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SO, WHAT’S THE STORY?

8 Key Ingedients

by Screenplay & Novel Consultant
MICHELE WALLERSTEIN

Every agent is waiting for you to bring them the next big saleable screenplay that will knock the business off its axis. They want you to show them that piece that will have producers and studios panting at their doors with huge offers of money and multiple deals of future movies. Agents want the best for you, because it means the best for them. I happen to believe that this relationship is a great one. It is an honest quid pro quo – if you are successful…I am successful. How bad is that?

OK, so how do you make that happen? How do you deliver the perfectly written project that will make the town sit up and take notice? It’s not as difficult as it sounds. The first thing you have to do is STOP thinking that you have to write the most unusual script of all time. This kind of thinking will destroy your chances of not only selling the script, but of keeping your agent. I’ve found that new writers often have the tendency to try to impress people by “thinking outside the box”. Well folks, the “box” is there for a reason, it works. Throughout movie history, audiences have loved certain types of films. They go to see them over and over again. When you are working to get in to the business, go with the flow. Perhaps, after you’ve established yourself as a player, you might be able to expand your horizons, but it’s not the way to get into your chosen field.

Insofar as your early spec scripts are concerned, here are some rules to live by:

1. No Togas.

By this I mean to say period pieces. Keep your early scripts contemporary. Period pieces are extremely difficult to sell. They go in and out of favor with the studios by the minute. You never know whether you are too early or too late with your piece. They are not good as writing samples since they are too specifically time/era dependent. This means manners, customs, morals, societal relationships, styles of speech, etc… . Oh, and by the way, try to stay on this planet.

2. Keep it simple.

Stay away from twins. Don’t make a script too complicated to produce. As soon as a development executive or producer sees this they will toss it into the “circular file”. It is too much of a pain in the neck. Try not to write a script that is so complicated that it would make the casting a horror. Another example, besides twins, is a multi-generational story of the entire cast. This means a nightmare of casting as well as costume and set changes that are a financial pain. Don’t go there. Besides, no one really wants to watch Brad Pitt or Ashton Kutcher age before their eyes.

3.  Keep ‘em Young.

If you really want to kick start your writing career, try to have your early scripts feature a fairly young cast. In my mind the term “young” means any age up to 29 years old. Not one minute older. The youth market is what is the most viable today. Actually if you can write a script for 9 year old boys, you are really in good shape. The research shows that those boys will return to see the same film over and over again with different friends and family members. Recidivism is the word. Let’s not forget our little friend, Harry Potter.

4.  Loation, Location, Location.

This is not simply a rule in real estate. This is a real consideration in movie making. A studio never has a problem putting their money in a viable movie star who can “open” a movie. That means that any movie starring a particularly huge actor is guaranteed a certain bottom line of huge dollars at the box office in its opening weekend. Foreign or multiple locations do not promise this type of money for the film and they are very expensive. It is not a hard and fast rule to keep everything set in one location but simply something to keep in mind. You always want to be realistic in your writing. Think bottom line.

5.  The Star.

Here are the rules for your main character and they are hard and fast. These points apply to all genres. Do not try to change them for any reason.

  • The Star’s character is on every page
  • The Star’s character resolves the problem
  • The Star’s character has the most lines
  • The Star’s character gets the girl (or the guy)
  • The Star’s character is the smartest person in the cast
  • The Star’s character has the last word in the film
  • The Star’s character must grow as a person
  • The Star’s character must learn something about him/herself

6.  Coincidences.

They only complicate the plot. Coincidences never, ever resolve the problems. When you have a coincidence resolve a plot point the audience feels cheated.

7.   Depressing/Dramas?

There is a fine line between being depressing and being dramatic. You need to understand the difference in your early writing career of dramatic film writing. I love a good dramatic relationship film. I hate depressing movies that have no other saving grace but to be sad. “HUD” was a great drama starring the late Paul Newman, another great drama was the 1957 film titled “A FACE IN THE CROWD” starring Patricia Neal and Andy Griffith. These are films that must be seen by serious film writers. As an agent, some years ago a client brought in a brand new script that he had never discussed with me. He proudly handed over a large box of them, with leatherette covers with gold embossed titles. This sent a clear message that I was not to give him any notes and that he wanted them to be sent out just the way they were. The story in those scripts was about the murders of elderly, helpless people in an old age home. It was so depressing that I could barely read it. Not only couldn’t I submit this well-written script, but I had to let the client go.

8.  Choices.

Write a contemporary drama, comedy, suspense, thriller, murder/mystery, teen-comedy, romance, etc… . Keep your characters interesting and believable- make us care what happens to them. Try to write “up” to the audiences’ intellect and emotions. We want to leave the movie theater feeling like we were entertained and that we learned just a little bit about the human condition. The movie studios like this too.

Michele Wallerstein is a former Literary Agent who now works as a Screenplay and Novel Consultant.
She can be reached at: email: novelconsult@yahoo.com  / novelconsultant.com



MOONDANCE EARLY-BIRD 2013 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

~ May your harvest this season be just as bountiful!  ~

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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

IN THE 2013 MOONDANCE COMPETITION!

Here’s what else 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 announced in the December 2012 blog & on the Moondance website!

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

Join the stampede!

“FAST-FORWARD” CONTEST APPLICATION FORM*

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TO PAY THE ENTRY FEE, SEND A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER 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 1, 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.

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SPECIAL MOONDANCE THANKS!


  • Thanks a million for the many years of dedicated, creative, user-friendly website work to our long-time Moondance webster, the multi-talented Stephanie Vidergar! Stephanie is moving on now to other ventures, and the 2012 Moondance Film Festival in NYC was her last. We certainly wish her well!

  • Thanks to many of the Moondance 2012 volunteers at the 2012 film festival event in New York City! Special big hugs go to Chris Anastasiadis, awards ceremony photographer & special assistant to Elizabeth; Karen Woodall, volunteers coordinator & advertising coordinator; Joe Gilpin, Jr., graphic designer; Miles McAffee, screenings coordinator; Shayna Prophet, social media coordinator; Carol Sajous, volunteer;  Bermet, awards ceremony assistant; and Big Joe, event security.

  • Special appreciation to the entire staff of the TRIBECA CINEMAS!

“Moondance and the City”

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MOONDANCE NEWS:

IRISH SCREENWRITER WINS TOP AWARD AT US FILM FESTIVAL

From: IFTN The Irish Film & Television Network 24 October, 2012

Irish screenwriter Brian MacEvilly has won the 2012 Atlantis Award at the Moondance International Film Festival in New York City for his screenplay ‘Song of the Lost Sister’. The Atlantis Award is given to the best script submitted from a foreign country outside of the US. ‘Song of the Lost Sister’ is a script for a feature film, which tells the story of a feminist entrepreneur who finds herself trapped in a remote village. With only one way out across a dangerous mountain pass, and only one man who can guide her – an untamed masculinist straight out of the old west – her worst nightmares come true. MacEvilly, who was an advertising copywriter before he became a full-time screenwriter, said he was “humbled” to be recognised by the Moondance Festival. ‘Song of the Lost Sister’ was also a finalist in this year’s StoryPros International Screenplay Contest, Creative World Awards and Extreme Screenwriting Contest.

