SEND IN YOUR ENTRY NOW, TO REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY!

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  • SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE ITEMS OF INTEREST:
  • 1. CALL FOR ENTRIES INFO
  • 2. COMPETITION CATEGORIES
  • 3. CRITIQUES
  • 4. MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS
  • 5. THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
  • 6. HOW TO SUPPORT MOONDANCE

MOONDANCE 2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES GOING ON NOW!

Don’t miss out!

SEND IN YOUR 2012 MOONDANCE SUBMISSION NOW

AND GET IN ON THE

MOONDANCE “MARCH MADNESS”

DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEES

Only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of March, are eligible for these special low-cost entry fees:

  • FEATURE FILMS & FEATURE SCREENPLAYS:  $50 (save $25!)
  • SHORT FILMS & SHORT SCREENPLAYS: $25  (save $50!)
  • ANIMATION FILMS & SHORT STORIES: $25 (save $50!)
  • MUSIC VIDEOS, FILM SCORES & 1/2 HR. TV EPISODICS: $25 (save $50!)
  • ALL OTHER CATEGORIES: $50  (save $25!)
  • OPTIONAL FEATURE SCREENPLAY CRITIQUES: $50  (save $25!)

PLUS: All submissions entered during Moondance’s March Madness days will receive 5 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival! That’s a $50 value!

3 Easy Ways to Submit Your Entry:

1. MIFF Entry Form

<http://moondancefilmfestival.com/pdfs/MIFF_FESTENTRYFORM.pdf>

2. Acteva Online Entry

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

3. Withoutabox.com

<https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240>

(no discount)

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

  • ANIMATION FILMS
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS
  • FEATURE FILMS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAYS*
  • FILMED TV PILOTS
  • LIBRETTI*
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • SHORT FILMS
  • SHORT SCREENPLAYS*
  • SHORT STORIES*
  • STAGEPLAYS*
  • TREATMENTS** (new!)
  • TV EPISODICS*
  • TV PILOT SCRIPTS*
  • & more…

*Written works in the following foreign languages are also accepted: French, Spanish, German, Dutch & Africaans. These works will be read & judged by native speakers.

**Screenplay treatments: No more than 10 pages, double-spaced, or 5 pages, single-spaced. Please include title,  logline & short  synopsis.

MOVIEBYTES.COM  Lists Moondance as

“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

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BE SURE YOU ARE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR NEWS BLOG POSTS by email in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines and happenings! Announcements will be on the Moondance website, and in the news blog. Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form. The fee is a nominal $50 for each critique requested during Moondance March Madness days!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE FOREST!

Excerpts from an article by Utne Associate editor Margret Aldrich

This spring, in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, seven acres of underused land will be transformed into the nation’s largest urban “food forest”—a community park planted with a cornucopia of produce that visitors are encouraged to harvest and eat, for free. It will be an urban oasis offering a variety of edibles: apples and blueberries, herbs and vegetables, chestnuts and walnuts, persimmons and Asian pears. Built around the concept of permaculture, it will be a perennial, self-sustaining landscape, much like a woodland ecosystem in the wild, creating a system on public land that combines the concepts of urban farms, orchards, and natural forestTo read more, click here: http://www.utne.com/The-Sweet-Pursuit/The-Incredible-Edible-Forest-Beacon-Food-Forest-Seattle.aspx#ixzz1odtdZO3I

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LITTLE PHONE BOOTH LIBRARIES

Excerpts from an article by Utne Associate editor Margret Aldrich

Obsolete phone booths are turned into mini-libraries, and passersby are encouraged to take a book or leave a book from the improvised bibliothecas which are reminiscent of the Little Free Libraries born in Wisconsin or the Phoneboox found in the UK. (This) project, will encourage an increased sense of local camaraderie, (with) more people in the neighborhood sharing, talking, and just having a heightened awareness and sense of engagement with their surroundings. The little phone booth libraries marry whimsy and practicality in every way. Nestled between used copies of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Middlesex, the existing payphone remains fully functional—just in case one of those 17 million cell phones runs out of juice. To read more, click here: http://www.utne.com/The-Sweet-Pursuit/Little-Phone-Booth-Libraries.aspx#ixzz1odwHg3CI

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A MOONDANCER WRITES:

“Great job with the March Madness MIFF newsletter. Looks good! The discounts are very attractive and I really like the inspirational quotes.” ~ Cynthia Butler, Moondance reader & critiques maven

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Walt Whitman birthplace, Huntington, NY

The flux of the soul is happiness,

here is happiness,

I think it pervades the open air,

waiting at all times,

Now it flows unto us,

and we are rightly charged.

~ Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist & journalist (1819-1892)

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“If you have a library and a garden, you have everything you need.” ~ Cicero

Garden shed photo, Melissa J. Will

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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~ Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672)

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Diogenes, by Gerome

On creativity: When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: ‘Only stand out of my light.’ Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.”~John W. Gardner (1912 – 2002)

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Painting by Vladimir Kush

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money. It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of the creative effort.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945)

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Cornwall Path photo by Michael Wiese

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no worthy goal to reach.” ~ Benjamin Mays

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“…and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane, by those who could not hear the music.” ~ Friederich Nietzsche

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MOONDANCE FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS & SPONSORS:

Right now, Moondance really needs your help to keep this vital mission moving forward. We need to meet our financial goals before we can produce the 13th annual film festival.

Send in your entry now, and/or sponsor or donate whatever amount you can. Please let other colleagues and friends know about Moondance, via your FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts. Everything will help!

DONATE HERE

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

OTHER OPTIONS & MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

Moondance Mermaid, by Elizabeth English

Please forward this news blog to your friends and colleagues!





MOONDANCE “MARCH MADNESS” CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

2012 MIFF “MARCH MADNESS”!

Boulder, Colorado, winter scene

SEND IN YOUR 2012 MOONDANCE SUBMISSION NOW

AND GET IN ON THE

MOONDANCE “MARCH MADNESS”

DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEES

Only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of March, are eligible for these special low-cost entry fees:

  • FEATURE FILMS & FEATURE SCREENPLAYS:  $50 (save $25!)
  • SHORT FILMS & SHORT SCREENPLAYS: $25  (save $50!)
  • ANIMATION FILMS & SHORT STORIES: $25 (save $50!)
  • MUSIC VIDEOS, FILM SCORES & 1/2 HR. TV EPISODICS: $25 (save $50!)
  • ALL OTHER CATEGORIES: $50  (save $25!)
  • OPTIONAL FEATURE SCREENPLAY CRITIQUES: $50  (save $25!)

PLUS: All submissions entered during Moondance’s March Madness days will receive 5 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival! That’s a $50 value!

3 Easy Ways to Submit Your Entry:

1. MIFF Entry Form

2. Acteva Online Entry

3. Withoutabox.com

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

  • FEATURE FILMS
  • SHORT FILMS
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS
  • ANIMATION FILMS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAYS*
  • SHORT SCREENPLAYS*
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
  • STAGEPLAYS*
  • TV PILOT SCRIPTS*
  • FILMED TV PILOTS
  • TV EPISODICS*
  • SHORT STORIES*
  • LIBRETTI*
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • & more…

* Written works in the following foreign languages are also accepted: French, Spanish, German, Dutch & Africaans. These works will be read & judged by native speakers.

MOVIEBYTES.COM  Lists Moondance as

“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

BE SURE YOU ARE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR NEWS BLOG POSTS by email in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines and happenings! Announcements will be on the Moondance website, and in the news blog.

Wallace & Gromit, Aardman Animation

Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES: Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form. The fee is only $50 for each critique requested during Moondance “March Madness” days!

* SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE ITEMS OF INTEREST:

MOONDANCE MISSION:

To enhance the quality of life within the world community by providing important and meaningful cultural events, with innovation, professionalism and an absolute commitment to excellence.

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Angelina & Alison, photo by Nick Anastasiadis

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” ~ Hal David, lyricist

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“Borea” Painting by Waterhouse

“The Universe constantly gives us feedback through synchronicity of
 events and through subtle signs, symbols, and messages throughout
 our everyday life. Such messages mirror to us where we are on the
 path of alignment, our consciousness journey, and help us see
 where we may be obstructing our own progress. Although sometimes we may feel like we are taking a detour, or
 we’re getting side-tracked by life’s circumstances, we may actually 
be right where we need to be, and life will find a way tell us. Through the messages we receive, we are being nudged towards reality and peace.”~ Lynne Forrest

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Photo by Mustafa Ozer / AFP / Getty Images

