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*MOONDANCE 2013 ANNOUNCES WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR 2013

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS!

1. Go here to see the list of winners, finalists & semi-finalists

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

2. Go here to see the list of the films selected for screening*

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-2013-films-to-be-screened/

3. Go here to read the descriptions of the selected films*

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-2013-film-descriptions/

*** MORE INFO, SCHEDULES & DETAILS ON ALL

2013 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL EVENTS

COMING SOON! 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR

2013 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

INFO & TICKET SALES:

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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• Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops •

• Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception •

• Celebrities • Q&A’s with the filmmakers •

• Opening Night Party • Mermaid’s Market •

• Master classes • Private Consultations With the Pros • 

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 ~~~ September 26-29, 2013 ~~~

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PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE & BLOG,

with all the latest bells & whistles,

and the latest info about the film festival, films,

advance ticket sales & much more!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog 

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We look forward to seeing you at the 14th annual

 Moondance International Film Festival! 

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Moondancers come from all over  the USA & the world! They are the talented and winning filmmakers, writers, composers, workshop & panel presenters, celebrities, producers, agents, distributors, audiences, and attendees at this world-renowned annual film festival event. The best way to get to know them is to attend the film festival, September 26-29, 2013, and you may enter into the history of cinema, perhaps learn about a different culture, and make a great connection with talented new friends and colleagues!

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ALL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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We’re going to make a big splash!

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HAPPY MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“I am so deeply overjoyed you like my film and want to show it. (I hope to fill the house!) My director, Matt Birman (my life-long best friend since we were teens) is also planning to attend the festival.  We have so many wonderful stories that happened during the making of this movie.  A lot of honest-to-goodness miracles! It has been a magical experience from start to the present.  We were blessed with a cast and crew, and even strangers, who, for their own personal reasons, hopped onboard to help make this movie.  Everyone involved seemed to have found that ‘little something’ in them that made the making of this movie not only special, but, for some, even life-changing.

There is no question in my mind this film touches the hearts of all those who see it. ’a fish story’  has grown to become much bigger than the simple short screenplay it was back in 2008 when you honored me with the Gaia award.  I am profoundly proud of this film, not only because I believe it is a good film and it is about something, but because it was made with integrity, honor and with a moral compass. I thank you and your wonderful Moondance for inspiring me to take that Leap of Faith”. Gratefully yours, ~ Sam Roberts

“THANK YOU IMMENSELY for selecting Lady Elect as a screenplay Finalist!!!  What a miracle that Nikita Lynnette Nichols and I are so incredibly grateful for. Wow!!!  This means so much to us and we just wanted to say Thank you. We’re so excited!!! ~ Zelie Dember-Slack 

“You made my whole year.  I saw the website last night, and I almost cried –literally, almost broke down into happy tears.  There are no words for how amazing it feels to have my work recognized this way, and it is particularly meaningful because, of all of the festivals I entered, (Moondance) was the one I wanted most.  In grad school, I specialized in theatre/film for social change and awareness, so what you all do –I am just such an admirer. Please know that you have made this one writer very, very happy.” ~ Amber Karlins

“Honored and delighted to be a Moondance semi-finalist. Thank you for leading such a wonderful festival, thank you for all the inspiration, thank you for all the motivation. With this wind at my back, I now sail forward…” ~ Maja Vidrac, Croatia

“What an incredible honour to receive this message today. Thank you so much for considering and choosing The Firebird to be a part of Moondance. Congratulations to you too, for all your hard work and for providing a platform for independent film makers to share their stories.” ~ Tia Spanos Tsonis, Melbourne Australia

“I’m shocked and thrilled to actually see that 4 Bhanríon/4 Queens is a winner of the short narrative!! Wow thank you I’m thrilled and deeply moved!!! I would love to attend…I will look into flights from Ireland.” ~ Vittoria Colonna

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

BLUE EARTH

“We have reached the time in the life of this planet, and humanity’s demands upon it, when we are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out.” ~ THOMAS MC GUANE

TWO LAWN CHAIRS & WEBS

Ah, when to the heart of man

Was it ever less than a treason

To go with the drift of things,

To yield with a grace to reason,

And bow and accept the end

Of a love or a season?

~Robert Frost

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  • It’s possible that there may be some very minor changes in the list of films selected for screening, as the films are programmed into the screening schedule. Please see the final list closer to the event dates, and in the print program at the festival.

