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MOONDANCE 2013 OFFICIAL CALL-FOR-ENTRIES ANNOUNCEMENT & NEWS

2013 MOONDANCE CALL-FOR-ENTRIES

~~~ Let’s Make a Splash! ~~~

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The 2013 Moondance

OFFICIAL CALL-FOR-ENTRIES

is now open for submissions!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and for a good chance to

win the Moondance!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

SUBMISSION 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…

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

2. ACTEVA ONLINE ENTRY

(save $5 on entry fee @ Acteva)

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

• WRITERS: Moondance requires hard-copies of screenplays, stageplays, TV pilots, short stories & radio scripts to be mailed to the competition for judging. Writers may request feedback & a professional critique on your work submitted to Moondance 2013,  for a nominal fee.

• COMPOSERS: Moondance requires CDs of film scores & original music to be mailed to the competition for judging.

SCROLL ON DOWN for more news, info, recommendations, insider tips on THE POWER OF MUSIC IN FILM, photos & thoughts for the day:

Are you undecided about which film festival competitions to enter this season?  You can’t go wrong by choosing Moondance first, because our finalists & winners, writers, composers and filmmakers, are very happy to discover that doors are finally opened to them, after being a part of the Moondance! Please check out our SUCCESSES page, to see what great new opportunities Moondancers can access.

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

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOONDANCE:

  • Every single submission received is quickly acknowledged by a personal email to the entrant.
  • As Moondance’s artistic director, I have had the rare pleasure of personally previewing and judging every single film, reading all screenplays and other written works, and listening to all music and film scores submitted to the annual competition.
  • I have selected all the films to be screened and all the winners in every category, and have done so, successfully, from the very first Moondance, in 2000, and continue to do so.
  • I do not travel to other film festivals looking for films to invite. In the rare event that a very special film is invited to be screened at Moondance, it is clearly labeled as “invited”, and it can have no chance of winning an award. Only submitted films have that opportunity.
  • All entrants to the annual competition are notified of the status of their submission, whether winner, finalist or semi-finalist, by the news blog and on the website. All selected filmmakers are notified in advance as to when and where their film will be screened.
  • When submitting your work to the Moondance annual competition, you can be 100% assured that it will be carefully previewed and judged fairly, and that you will be kept informed during the process.

~ Elizabeth English

A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

Good news! The General Manager of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra  got to hear my music, and he loved it! He flew to Florida to play my music for the Pops music conductor there, and he wants to see if they will use it for the Pop Music series, next year. It’s not definite, yet, but they love my work!” ~ STEVE WILHELM, Moondance film score winner, for “I Fell in Love With You”, which was played at the official wedding reception for Kate Middleton & Prince William, at their request.

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Help bring peace to families around the world with your Heifer gift.

HEIFER INTERNATIONAL’S mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a handout, we empower them to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity, but our approach is more than that. By bringing communities together and linking them with markets in their area, we help bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty.

Our animals don’t just provide project partners with a reliable source of food, but also a reliable source of income. Extra agricultural products, such as milk from cows or goats, honey from bees or eggs from chickens, can be both shared within the community and sold at market. This new income, coupled with the training in sustainable practices that our partners receive, allows partners to clothe their families, provide them with medical care and send their children to school.

And when not just one but many families gain this new sustainable produce and income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural co-ops, and forming community savings and loan groups to help fund entrepreneurial start-ups. Newly formed women’s groups help increase the communities’ full potential, as neighbors who may have never interacted now come together to help the community prosper.

It’s a lofty goal, but it’s happening! In communities around the world, our 12 Cornerstones model is helping people lift themselves from hunger and poverty.

Give a goat, a flock of geese, a hive of bees, seeds of corn, or even a buffalo, as holiday gifts to friends & family!

http://www.heifer.org/give-landingpage/campaign/peace

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photo by Virginia Blaisdell

“SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY” This feature documentary film, directed by Mary Dore & Nancy Kennedy, resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1972. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL will take us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (“Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!”). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance, and archival imagery, the film will recount the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution. Remarkably, there has never been a feature film on the early days of women’s liberation.

Please consider making an individual donation to the SHE’S BEAUTIFUL Film Project! All donations are fully tax-deductible, through our non-profit sponsor, City Lore, or through our Kickstarter site. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SLOW FOOD, INTERNATIONAL

http://www.slowfood.com/

Slow Food stands at the crossroads of ecology and gastronomy, ethics and pleasure. It opposes the standardization of taste and culture, and the unrestrained power of the food industry multinationals and industrial agriculture.

Our Philosophy: We believe that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible. Our association believes in the concept of neo-gastronomy – recognition of the strong connections between plate, planet, people and culture.

Our Vision: We envision a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.

Our Mission: Slow Food is an international grassroots membership organization promoting good, clean and fair food for all.

Slow Food is working to help communities around the world to rebuild their local food systems in order to eat better, protect the environment and maintain cultural diversity. Together, we defend the right to access food that tastes good…
a fresh and flavorsome daily diet which is part of our local culture. is clean…
production methods than don’t harm the environment or human health. And fair…
accessible prices for consumers and fair compensation for producers.

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INSIDER TIPS FOR FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS:

The Power of Music in Film!

By Elizabeth English

A film’s production and post-production phases include: editing, sound, foley, dubbing, special effects, background ambience, music, lab work, color, title, trailers, director, assistant directors or ADs, cinematographer or DP, focus-pullers, gaffers, best boy, key grips, script supervisor, body doubles, sound and light, still photographer, videographer, production assistants or PAs, studio execs, wranglers, extras, location manager, foley, prop master, special effects, extras, stunt coordinator, tech advisors, book-keeper/accountant, fire marshall, production designer, art director, storyboard artists, line producer, editor…all those elements that make the world of the film believable to the audience: story, set design, lighting, sound, special FX, continuity, locations, props, extras, stunts, costumes, hair and makeup, musical score composer & arranger, music…

Music! Ah, yes. The power of music in film. A feature film needs 30 to 40 minutes of music, which is one of the most important elements in a film.

A film score can be artfully used:

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

The major categories of a film score are:

THEME, such as the musical theme from the James Bond films.


SOURCE, as from a radio, TV, iPod, or a band shown on screen.

MOVIE SONG: like the music from “Titanic”

UNDERSCORING: such as soft, “seen but not heard” music.


DEVELOPMENTAL or NARRATIVE music. adds to the story as it unfolds, weaving in and out, through the entire film

COUNTERPOINT music and FORESHADOWING themes.

OVERTURE: the central core. Sets mood, sets time, sets location.


LEITMOTIF: identifies the character or repeated action on screen., such as the famous tune from the film, “Jaws”.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Angelina & Alison

“What’s the best measurement for success? Happiness! How happy are you? Success and money can contribute to happiness, but happiness itself is another thing altogether. Words like ‘family’, ‘friends’, ‘love’ and ‘laughter’ have a lot more to do with happiness than words like ‘gross’, ‘capital’ and ‘revenue’.

Money is a by-product of bigger, more meaningful goals such as passion, fun and wisdom. As I’ve said before, have fun, do good, and the money will come.” ~SIR RICHARD BRANSON (excerpt from a LinkedIn text)

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Guatemalan girl & tourist

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” ~ MAYA ANGELOU

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Fig Tree in Greece, photo by Chris Anastasiadis

“The key is to keep watering the tree, not just picking the fruit.” ~ CHINESE PROVERB

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Rock Formations in the Sea, Thailand, photo by Alan James

“Never, ever give up! No matter what.” ~~EE’S PERSONAL MOTTO

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“There is applause which is superior to that of the multitudes: one’s own.” ~ ELIZABETH ELTON SMITH

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

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“Follow your inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness.” ~ ALAN GINSBERG

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NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR: Thanks for the many nice LinkedIn.com endorsements for my screenwriting, filmmaking, directing & etc., everybody! I’d also love to see some heartfelt endorsements for my 15 years of work as founder, executive director, artistic director, programmer, festival event director, & blogger at the Moondance International Film Festival, too! ~ Elizabeth English & Moondance Film Festival

~~ Thanks for reading the Moondance news blog!

~~ NOTE: Replying? Have a question? Change the email subject line! Please don’t just click on REPLY, if you want to comment or ask a question about this blog, because your email to me will stack up in Gmail, and I have to scroll through the entire blog to find your email, along with the many others who just click REPLY to the blog. Changing even a word, or adding a /, in the subject line of the email to me will make it arrive as an individual email. Thanks for the email courtesy!

~~ Please forward on this news blog to your friends and colleagues!

Winter view from the Moondance office, Boulder, Colorado

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LAST CHANCE: MOONDANCE 2013 EARLY ENTRIES!

~~~ LAST CHANCE! ~~~

MOONDANCE FAST-FORWARD EARLY-BIRD

CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

Fall, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, photo by Medford Taylor

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for more news, info, recommendations, insider tips

photos & thoughts for the day

SPECIAL EARLY-BIRD CONTEST OFFER!

THE “FAST-FORWARD WITH MOONDANCE”

EARLY-BIRD CONTEST!