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

To all our American Moondancers: Be sure to vote on or by November 6th!

Moondance enthusiastically supports & endorses

Barack Obama for US President!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Vermont Sugar Shack photo by Tim Seaver

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” ~ WILLIAM FEATHER

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“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” ~ ELMER LETTERMAN

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Photo collection by Abraham Louis

“A soul without a higher aim is like a ship without a rudder.” ~ EILEEN CADDY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Griffon Vulture, National Geographic photo by Marcello Spiazzi

“I love the recklessness of faith; first you jump, then you grow wings!” ~ WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN

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“Today, you have 100% of your life left to live.” ~ TOM HOPKINS

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MOONDANCE FALL SPECIAL 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)!

* The Fast-Forward contest is not just a less expensive way to enter the main film festival competition. No event will be held for it, and no winning films screened at an event. The 3 possible awards for Fast Forward are listed here on the blog & on the Moondance website. Fast Forward is a way to get your project important early notice at Moondance, and to fill the hiatus before the main competition starts on December 1, 2012!

GO TO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/06_other.fastforwardcontest.html

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

New York City street scene, sunset

“I wanted to thank you for the Moondance Film Festival. It was such an amazing opportunity in such an amazing city. I noticed on your blog that my pilot would be posted on inktip.com. That is a yet another pleasant surprise that you have thrown my way! Also, I made a great connection at the festival from the panel “NY Women in Film and Television.” One of the panelists agreed to be my mentor! She has kept in contact with me, read my script, and says it cracked her up, and when she gets time, she is passing it along to several producers. One more time, thank you for all that you do. ~ NICOLE SIDDIQI

“Thanks so much for reviewing “Snapatoonies” and giving us your Semi-Finalist category - much appreciated. This was our first film award, so as you can imagine, we are very excited to have placed at Moondance with “Snapatoonies”. It has been a very busy two weeks for us – we have just now signed an exclusive worldwide agency agreement with a London Distribution company, who already have some interest, and they are taking it to MIPCOM/Kids. Hopefully we will have something by next year to enter into your competition again. In the meantime – our sincere appreciation. Best wishes for a great year” – LEE AND JORDI BRIGHTON, Australia http://www.snapatoonies.com/

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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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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Ancient Cornwall labyrinth petroglyph

WAYSEERS: All you rule-breakers, you misfits & troublemakers, all you free-spirits & pioneers… watch & listen to this amazing & inspiring 10-minute WAYSEERS video! http://wayseermanifesto.com/

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THE FREE HUGS CAMPAIGN

http://www.freehugscampaign.org/ Free hugs is a real-life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives. In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

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Wild Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins photo by Atmo, www.WildQuest.com

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MOONDANCE INSIDER TIPS FOR FILMMAKERS:

Questions from a UK filmmaker:

What stands out for you in a short indie film? ~~First & foremost: story. Unique story, well-told. Or even an old story, told in a new & unique way. Title and logline, plus short synopsis count a lot, too, and can make the best first impression. (see my article on First Impressions in the Moondance E-zine)

What do you reject almost immediately? ~~ Clichés. Poor openings. Too many credits at the opening. DVDs that are not cued up to the start. Bad lighting, jumpy editing, inappropriate score. Boring, slow, been-done-a-million-times opening scenes like this: dark bedroom, guy in bed, alarm clock rings, hand reaches out, trying to find clock, knocks clock onto floor, gets up but we see feet only, follow feet to the bathroom,  toilet flushes, shower runs, teeth are brushed, feet go to the kitchen, guy drinks coffee, gets dressed, goes out door, gets in car, car drives on highway, guy on cell phone….ad infinitum. Or: camera slowly pans along past long, long hallway walls of photos showing history of family from day one to present time. No story. Indicates no creativity, no fresh thinking, or not thinking of viewer, egotistical director/editor.

Is everything equal when you judge the film, the production values, the acting, the direction, the music or do you have a priority? ~~Not so much the script, as I usually don’t see it for film submissions, and I know from experience that the film does not always follow the original script. My first judging priority is quality, top quality of all of the above, plus lighting, sound, costuming, color, framing, and editing. If even one of these elements is not top quality, the film will probably be rejected. I also consider the audience…will they like it, too? (see my articles on Adventures in Judging a Film Festival, in the Moondance E-zine and Filmmakers Read This) All of the above comments relate to both narrative and (except for acting) to documentary films.

What was it about the most successful shorts in 2012 at Moondance that really stood out for you? ~~All of the above desired points were covered, and none of the bad ones. Good story, well-filmed, superb acting, thoughtfully directed, invisible editing, lighting, sound, appropriate score, & etc. Plus, and this is important to me, personally, as a film viewer/judge: I learned something, felt involved and could relate to the story, was inspired to learn more, and/or was cheered by the story. I had a reaction, suspension of disbelief may have occurred, & the film was seamless & memorable.  ~~ELIZABETH ENGLISH, Moondance Founder, Executive Director, Artistic Director

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MOONDANCE E-ZINE ARTICLES INDEX:

Read 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! CLICK HERE!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

Jones Beach (NY) Sunset photo by Chris Anastasiadis

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and places to pray in, where Nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~ JOHN MUIR, Scottish-American naturalist and preservationist

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Al Capone's 1938 Cadillac

“Hollywood is a place where people spend money they don’t have to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.” ~ WALTER WINCHELL (paraphrased), American newspaper and radio commentator

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“One of the difficulties with all our institutions is the fact that we’ve emphasized the reward instead of the service.” ~ HARRY S TRUMAN

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painting by Andrew Wyeth

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.” ~ EDGAR ALLAN POE

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Beech trees of Mariemont, Belgium

The end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

~ T. S. Eliot

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“If you seek what is honorable, what is good, what is the truth of your life, all the other things you could not imagine come, as a matter of course.” ~ OPRAH WINFREY

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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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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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REPORT: 2012 MOONDANCE AND THE CITY!

I wish to sincerely thank all the festival attendees, many of whom traveled halfway around the world to be here, the volunteers and the Tribeca Cinemas staff, who helped make the 2012 Moondance such a grand success. Special thanks also to Joe Gilpin, Jr., graphic designer; Chris Anastasiadis, festival photographer; Karen Woodall, volunteers coordinator; Miles McAfee, screenings coordinator; Franz P. Lewis, special events coordinator; Tania Gomez, production coordinator; Samantha Walsh, public relations & marketing; Shayna Prophet, social media coordinator; a big hug for Big Joe, security, and my special personal festival assistant, Bermet Myrzaly. Thanks a million for being a vital part of the Moondance family!  ~~Elizabeth

www.Moondancefilmfestival.com

SEPTEMBER 13, 14, 15, 16, 2012

~ TRIBECA CINEMAS ~

NEW YORK CITY

  • AWARD-WINNING INDIE FILM SCREENINGS

CHECK OUT THE GREAT PHOTOS FROM OUR FILMS HERE: http://moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.synopses.html

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL FILM BLURBS

2012 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS

2012 MOONDANCE LAUREL WREATHS

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AWARDS CATEGORIES

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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 include your mailing address & the title of your winning 2012 project.