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Zen Noir

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Watch the Zen Noir trailer:

Feature film, directed by Marc Rosenbush (USA). A surrealist Buddhist murder mystery. A nameless ‘noir’ detective, still mourning the loss of his wife, investigates a mysterious death in a Buddhist temple, but his logical, left-brained crime-solving skills are useless in the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen. ~71 minutes

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Doin’ It In The Park

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Watch the Doin’ It In The Park trailer:

Feature documentary, directed by Kevin Couliau & Bobbito Garcia (USA). Pick-up basketball is the truest essence of the sport. There is no governing body, no schedules, no coaches nor referees; only unwritten rules that change from park to park. People from all walks of life voluntarily step onto the asphalt, wholeheartedly, for the love of the game. Over decades, this passion has manifested a rich culture, with its own unique language, attitude, behavior, and style. In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It is a way of life. The film explores the definition, history, culture, social impact and global influence of New York City’s outdoor summer basketball scene, the worldwide ‘Mecca’ of the sport. ~75 minutes

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Breaking Through

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Watch Breaking Through trailer:

Feature documentary film, directed by Cindy Abel (USA). Openly LGBTQ elected officials, including the first openly gay US Senator, share their stories of self-doubt and triumph over multiple barriers, revealing a deeply personal, rarely-seen side of politicians and gay people. As they show what is possible, they give hope to struggling people from all backgrounds and walks of life. ~85 minutes

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A Fish Story

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Watch A Fish Story trailer:

Feature film, directed by Matt Birman, written & produced by Sam Roberts (CANADA). After his sudden and tragic death, a devoted father’s search for heaven brings him back to his distraught family and his isolated lakeside wilderness fishing camp, for a few precious days, in the body of a wanted man.. ~110 minutes

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Silent Snow

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Watch the Silent Snow trailer here:

Short documentary film, directed by Jan Vanden Berg (Netherlands). Against the background of melting ice and a white landscape, two young native girls in Northern Greenland speak out against the dangerous pollution and global warming which is dramatically changing their lives, and the traditional livelihoods of their families. ~ 14 minutes. In Inulitiput, with English subtitles.

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4 Bhanríon (4 Queens)

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Watch the 4 Bhanríon (4 Queens) trailer here:

Short film, directed by Vittoria Colonna (Ireland). Four elderly Irish sisters play a nasty game of poker with their Zanax, Valium and a string of pearls as ante, to decide who will take care of their ailing and irritable, ancient mother, in this hilarious dark comedy, and poignant story of love, hate & with a wry, surprising twist at the end.~15 minutes. In Gaelic, with English subtitles.

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Quotes and Thoughts July

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Having a better life is a result of making better choices. 

The decisions we make define one of two ways of being: Living by short-term solutions, or doing whatever work is necessary to earn a more lasting sense of fulfillment. 

In the gift of free will – our ability to choose – lies both our greatest challenge, and our salvation. Visualize your perfect self and work backward. By envisioning the destination, you will locate the best steps to take you there.”

~ YEHUDA BERG

The real test of one’s success is not how well one survives, but how effectively one meets the challenges and responsibilities of one’s life.”

~ EE

Life comes before art, as the material always comes before the work. The mountains are full of marble, before the world blooms with statues.”

~ PHILLIPS BROOKS

How can you have charisma? Be more concerned with making others feel good about themselves than you are about making them feel good about you.”

~  DAN REILAND

You will always remain as small as your compelling desires, or as great as your dominant aspirations.”

~ JAMES ALLEN

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Save the Bees!

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Across the USA, millions of bees are dying, threatening our food supply. Scientists blame one group of pesticides some of which have just been banned in Europe. A new bill could save America’s bees, but big Agriculture and the pesticide industry are lobbying hard against it. America’s bees are facing a chemical Armageddon — just last week, 50,000 bees died in a single car park in Oregon after being exposed to pesticides, and last winter over 50% of all California’s bees died! The evidence is so compelling that the entire European Union has begun banning them, and the Save America’s Pollinators Act could impose a ban on these deadly poisons in the US.

Bees don’t just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 95 types of fruits such as avocados, almonds, apples, and that’s just the A’s. Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favorite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish forever. And without bees pollinating plants that feed farm animals and forage for wildlife, those animals would starve & die, too.

We only have days to make sure Congress acts to stop the Chemical Armageddon – sign the emergency petition now! Sign the petition below and tell everyone — when we reach 250,000 signers, we’ll take Avaaz’s giant inflatable bee to Capitol Hill to tell Congress to save our bees: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/usa_save_the_bees/?bpqDKab&v=27215

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http://www.avaaz.org

 Thank you for taking action to save the bees!