Can’t wait until the Moondance 2013 call-for-entries in December?

NOW, through November 30, 2012, Moondance is offering you the opportunity to get your submission in right now for this special Early-bird competition! Here’s the deal: Submit your screenplays, short stories, TV pilots, films, music & etc. (see all competition categories) for the lowest discounted entry fee of the year, only $25, during October & November 2012. Postmark deadline November 30, only for the “FAST-FORWARD EARLY-BIRD” contest. Regular entry fees start December 1, 2012.

ALL SUBMISSIONS WILL BE AN OFFICIAL ENTRY INTO THE

2013 MOONDANCE COMPETITION!

Here’s what you can win:

  • All “FAST-FORWARD EARLY-BIRD” winners, finalists & semi-finalists will receive an official certificate of your project’s award status!
  • All “FAST-FORWARD EARLY-BIRD” winners, finalists & semi-finalists will be listed on the December 2012 blog & website!
  • All “FAST-FORWARD EARLY-BIRD” winners, finalists & semi-finalists can get 2 free 2013 Moondance film festival movie tickets (a $30 value)!

ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/pdfs/MIFF_ENTRY_FORM.pdf

For submission info, go to:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/Sub_submissions.html

EARLY-BIRD Application not available via withoutabox.com

TO PAY THE ENTRY FEE, SEND A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER IN US $ TO THE ADDRESS ON THE ENTRY FORM, OR TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD, GO TO: www.acteva.com/go/miff

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A SPECIAL NOTE TO 2012 MOONDANCE WINNERS*

WHO COULD NOT ATTEND THE AWARDS CEREMONY:

If you would like to have your award star & official winner certificate mailed to you, please go to www.acteva.com/go/miff to pay the postage. $10 for US addresses & $20 for foreign addresses. Remember to also EMAIL moondancefestival@gmail.com your mailing address & the title of your winning 2012 project. This offer expires December 31, 2012. *Award stars & certificates are sent to 2012 winners only, not finalists & semi-finalists.

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2012 MOONDANCE LAUREL WREATHS http://moondancefilmfestival.com/06_other.laurels.html

If your submitted project was chosen as a Moondance 2012 Winner, Finalist or Semi-finalist, please feel free to download the Moondance laurel graphic to use in your publicity. This offer expires December 31, 2012.

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THE 2012 MOONDANCE POSTER NOW AVAILABLE!

If you’d like to order a full-sized, full-color original Moondance NYC 2012 poster, co-designed by Joe Gilpin, Jr. and Elizabeth English, please go to www.acteva.com/go/miff to place your order. The cost is $25 each, plus US or foreign postage. This offer expires December 31, 2012.

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

The Michael Weise publication, “FILMMAKING FOR CHANGE, How to Make Films That Transform the World”, by Jon Fitzgerald, is a marvel, a revelation, and a must-read, for film buffs, indie filmmakers, film festival programmers, studio heads, film distributors, and screenwriters! This important book entertains, informs, inspires, encourages and educates the reader. Filmmakers, writers and composers are vocal and active participants in the social forces that can shape our culture. Films, scripts and music can all greatly contribute to a healthier society, and these creative works should encourage the active involvement of audiences to connect and act collectively to address social and environmental challenges. http://www.mwp.com/ Sign up now for the MWP newsletter and get your complimentary e-book: ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MOVIE MAKING MASTERCLASS. You can also check out our free filmmaker resources. There you’ll find sample budgets & forms, course outlines, and more…

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MOONDANCERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

In our continuing efforts to promote top-quality original filmmaking, writing and music composition by talented artists from around the world, the Moondance International Film Festival is very pleased to announce that our festival competitions have brought in great submissions, in all categories, from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lithuania, Malta, Marshall Islands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, United Arab Republic, the UK, the USA, Venezuela, Zambia, and more!

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

The November 5th Moondance blog is really a masterpiece…. and I don’t say that lightly.  The insider tips article on how to get an agent is the best help I’ve ever seen for screenwriters – new or old-timers.  It is brilliant piece of work.  This alone is well worth the price of the 2013 competition entry fee.” ~ LORNA KANTER

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INSIDER TIPS FOR FILMMAKERS:

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION !

Adventures in Judging
Film Entries in a Film Festival

(Ways to Better Your Chances of Winning)