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GALA MOONDANCE AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!

“Moondancers Made a Big Splash!”

BRUNCH CRUISE IN NEW YORK HARBOR

The 2012 Moondance multi-talented winners & guests sailed out on this unique, privately-chartered 2-hour buffet brunch cruise, and all enjoyed smooth sailing around the fabulous island of Manhattan, on the luxury yacht, “Duchess”! We enjoyed a great view of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, a delicious gourmet buffet and mimosas, while Moondance awards were announced and presented to the winners! The winner from Alaska, and all 3 women fishing boat captains, even had a chance to drive the boat! The entire adventure was a unique networking and photo opportunity for all!

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Please send your best .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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READ WHAT THE 2012 MOONDANCERS WRITE TO US:

“I had a great time at the 2012 Moondance International Film Festival. The panels and workshops that I attended were informative and interesting; I loved the international aspect of the festival. I watched high quality films about important issues and playful pleasures throughout the world. I met people from as far away as Australia and London. The boat ride brunch around Manhattan was a treat. There were plenty of opportunities for networking. Of course, the heart and soul of the festival was the director, Elizabeth English. She was tirelessly, and passionately, supportive of all of the writers, directors, composers and filmmakers who attended the festival. Elizabeth made a point of connecting with and encouraging each one of us. My consultation with her was very helpful. I will definitely attend Moondance again. Thanks for the lovely introduction you gave me when I received my award. Thank you for also being so generous with your time and input during our private consultation.” ~ Donna Lisa, winning writer, Wheels – The June Bug”

“It was really a pleasure having your festival at TriBeCa Cinemas. Once again, I want to express how much I enjoyed your programming. We host many festivals, and I was truly impressed by the quality of the films at MOONDANCE! ~ Ryan Littman, Tribeca Cinemas Events Manager

“I wanted to thank you so much for the opportunity to take part in The Moondance International Film Festival this year. I sincerely appreciate your patience, flexibility, and your sense of what I was trying to accomplish with my television pilot. After the Moondance results, I had some faith that I was going in the right direction. I have a manager submitting it now to producers…crossing fingers…but the Moondance award definitely helps the cause.” ~ Wendy Brache, 2012 Moondance winner for “Tweeters” TV pilot script

I am very grateful to you, Elizabeth, for selecting “Little Dancer” for screening at the Moondance. United Nations people who were there are now on board with the film, and so much good can come from all of it.  I also see what a wonderful photographer Rodney Rascona is (“Black Inside” winning PSA) as you had mentioned, and he and Ben Pickup at the UNF can make a difference for women around the world, as well, by focusing on the topic of providing new, safer ways of cooking. Bless you Elizabeth for your courage and determination to make a difference in the world with Moondance.” ~~ Marc & Marla Halperin, www.magiclampreleasing.com

“Just wanted to thank you for your kind words at the awards ceremony & reception, regarding my short screenplay “The Chocolate Kandinsky”.  It was a privilege to be in a room filled with so many talented and open-hearted filmmakers.  I felt welcomed into the Moondance family, and the encouragement and new friendships I found are invaluable.  Thanks again for letting me be part of your wonderful festival.” ~ Suzanne Giffin

“It was a great pleasure meeting you in NYC for the Moondance Film Festival and getting a win in the Moondance. Vlad is climbing the walls with great excitement! The most valuable thing about this event was networking. Thank you again for my award. I am on to my next project right now, which is somewhat of a sequel to this. Perhaps it will be ready next year for the Moondance! Thanks again for everything. You did a wonderful job.” ~ Mark Lysgaard, winning screenwriter “Vlad the Inhaler”

“It was so wonderful meeting you this weekend at the Moondance International Film Festival.  I had such a great time working on the festival 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.  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, Public Relations & Marketing

I want to thank you, personally, for the Columbine Award, and the greatest award, the opportunity to meet you. Here is the picture I took with my iPad; apparently, not a good-hair day.  But the picture captures two women who represent freedom. Thank you again, Elizabeth, for this great honor.  Sunday was a blast! ~ Tom Lidd, screenwriting winner for “Separate > Equal”










“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

WORDLESS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

THE 2013 MOONDANCE CALL-FOR-ENTRIES

WILL OPEN DECEMBER 1, 2012!

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MOONDANCE AND THE CITY!

SEPTEMBER 13, 14, 15, 16, 2012

~ TRIBECA CINEMAS ~

54 Varick Street

NEW YORK CITY

Come join us!

  • AWARD-WINNING INDIE FILM SCREENINGS

GO CHECK OUT THE GREAT PHOTOS FROM OUR FILMS HERE: http://moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.synopses.html

  • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION
  • NETWORKING COCKTAIL PARTIES
  • WORKSHOPS & PANELS
  • AFTER-PARTIES

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL PROGRAM

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL FILM SCHEDULE

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL FILM BLURBS

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS & PANELS

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL NETWORKING PARTIES

2012 MOONDANCE TICKETING INFO

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2012 MOONDANCE TRAVEL INFO

2012 MOONDANCE LODGIING INFO

2012 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS

2012 MOONDANCE LAUREL WREATHS

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AWARDS CATEGORIES

HDO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT THE 2012 MOONDANCE?

CONTACT KAREN WOODALL: wsa.management.asst@gmail.com

With: MOONDANCE VOLUNTEER in the subject line.

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GALA MOONDANCE AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!

“Let’s Make a Splash!”

BRUNCH CRUISE IN NEW YORK HARBOR

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH

SHIP BOARDING: 11:30AM, SAILING: NOON, DOCKING: 2:PM

Don’t miss the boat! Come join all the other 2012 Moondance winners & guests on this unique, specially-chartered 2-hour private buffet Brunch Cruise, and smooth sailing around the fabulous island of Manhattan, on the luxury yacht, “Duchess”! Enjoy a great view of the Manhattan skyline, a delicious gourmet buffet, a complimentary mimosa, and cash bar, while Moondance awards are announced and presented to the winners! Just imagine what a unique photo opportunity this will be for you!

Everyone is welcome, not just winners!

• Only 50 tickets left, so reserve now!

Tickets are $100 each, $50 for kids 12 & under, and can be purchased in advance at: www.acteva.com/go/miff

Join the crew…& welcome aboard!

The cruise sails down the Hudson, around the tip of Manhattan, up the East River, under the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge and far enough north for passengers to catch a glimpse of the pristine architecture of the United Nations. The ship turns around and sails for the Statue of Liberty. Then the ship heads back up the Hudson to its Pier 81 dock. Other wellknown landmarks visible along the cruise include the World Financial Center and the beautiful, artdeco spires of the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.

INFO: http://www.worldyacht.com/site/home.aspx

MAP, LOCATION & PARKING: http://www.worldyacht.com/about_us/directions_parking.aspx

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2012 MOONDANCE SPECIAL WORKSHOP & PITCH PANEL

THE AVALON HOTEL

16 East 32nd Street, New York NY 10016

Excalibur Conference Room

http://www.avalonhotelnyc.com/

Friday, September 14, 1-3:PM

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

WRITING THOSE ALL-IMPORTANT TITLES AND LOGLINES!