“LET US SHAPE OUR FUTURE, NOT WAIT FOR IT!” ~ A sign posted outside the Discovery Center for children, in Damascus, Syria 2012

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“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not need anything in return. It asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.” ~ Rabbi Michael Strassfeld

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"Window Box" painting by Lorna Kanter

“There’s a new type of alarm clock on the market! It makes no noise. It just uses lights, and gets brighter and brighter until you wake up. I already have one of these. It’s called a “window”. ~ Jay Leno

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Still photo from Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland”

“The world is not just in the center of the frame.” ~ booklet of advice for the filmmaker & guides to life, by Roger Sherman

MOONDANCE FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS & SPONSORS:

Right now, Moondance really needs your help to keep this vital mission moving forward. We need to meet our financial goals before we can produce the 13th annual film festival.

Send in your entry now, and/or sponsor or donate whatever amount you can. Please let other colleagues and friends know about Moondance, via your FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts. Everything will help.

DONATE HERE!

OTHER OPTIONS & MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

~~~ EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY: ~~~

Would you like to host the very best of Moondance films & workshops in your community, anywhere in the US and the world? Bring the Moondance Roadshow to your area! Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Watch these amazing underwater videos!

Go full-screen & enjoy the music, too!

FIJI & BALI

http://bubblevision.com

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change.org

Mahatma Gandhi

START A PETITION – MOBILIZE SUPPORT – WIN CHANGE

Change.org is a non-partisan organization that empowers anyone, anywhere to start and win campaigns for social change. Every day, people who start petitions on Change.org win meaningful change using the most easy-to-use & powerful grassroots organizing tools on the web. A few examples of successful campaigns at change.org:

  • The “Saudi Women for Driving” Coalition petitions U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to support women’s driving rights. 22,000 people join after Clinton declines public support, gaining media attention. In the light of media coverage, Clinton reverses her stance and becomes highest-ranking official to publicly support women driving.

  • Molly Katchpole, a 22 year old nanny working two jobs, starts a petition asking Bank of America to drop an unexpected new $5/month banking fee. 300,000 people join, gaining national media exposure and driving customers to leave Bank of America. In less than 1 month, Bank of America announces it will drop its new banking fee, as do all other major national banks.
  • After international outcry from over 100,000 people across the world, the beginning of the end is here.  The end of women suffering physical and emotional abuse including sexual assault and torture in Ecuadorian clinics trying to “cure” them of being lesbian.
  • After hearing from more than 82,000 people, Chase Bank called off foreclosing on 78-year-old grandmother and civil rights activist Helen Bailey.

  • McDonald’s finally responded to the 100,000 people (and groups like the Humane Society of the United States) who told the fast food giant to stop sourcing pork from factory farms using inhumane “gestation crates,” (cages so small that pigs can’t move or turn around). McDonald’s told all of its suppliers yesterday to start phasing out the cages — an earthquake for the food industry.

Have something you want to change?

Click here to start your own petition

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El Sistema: Fighting Poverty, Armed With Violins

Venezuela’s program of social uplift through classical music.

NY Times photo

El Sistema’s aim is to address a depressingly universal problem: how to remove children from poverty’s snares, like drugs, crime, gangs and desperation, and to instill values that can come from playing in ensembles: a sense of community, commitment and self-worth. All instruction and instruments are free. No child is turned away, teaching is done in groups, and many of the instructors have passed through El Sistema themselves (and are thus committed to the movement). El Sistema also has choirs and programs to teach instrument-making and repair. (Excerpt from a February 16, 2012 New York Times article, by Daniel J. Wakin)

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DON’T FORGET: SEND IN YOUR 2012 MOONDANCE SUBMISSION NOW AND GET IN ON THE MOONDANCE “MARCH MADNESS” DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEES, only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva.

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Please forward this news blog to friends & colleagues,

and check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com




MOONDANCE MARCH MADNESS!

MOONDANCE’S MARCH MADNESS!

We can't stop this dancing until we meet our goal of 1000+ submissions!

SEND IN YOUR 2012 MOONDANCE SUBMISSION NOW AND GET IN ON THE MOONDANCE MARCH MADNESS DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEES, only via the Moondance official entry form or Acteva. All submissions postmarked from February 15, and all of March, are eligible for these special low-cost entry fees:

  • FEATURE FILMS & FEATURE SCREENPLAYS:  $50 (save $30!)
  • SHORT FILMS & SHORT SCREENPLAYS: $25  (save $55!)
  • ANIMATION FILMS & SHORT STORIES: $25 (save $55!)
  • MUSIC VIDEOS, FILM SCORES & 1/2 HR. TV EPISODICS: $25 (save $55!)
  • ALL OTHER CATEGORIES: $50  (save $30!)
  • OPTIONAL FEATURE SCREENPLAY CRITIQUES: $50  (save $25!)

PLUS: All submissions entered during Moondance’s March Madness days will receive 5 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival! That’s a $50 value!

3 Easy Ways to Submit Your Entry:

1. MIFF Entry Form

2. Acteva Online Entry

3. Withoutabox.com

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

  • FEATURE FILMS
  • SHORT FILMS
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS
  • ANIMATION FILMS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAYS
  • SHORT SCREENPLAYS
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • TV PILOT SCRIPTS
  • FILMED TV PILOTS
  • TV EPISODICS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • LIBRETTI
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • & more…

Written works in the following foreign  languages are also accepted: French, Spanish, German, Dutch & Africaans. These works will be read & judged by native speakers.

MOVIEBYTES.COM  Lists Moondance as

“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

Be sure you are subscribed to our news blog posts by email in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines and happenings! Announcements will be on the Moondance website, and in the news blog.

Wallace & Gromit, Aardman Animation

Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE ITEMS OF INTEREST:

1. MOONDANCE 2012: WHEN & WHERE?

2. MOONDANCE DONATION REQUEST

3. EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY!

4. PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES

5. MY FAVORITE MOVIES

6. MOONDANCERS WRITE US

7. THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

8. MOONDANCE CALL FOR ACTION

9. MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

MOONDANCE 2012: WHEN & WHERE?

The date & venue info is not posted on the MIFF website (yet), because, while it may be in Boulder, Colorado in mid-September, as usual, we’re considering doing the film festival at sea this year, on an ocean liner, from Miami to the Bahamas, in early December (past the hurricane season there), if we can get enough people to join up. Or, we could do both dates & venues!  We’ll keep everyone posted!

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MIFF DONATION REQUEST 2012

Dear Friends of Moondance,

In an time when the entertainment industry, international politics and public policy, environmental issues, the poor economy, social justice, and equality for all, has become less and less about serious debate and deliberation — Moondance provides a substantive and transformative alternative. The films, written works and music we receive reinforce our belief that for those artists, and for many of you, Moondance International Film Festival, with our mandate for integrity, the highest quality, and our mission, is an essential part of our progressive future.

We would like to say thanks a million to all of you Moondancers who have contributed in the past! Without your support, we wouldn’t be here.

With your support, we are getting stronger every day. And as our progressive voice reaches more people – via the art of film, writing and music, and providing reliable information, entertainment, critical thought and creative ideas — more audiences, artists and activists are informed, encouraged and inspired.

Today, Moondance really needs your help to keep this vital mission moving forward. We need to meet our financial goals before we can produce the 13th annual film festival.

Send in your entry now, sponsor us, and/or donate whatever amount you can afford. Let other colleagues and friends know about Moondance, via your FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts. Everything will helpDONATE HERE

“Charlie” photograph by Chris Anastasiadis

Charlie says, “We can’t do it without you!”

OTHER OPTIONS & MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY:

Would you like to host the very best of Moondance films & workshops in your community, anywhere in the US and the world? Bring Moondance to your area! Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and all the fabulous benefits!

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PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form. The fee is a nominal $50 for each critique requested during Moondance March Madness days!

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MY FAVORITE MOVIES:

Sophie’s Choice, The Piano, Raising Arizona, The Last Emperor, Dersu Uzala, M*A*S*H*, Night of the Iguana, Quigley Down Under, Like Water For Chocolate, Whale Rider, Moby Dick, Brazil, Chocolat, Rashomon, Kagemusha: the Shadow Warrior, Never on Sunday, East of Eden, Spirited Away, Casablanca, Magnificent 7, The Virgin Spring, The Lion in Winter, Lawrence of Arabia, The World According to Garp, Monsters, Inc, Jules et Jim, Amelie. 2001: A Space Odyssey, The African Queen, Cabaret, Cool Hand Luke, Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Citizen Kane, The Graduate, Being There, Koyaanisqatsi, Phantom (Slovenia), Rabbit-proof Fence, Midnight Cowboy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Streetcar Named Desire, Fiddler on the Roof, To Kill a Mockingbird, Siberia Monamour, and The Wind That Shakes the Barley…and all the wonderful Moondance winning films! What are your favorites movies? Email me at: moondancefestival@gmail.com