By Elizabeth English

~~~ Make sure your entire submission package is festival- friendly! ~~~

PREPARATION TO SUBMIT TO A FILM FESTIVAL: Send in your entry as soon as possible, rather than waiting for the last day of the entry deadline.
 Send your film in the format required by the festival. If they ask for a preview DVD in NTSC format, don’t send a PAL format. Do not attach a paper label directly to the face of the DVD! Paper labels very often cause the DVD to stop, stick, and/or pixilate. Have the title and other info printed onto the DVD, or handwrite it with a marker pen. Most film festivals will not accept or preview DVDs with paper labels. Don’t make the festival wait while you try to get back your lone screener from another festival!

FOR MAILING: Package your screener safely, and send it, and with your WAB tracking number, if you have one,  on the DVD or the box (or entry form, release form, & entry fee, if not via WAB) in one envelope or box, if using WAB’s submission service. Do not use those padded envelopes filled with grey shredded kapok, as it can damage DVD. It also makes a big mess when opened. Use correct postage.

Do not send the submission as registered mail. This often requires the person at the festival who gets the notice of registered mail to go to the post office & stand in line to sign for it. Usually, the mail carrier will not leave the package if no-one is available to sign for it, and it may be sent back to you.

US post offices have a good option: Delivery Confirmation notice. It’s a lot less expensive than registered mail & you can track the package online, to see when it was delivered, and even get a print-out that it was delivered properly, for your records. If you want a confirmation that your submission was received, please send (with your submission package) an attached post card with US postage (if entering a US competition). Write on the postcard: your name and address in the mail-to area, and on the back or in the message area, write: (name of festival) has received the film (title of your entry) on this date_________. Or request email confirmation.

Do not send an SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) with your submission for return of your preview video or DVD, if the festival or competition announces that they will not return preview submissions. You’ll be wasting the postage. If you are sending your film to the US from another country, note on the customs declaration that the film has no (or $1) commercial value, or is a commercial sample, so the film festival is not charged a customs fee, in which case, the festival will probably refuse to accept your entry at all, and it will be discarded by the post office or returned to you. Please remember to write the WAB tracking number on the DVD and the box, not just on the mailing envelope, , if using WAB’s submission service.

ENTRY FEES: Attach the check or money-order with a paper-clip (don’t staple it in) to the front of the official entry form, if you have not paid via WAB. If it’s for a US festival or competition, make sure the funds are in US dollars. Don’t just toss the entry fee into the bottom of the envelope, as it may be missed. When sending a money-order, write your name on it, so we know who it’s from. When sending a check from someone else or a production company, write your name and the title of the submission on it, for the same reason.

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CONTACT INFO: Be sure to add your current email address to your submission form. If you have a spam filter, add the festival’s email address to your white list, so you can receive emails from them. If you change your address, phone number or e-mail address, please let the festival know this right away, so they can contact you if your film is selected for screening. Send e-mail addresses for all others who may want to be notified of the film’s status in the contest.
 If the festival has a news blog, subscribe to it, and read the blog when it arrives in your in-box.

MEDIA PACKAGES: If required for previews, send several publicity stills via e-mail, or a CD Rom with titled stills of your film in the submission package. If not required for previews, don’t send publicity materials. If your film is selected for screening, the festival will ask you for stills for their print program and media promo. The film stills need to sell your film to an audience, and make them want to see it. Use the best quality photos you have, and label them.

LABELING YOUR FILM: Please label the jewel-box or sleeve the DVD or film comes in, as well as printing the info directly on the DVD. The festival needs the following information on all film labels: Title of film, name of filmmaker, format, running time of film & genre (narrative feature or short, documentary, animation, etc.).

BUDGET FOR ENTRY FEES: Plan your film production budget to include film festival entry fees as the main method of marketing your film and your work.

Don’t ask the film festival to waive or reduce the entry fee for you. If the festival has a scholarship program available, it will be announced, and you can apply for it. Most film festivals are made possible by the entry fees collected.

BE PATIENT: Do not call, write or email the film festival to see if they’ve watched your film and if they liked it. Do not ask for comments or critiques unless the festival has announced they will give them. If you want a written or oral critique on your film and the festival charges a fee for that, add that amount to your entry fee.

Most film festivals will email you about your submission status, and will announce the winners, finalists and semi-finalists on their website and/or blog.

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ATTEND THE FILM FESTIVAL: If your film should be a finalist or winner, and is selected for screening at the film festival, plan to attend the screening and participate in the festival by watching others’ films, too, as a courtesy to both the film festival that is promoting your film and to the other filmmakers.

Attending a film festival, and actively participating, is the best way to network.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS: If your film is not in English (for a US festival), do not have it dubbed into English. Use English subtitles, instead, written by a native English-speaker. Most festivals will not preview nor screen a dubbed film.

HAVE A GREAT, EYE-CATCHING TITLE & GRAPHICS FOR YOUR FILM! The title & graphic images should be memorable and unique, whether it’s a narrative fiction feature, a short, a documentary or animation.

HAVE A GREAT LOGLINE &/OR MINI-SYNOPSIS FOR YOUR FILM! This should also be memorable and unique, and sells the film to the festival programmer, and the audience, making them want to see your film, whether it’s a narrative fiction feature, a short, music video, a documentary or animation.

“Stangeface”, short film by Lynne Vincent McCarthy, Australia

OPENING SCENE: Have a great opening scene and a compelling first 5 or 10 minutes. Don’t start your film with long minutes of credits on a blank screen. Or with these two all-too-common openings: Shot of a bedroom, guy or woman in bed asleep, alarm clock rings, hand reaches out to shut off alarm, clock falls to floor, anonymous feet pad to the bathroom. OR: camera pans across a mantle or table or wall filled with family photos, showing viewer who the story is about. Been done a million times. Be creative! Do something unique!

Catch the festival programmer’s and the audience’s attention!

STORY: Make sure your film has a story. Even if it’s a documentary, it must have a story to follow and keep the viewer’s interest. Select a really good screenplay or story that will be of interest to festival programmer, festival director AND the potential festival audience, who will be glad to have paid for tickets to see your film!

FILM SCORE: Have a fantastic, memorable, original film score. The film score is one of the most important elements of your film.

PRODUCTION VALUES: Be sure to utilize good cinematography, lighting, sound, costumes, hair, makeup, locations, music, sets and props. Make sure the film’s lighting and sound is the same value throughout each scene. Production values count as much as the story, directing, editing and acting. Block out blue outside light, so your film’s colors are natural.

DIRECTING YOUR ACTORS: The actors shouldn’t be perceived as reading their lines and hitting their marks. They should not even be acting, but should BE the character, thinking and feeling and reacting, as the character.

Acting is re-acting, to dialog, situations, action, emotions. For documentary films, avoid all those “talking heads”. Use voice-over visuals to tell your story in a cinematic manner as much as possible.

EDITING: Edit “invisibly”, so that the film segues seamlessly and always flows forward. Edit out all but the gem of the story.

CREDITS: Consider adding the credits to the end of the film, rather than at the opening. Make them interesting, visually, maybe with stills from the film, bloopers, or out-takes, and with music from the film. Film credits shouldn’t be longer than the film! Please keep them short and sweet, and moving quickly.

RUNNING TIME: Make your film as short as possible. Consider ruthlessly cutting that 60-minute film to 30, 45 or 50 minutes!

Be aware that film festivals often want to screen films in one-hour segments, and need time between screenings for each audience to get seated, and then to exit the theater, between each screening.

Let’s fill ALL those seats!!

SPECIAL TIPS FOR DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS:

1. STORY, STORY, STORY! Doc films absolutely need a story, to be of interest to the general audience. A unique story, well-told.

2. And a unique protagonist for viewers to relate to. The protagonist can even be the filmmaker or narrator.

“Alaska Women Mariners” documentary TV pilot, directed by Anna Young

3. LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS! Film at interesting, cinematic, unique locations, and let the audience know where the film takes place.

4. Do a lot of voice-overs while showing visuals, scenes…try to eliminate all those boring talking heads!

5. Add in natural, ambient sounds to the sound track.

6. Keep color, lighting & sound even, in all shots, where possible.

7. Have an Act I, II, III (beginning, middle & end), with a good, memorable climax or resolution.

“Afghan Nightmare” feature doc, directed by Klaus Erik Okstad, Norway

8. Imagine you’re doing a fictional, narrative film, and try to end on a positive note.

“Blue velvet in Sinai” feature doc directed by Gulrukh Khan, UK

9. Select a subject or theme for your film project that is of great interest to a film festival programmer and a wide audience, and which will make them enthusiastic about your film’s subject.

10. Edit and cut relentlessly. Keep it as short as possible.

Considering a consultation?

Contact Elizabeth English at: mermaid7seas@gmail.com.

Visit her blog-site for more info and affordable rates!

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EE & Obama, @ 2012 Election Night Victory Party

An Australian Moondance winner commented, on seeing this pic, “I hear that he’s been showing this picture to everybody on Capitol Hill. They all stare incredulously and ask him: Is that really Elizabeth English?“ ;o)

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

metal sculpture by Charlotte Zink

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. ~THOMAS JEFFERSON

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Mahatma Gandhi

Be as great in act, as you have been in thought.” ~ WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.” ~ FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” ~ ANATOLE FRANCE

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The Brooklyn Bridge

“The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~ THOMAS A. EDISON

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

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Please forward this news blog to your friends and colleagues!

Mermaid sculpture by Charlotte Zink, www.ZinkMetalArt.com

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FAST-FORWARD WITH MOONDANCE!

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SPECIAL QUICK CONTEST OFFER!

THE “FAST-FORWARD WITH MOONDANCE” CONTEST!

Can’t wait until the official Moondance 2013 call-for-entries in December?