A Vital Workshop for Screenwriters and Filmmakers

Presenter: Elizabeth English

“You’ve got 5 minutes; pitch me what you’ve got.” That’s what the entertainment industry movers & shakers will tell you. But to get that meeting or even a positive reply from a producer, agent or distributor to your query letter, you must first have an interesting & exciting title and logline to catch their attention! Ms. English has developed a unique method for finding that great, eye-catching title and a sizzling short logline to go with it. You’ll leave this interactive workshop knowing how to “dress” your script or film for success. ~ $50 each. Seating is limited to 25, so reserve your place in advance, now! www.acteva.com/go/miff

Ms. English is the founder, executive director & artistic director for the Moondance International Film Festival. She’s also a filmmaker, with 3 short films screened at various film festivals, one of which won awards across the US & Europe, and was screened during the Cannes film festival. Ms. English is a professional screenwriter, with 35 feature screenplays, 3 TV pilots, and 2 stageplays. Check out her screenplay & film evaluation, consulting & editing service at www.mermaid7seas.com

Friday, September 14, 3-5:PM

NOW PITCH YOUR FILM OR SCRIPT TO

A REAL HOLLYWOOD PRO!

A PITCH-PANEL FOR FILMMAKERS & SCREENWRITERS

Presenter: Mitchell Stuart

Use what you’ve just learned in the First Impressions workshop to effectively pitch your project to the real Hollywood pros!  Come join other talented screenwriters & filmmakers to pitch your very best project to the professional Hollywood panelists who can make things happen for you, at this interactive pitch-panel. Quickly learn what to pitch, how to pitch effectively, and then…it’s your turn to pitch~ $50 each. Seating is limited to 25, so reserve your place in advance, now!  www.acteva.com/go/miff

Mitchell Stuart, Emmy-winning film and television producer who has sold screenplays and television series around the world, is a long-time film producer, director & writer, with credits for directing & producing a series about music concerts at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden, called The Road to MSG, starring Jay-Z; Chicago; Earth, Wind & Fire; & Motley Crue. He has produced TV commercials & Stripped Raw & Reel Internet programs for stars, such as Kanye West, Shakira Ludacris, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Carson Daly, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Ryan Seacrest, LL Cool J, Kenny Rogers, Jewel, The Fray, & Ashanti, among others. His latest short documentary film, “Natsanat”, co-directed by Cheryl Halpern, about women warriors in Ethiopia, has won the Moondance & screens at the 2012 film festival. His upcoming documentary film is titled “Shelter Island”.

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“I wanted to thank you so much for the opportunity to take part in The Moondance International Film Festival this year. I sincerely appreciate your patience, flexibility, and your sense of what I was trying to accomplish with my television pilot. After the Moondance results, I had some faith that I was going in the right direction. I have a manager submitting it now to producers…crossing fingers…but the Moondance award definitely helps the cause.” ~ Wendy Brache, 2012 Moondance winner for “Tweeters” TV pilot script










“We’re very excited to have our first screening in Susan’s 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. We hope you can attend the NYC screening at the Moondance International Film Festival. M.O.M. has 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

Where: Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, New York, NY

When: Friday, September 14, 6 pm

• Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

And keep up to date with our activities on the Mission of Mermaids website.

WORDLESS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

www.Moondancefilmfestival.com

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COME TO THE MOONDANCE 2012 IN NYC!

Don’t miss the many advantages of being in the true heart of the historic Tribeca neighborhood on the world-famous island Manhattan, for a fabulous, unforgettable weekend at the 2012 Moondance!

We are honored to have received a warm welcome and endorsement from NYC  Mayor Bloomberg’s office.  With an exciting presentation of 9 features and over 40 short films, the 2012 Moondance programs international films from Norway, United Kingdom, South Africa, Zambia, Venezuela, Austria, Romania, Marshall Islands, Turkey, Spain and more, as well as from the US. Our program presents the brightest in new talent and international voices, featuring great workshops and thought-provoking panel discussions.“ ~ Chyna Layne, 2012 Moondance Film Festival producer

SEPTEMBER 13, 14, 15, 16, 2012

~ TRIBECA CINEMAS ~

54 Varick Street

NEW YORK CITY

Come join us!

  • AWARD-WINNING INDIE FILM SCREENINGS
  • NETWORKING COCKTAIL PARTIES
  • WORKSHOPS & PANELS
  • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION
  • AFTER-PARTIES

MOONDANCE FESTIVAL EVENTS & INFO LINKS:

2012 MOONDANCE WEBSITE HOME PAGE

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL PROGRAM

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL FILM SCHEDULE

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL FILM BLURBS

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS & PANELS

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL NETWORKING PARTIES

2012 MOONDANCE TICKETING INFO

2012 MOONDANCE TRAVEL INFO

2012 MOONDANCE LODGIING INFO

2012 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS

2012 MOONDANCE LAUREL WREATHS

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AWARDS CATEGORIES

• DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT THE 2012 MOONDANCE?

CONTACT KAREN WOODALL: wsa.management.asst@gmail.com

(With: MOONDANCE VOLUNTEER in the subject line)

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GALA MOONDANCE AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!

“Let’s Make a Splash!”

BRUNCH CRUISE IN NEW YORK HARBOR!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

SHIP BOARDING: 11:30AM, SAILING: NOON, DOCKING: 2:PM

Don’t miss the boat! Come join all the other 2012 Moondance winners & guests on this unique, specially-chartered 2-hour private buffet Brunch Cruise, and smooth sailing around the fabulous island of Manhattan, on the luxury yacht, “Duchess”! Enjoy a great view of the Manhattan skyline, a delicious gourmet buffet, a complimentary mimosa, and cash bar, while Moondance awards are announced and presented to the winners! Just imagine what a unique photo opportunity this will be for you!

• Ticket availability is limited to 100, so reserve now!

Tickets are $100 each, and can only be purchased in advance at: www.acteva.com/go/miff

And…welcome aboard!


The cruise sails down the Hudson, around the tip of Manhattan, up the East River, under the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge and far enough north for passengers to catch a glimpse of the pristine architecture of the United Nations. The ship turns around and sails for the Statue of Liberty. Then the ship heads back up the Hudson to its Pier 81 dock. Other wellknown landmarks visible along the cruise include the World Financial Center and the beautiful, artdeco spires of the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.

INFO: http://www.worldyacht.com/site/home.aspx

MAP, LOCATION & PARKING: http://www.worldyacht.com/about_us/directions_parking.aspx

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2012 MOONDANCE SPECIAL WORKSHOP & PITCH PANEL

THE AVALON HOTEL

16 East 32nd Street, New York NY 10016

Excalibur Conference Room

http://www.avalonhotelnyc.com/

Friday, September 14, 1-3:PM


FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

WRITING THOSE ALL-IMPORTANT TITLES AND LOGLINES!

