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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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path

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

J2KIDS HUGGING



Save the Bees!

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bee

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!



~~ MOONDANCE SUMMER NEWS! ~~

 J2BEACH-MAIN

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 • 

J2MIFF COLOR LOGO

CELEBRITIES ATTENDING:

GIANCARLO ESPOSITO BB copy     GIANCARLO ESPOSITO,

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/

MYSTIC SEAPORT LOGO

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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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Cornwall coastline path

 “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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Ganesha

Ganesha

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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http://www.sailordesign.com

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The Night Before Christmas

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Watch The Night Before Christmas trailer:

Short film, directed by Bart Grieb (USA). When Dad accidentally shoots a would-be burglar on Christmas Eve, he and his family discover the true meaning of Christmas in this hilarious spoof of Santa Claus in suburbia. ~20 minutes

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Nonviolent film fest moving to Mystic

Nonviolent film fest moving to Mystic

By MICHAEL SOUZA for The Westerly Sun

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.”

By moving the festival to the Northeast, Hartman said he hopes to draw interest from both the New York and Boston areas as well as from across the country and Europe. He estimates the event will bring about 50,000 enthusiasts its first year. It has been held in Boulder since it began in 2000.

Although many details are still in the planning stage, one possible venue could be the Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas. “They have been very open to the idea and could be a major partner,” Hartman said. Other potential venues or participants include Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, The Inn at Mystic and Flood Tide Restaurant, but no plans are final.

Hartman said the weekend would also include panel discussions, seminars and workshops, as well as a variety of receptions, parties and opening and closing night galas. It is expected to feature more than 100 films.

Moondance is an independent international festival. “We present great quality films that have nonviolent conflict resolution,” Hartman said. “We are coming from a higher place and we want to make a difference. We’ve taken the lowest common denominator out of the picture.”

All attendees will be encouraged to attend screenings of as many films as they are able to see and ticket prices will be below the normal prices of first-run films.

One new feature will be a “film market,” where filmmakers will have an opportunity to sell their film. “We want people to experience everything and to be a part of filmmaking,” Hartman said.  By having an open forum market, the festival can provide maximum connections for all attendees.

One definite award presenter will be Linda Vilhjalmsdottir, line producer at Sagafilm and Pegasus Pictures, Iceland, for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” She is also the production coordinator for “Game of Thrones III,” “Thor: The Dark World,” which will be released on Nov. 8, and Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.”

Hartman started as a child actor in 1968 and has worked in almost every stage of film production over the years. He was appointed as a member of the advisory board of the Connecticut Office of Culture and Tourism in 2011.

The Moondance festival was founded by film technician Elizabeth English, who currently also serves as its executive and artistic director.

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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.



• A MILLION MOONDANCE THANKS & 2013 FESTIVAL NEWS!

JULY-BEACH

THE MOONDANCE 2013 SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS PASSED! 

Thanks a million for all the many fine competition entries received!

Winners, finalists & semi-finalists will be announced in August.

We look forward to meeting you at the 14th annual

Moondance International Film Festival

In Mystic, Connecticut!

JULY-MERMAID LOGO

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013  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 •

• Seminars • Private Consultations    With the Pros •

CELEBRITIES ATTENDING: 

GIANCARLO ESPOSITO BB copy     GIANCARLO ESPOSITO,

star of “Breaking Bad” & “Revolution”

BREAKING BAD LOGO

 

JULY-LINDA V.

LINDA VILHJÁLMSDÓTTIR,

line producer for “Game of Thrones”

gameofthrones

ALL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

JULY-WAVES ONLY

All the festival information you’ll need to know

is coming very soon, on our brand-new website!

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 WHY MOONDANCE HAS MOVED TO MYSTIC:

MYSTIC WELCOME SIGN

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 film-goers, the original Mystic Pizza! Mystic is known for its historic, quintessential New England charm, welcoming ambience, generous financial 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 event!

J-MYSTIC VIEW

Come join us!

JULY-WAVES ONLY

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

THE ERACISM FOUNDATION

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http://www.eracismfoundation.org/founder/

Founded by Oscar®-winning actor, Louis Gossett Jr., who, upon envisioning this organization, committed his life to an all-out conscious offensive against racism, violence, and ignorance. The foundation’s mission is to eradicate the systematic impacts of all forms of racism by providing programs that foster cultural diversity, historical enrichment, education, and anti-violence initiatives, and by addressing these issues, connecting individuals to their history/culture, and empowering them with the appropriate educational and training resources.

JULY-WAVES ONLY

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

 JULY-CHEETAH

“If you believe in something, it’s worth fighting for. 

There will be tests along the way. There may even be times it seems all hope is lost. Just remember that every “no” brings you closer to a “yes,” and every seeming failure brings you closer to success. 

No matter what, you’re always closer now than you were before.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

JULY-WAVES ONLYJULY-BIRD STRETCH “Success is never final, and failure is never fatal. It’s the courage to continue trying that counts.” ~ GEORGE TILTON

JULY-WAVES ONLYJULY-CRANE LEAPING

“Experience is what you have left over, after you’ve made a mistake.” ~ M. F. POWERS

JULY-WAVES ONLY JULY-DOLPHIN SMILE

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“The universe is like a mirror. Say a kind word into a mirror, and it will say the same back to you. Curse into the mirror, and the image curses back. It is our own actions that rebound into our lives, like reflections bouncing back from a cosmic mirror.

 Smile at the world today, and the world will smile back at you.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

JULY-WAVES ONLYSWANS & LAKE

“I look out the window and hope I’ll see a swan. I hear they’re bad-tempered, but I love their elegant necks, and how they glide along with such sovereignty. Take the time to go to a pond, and spend an hour watching swans. What would happen if we heeded the admonitions of beauty?” ~ BARON WORMSER (quote excerpted & edited)

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Photo by Dominique Browning

Money, itself, has no intrinsic value. Only those great purposes for which it is used can be considered worthy, noble, or of value.” ~ ENID ABLOWITZ

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Aayna Ka Bayna!

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Watch Aayna Ka Bayna Trailer:

Feature film, directed by Samit Kakkad (India). What do you get when you combine a caring dance counselor, nine young detention centre escapees equipped with contortion abilities and Michael Jackson dance moves, a strident police warden in hot pursuit of justice, and a society that views them as throwaways ? From the torturous confines of Mumbai’s Yashwant Juvenile Detention Home, a group of adolescent boys plot then execute their escape with parkourian efficiency. As they start mastering the art of dance, they develop a sense of fulfillment and purpose never before experienced in their young and difficult lives. Staying just one step ahead of the warden, the boys set themselves up for an explosive finale. ~ 94 minutes. In Hindi, with English subtitles

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