Starting NOW, through November 30, 2012, Moondance is offering you the opportunity to get your submission in right now for this special short competition! Here’s the deal: Submit your screenplays, short stories, TV pilots, films, music & etc. (see all competition categories) for the lowest entry fee of the year, only $25, during October & November 2012. Postmark deadline November 30, only for the “FAST-FORWARD” contest.

Here’s what you can win:

  • All “FAST-FORWARD” winners, finalists & semi-finalists will receive an official certificate of your project’s award status!

  • All “FAST-FORWARD” winners, finalists & semi-finalists will be listed on the December 2012 blog & website!

  • All “FAST-FORWARD” winners, finalists & semi-finalists can get 2 free 2013 Moondance film festival movie tickets (a $30 value)!

“FAST-FORWARD” CONTEST APPLICATION FORM*

*Application not available via withoutabox.com

TO PAY THE ENTRY FEE, SEND A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER, OR TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD, <— CLICK HERE

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INKTIP.COM annually sponsors the Moondance with a generous offer to post the feature screenplay winners’ projects on their website for free, where producers and directors visit often to preview and select scripts for a read, an option and/or a sale! Watch for an email from InkTip, coming to your inbox soon. These are the 2012 winners of this very special prize:

FEATURE SCREENPLAY WINNERS
A Certain Charm Betty Ellington-Smith
Coach Rob Bruce Leaf &  Denny Dressman
Count Roller Skates Todd Gordon
Fixing Jack Jennifer Ussi & Adam Couper
Hockey Night in Cromdale Penny Frazier
It Never Rains in California Timothy Earl Burger
Jason’s House Murray Spitzer
Nekropolis Kevin Walker & Jason Beever
Roughnecks! Michael L. Edwards
Separate > Equal Thomas Lidd
Song of the Lost Sister Brian MacEvilly
Vlad, the Inhaler Mark Lysgaard
FEATURE SCREENPLAY FOR KIDS WINNER
The Huggisons: a Furry Sensation Rebecca Kavanaugh
TELEVISION PILOT SCRIPT WINNERS
Annabelle Mary MacDonald Rival & Allan Wylie
Men of Leisure Nicole L. Siddiqi
The Tweeters Wendy Brache
Wheels -The June Bug Donna Lisa

Nicole Siddiqi

Tom Lidd

Donna Lisa

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Sign up now for the MOVIEBYTES.COM newsletter! MOVIEBYTES.COM lists Moondance’s writing winners each contest season, to promote winning screenwriters to buyers! A list of all 2012 Moondance writing winners has been sent to them, and that special listing is online at www.moviebytes.com now!

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A SPECIAL NOTE TO 2012 MOONDANCE WINNERS* WHO COULD NOT ATTEND THE AWARDS CEREMONY:

If you would like to have your award star & official winner certificate mailed to you, please go to www.acteva.com/go/miff to pay the postage. $10 for US addresses & $20 for foreign addresses. Remember to also EMAIL moondancefestival@gmail.com your mailing address & the title of your winning 2012 project. This offer expires December 1, 2012. *Award stars & certificates are sent to 2012 winners only, not finalists & semi-finalists.

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READ WHAT MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

EE & son, Chris, official festival photographer

Dear 2012 Moondancers, It was really great to meet you all at last, and I’m very happy to know you were pleased with the 2012 Moondance in New York City. Thanks a million for being there with us, and for making this event a great one. I look forward to seeing your Moondance 2013 projects! ~~ Cheers, Elizabeth

  • “The festival was incredible and the connections were so helpful.  Bottom line, it was vital for me at this point in my process to be around and talk to other aspiring writers/filmmakers, as much as it is nice to hear from people who have experienced success.  It gave me back some sanity that had begun to flee as I was so alone for a long time writing without anyone to relate.  I hope to stay in touch with everyone’s process and progress.  Thank you again for the opportunity and especially thank you for putting a festival up that promotes alternative views from the norm.  Such is the very kind of film I intend to live my life pursuing.  And offer social change, unheard perspectives, and unlock the endless possibilities of this art.  Thanks again.” ~ CONNOR McLEAN, feature screenplay, “All the Day Nowhere”
  • “It was such a pleasure to be at the Moondance festival and be awarded a prize for best documentary feature. There was a great buzz to being in New York and meeting Elizabeth, a women of great integrity, innovation and tons of fun to be with. My film series ‘Blue Velvet In Sinai’ with (Oscar winner Ric O’Barry) fitted the ethos of the festival, and I am honoured to have met so many like-minded, inspirational fellow film-makers. The award ceremony on the yacht added to the fun…especially as we could see the Statue of Liberty during the awards. As so many of the films were about liberation from the confines of negative things in life – it was a perfect setting. Thank you, Elizabeth, for making my trip from the UK, specially to be at the awards, so wonderful.” ~ GULRUKH KHAN – Director / Producer www.bluevelvetinsinai.com

EE & Gulrukh Khan

  • Thank you so much for Moondance!! The whole concept of it and your total commitment to every aspect of it truly brings out the best in everyone and is inspiring. It was wonderful to see thought-provoking films of such substance, artistry, to meet and share the passion of the filmmakers and people involved, and be part of a very special film festival. The awards cruise was the best yet, as Tom Lidd says, “A blast”! Your description of the GAIA award I won is “The award is presented to the person who seeks to elucidate and improve the spiritual quality of all life on the planet, and contributes to the betterment of the world spirit.” This particular recognition means so much to me and the Indian NRITYAGRAM dancers — I feel this is the goal of us all in some way! Brava to you and all participants at Moondance!” ~ NAN MELVILLE, director

Nan Melville

  • My son and I had a great time in NY, it was very special for us as he has only just arrived in the US to attend high school.  This was his first trip to NY.  I felt it important to bring him because it was his comment 5 years ago about there being no Marshallese-language films that got me on this filmmaking roller coaster ride. The opportunity to screen our film in NY was huge for not just me, but the Marshall Islands as a whole.  I was so surprised and pleased to see that people who had been connected with the Marshall Islands for decades wound up coming to watch the film.  Some of those people had done some great things for the Marshall Islands, so it was heartwarming to see them again.  My college roommate was there, who I hadn’t seen for 30 years; my cousin was there, who I hadn’t seen for over 20 years.  My daughter’s friends were there.  There were even people who had adopted Marshallese children who came to show their kids a little slice of what their birthplace looked like.  It was a great experience for all of them, and I really enjoyed the Q & A afterwards. The awards ceremony on the ship was so unusual.  Boats are not new to those of us who live on islands, but boats cruising by the Statue of Liberty as we were receiving an award for our film, was!  My son felt so proud of that day, as did I.  I have attached the picture of us with our Atlantis Award.  I know that putting on that festival is an awesome task, but from those of us who benefited tremendously from it, PLEASE keep the Moondance going!  Let me know if I can be of any help to you.  I’ll keep you posted on Cricket’s journey into the festival world; it certainly had a grand start!” ~ JACK & MAX NIEDENTHAL

Jack & Max Niedenthal

  • I wanted to take a brief moment to thank you for your efforts at making the Moondance International Film Festival a positive experience for all who attended…you managed to maintain the spirit of the Moondance festival even when it wasn’t so easy to do…and used your determination to ensure the film makers had a platform for their work to be seen and to be heard. We all owe you a personal thank you for bringing this to life for all who attended and all who enjoyed the recognition of having been part of the Moondance Film Festival. So from my team, I want to recognize you…for your long-standing efforts in this but more importantly, for your efforts in helping to raise awareness, via the film format, to issues which affect women and their lives from around the globe. “Black Inside-Three Women’s Voices” wasn’t in competition of course, however we were honored with your invitation to make the work created for the UNF-GACC, the voices of three women who equally invited us into their lives, available to those interested in the issues which prematurely lead to the deaths of millions of people, predominately women and children, while breathing the toxin-laced smoke from cooking over an open wood fire to feed their families. As director of this series of short films for the UNF-GACC, I’ve been inspired to take the cookstove story to a wider audience, so I’m pleased to announce that we are in pre-production for two independent feature-length films. “When Sparrows Fall” is a slice-of-life story with locations from the Pyrenees of northern Spain to the Western Isles off the coast of Scotland, where cooking over open fires is cultural and loving, yet often deadly for women who simply want to serve their families. We want to bring this serious issue to a world stage, and now you and Moondance, with us, are part of this effort. Moondance will always be where we enjoyed our US Premiere, giving credit where credit is due. In this spirit, I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to you, from our US/London based production team, and know that we wish you the best of all things good in your efforts for others..in the days to come.” RODNEY RASCONA, Director, “Black Inside – Three Women’s Voices”


Rodney Rascona (at right)

  • “Thank you for honoring “Coach Rob” with the Seahorse Award. Both Denny Dressman and I were thrilled when we learned we had been named winners at the Moondance Film Festival, an indication that our script, about former Grambling State University Coach Eddie Robinson, resonated with people who likely didn’t know about his achievements. We were fortunate to have good material to work with. I enjoyed meeting you at the awards ceremony onboard the yacht and look forward to seeing you again. I offer my best wishes to you and to the continued success of the film festival.” ~ BRUCE LEAF

Bruce Leaf, EE & Bermet

  • I just wanted to thank you for recognizing my script and for hosting the awards ceremony.  It was a most remarkable group of filmmakers and other people in the arts.  My wife and I had long conversations with several people whom we will not soon forget.” ~ TODD GORDON, feature screenplay, “Count Roller Skates”

  • “Spirited by your empathetic intelligence and infused with a buoyant grace, Moondance is a joyous festival that enacts a world view reminding us that, though connection is elusive, we are all noble and bound by our perseverance in envisioning resolution.  I am honored to have been included and to have had two stories awarded. Thank you.” ~  ROBIN MARTIN, 2 short stories, “Bob & Hope” & “On the Ocean Boulevard”

  • I wanted to thank you for the wonderful time we had at the Moondance International Film Festival! The producers, Rosemary and Sabrina, and Tom and I had so much fun! The award ceremony and reception was pitch-perfect – what a beautiful day on the water! All of our family and friends loved the screening of “Surreal Estate” – we’re thrilled we were able to share the film at such a great festival! Thank you.” ~ LORI ROMERO

Lori Romero & her film’s leading character

  • It was so wonderful meeting you this weekend at the Moondance International Film Festival.  I had such a great time, and am very grateful for the opportunity to meet so many impassioned individuals. The festival provided me with many networking opportunities, which were invaluable experiences. I am eager to get back to work, especially after helping with Moondance. Thank you again for the opportunity to be part of the Moondance International Film Festival, and I hope our paths cross again in the future!” ~ SAMANTHA WALSH