A Vital Workshop for Screenwriters and Filmmakers

Presenter: Elizabeth English

“You’ve got 5 minutes; pitch me what you’ve got.” That’s what the entertainment industry movers & shakers will tell you. But to get that meeting or even a positive reply from a producer, agent or distributor to your query letter, you must first have an interesting & exciting title and logline to catch their attention! Ms. English has developed a unique method for finding that great, eye-catching title and a sizzling short logline to go with it. You’ll leave this interactive workshop knowing how to “dress” your script or film for success. ~ $100 each. Seating is limited to 25, so reserve your place in advance, now! www.acteva.com/go/miff

Ms. English is the founder, executive director & artistic director for the Moondance International Film Festival. She’s also a filmmaker, with 3 short films screened at various film festivals, one of which won awards across the US & Europe, and was screened during the Cannes film festival. Ms. English is a professional screenwriter, with 35 feature screenplays, 3 TV pilots, and 2 stageplays. Check out her screenplay & film evaluation, consulting & editing service at www.mermaid7seas.com

Friday, September 14, 3-5:PM

NOW PITCH YOUR FILM OR SCRIPT TO

THE REAL HOLLYWOOD PROS!

A PITCH-PANEL FOR FILMMAKERS & SCREENWRITERS

Presenters: (TBA)

Use what you’ve just learned in the First Impressions workshop to effectively pitch your project to the real Hollywood pros!  Come join other talented screenwriters & filmmakers to pitch your very best project to the professional Hollywood panelists who can make things happen for you, at this interactive pitch-panel. Quickly learn what to pitch, how to pitch effectively, and then…it’s your turn to pitch~ $100 each. Seating is limited to 25, so reserve your place in advance, now!  www.acteva.com/go/miff

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EXTREME NETWORKING PARTIES

Don’t miss these unique opportunities for extreme networking with US & international filmmakers, writers, composers, production companies, distributors, talent agents, celebrities, casting agents & Moondancers!

MOONDANCE EARLY-BIRD NETWORKING COCKTAIL PARTY

THURSDAY 4:00:PM – 6:00:PM


DEAN’S RESTAURANT

349 Greenwich Street

(between Harrison and Jay Sts)

New York, NY  10013

http://www.deansnyc.com

Dean’s thin crust, brick oven NY pizza is heaven, served in a stylish restaurant at reasonable prices. Every pizza contains homemade mozzarella and a choice of a dozen fresh toppings. Dean’s also offers a full Italian menu, salads, a complete wine list, desserts, and much more. Don’t forget to check out Dean’s famous thin crust, square “Grandma’s style” pizza…Magnifico! ADMISSION: On Your Own

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WELCOME TO THE MOONDANCE NETWORKING COCKTAIL PARTY

FRIDAY 4:00PM – 6:00PM

DAVID BURKE GARDEN


23 Grand Street

New York, NY  10013

In Soho, & located at The James Hotel New York

http://www.davidburkekitchen.com

Renowned Chef, David Burke’s, of David Burke Kitchen, brings his creative, inventive culinary style to downtown New York. Always the culinary showman, Burke’s imaginative reinterpretations of classic American cuisine are combined with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients at his newest restaurant, which was most recently named one of Forbes 2011 All-Star Eateries with an award of three stars. ADMISSION: On Your Own

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MOONDANCE AND THE CITY NETWORKING COCKTAIL PARTY

SATURDAY 4:00PM – 6:00PM


COSMOPOLITAN CAFÉ






“A Serene Oasis in the Heart of Tribeca”
125 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

(212) 766 3787

The European-style Cosmopolitan Café’s unique menu reflects an elegant, old-world ambience, with items like pan au chocolat, espresso from the bar’s antique Fiorenzato machine, and an unusual assortment of focaccia sandwiches, olives, and prosciutto.  The reconstruction of the space is meticulous, with antique artifacts, including owner Béro’s own great-grandfather’s icebox, and an original billboard from the historic Cosmopolitan Hotel. The food is top-notch, and the service is a throwback to a grand era where people really cared about hospitality. ADMISSION: On Your Own

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MOONDANCE IS SEEKING CORPORATE & INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS FOR THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

IN NEW YORK CITY:

“Thanks a million!”

As a sponsor, supporter or donor, you are supporting one of the best and most-respected major film festivals in the world! You or your company may advertise in the print program, have flyers placed on the free literature tables during the festival event, and/or hang a banner at the venue. Please consider sponsoring a film program, the gala awards ceremony & reception, or any other element of the festival of interest to you.

CONTACT ELIZABETH ENGLISH: moondancefestival@gmail.com

Help us make a big splash!! Click here for more info: http://moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

See the other sponsors, donors and friends of Moondance who have supported the film festival over the years:

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

Thanks a million for your generous support!

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AFTER-PARTIES:

OPENING NIGHT AFTER-PARTY

THURSDAY 8:00PM – 12:00AM

~~ RDV ~~

409 West 13th Street

(between 9th Ave & Washington St)

New York, NY  10014

http://www.facebook.com/pages/RdV/164005810281519

Area:  Meatpacking District

RDV (short for rendezvous), a hidden subterranean playground tucked away downstairs, below the French restaurant, Bagatelle, RDV is filled with gleaming wood floors, upscale ambience, unique decor, comfortable seating, great crowds, very loud hip-hop & rap music, and drinks are cool, but can be expensive. NO HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY

ADMISSION: $20 IN ADVANCE / $25 AT THE DOOR

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CLOSING NIGHT AFTER-PARTY:  BREEZES

SUNDAY 4-9:PM

MORRIS JUMEL MANSION

65 Jumel Terrace

New York, NY 10032

http://www.morrisjumel.org/

Area:  Harlem

Join us for the Closing Night Event!  A beautiful evening of music, food and great friends, this year’s closing night party will take place at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion – the headquarters of George Washington during the American Revolution in 1776.  Exclusive catering provided by A Taste of Seafood. Special performance headlined by MBK Entertainment’s Anthony Hall http://www.purevolume.com/AnthonyHallAcoustic!  With guest performance by Neo-soul sensation, Greg Banks! ADMISION: $25 IN ADVANCE / $30 AT THE DOOR

Directions via NYC subway:  Take the C train to 163rd Street. of Sylvan Terrace. Exit the stairs at the south-east end of the station. Walk past the C-Town grocery store and proceed up stone stairwell on the left (east) side of St. Nicolas Avenue. Museum entrance is directly ahead of you at the end. NO HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY.