~~ MOONDANCE SUMMER NEWS! ~~

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We look forward to meeting you at the 14th annual

Moondance International Film Festival

In Mystic, Connecticut!

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013  J2STARFISH MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

• Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops • Film Market •

• Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception •

• Celebrities • Q&A’s with the filmmakers •

• Opening Night & Closing Night Galas •

• Master classes • Private Consultations With the Pros • 

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CELEBRITIES ATTENDING:

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star of “Breaking Bad” & “Revolution”

JULY-LINDA V. LINDA VILHJÁLMSDÓTTIR,

line producer for “Game of Thrones”

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ALL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

MOONDANCE HAS MOVED TO MYSTIC!

MYSTIC SUNSET-HARBOR

Mystic, Connecticut, located mid-way between New York City and Boston, has the unique distinction of being one of the most popular tourist and vacation areas in New England, and is the most-popular visitor destination in the state of Connecticut. Mystic is a lovely small seaside town with big-city amenities – great seafood restaurants, a lively arts and music scene, the popular Old Mystic Village, and, for hungry film-goers, the original Mystic Pizza! Mystic is known for its historic, quintessential New England charm, welcoming ambience, enthusiastic support for the arts, as well as for its world-class attractions: Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium and the Olde Mystic Village. Mystic is the perfect destination location for this internationally recognized film festival event!

 Thanks a million to all of our local Connecticut sponsors, donors, supporters & friends of the Moondance!

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We’re all going to make a big splash!

Please send replies, comments or questions to: moondancefestival@gmail.com

MOONDANCE IN THE NEWS!

Moondance film fest relocates to Mystic

By Kristina Dorsey

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The Moondance International Film Festival, which has run since 2000 in Boulder, Colorado, is moving to a new home: Mystic.

Founder, Elizabeth English, who lives in Colorado, had been looking for a new site and considered Mystic a potential location. Then, Stonington resident and filmmaker Hans Hartman contacted her via Linked In, seeking advice about starting a film festival in southeastern Connecticut. The two now are collaborating on Moondance’s 2013 event, which will be held here Sept. 26-29.

Screenings will happen in Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas. Workshops, networking events and other programs might be held at such venues as the Mystic Aquarium and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Hartman says.

English and Hartman say that expected to come to Moondance are Giancarlo Esposito, who starred as Gus on “Breaking Bad” and Tom Neville in “Revolution,” and Linda Vilhjalmsdottir, line producer for “Game of Thrones,” who will give a master-class on line producing. READ MORE:

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Nonviolent film fest moving to Mystic

By MICHAEL SOUZA / Mystic Press Writer

Monday, July 15, 2013

MYSTIC — The Moondance International Film Festival, known for featuring artistic and socially aware movies, is moving from Boulder, Colo., to Mystic as of Sept. 26-29.

“This is the festival’s new home. We plan to stay in Mystic a long, long time,” Hans Hartman of Stonington, director of the festival, said in a telephone interview. “Mystic is such an arts-based community,” he said. “It also has a history with films such as ‘Mystic Pizza’ and ‘Hope Springs.’ The festival will add to that connection. We are very happy to be here.” READ MORE:

 NOTE: The paper has printed a correction, at my request: Elizabeth English is the founder, executive director, artistic director, and co-producer of the annual Moondance International Film Festival, which is moving from Boulder, Colo., to Mystic in September. The festival promotes nonviolent conflict resolution and encourages alternatives to violence through many of the films that are screened. In addition to her festival work, English is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, director, screenwriter and playwright, an acting and voice coach, and a professional consultant on screenplays, films and music for film. Her background was incorrectly described in the Monday edition of The Sun.

MYSTIC SEAPORT NEWS:

WATCH THE LIVE VIDEO:

http://www.mysticseaport.org/news/2013/morgan-launch-video/

Sunday, July 21, at 2 pm on the 172nd anniversary of her initial launch.