  • “We’re very excited to have our first screening in New York City and where the idea for Mission of Mermaids all began. After two years of work and dedication to this project and the cause behind it, we’ve come full circle. the NYC screening at the Moondance International Film Festival. M.O.M. had its NYC premiere at this lovely festival, perfect for our topic. Aside from having a Mermaid as their logo, their mission is right in tune with our own. ~ SUSAN ROCKEFELLER, director

Nan Melville & Susan Rockefeller

  • Elizabeth, I want to thank you for your great encouragement and the enormous positivity you showed me, and to say how proud I am to be recognised in a festival whose ethos I so respect. It means a great deal to me. Although attending the festival would have battered me financially, I’d have been there in a heartbeat. I’ve no doubt that I’d have met some fantastic people, and, who knows, perhaps even done business, too. You’re doing a terrific — and, more significantly, important — job. (My friend Eilis Mernagh, a former Moondance winner/attendee, refers to you as a legend.) I’ve had a number of successes this year, but this win is particularly special to me. I promise to keep producing accountable, life-affirmative work. And I look forward to competing in Moondance again in the future. As my old school motto used to say, ‘Certa bonum certamen’ (‘Fight the good fight’). ~ BRIAN MAC EVILLY, screenwriter, “ Song of the Lost Sister”, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland www.writerscut.net

Brian Mac Evilly

  • In searching for appropriate film festivals to submit to, yours in particular struck me not only because the spirit and vibe seem so positive, but because you make a point to emphasize film scores, something that seems pretty rare in the independent film world, but something that is so important to us and our film (it being a musical and what not).” ~ MARK BLACKMAN
  • On behalf of Rich West and myself, I want to thank you so very much for honoring our film “The Last Paperboy” by selecting it for your film festival.   Its screening in NYC, and especially at the Tribeca Cinemas, was beyond words. I was thrilled to be there and was especially happy to meet you and to network with all the wonderful people who attended Moondance. I think I may have made some new friends for life. Especially exciting was the cruise around NY. Your thoughtfulness in stopping the awards presentation so we could step outside and see the Statue of Liberty was a kindness that I will never forget. The emotions I felt in seeing the Statue surprised me and will be with me for a long time. It was extremely kind of you. Regarding the awards, the star is lovely. I plan to mount the Star and certificate in a frame and proudly hang it on the wall. Thank you again for a very special weekend.” ~ SHERI RATICK STROUD itsme-sheri.com Wonder Pictures

Sheri Ratick Stroud

  • My short story, “Another Way to Die”, was a 2012 Moondance International Film Festival Semi-Finalist. The award has led to my newest book, Gladiator, cracking Amazon’s top 100, twice. I have now received an invitation from Southern Writers Magazine to guest-post on their blog, and my first print book, Bounty Hunter, will have a full-on launch at Joseph Beth Booksellers, one of the largest independent book chains in the United States. Thank you, Elizabeth at Moondance; you and your festival make all artists dreams come true.” ~ AMY MCCORKLE http://amylmccorklekentuckyauthor.webs.com

  • I want to take a moment to thank you for giving me the award for “The Huggisons” (feature screenplay for kids). I got the good news on the very day I was moving into a new apartment here in Chicago to spend a year in the States pushing my screenplays (I am American but normally live over in Marrakech, Morocco and yes…with my seven cats). It is surely a “going into the unknown” time in the US for a year is a bit intimidating and so receiving the award that day confirmed perhaps I’m on the right track :). I’ve got “The Huggisons” with a friend of a friend who is an animator at Disney, and Zero Gravity Management has requested to see a different script I wrote (an embarrassingly raunchy romantic comedy). …So I threw in The Huggisons into the Zero Gravity package, as well, and was very proud to mention in the pitch that I was a winner of YOUR contest. ~ REBECCA KAVANAUGH, Morocco/US

  • Thank you so much for including my short film “Death, Inc.” at Moondance 2012. I had an amazing experience at the festival in NYC, culminating with that glorious awards cruise to the Statue of Liberty and back. It is an honor to be able to be a Moondance winner. The experience is fuel for pursuing my dream to write and direct a feature film. Thank you! ~ SANDRA PAYNE

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Please send .jpeg photos from Moondance, for the online 2012 festival photo album, to: moondancefestival@gmail.com, with MOONDANCE PHOTOS in the subject line of your email.

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

BLUE VELVET IN SINAI

Directed by Gulrukh Khan

This Moondance Award-winning 4-part series (for Best documentary feature) has been made with Ric O’Barry (Oscar winner for ‘The Cove’ in 2010). It is the very beautiful story of a solitary dolphin who turns up on the coast of a fishing village in the Sinai desert, Egypt. The Bedouin there are ‘challenged’ in speech and hearing. The dolphin, whom they name Olin, changes their lives and village life forever. She has a baby and that further develops this powerful story of love, interspecies connection and humankind’s involvement with its natural world. Ric O’Barry and other dolphin specialists share profound scientific and other knowledge about dolphin healing and why it is important to keep these precious creatures out of captivity. The story in the Sinai is the microcosm of a greater global picture that unfolds throughout the series. You can support this important environmental issue by watching the series online at www.bluevelvetinsinai.com

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Beluga family, photo by www.fish-journal.com

Action Alert! SeaWorld Imports 18 Belugas Largest Import of Belugas Ever! We Must Stop this NOW or More Dolphins and Whales Will Suffer the Same Fate. This odious transaction would support the capture and international trade of this highly intelligent and social species. It is not acceptable to subject these animals to being ripped from their pod-mates and home waters and flown half way around the world in extremely noisy Russian planes. The highly stressful flight from Russia will be nothing less than inhumane, and thus violates the marine mammal protection act. There have been no captures of wild dolphins in US waters since 1993, mainly because of public pressure and opposition. 

We are counting on each and every one of you to help us block this import and return these captured belugas to the wild or permanent sanctuary. Please take a few minutes to help these wonderful whales and let the U.S. know that we won’t tolerate the cruelty of importing dolphins and whales for captivity. Go to: www. bluevoice.org for more info.

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READ THE MOONDANCE E-ZINE ARTICLES HERE!

Don’t miss reading all the great filmmaking & writing articles written by the pros exclusively for Moondance.

Read all about: how to win a screenplay competition; how to win a film festival competition; winning titles & loglines for films & scripts; screenplay submissions; movie script writing; writing character, dialog & action; how to get an agent; what Hollywood wants to see; directing indie films, documentaries, short films, animation; film scores; stage plays; short stories; TV MOW; TV pilots; kids films; music videos; radio plays, and more!

The editor is always open to suggestions & submissions for the Moondance E-ZINE, too! E-mail suggestions & articles to: moondancefestival@gmail.com,
with MOONDANCE E-ZINE in the subject line.

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MERMAID7SEAS PRODUCTIONS. Focusing on the elements crucial to creating a compelling and readable script, or a winning, marketable film, our helpful comments, suggestions & edits will allow you to concentrate on solving the problems that will make your material move toward receiving a CONSIDER or a RECOMMENDED from a studio or prodco reader, and will assist in advancing your script or film up toward WINNER in screenwriting competitions & film festivals. An advantage of this low-cost professional critique & editing service by the founder, executive director & artistic director of Moondance, and her professional team, is that we will help you prepare your screenplay or film before sending it to producers, agents, managers and others who may have requested it. EMAIL: mermaid7seas@gmail.com

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At the request of a winning Moondancer from Australia, please watch this amazing, musical 3-KITE BALLET by master kite-flyer, Ray Bethell, a resident of Vancouver, B.C.. He is the most famous and the best multiple kiteflyer in the world.! http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=nr9KrqN_lIg

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MOONDANCE IN THE NEWS:

“ALASKAN WOMEN MARINERS” FILM WINS AT MOONDANCE

Alaska Women Mariners onboard at the 2012 Moondance Awards ceremony

Frontiersman Newspaper, NEW YORK — Adding to her list of accolades, Capt. Anna Young has won the coveted Moondance Film Festival’s Filmed Television Pilot Spirit Award on Sept. 17 in New York City. Young arrived in Alaska 50 years ago and is a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, third generation Alaskan, as well as a 100 Ton Captain and fishing boat owner. Her 29-minute film, “Alaskan Women Mariners gives the world a bird’s eye perspective of Alaska’s fishing world. Included in the film are fishing all-stars like Alaska’s youngest 100 Ton Captain, Capt. Lilly Lane of Homer, Chelsea Bollinger of Kodiak, Capt. Sarah Brooks of Ninilchik, Sydney-Jane Armstrong of Homer and Capt. Lindsey Johnson of Ketchikan. The win includes bragging rights for the Mat-Su Valley, too, since Capt. Brooks lives here, but fishes on the Kenai Peninsula. Young was a salmon drift gillnetter in Prince William Sound in 1989, when the Exxon “Valdez” oil spill occurred, and was the first responder out of west Prince William Sound in Whittier, to assist on her boat F/V “The Sugar.” Most recently she lent her expertise and services to remove debris from Alaska coastal waters because of the Japanese tsunami disaster. ~ Heather Resz, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Managing editor

ALASKA BUSINESS MONTHLY Alaska’s Premiere Business Site. “This award is a wonderful testament to the world of fishing and maritime industry in Alaska and how integral women have been for its success,” said Anna Young. “I’m not only honored to receive the award for our film, but also very proud of Alaskan women who dedicate their lives to this growing market despite abundant risks and harsh environments in a historically male-dominated industry,” added Young. Captain Young is now in the process of promoting her film for interest by U.S. and international producers in television and big screen for larger audiences in a multiple-episode T.V. series and cinematic format.

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At the 2012 Guam International Film Festival, close to 200 films were entered from 27 countries, only 53 were chosen to be shown at the festival, hundreds upon hundreds of actors from all over the world were in these films: Tonight, Salome Fakatou, a little ten year-old Bikinian girl from the Marshall Islands has won the Grand Jury Award for Achievement in Acting (the only award given for acting) for her role in Ainikien Jidjid ilo Boñ (The Sound of Crickets at Night)!  It’s really what we have been trying to promote with these films; self-esteem for the children of the RMI. The crowd went crazy when she was chosen.” ~ JACK NIEDENTHAL, director

Salome Fakatou, at left & sister

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

Imagination is more important than knowledge…” ~ ALBERT EINSTEIN

The happiest excitement in life is to be convinced that one is fighting for all one is worth on behalf of some clearly seen and deeply felt good ~ RUTH BENEDICT

“Usefulness, whatever form it may take, is the price we should pay for the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the privilege of being alive.” ~ ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Eighty percent of success is showing up.” ~ WOODY ALLEN