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

“Over the years, I have tried to break into a major festival. When I found out my short story had been named a semi-finalist at Moondance 2012, I had a slight hallelujuah moment. I’m pretty sure my entire apartment complex knows I’m a semi-finalist at Moondance. I am overjoyed that the story that gave me my first publishing breakthrough also won this accolade. I say won, because knowing someone was happy with my short story gives me great pride. Thank you, Moondance, for this honor.”- Amy McCorkle, “Another Way to Die”

“Just wanted to write you a quick note to say a massive thank you! Anny Slater, at the Good Dog Film Festival, told me you had recommended my film and asked me to send it in – and I did, and it won best drama short and $500! Thank you for awarding Fixing Jack with a win in the 2012 screenplay section! We’re thrilled. We love the script, and your support means a lot. It seems that I have great luck at your festival over the years – first Christian Savage, then Mahpa, now a semi-finalist for Girl Clock and a win for Fixing Jack! You do great things for starving artists everywhere. Lots of love and hugs from a warm and sunny Brisbane.” ~ Jennifer Ussi, Australia, award-winning screenwriter & filmmaker

“First of all, thank you for screening our film at your festival…it’s the first recognition, with a long journey ahead for those women…so let it be known that we started this journey with you. We are up to our necks in preparation for the symposium in Lima, Peru, which is featuring 28 framed large-format pieces, of women and children around the globe, and will be announcing that my team and I are in production of the feature documentary…a long-form of these women’s stories presented in “Black Inside – Three Womens’ Voicees”. The organizations there, from WHO to GIZ, UNDP etc. will be showing our film to the attendees, which will be quite interesting!” ~ Rodney Rascona, Director

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

“JOHNNY MONTANA”

Feature film by John Gavin

Johnny vs. the cops!

“JOHNNY MONTANA”: Feature film by John Gavin. Johnny is a Brooklyn guy in his mid-20s trying to grow beyond his provincial background. Frustrated, trapped, and living at home in blue-collar Brooklyn with his aging parents, Johnny wants to be a “somebody,” even acquiring the last name of his hero, Joe Montana. In his quest for self-discovery, he falls into a dark underworld that brings him everything he wants…or so he thought. Shot over 360 days in 60 New York locations, entirely “guerilla-style,” Johnny Montana captures New York’s vibrant grittiness, un-sanitized. From subway cars to penthouses, Times Square to Rockefeller Center, Manhattan isn’t just a backdrop – it’s a character in itself. Reviews
: “The new high watermark in no-budget feature filmmaking…”  Paul Rogers, LA Film Critic. “..Epitomizes the perfect indie flick…It gets  no better than Johnny Montana…”  Mike Skurko, Indiefest

Johnny’s blind date!

2006 Moondance Best Feature Film “Johnny Montana”  is launching its DVD/online distribution this fall.  For more info, please visit the movie’s Facebook Fan Page at http://on.fb.me/NjOfl5 and follow it on Twitter @MontanaMovie.  Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDCsLoOLfm0

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by Moondance filmmaker, Eric Bosse

The world we think we know shifts and turns otherworldly in the short stories and flash fictions that make up Eric Bosse’s Magnificent Mistakes. In smooth, subtle prose, Bosse moves through the lives of a menagerie of misfits, crackpots, and odd-ones-out. Lit through from start to finish with an oblique sense of the darker side of life, this imaginative collection of stories evokes tenderness, even as it refuses to forgive. Reviews: “Readers will find these nineteen stories beautifully strange and evocative. Inhabited by oddballs, lovers, ghosts, and runaways, the world Bosse creates is full of the unexpected, of chance encounters, and the vast and moving struggles of misfiring hearts. A stunning collection.” ~ Kathy Fish, author • “Eric Bosse has somehow learned all our secrets, and now he’s put them on display in Magnificent Mistakes. With this cheerfully mordant collection, he takes it all on—God, patricide, deviant sex, jugglers with nothing left to live for—and doesn’t flinch once throughout.” ~ Ron Currie, Jr., author. Eric Bosse’s short comedy film, “My Mother Received a Wound” will be screening at Moondance 2012! BUY THE BOOK, only $12.95!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

"Amelia" Photo by SKV

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” ~ Anatole France

“Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’” ~ Martin Luther King Jr., Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963

“You must have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” ~ Rosalynn Carter

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love, and then find a way to offer it to others, in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

“Peace is a verb. It’s alive and involves the choices we make every day.” ~ Colleen Kelly

“Sometimes, your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes, your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Anonymous

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2012 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENTS!

MOONDANCE 2012 COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENTS

ARE HERE:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.finalistindex.html

Congratulations, winners, finalists & semi-finalists!

And thanks a million for all the fine 2012 entries!

The Moondance Award Star

FILMMAKERS & INDIE FILM BUFFS:

See the 2012 film selections and the film screening schedule here:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.screen_sched_list.html

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MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

ADVANCE TICKET SALES:

www.acteva.com/go/miff

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2012 WINNING SCREENWRITERS: Our long-time sponsor, InkTip.com,

annually offers a free listing of all 2012 Moondance winning feature screenplays!

Please wait for the email inviting you to post your screenplay

on the InkTip.com website, where producers, agents & directors look

for screenplays to option, purchase and produce into films.

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SEPTEMBER 13, 14, 15, 16, 2012

~ TRIBECA CINEMAS ~

54 Varick Street

NEW YORK CITY

Come join us!

AWARD-WINNING INDIE FILM SCREENINGS

NETWORKING COCKTAIL PARTIES

WORKSHOPS & PANELS

PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS

AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION

GALA AFTER-PARTIES

We are happy to have secured one of the best venues for screening Moondance films in New York City! The world-famous Tribeca Cinemas is one of New York’s most prestigious screening venues and stands at the forefront of special event spaces in NYC.  Standing at the northern tip of New York City’s famed Tribeca neighborhood, just minutes from Midtown, Tribeca Cinemas is a landmark location.

Film Festival information, details, programs, & more

will be announced on the website very soon!

Wait for it!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

THE OFFICIAL NEW YORK CITY TRAVEL GUIDE ONLINE:

http://www.nycgo.com/official-nyc-guides

The Brooklyn Bridge

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MOONDANCE THANKS!

I want to express my sincerest thanks and great appreciation for all of the fine films, written works and music submitted to the 2012 Moondance competition!  What a super-talented world of artists, from all over the planet, actively striving to have their unique stories told, and their work brought out to be seen by enthusiastic audiences, directors, producers, distributors, and talent agents! You’re the best! I look forward to meeting you at the 2012 event in New York City, and to seeing your submissions for Moondance 2013!

~~A million thanks and big hugs to Cynthia Butler, of San Antonio, Texas, who has been Moondance’s very popular, professional reader and critique writer for many years. 2012 has been Cynthia’s final season with Moondance, and she’s moving on to other exciting ventures, and we wish her well in these new endeavors.

~~Another million thanks & big hugs to Stephanie Vidergar, of Longmont, Colorado, the dedicated, professional webster who has designed, built, updated and maintained the beautiful, informative and user-friendly Moondance website, faithfully, all these many years.

~~Elizabeth English

Founder & Executive Director

Artistic Director

Moondance International Film Festival

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MOONDANCE’S SUBMISSIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

In our continuing efforts to promote & 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, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Macao, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tasmania, Thailand, Turkey, UK, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Republic, USA, Venezuela, Viet Nam and Zambia!

Moondance is always truly international, & in 2012 we will be screening foreign indie films from:

Argentina: Luminaris

Australia:  Finding Manjushri

Austria/Ukraine: Little Dancer

Belgium:  Carrière

France: The Human Factor

Germany: Spaghetti Für Zwei (Spaghetti For Two)

Greece: Dust

Kenya: Pumzi

Marshall Islands: The Sound Of Crickets At Night

Norway: The Afghan Nightmare

Romania: Eva

South Africa: Dirty Laundry

Spain: Ella (She)

Turkey: Grandpa Knows Best

UK: Can You See Me?