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“I was a finalist in your Moondance 2006 contest and I thought you might want to know that I have now moved to L.A., quit my day-job and am now a full-time screenwriter! I’ve completed three scripts on contract in the last six months and now I’m looking for my next assignment!”  ~ Zack Van Eyck

“In researching Moondance I came across a couple of the interviews you’ve done online and having read about your mandate, I couldn’t be happier to have found your festival. I’ve always felt that honest depictions of women have been in short supply in the film industry; this pains and embarrasses me as a man. Thanks for creating Moondance, all the best with it. I’m looking forward to my opportunity to get involved.” ~ Tyler Gibb

“I greatly appreciate your critique. It is very insightful and I agree with everything you said about my screenplay. It really validates the process thus far and encourages me for the next project. With sincere gratitude,” ~ Meg Weidner

I finally have the time to reflect on what was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life.  To have been chosen as a Gaia award winner for my screenplay, ‘A Fish Story’ in your film festival was an honor I will cherish for so many reasons.  Your festival was an incredible experience!  I met wonderful people who make and write movies about things in this world that are important and meaningful.  People who want to make a difference and do it through their art.  What a concept!

My Moondance experience was even more special because I was able to share it with my family.  As a father, I was able to show my kids that movies can be good and at the same time be about something important.  All of the people that we met during those 3 days were so wonderful and interesting and talented! I suppose the highlight of it all was to see my children’s faces as you presented me with my award.  They were truly proud of me and I am so grateful to you for this. Thank you!” ~~ Sam Roberts, 2008 Moondance winner

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“When you take a bite of an apple that’s not ripe, perhaps even bitter, the problem isn’t with the apple; the problem is that we didn’t wait for the tree to get to the place where the apple is ripe. It’s our timing that is the problem, not the apple itself, nor the tree.

This is a powerful message for us, because it makes it clear that the only real problem we have is that our process is not yet complete. We’re just a work in progress. We are the fruit not yet ripe for the picking. Would you cut down a tree because it gives unripe apples? No. You would be patient and have trust in the process.” ~ Yehuda Berg, The Kabbalah Centre International (http://www.kabbalah.com)

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Photo by Dominique Brown

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ~ E. B. White, American writer, honorary Pulitzer Prize winner, long-time contributor to The New Yorker magazine, wrote “Charlotte’s Web and “Stuart Little

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Photograph by Clark Little

Our character…is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.” ~ George Santayana

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“If you give up trying to live the image of who you think you’re supposed to be, that opens the vent to allowing you the comfort of realizing: What do I think? What do I feel? What is it in my life I dream of doing, as opposed to the fear that I can’t do it?” ~ Henry Winkler

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Publicity still forAMC’s “Breaking Bad”

“…the truth is you have to allow other people into your creative process. You’d be a fool not to.” Vince Gilligan, (“BREAKING BAD” TV Series Creator)

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“Kabbalists have long known that our thoughts shape what we perceive as reality every bit as much as reality shapes our thoughts. We are more than mere observers of reality – we are creators. It is we who produce and direct our own movie – the same movie in which we ourselves are the stars.

What kind of movie would you like to create today? Love story? Comedy? Drama?” ~~ Yehuda Berg

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MOONDANCE CALL FOR ACTION:

“SOUP: Refused”
photo by Mandy Barker. Ingredients; plastic oceanic debris

“This photo series aims to engage with and stimulate an emotional response in the viewer by combining a contradiction between initial aesthetic attraction and an awareness of the disturbing statistics of dispersed plastics . . . which results, ultimately, in the death of sea creatures.” ~ Mandy Barker SEE & READ MORE: http://mandy-barker.com/

Please sign this important petition now, to ask the Canadian government not to poison wolves in order to have a rainforest-sized tar-sands extraction site in the wolves wilderness habitat. If they do go ahead, it will cause a terrible environmental disaster.

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/tarsands_wolves/?rc=LA_wolves_02092012_ad2

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

http://www.utne.com

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Please forward this news blog to friends & colleagues,

and check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com



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