THE MORGAN

1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan

After a multi-million dollar restoration lasting almost five years, the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, a National Historic Landmark and America’s oldest surviving commercial vessel, will return to the water Sunday, July 21, at 2 pm on the 172nd anniversary of her initial launch. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ric Burns will deliver the keynote address at the public ceremony, at which point the ship will be lowered into the Mystic River. Once launched, Museum shipwrights will complete the restoration with the vessel in the water in preparation for her ceremonial 38th Voyage to historic ports of New England in 2014. http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/charles-w-morgan-pre-launch-party/

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

 J2BEE & FLOWER

 Across the USA, millions of bees are dying, threatening our food supply. Scientists blame one group of pesticides some of which have just been banned in Europe. A new bill could save America’s bees, but big Agriculture and the pesticide industry are lobbying hard against it. America’s bees are facing a chemical Armageddon — just last week, 50,000 bees died in a single car park in Oregon after being exposed to pesticides, and last winter over 50% of all California’s bees died! The evidence is so compelling that the entire European Union has begun banning them, and the Save America’s Pollinators Act could impose a ban on these deadly poisons in the US.

Bees don’t just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 95 types of fruits such as avocados, almonds, apples, and that’s just the A’s. Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favorite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish forever. And without bees pollinating plants that feed farm animals and forage for wildlife, those animals would starve & die, too.

We only have days to make sure Congress acts to stop the Chemical Armageddon – sign the emergency petition now! Sign the petition below and tell everyone — when we reach 250,000 signers, we’ll take Avaaz’s giant inflatable bee to Capitol Hill to tell Congress to save our bees: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/usa_save_the_bees/?bpqDKab&v=27215

J2AVAAZ LOGO

http://www.avaaz.org

 Thank you for taking action to save the bees!

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NATURE-DISASTER Watch this video to see how nature can help protect people and communities from some of the greatest impacts of natural disasters: South Cape May Meadows Preserve, New Jersey: A wide beach, tall dunes and healthy wetland system helped protect local homeowners from the worst impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Watch Video

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COMMENTARY: SCREEN VIOLENCE AND THE REAL WORLD

By Greg Desilet, 07/20/2013 Daily Camera, Boulder, Colorado

When living in a culture of violence, it is not surprising that people should believe there is no connection between violent screen entertainment and real world violence. As many sociologists and commentators have argued, American culture mythologizes and extols the virtue of “regeneration through violence”.

In the 20th century film and television have confirmed and re-enforced this mythology through entertainment featuring the heroic overcoming of villainy through the use of deadly violence (name your favorite superhero!). These productions have joined together the notions of violence, justice, and celebration.

To suppose, as entertainment executives do, that this message has nothing to do with American attitudes toward conflict, violence, and gun culture is not only extraordinarily myopic but disturbingly oblivious to the history and trajectory of American culture to which these executives so blithely contribute. And to suppose that this message has no impact on real life behaviors runs fantastically counter to the parallel and contrary belief in the potency of promotional advertising messages.

Producers and studios acknowledge this potency with every dollar spent on promotion of films and television shows, not to mention the belief in the potency of advertising in general which provides the basis for network television. If media ads, in their brevity and simplicity, can be relied on to have effects in the marketplace, why does anyone suppose that more extensive film and television productions highlighting violence produce no effects?

The truth is that depictions of violence in film and television have profound and lasting effects at the cultural level of attitudes toward violence and the resolution of conflict.  ~ Greg Desilet is the author of the soon-to-be-published “Screens of Blood: A Critical Approach to Film and Television Violence.”

TO READ MORE OF THIS TIMELY ARTICLE, CLICK HERE

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SOME OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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 “Having a better life is a result of making better choices. 

The decisions we make define one of two ways of being: Living by short-term solutions, or doing whatever work is necessary to earn a more lasting sense of fulfillment. 

In the gift of free will – our ability to choose – lies both our greatest challenge, and our salvation. Visualize your perfect self and work backward. By envisioning the destination, you will locate the best steps to take you there.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

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J2PENGUINS “The real test of one’s success is not how well one survives, but how effectively one meets the challenges and responsibilities of one’s life.” ~ EE

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Life comes before art, as the material always comes before the work. The mountains are full of marble, before the world blooms with statues.” ~ PHILLIPS BROOKS

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J2KIDS HUGGING

“How can you have charisma? Be more concerned with making others feel good about themselves than you are about making them feel good about you.” ~  DAN REILAND

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“Amelia”, photo by SK

“Amelia”, photo by SK

“You will always remain as small as your compelling desires, or as great as your dominant aspirations.” ~ JAMES ALLEN

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Many thanks & kudos to our talented & dedicated Moondance webster: Kelly Brenner, working for us day & night in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to build our new Moondance website & maintaining www.moondancefilmfestival.com 

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