Venezuela: Ngutu

Zambia: The Adventures Of Mwansa The Great

…and more!

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

I suppose, in some places, news like this doesn’t matter much, but out here in the middle of the Pacific, for such a tiny place to have something (anything) happen in NY City is huge. As the word has gotten around town, my phone has been ringing off the hook (a lot of people and businesses have been involved in our films over the years, so we have a pretty good following).  I had a Council meeting with the Bikinians today about other matters, and when I told them our film is showing in NYC, they all applauded. Money can’t buy this kind of feeling. At any rate, I just wanted to say thanks from all of us.”

Out here (in the Marshall Islands), we have a very popular once-a-week newspaper yokwe.net,  We (“Crickets” and Moondance/NYC) take up the entire front page with the article taking another half-page within the paper. I am sure there aren’t many countries in the world where an award in a film festival becomes a source of national pride! I just got a call from Radio New Zealand interviewing me about going to Moondance.  The woman was referring to Moondance as “one of the greatest film festivals in the world…” Tomorrow I am doing an interview with Radio Australia.  The entire Pacific is going nuts over this!” ~ Jack Niedenthal, Marshall Islands, director: “The Sound of Crickets at Night” 2012 short film winner

“I wanted to thank you again for being so friendly and helpful. As I’m sure you know, this business can be alienating and difficult to pursue. I have committed myself to filmmaking, no matter what…but, that being said, a friendly voice on the other end of the phone has meant the world to me. So, thank you for your support.” ~ Connor McLean

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

image by turbosquid.com

MAGIC LAMP RELEASING

What does it take to actually get your film into theatres? How do you attract the attention of top-level distribution executives? How do you know which festivals are right for your film? In other words, how do you get your film noticed, in a glutted indie market that seems less “indie” with every passing year? These are questions that haunt the indendent filmmaker and bring even the best projects to a grinding halt.

What if you had a team of WORLD-CLASS DISTRIBUTION & MARKETING PROFESSIONALS working to bring your film to  wide market?

WEBSITEhttp://www.magiclampreleasing.com/main.html

CONTACT: Marla Halperin now, at: marla@magiclampreleasing.com

Ms. Halperin has very successfully promoted film directors and their films at Moondance, Cannes, and other major film festivals, as well as to US and foreign distributors.

The Make A Film Foundation provides an opportunity for young people diagnosed with critical or terminal illness to use the media as a powerful tool for self-expression and communication by creating five-minute film legacies. Pairing participants with noted directors, writers, actors and producer mentors, Make A Film Foundation provides them with the tools, resources and guidance to reclaim the media and give them a voice. Moondance 2012 will be screening “Put it in a Book”, a short film produced by MAFF, and directed by Rodrigo Garcia.

Young people facing illness and long-term hospitalization naturally feel marginalized from the world. Many spend vast amounts of time watching television, experiencing realities they may never share. Make a Film Foundation provides these young people an opportunity to reclaim the media as a tool for creative expression and personal empowerment. At Make a Film Foundation we believe that creativity and self-expression are innately therapeutic.

For a critically ill child or teen, in all reality the best we can do is help them discover a sense of meaning or purpose. Make a Film Foundation will help young people facing illness use their dreams and imagination to explore and give voice to answers that no one else can offer. Make a Film Foundation demonstrates that within every young person, no matter how ill, there is power; power to create beauty and meaning out of seemingly senseless situations, to speak with a strong voice, and most importantly to grasp the dream of a bright future and always keep it in sight as their journey unfolds. http://www.makeafilmfoundation.org/index.html

The Japanese Peace Bell is a United Nations peace symbol. It was presented to the United Nations in June 1954 by the United Nations Association of Japan, at a time when Japan had not yet been officially admitted to the United Nations. The metal in the bell itself was obtained from coins collected by children from the delegates of 60 nations who were attending the 13th General Conference of United Nations Associations held in Paris, France in 1951.

~~ A BLOOM IN THE SIDEWALK ~~

Help change lives, help us share our stories of turning tragedy into triumph. We are strong women sharing our journeys and helping others heal through art. We are a group of passionate filmmakers who are making a film close to our hearts. We all have a story to tell and a journey to share and our focus is a small group of women who are sharing their tragedies from sexual abuse, physical abuse, trafficking, loss and how they have turned that tragedy into helping others heal. A story of grace, redemption and powerful women. These influential women have endured unspeakable tragedy and want to share their story through their own very personal way and art to help change lives and help others heal. These are stories of deep grief & pain, they are authentic, genuine and their voices need to be heard, through film. TO DONATE NOW: http://www.indiegogo.com/bloominthesidewalk

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD!

with David Attenborough, BBC One

http://www.youtube.com/embed/auSo1MyWf8g?rel=0

It’s a Wonderful World for my Fishing Buddies! I really did enjoy that video! Those whistling swans get me every time.  The wild geese here know me and walk into my camps at every lake where I fish. I toss leftover  bread that I roll into little balls. The gander will stand there on guard until the little ones and mother goose have fed, before he takes his turn.  When a stranger comes around, they will honk at me to let me know.  Once, when I was working on a screenplay inside my truck parked in the shade, with my back to the water, they started honking.  Looking down the trail I didn’t see anyone. One goose flew over my rod and reel. The fishing rod bounced really hard. The honking got louder, “Oh, no,” I thought. “A goose has gotten entangled in my line.”  I closed my laptop and ran to my bouncing rod.  It wasn’t a goose, but I fought and caught a 7 lb. blue catfish.  Later when I cooked it in the skillet, the geese stood around waiting for scraps.  My fishin’ buddies.” ~ Michael L. Edwards, Oklahoma Roughneck, award-winning screenwriter & composer/lyricist/singer

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2012 MIFF APRIL, MAY & JUNE  PRIZE-WINNERS

Three (3) 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.

JUNE WINNERS:

  • Vicky Hart, composer
  • Susan Rockefeller, filmmaker
  • Nicole L. Siddiqi, TV pilot writer

One (1) 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, screenwriter

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, radio playwright
  • Mohammad Alkazemi, filmmaker
  • Margie Walker, screenwriter

All submissions entered & received during Moondance’s March Madness Days, selected from the 2012 competition, will receive 2 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival! The official list of all March 2012 entrants will be at the festival box office, where you can each pick up your 2 free movie tickets.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

Photo by Dominique Browning

“Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.” ~ Devid Siendal-Rast

Sculptor: Bruno Catalano, France

“Money itself is one of the most useful contrivances ever invented, but it is not its fault that some people are foolish or miserly enough to be fonder of it than of their own souls.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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Phyllis Diller

IN MEMORY OF PHYLLIS DILLER: Miss Diller was gracious enough to attend the Moondance International Film Festival in Hollywood, in 2007, where she was presented with the Moondance Living Legacy Award, and where she entertained the enthusiastic audience with her usual wit and unique brand of humor. She not only motivated and inspired a generation of women, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, and Whoopi Goldberg, she blazed the way for them.

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SEPTEMBER 13, 14, 15, 16, 2012

~ TRIBECA CINEMAS ~

54 Varick Street

NEW YORK CITY

Come join us!