Act as if it were impossible to fail.” ~ DOROTHEA BRANDE

“I, alone, cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~ MOTHER TERESA

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.” ~ ANDRE GIDE

“All of a sudden, I’m back to knitting. I’m not sure what possessed me; perhaps it was the need to ravel what feels like something coming unraveled. As I knitted, I thought things over, row by row. Whenever my thoughts got in a rut, I told myself: You did that row already. Next. Knitting relaxed and soothed my mind. I understood, suddenly, why it was so important for women to knit for their sons and husbands overseas during war, in the old days. (Do they still?) How knitting kept in play the sense of being able to control the outcome, the sense of staying in touch, the sense of being able to protect and cherish a loved one, knowing that what your fingers touched will soon caress one who holds your heart. Knitting kept me from skidding out in anxiety. Will the moon rise over another meadow? Of course. Will the stars shine over other trees? Of course. I don’t yet see the pattern. But the next adventure is stitches away. Everything is, in the grand scheme of things.” ~ DOMINIQUE BROWNING, www.slowlove.com

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MOONDANCE AND THE CITY!

Image by Joe Gilpin, Jr.

THANKS A MILLION FOR ALL THE FINE FILMS, WRITINGS AND MUSIC SUBMITTED TO THE 2012 MOONDANCE COMPETITION!

Announcements will be made soon for all winners, finalists and semi-finalists!

NEW YORK CITY!

SEPTEMBER 13, 14, 15 & 16

Don’t miss this unique opportunity for extreme networking with US & international filmmakers, writers, composers, production companies, distributors, talent agents, celebrities, casting agents, international audiences, and the best-of-the-best indie film screenings, important workshops & pitch-panels, plus all of the many advantages of being in the heart of Manhattan for a fabulous, unforgettable weekend!

PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE 13th ANNUAL

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2012!

SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS, INFO & ARTICLES OF INTEREST!

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

• Good news from a past Moondance festival participant: “My short film has won yet another award – this time, the Award of Excellence at the International Film Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. By now, this uniquely creative short film from Edmonton has traveled to more than 20 major international film festivals and charmed audiences across the globe. All the best to Moondance, and I hope to submit to you in the very near future, and attend your wonderful festival workshops, again.” ~ Eva Colmers, Canada

• “I just want you to know that I really appreciate all of this advice/help.  It still just stuns me. The last week has been such an incredible education for us here. Our films are watched throughout Micronesia, as we are the only ones doing this kind of stuff.” ~ Jack Niedenthal, filmmaker, screenwriter, Marshall Islands

• “What a wonderful surprise to see my painting in the mid-July Moondance news blog. I am so proud. The news blog is terrific. Peaceable Kingdom is very touching. Those kids were adorable. It made me think deeper about animals and their feelings. Again, I must say you do a wonderful service, not just for writers, but for humanity.” ~ Lorna Kanter, artist, screenwriter, NY

HERE’S SOME GOOD NEWS!

Photo from The New York Times

GOSHEN, Connecticut, USA (AP) July 21, 2012– The birth of a white bison, among the rarest of animals, is bringing Native Americans who consider it a sacred event to celebrate at one of the least likely of places, a farm in New England.

Hundreds of people, including tribal elders from South Dakota, are expected to attend naming ceremonies later this month at the northwestern Connecticut farm of Peter Fay, a fourth-generation Goshen farmer.

Native Americans in the area have come with gifts of tobacco and colored flags for Fay and the bull calf since it was born there a month ago, and Fay is planning to offer his hay field as a campsite for the expected crowds.

“They say it’s going to bring good things to all people in the world!” Marian White Mouse, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe in South Dakota, said the birth of a white bison is a sign from a prophet, the White Buffalo Calf Woman, who helps us endure times of strife and famine.

ATTENTION MUST BE PAID!

ELEPHANTS ARE STILL BEING SLAUGHTERED BY POACHERS

There are many ways to describe elephants: magnificent, highly intelligent, and tough. And if we aren’t careful, there could soon be another short word on this list: gone. The skyrocketing price of illegal ivory has ignited an escalating crime spree with elephant poachers and criminal traffickers at the center. It’s been growing steadily worse, and last year an unprecedented number of these gentle giants were slaughtered for their ivory. Humans have put elephants in this mess, and it’s our task to get them out. To protect elephants across Africa and Asia from being killed, we need to intervene immediately. Please consider a timely donation to the Wildlife Conservation Society!

VANISHING BEES!

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and  hundreds of other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. In less than a month it will be – National Honeybee Day!  Celebrate our Precious Honeybees on August 21st. Our golden winged friends need your help now more than ever. The systemic pesticide clothianidin has been shown to play a major role in the dire crisis in honeybee health. Despite a hive of hard work calling for a ban on clothianidin, the EPA recently gave the systemic pesticide a continued go-ahead. This is sad news and shows us that it’s really up to each and every one of us to be the change we want to see in the world. Thanks for being a part of the solution. The time to raise awareness is now! http://www.vanishingbees.com/

We’ve all seen the agonizing photos of hunger – children with empty eyes, starving and hopeless. Their haunted looks beg for help. But thanks to the ongoing efforts of HEIFER, INTERNATIONAL, many of these children and families now have the light of self-reliance and hope in their eyes, where once there was despair. Please visit the website to see the world through the eyes of those who have broken the cycle of dependence and poverty. It’s not only what they are given, but what they do with it. Yet there are so many others around the world who are still waiting to be given the chance to transform their lives. Please consider a meaningful gift for yourself, a friend or a family member, by donating, in someone’s name, a gift of new life, at Heifer International now. For just $10 – $25 a share, you can give a family a goat, a pig, rabbits, a flock of chickens or geese, seeds, a hive of honeybees, a camel, or even a grove of fruit or nut trees!

Click here:  HEIFER GIFT CATALOG

Little Ruth from Lusaka, Zambia

MOONDANCERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

In our continuing efforts to encourage, promote, inspire & provide top-quality original filmmaking, writing and music composition by talented artists from around the world, the Moondance International Film Festival is very pleased to announce that our festival competitions have brought in great submissions, in all categories, from these countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Macao, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tasmania, Thailand, Turkey, UK, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Republic, USA, Venezuela, Viet Nam and Wales!

FLAGS OF MANY COUNTRIES REPRESENTED AT MOONDANCE:

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Cranes, National Geographic photo

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ~ Albert Einstein

“If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.” ~ Aristotle

Photograph by Stephane Vetter, for National Geographic

“Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.” ~ Author Unknown

“Analia” photo by Britt Newell, Paraguay

“If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses in the world.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

photo by D. Bush, missouriskies.org

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Photo & quote by Lou Hamilton, UK

“Charlie”, photo by Chris Anastasiadis

“I have decided to be happy; it is excellent for one’s health!”—Voltaire

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YOUR MOONDANCE JUNE NEWS


MOONDANCE JUNE DEADLINE + LATEST NEWS & INFO:

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?” ~ George Bernard Shaw

SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS, INFO & ARTICLES OF INTEREST!

The 2012 Moondance submission deadline is coming up!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and win the Moondance!

POSTMARK DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2012

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

CHECK OUT THE MOONDANCE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks a million for all the many fine entries we’ve received so far!

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

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOONDANCE:

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

~~Elizabeth English

Founder, Executive Director, Artistic Director: Moondance International Film Festival

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PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES:

"Gromit", Aardman Animation, UK

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a critique and assessment of your submitted Moondance 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!

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BE SURE YOU’RE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR POPULAR NEWS BLOG in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, announcements, vital articles and insider tips! The Open Rate for the folks who receive this blog is incredible! We are averaging at least 50%, which is way above the industry standard for open rates for email marketing. MIFF’s blog ranges up to 80% for some broadcasts – which is tremendous, and almost unheard of! So do join up now to get in on one of the best-read blogs around!

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

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VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS!

The Moondance International Film Festival has the great honor to announce that the 2012 festival event will be produced and presented by Winsome Sinclair & Associates (WSA), our premiere sponsor! WSA is located in New York, and is committed to creating extraordinary results for its clients, artists and business partners through an unwavering commitment to success. WSA engages in three distinct, yet interrelated businesses: Casting, Artist Management and Development, and Production. The WSA mission is virtually the same as the Moondance mission, and we gratefully welcome their valued participation and support!

http://www.wsaentertainment.com/

WSA PRESENTS THE

2012

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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JUNE ENTRY PRIZES:

Three lucky people, selected from the June Moondance submissions, who submit their project to Moondance during the month of June will receive either a Moondance logo T-shirt or logo tote-bag (your choice)! Your T-shirt or tote-bag will be at the festival reception desk, where you can pick it up.

All submissions entered during Moondance’s March Madness Days, selected from the 2012 competition, will receive 5 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival! The official list of all March entrants will be at the festival box office, where you can each pick up your 5 free movie tickets.

Three (3) lucky April entrants, selected from the 2012 competition, will each receive one V.I.P. All-films pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event! Your V.I.P. All-films pass will be at the festival box office, where you can pick it up.

APRIL WINNERS:

  • Sable Jak
  • Mohammad Alkazemi
  • Margie Walker