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AWARD-WINNING INDIE FILM SCREENINGS

NETWORKING COCKTAIL PARTIES

WORKSHOPS & PANELS

PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS

AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION

GALA AFTER-PARTIES

We are happy to have secured one of the best venues for screening Moondance films in New York City! The world-famous Tribeca Cinemas is one of New York’s most prestigious screening venues and stands at the forefront of special event spaces in NYC.  Standing at the northern tip of New York City’s famed Tribeca neighborhood, just minutes from Midtown, Tribeca Cinemas is a landmark location.

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The Field of Dreams: Conflict as Metaphor

The Field of Dreams:
Conflict as Metaphor

By Elizabeth English

“If you build it, they will come.”

The skillful use of metaphor can give visible shape to a character and recognizable, believable impetus to conflicts in film. The deeper meaning of a situation becomes clear and powerful to the varied cinema audience, when metaphors for conflict are utilized. The film, “Field of Dreams”, is one example of strong use of this device. Put in the simplest terms, a farmer, played by Kevin Costner, down on his luck (conflict), is advised by a voice only he hears, to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield in Iowa. He fights with his wife, his friends and the bank over this wildly improbable notion (conflicts).

The farm itself is a metaphor for one’s career or chosen path in life, which is in conflict with the protagonist’s social and situational milieu. The cornfield/baseball diamond is a metaphor depicting a small portion of that life, but which affects and is in conflict with all other parts of his life. The farmer is Everyman/woman. The wife, the child, the friends and relatives, the bankers, the author and the doctor, as well as the ghostly baseball players and the neighbors, are all recognizable and human metaphors, to whom the audience can relate, for conflicts in one person’s life; past, present and future. The farmer’s character is identified by his conflicts and how he deals with them.

Visual metaphors can speak directly and visibly to our characters’ conflicting feelings and emotions, when used to convey abstractions, such as death, love, fear, joy. A bare winter field can convey death or hopelessness as the character trudges across the frozen wasteland; a bright red balloon floating upward into a blue summer sky can impart happiness or a character surpassing expectations, a sense of freedom, or even childlike emotions of simple joy. A woman sadly gazing into pieces of a broken mirror tells the audience more about her personal conflict than does a page of dialog. In the short film, “The Unique Oneness of Christian Savage”, a child’s best friend falls from the tall tree in which they were playing, and is killed…the surviving child runs from the pious words spoken at the funeral and grabs a broken tree branch, and beats at the “evil” tree that killed his little friend. Conflict in film made visible and powerful! And without words.

The film “Cool Hand Luke” beautifully shows the conflict between the protagonist/hero, Luke, and his captors, who are inhumanly cruel and evil and hold all the cards. Luke seems to have no hope of escape or of retribution., though he makes every effort, only to be doomed to return to solitary confinement over and over, and to further punishment. Similarly, the film “The Great Escape” is filled with conflict against the Nazi captors, who are in conflict with the prisoners who try to escape, and whom are killed or re-captured for their trouble. Some other powerful examples of well-written conflict in film are “Babette’s Feast”, “Dersu Uzala”, “American Beauty”, “Jules et Jim”, “The Bagdad Café”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Dr. Strangelove”, “The Virgin Spring”, “Mulan”, “Sophie’s Choice”, “King of Hearts”, “Midnight Cowboy” and “La Strada”.

There are five distinct types of conflict that can be utilized in screenwriting. Inner or personal conflict, relational conflict, social or local conflict, situational conflict, and universal or cosmic conflict. All five types of conflict can be in a single screenplay, and can involve most, if not all of the characters, interacting with each other and with the protagonist and antagonist(s). Conflict as the central event drives the story and the characters. Conflict in the plot structure breathes life into your story! The audience relates to your protagonist and to the conflicts he or she faces. The patterns of tension resulting from the visible and invisible forces the characters overcome create a believable reality for the filmgoer, and increase the film’s impact on that audience.

Inner conflict is the hardest type of conflict to convey successfully in a film, if that’s the central focus of conflict in the story. It’s also the most difficult kind of screenplay to sell, despite the recent success of such films about inner, personal conflict, like “American Beauty”. In the comedy, “Tootsie”, the protagonist goes through conflict with his original situation (poverty, wanting to be a great actor), to personal conflict (lack of confidence in his ability to pull off the scam), relational (falling in love with a woman who thinks the protagonist is a woman), social conflict (with his boss and co-workers, friends, the father of the woman he loves, and his TV audience), and another situational conflict (should he let the cat out of the bag in order to win the heart of the woman he loves?). Only when inner, societal, situational, or universal conflict is projected outward toward another character, and becomes relational, and is therefore the basis of the clear story-line, does it have the most dramatic impact.

The latest, wildly-popular American TV program, “Survivor”, is an archetypal example of strong conflicts among a group of people, and of those clear conflicts driving the “story”. The producers and directors of the reality-based program emphasize conflicts when editing each week’s film footage. The millions of fanatic audience members care about the characters, or they hate them. The TV viewers hope that their favorites remain on the island and that one of them wins the prize. They argue on internet chat rooms and message boards, and around the office water cooler or in the halls at school about complete strangers whom they perceive to be bad guys or good guys worthy of achieving the show’s goal, of winning the million dollars, despite the characters’ conflicts with isolation, hunger, danger, competition with the other “tribe”, and with each other.

Conflict is the ultimate basis of dramas, action films and comedies, and is the key ingredient for great characterizations and is key to a successful screenplay. All conflict occurs when a character has a goal that is not shared with another character, whether it’s the protagonist and antagonist, &/or secondary characters in the story. One will win and the other will lose, or may come around to the viewpoint and goals of the main character. Build each hurdle or obstacle your protagonist faces higher than the last. Make each subsequent conflict be more insurmountable or impossible than the one before. In a film, the audience comes to observe and to experience the story’s conflicts and the expected or surprising conclusion. The audience wants the protagonist to have as much trouble reaching his or her goal as is possible. The antagonist must be as strong as, or stronger than, the protagonist. The more powerful and persuasive the antagonist, the greater the eventual victory is for the protagonist. The last five or ten pages of the script should play out the final conflict and answer the question whether the central character will realize his or her goal.

SUGGESTED READING:

  • Creating Unforgettable Characters- Linda Seger
  • Film as a Subversive Art- Amos Vogel
  • From Script to Screen- Linda Seger & E. J. Whetmore
  • Handbook of Short Story Writing (Vol. I)- Frank Dickson & Sandra Smythe (ed.s)
  • Handbook of Short Story Writing (Vol.II)- Jean M. Fredette (ed.)
  • Making a Good Script Great- Linda Seger
  • Screenwriting 434- Lew Hunter
  • Story- Robert McKee
  • Storycrafting- Paul Boles
  • Successful Scriptwriting- Jurgen Wolff & Kerry Cox
  • The Artist’s Way- Julia Cameron
  • The Figure in Film- N. Roy Clifton
  • The Writer’s Journey- Christopher Vogel
  • TV Writer’s Handbook- Alfred Brenner
  • Writing Screenplays That Sell- Michael Hauge


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!

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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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