One lucky winner, selected from the 2012 competition, who submitted during May, receives a free V.I.P. All-festival pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event! Your V.I.P. All-festival pass will be at the festival box office, where you can pick it up.

MAY WINNER:

  • Vicki Bartholomew

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US!

“Thanks much, Elizabeth, for the acknowledgement (of receipt of my film submission). I wish all the (festival) administration departments (would) communicate with such speed. Life will be so cool for all…I guess most of them are busy chasing the so-called BIG names, under the umbrella of promoting so-called new talents. I am very impressed and excited to see your presentation, including the website, the look and feel, attitude, and style; that is what enticed me to enter (my) film in your festival.” ~ Rohit Gupta (India)

Symbol for the “OM” mantra (Believed to be the "Sound of the Universe") & for Ganesha, the elephant-headed God http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesha

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FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS: DID YOU KNOW?

MUSIC IN FILM!

By Elizabeth English

Music! Ah, yes. The power of music in 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.

A film score can be artfully used to:

  • AROUSE
  • MANIPULATE
  • FRIGHTEN
  • SOOTHE & CALM
  • AID IN TRANSITIONS
  • PUNCTUATE A MOMENT OR SCENE
  • COMMENT
  • MOVE THE PLOT ALONG
  • FOCUS & ARTICULATE
  • ADD A SENSE OF CONTINUITY
  • ADD INFORMATION
  • HEIGHTEN THE TEMPO
  • ADD DRAMATIC TENSION
  • ADD TO COMEDIC ELEMENTS
  • CHANGE THE MOOD
  • ADD CHARACTER
  • DEFINE A SCENE OR CHARACTER
  • ADD DIMENSION
  • GIVE THE FILM NEW OR DIFFERENT MEANING

And you thought only the film director, DP, editor, and the actors did all that?!

The major categories of a film score are:

  • THEME, such as the musical theme from James Bond films
  • SOURCE, as from a radio or a band shown on screen.
  • MOVIE SONG, as the music from “Titanic”.
  • UNDERSCORING, soft, “seen but not heard” music
  • DEVELOPMENTAL or NARRATIVE music, which adds to story as it unfolds, weaving in and out, through the film.
  • COUNTERPOINT MUSIC, adds to contrast, adds conflict
  • FORESHADOWING, sets up for the next scene
  • OVERTURE, the central core. Sets mood, sets time, sets location.
  • LEITMOTIF, which identifies a character or repeated action on screen, such as the scary tune in “Jaws”, when the shark is about to appear.

"Jaws", Universal Pictures, Steven Spielberg, director

Along with a good screenplay, directing, editing, camera-work, and great dialog, music is what really makes a film memorable! Composing film scores, arranging and selecting music are vital crafts and elements that contribute to making the “Dream Factory” world of the film believable to movie audiences!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Ambition is just a dream with a V-8 engine.” ~
Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977)

“Lioness” photo by Nick Brandt

“I’ve always felt that the only way to survive was with dignity, pride and courage.” ~ Eric Clapton

Mahatma Gandhi’s glasses

“The people who shape our lives and our cultures have the ability to communicate a vision, or a quest, or a joy, or a mission.”
~ Anthony Robbins

photo by Adrian Davis

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
~ Albert Camus

"Staircase", photo by Ralph Gibson

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”
–Louis L’Amour

“Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” ~ Lydia M. Child

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THE GREAT MOONDANCE ROADSHOW COMING TO YOUR TOWN SOON?

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 the Moondance Roadshow to your town. Contact Elizabeth English now at: moondancefestival@gmail.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits of this unique opportunity.

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Thanks a million to all of you Moondancers who have contributed this season and in the past! Without your support, we wouldn’t be here. And as our progressive, independent, pro-active voice reaches more people – via the art of film, writing and music, and providing encouragement, reliable information, critical thought and creative ideas — more audiences, artists and activists are entertained, informed and inspired.

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 a progressive future.

Send in your entry now, and/or sponsor us, 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.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY, AND/OR DONATE HERE:

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

READ MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO HERE:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

AND DON’T FORGET:

The 2012 Moondance submission deadline is coming up!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and win the Moondance!

POSTMARK DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2012

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Thanks a million for reading & subscribing to the Moondance news blog!

Please pass this news blog along to your friends & colleagues.

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HAPPY MAY DAY FROM MOONDANCE!

Welcome to the early May edition of the Moondance news blog!

SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS, INFO & ARTICLES OF INTEREST!

Tulips, Central Park, NYC, photo by Dominique Browning, www.slowlovelife.com/

“By plucking its petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” ~ Rabindrath Tagore

MOONDANCE ENTRY FEE DISCOUNT DAYS EXTENDED!

~ May 1 – 31, 2012 ~

By popular demand, Moondance is extending our very popular Springtime Special opportunity! All films, scripts, written works and music submitted to Moondance and postmarked during the month of May can send in:

TWO ENTRIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!*

*Pay the full, higher entry fee for the first one, and send the second one (of an equal or lesser entry fee) for free. Spring Special discounted two-for-one entry fees are available only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of May, are eligible!

AND! One lucky winner, selected from the 2012 competition, who submits during May, will receive a free V.I.P. All-festival pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event! April V.I.P. All-festival pass winners will be announced in the next news blog!

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY or ENTRIES:

1. MIFF Entry Form

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

2. Acteva Online Entry

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

If using Acteva, please remember to go to the MIFF entry form, print it out, fill it in, and send it along with your submission!

3. Withoutabox.com

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

(no discount, no two-fers)

If using WAB, please write your WAB tracking number on your submission!

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks a million for all the fine entries we’ve received so far!

MOVIEBYTES.COM

lists Moondance as one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

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 the Moondance Springtime Special days!

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

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ADVICE FROM A TREE

By Ilan Shamir

  • Stand tall and proud
  • Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
  • Reflect the light of a greater source
  • Think long-term , go out on a limb
  • Remember your place among all living beings
  • Embrace with joy the changing seasons
  • For each yields its own abundance:
  • The energy and birth of spring
  • The growth and contentment of summer
  • Give of your fruits and shade to others
  • The wisdom to let go of leaves in the fall
  • The rest and quiet renewal of winter
  • Feel the wind and the sun 
, and delight in their presence
  • Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
  • Learn from the mystery of the stars at night.
  • Seek nourishment from the good things in life
  • Simple pleasures: Earth, fresh air, rainfall, snows, moonlight
  • Be content with your own natural beauty
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
  • Be flexible
  • Remember your roots
  • Enjoy the view!

Sweet Chestnut tree, Wikipedia photo

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8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story!

Author photo: pitch.com

WRITING ADVICE FROM KURT VONNEGUT:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“I’m so pleased you’re still Moondancing. You are so passionate about it, and so committed. You are really an inspiration. What you do is so much grander and so much a festival. I have to send you massive congratulations on what you have achieved.” Jennifer Ussi, Australia, Moondance winner, “The Unique Oneness of Christian Savage” short film

“This is such a good deal. Moondance is a great place for screenwriters because they have several opportunities to network with filmmakers in local restaurants.” ~ Vicki Bartholomew

“I’ve attended a few Moondance Film Festivals over the past 7 years. It’s a great, intimate Film Festival with Elizabeth English at the helm. I love the idea that it’s a smaller festival, and that we have unlimited access to the speakers and VIP’s, but not regimented by the event!!!” ~ Vera Holman

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DID YOU KNOW…?

The Pulitzer Prize board did not name a winner in the editorial writing category and, more notably, declined to name a winner in the coveted fiction category, for the first time in 35 years. “The message from the committee to any author who published a novel or short story collection in 2011 seems to be: Sorry, you’re just not good enough.” ~ Stephan Lee, EW.com

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Saving Dolphins & Whales – Protecting the Oceans

BlueVoice.org is an ocean conservation organization founded in 2000 by Hardy Jones and Ted Danson. Its mission is to protect dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals and to raise popular awareness about the plight of the oceans. BlueVoice has fought to end the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and to expose the harmful levels of toxins in the marine environment, including mercury, PCBs, and persistent organic pollutants, and their impact on both marine mammals and humans. In an effort to leverage the power of the Internet in the cause of preserving and restoring the oceans and its creatures, film and television star Ted Danson, a highly respected ocean activist, has joined film producers, environmentalists and digital technology partners to launch BlueVoice.org.

READ MORE: http://www.bluevoice.org/

Watch a short dolphin video: http://bluevoice.org/webfilms_dolphinobserve.php

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~~~~~ MAP OF THE WIND! ~~~~~

http://hint.fm/wind/

Remember lying on your back in the grass or on the sand at the beach, watching the clouds roll by overhead? You’ll be simply mesmerized by this gorgeous US map of the wind! It would make a great, moving, minute-by-minute real-time, and ever-changing screensaver or desktop wallpaper, too. Move your cursor to any area on the map to see what the wind-speed is at the moment.

And do read the lovely article about this incredible wind map in Time.com, by Dominique Browning, at: http://ideas.time.com/2012/04/26/what-the-wind-tells-us/?iid=op-main-lede. The Wind Map is about as graphic as it gets in making a simple point: Wind connects us. It is such a huge force, moving in such enormous sweeps across our land, that it overwhelms all the boundaries we have thrown up…It’s a lesson easy enough for a child to understand: We share the air. That sense of interconnectedness is what we should be sharing.”

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Moss gardens in Kyoto, Japan

The famed moss gardens of the Saiho-ji Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan, constructed during the Nara Period (AD 710 to 794) by Gyōki, feature more than 120 types of moss which blanket the ground surrounding Saiho-ji’s Golden Pond. To protect the delicate moss, the temple’s caretakers now require visitors to request entry to the garden no less than a week in advance. Once at the temple, which was originally built in 1339 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, visitors must chant or copy on paper a Zen sutra before gaining access to the garden. The monks keep all the sutras in the pagoda and continue to pray for all.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Waterfall, Ithaca, NY

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese-born Buddhist monk, teacher, author, and peace and social justice activist http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/9074.Thich_Nhat_Hanh

“Success is ten percent opportunity and ninety percent intelligent hustle.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

Navajo weaver

“The artist is nothing without the gift. But the gift is nothing without the work.” ~ Emile Zola

“Movies are to our civilization what dreams and ideals are to individual lives: they express the mystery and help define the nature of who we are and what we are becoming. Go and tell stories that illuminate our times and our souls, that awaken the sleeping angel inside the beast.” ~ Frank Pierson, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and of the Writers Guild of America

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THE GREAT MOONDANCE ROADSHOW!

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 unique opportunity.

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Thanks a million for reading & subscribing to the Moondance news blog!

Please pass this along to your friends & colleagues.

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MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPRING SPECIALS!

2012 MID-APRIL BLOG

SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS, INFO & ARTICLES OF INTEREST!

"Narcissus", by John Waterhouse

MOONDANCE SPRINGTIME SPECIAL DISCOUNT DAYS!

~ April 1-30, 2012 ~

In celebration of spring, all films, written works and music submitted to Moondance and postmarked during the month of April can send in:

TWO ENTRIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!*

*Pay the full entry fee for the first one, and send the second one (of an equal or lesser entry fee) for free. Spring Special discounted two-for-one entry fees are available only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of April, are eligible!

AND! Three (3) lucky selected April entrants will each receive one V.I.P. All-festival pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event!

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, no two-fers)

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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MOVIEBYTES.COM

lists Moondance as one of the top ten film festival competitions

worth the entry fee!

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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 the Moondance Springtime Special days!

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

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Please check out our MIFF listings on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulder,_Colorado#Film

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

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SCREENWRITERS, YOU NEED TO READ THESE

MOONDANCE E-ZINE ARTICLES!

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“I was a Moondance screenplay finalist, around the year 2000. It looks like the festival has really grown and is going strong. Congratulations! Just wanted to let you know that somewhere along the way since Moondance I switched from writing screenplays to writing novels, and something great happened; my novel Grace Grows is being published by St. Martin’s Press. It will be out next October. I wanted to let you know that I appreciated your encouragement about my writing, and I persevered.” ~ Shelle Sumners www.shellesumners.com

“I have been searching for a female-centered venue to send my MOW teleplay, and your site keeps coming back hard – as the only one that has such a strong focus on the use of female positive, and non violent conflict resolution – so fitting. I often say – name me one war started by a woman.” ~ Gregory Terlecki, Toronto, Canada

“As a Screenwriter I feel it’s very important to support film fests! Moondance is one to watch and participate in. It’s events like this that allow true talent to shine through.” ~ Stacy Shawtee Arcangel, Intuitive Edge Consulting

“Moondance! 
It is a remarkable blog. 
It is chance to reach coast of your dream.” ~ Marina Albert, Freelance screenwriter, Melbourne, Australia

“Elizabeth English is Executive Director for one of the best film festivals around, the Moondance Film Festival. Since she’s been at the helm, the festival has grown tremendously. She makes herself readily accessible and disseminates information thoroughly and in a timely fashion. She’s great at coordinating and a team leader.” ~ Kvachenyuk-Boretsky Alexander hired Elizabeth as a Writer/Editor in 2010

I worked directly with Elizabeth at Moondance International Film Festival. She is a detail-oriented person. Personable, On Time, Creative. ~ Sonya Alexander, Journalist/Editor/Proofreader/Screenwriter/Producer

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DID YOU KNOW…?

photo by Dominique Browning, "Slow Love"

Many people around the world feel strongly that their particular place—home, neighborhood, area, village, town, city, state, province or country—is superior to any other place, and that as residents of this place, they have a unique history, customs, accents, lifestyles, beliefs, traditions, or concerns that are different from, and better than, those of other places and people.

The Moondance film programs are always well rounded, entertaining, and enlightening, highlighting diverse cultures, opinions, and stories. We welcome individual expression and are committed to presenting diverse points of view. Moondance aims to entertain, increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, provide forums for deliberation, and strengthen ties between a large variety of international audiences.

The long-term vision of the Moondance International Film Festival is to preserve and revitalize our intangible heritage, cultivate creative diversity, develop an intercultural dialogue, and stimulate this creative resource. Our mission is to present a vibrant and growing collection of films, writings, and music, which is an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of place, culture, race, age and gender.

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WIRELESS INTERFERENCE: THE HEALTH RISKS OF RF-EMFS

By Christopher Ketcham, excerpt from “Earth Island Journal”, May/June 2012

The health risks of RF-EMFs, the radiation from cell phone towers and other media technology, are not entirely known, though early signs are troubling. We all live in range of cell towers now, and we are all wireless operators. As of October 2010 there were 5.2 billion cell phones operating on the planet. We now live in a wireless-saturated normality that has never existed in the history of the human race, and the effects of EMFs on human beings are largely untested. Read more: http://www.utne.com/environment/rf-emfs-zm0z12mjzros.aspx#ixzz1rviVTWzZ

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THE MOONDANCE ROADSHOW!

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!

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~~~ MERMAID7SEAS PRODUCTIONS ~~~

www.mermaid7seas.com

Mermaid7seas Productions, an enthusiastic Moondance International Film Festival sponsor, annually, now offers reading services, critiques, coverage and edits to all Moondance writers & filmmakers, composers and to production companies and agencies, at a special discount price!

Focusing on the elements crucial to creating a compelling and readable script, or a winning, marketable film or film score, our helpful comments will allow you to concentrate on solving the problems that will make your material move toward receiving a CONSIDER or a RECOMMENDED from a studio or prodco reader, and will assist in advancing your script or film up toward WINNER in competitions & film festivals. An advantage of this low-cost critique service is that we will help you prepare your project before sending it to producers, agents, managers and others who may have requested it.

COVERAGE & CONSULTATION WILL ADDRESS THE
 FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:
 Theme, Premise, Genre, Concept, Story, Plot, Subplots, Subtext, Principal Characters, Cast-ability, Relationships, Depth of Characterizations, Dialogue, Exposition, Syntax, Conflict, Action, Scene, Humor, Tone, Attitudes, Pace, Flow, POV, Marketability, Audience Appeal, Interest, Visualization, Transitions, Balance, Titles and Loglines, Screenplay Evaluation or Film Evaluation!

Visit the Mermaid7seas website and contact Elizabeth English now, to get your script or film ready to win any competitions and/or enthusiastic attention from buyers! Mermaid7seas@gmail.com

MERMAID7SEAS CLIENT TESTIMONIALS:

I have just finished my second screenplay, using the methods and the writing secrets you exposed me to on my first screenplay. Your critique of my work was dead-on. Your common sense, no-nonsense approach brought out the details and cut out the fluff, added deeper characterization, improved the dialogue, added to the action sequences, and made the story move forward. I’m very proud of both scripts, neither of which could have been so well-written without your insight, suggestions, professional coverage and massive edits. I am confident that I have achieved a higher plane of writing quality since your evaluation and help with the necessary re-writes. My first screenplay, which we worked on together, is already being considered by a major production company. Thank you so very much! ~ Mike L. Edwards

“Quality, Productivity and Creativity! You’re in good hands when you work with Elizabeth.” Sam Archer, Samali Music Publishing

“I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Elizabeth – she is a consummate professional, whose passion and unique vision inspires others to excel.” ~ Mike Arsuaga, author with five books under contract

www.mermaid7seas.com

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

http://backtotheroots.com/our-story

Mushrooms Offer Solutions for Environment and Economy

Utne Reader article excerpt by Suzanne Lindgren 04/09/12

It turns out the fungi kingdom is capable of fixing some of our species’ biggest environmental gaffes, and boosting the economy while it’s at it. Paired with a little human ingenuity, mushrooms could be our ticket to a viable future. Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez instead opted to invest in closing the food-to-soil loop. During their final semester, the young men began growing mushrooms in a bucket of used coffee grounds. With a little legwork and a $5,000 grant from UC Berkeley, they soon had a deal to collect grounds from a west coast chain, Peet’s Coffee, in which they would grow mushrooms for northern California Whole Foods stores. Soon their company, Back to the Roots, was making money for both grounds collection and mushroom sales. Read more: http://www.utne.com/environment/mushrooms-offer-solutions-for-environment-and-economy.aspx#ixzz1rZZ9pMf9

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A bag of Late July organic chips, on the beach at Cape Cod

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.~ Havelock Ellis

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Here is the test to find out whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. ~ Richard Bach ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you will have ceased to live.  ~ Mark Twain

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

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Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, 1940

“Pilgrim, do not spend too much time planning your journey, for you may learn of so many hazards that you might decide not to go.” ~ Source Unknown

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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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  • 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,

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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!

________________________________________________________

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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http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com



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