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MOONDANCE 2011 JULY NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

JULY 2011 NEWS BLOG

MOONDANCE 2011 JULY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

JULY 4th

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

TO ALL OUR AMERICAN MOONDANCERS!

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MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

SEMI-FINALISTS, FINALISTS & WINNERS:

ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON!

The 2011 submission deadline for Moondance has passed. Thanks a million for all the very fine entries in all categories & genres! We will make the announcements when all submissions for the 2011 competition have arrived, and have been read, previewed and judged. Announcements will be on the Moondance website, and in this news blog.  Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

The Moondance Award Star, Fabricated by Zink Metal Art

In our continuing effort to promote top-quality original filmmaking, writing and music composition by talented artists from around the world, the Moondance International Film Festival is very pleased to announce that our 2011 festival competition has brought in great submissions, in all categories, from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania,  Turkey,  the UK and the US!

  • The annual competition and film festival event furthers our long-term mission of entertaining and inspiring audiences, as well as actively contributing to the professional development and success of local, national and international writers, composers, and filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-expression and accomplished storytelling.
  • We make a concentrated effort to place winning scripts in front of production companies, literary managers and agents; to screen the winning films to producers and distributors; and to promote the winning music to buyers and agents.
  • Moondance strongly believes in supporting, awarding, encouraging and inspiring narrative storytelling traditions, via stories, scripts, features and short films, original music, animation and documentary films from around the world, as well as locally and from around the US.
  • Moondance films, writings and music all promote cross-cultural understanding through the language of cinema, while offering our audiences a wide variety of entertaining cultural perspectives. This special initiative is our ongoing priority.
  • Together, we can make the world a better place; one entertaining indie film, one inspiring script, one fascinating story, one beautiful tune at a time!

The 12th annual Moondance International Film Festival is scheduled to take place in beautiful Boulder, Colorado on September 16, 17, & 18, 2011. There will be original indie film screenings, industry workshops, pitch panels, networking parties, private consultations with the pros, and a gala awards reception. Festival events info and ticket sales will be posted on the Moondance website soon. Plan now to attend this most important event!

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“It will be such a privilege to have our music video as part of Moondance, not least because of the Festival’s (and your) ethical outlook and compassionate mission…it will mean so much to the cause.” ~ Lou Hamilton (UK) Director/producer: “Can You See Me?” music video to help stop child sex trafficking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NME1-ZiJPXY

“I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Elizabeth – she is a consummate professional, whose passion and unique vision inspires others to excel.” ~ Marina Albert, Freelance screenwriter, Melbourne, Australia (LinkedIn.com recommendation)

“I have never met anyone so encouraging as you! I will never forget all of your help. You have been so incredibly giving of your time and talent to me! Okay, okay, I will get to work on it. Forget my day job, right?” ~ Deborah Lehman, screenwriter: “The Art of Horsemanship”

SAD NEWS:

I am very sorry to learn that an esteemed Moondance Columbine Award winner for his animated film, “Stabat”, talented film director/animator, Luciano De Fraia, of Naples, Italy, has passed away suddenly, just after finishing his documentary film about his beloved city of Naples. His film, “Stabat’ remains one of my favorite Moondance anti-war films of all, a cinematic message of peace and brotherhood. I plan to screen the film again at Moondance 2011, as a tribute to him. The narrative journey of Stabat is dedicated to the memory of all pacifists who have fought to change the world. The incredibly beautiful and haunting music score by Christof Unterberger, of Vienna, made it all the more special and memorable.

“STABAT” TRAILER: http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2271739929/

Luciano De Fraia

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“The US Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”~ Patrick Henry One of the most influential promoters of the American Revolution and Independence, and remembered for his “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” speech.

Photo by Hahn Nature Photography

“My desire to commune with the universe…opens heights unknown to my feet… (and) is perennial and constant.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings.

“A slave is one who waits for someone else to free him.” ~ Ezra Pound, poet

“Create the intention to have the strength, intuition and courage to remember, recognize and embrace all the challenges that you came into this world to conquer.  Ask to receive an awareness of your mission in life.” ~ Yehuda Berg (Kaballah Centre)

Photo by Mary Deal, Kauai, HI

“Success seems to be a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” ~ William Feather, American publisher & author

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life, but by the obstacles which one has overcome.” ~ Booker T. Washington, American educator, author, orator, and political leader. He was the dominant figure in the African American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915. Representative of the last generation of black leaders born in slavery

Ancient Greek silver coin

“Hold on to what is individual about you; don’t allow your ambition for success make you try to imitate the success of others. You’ve got to find it on your own terms.” ~ Harrison Ford, actor

“There are many causes that I am prepared to die for, but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi, pioneered resistance to tyranny through peaceful, non-violent, mass civil resistance & social protest. He led nationwide campaigns to ease poverty, expand women’s rights, build religious and ethnic amity, end untouchability, and increase economic self-reliance

“The condition of women affords, in all countries, the best criterion by which to judge the character of (that country).” ~ Frances Wright, Scottish lecturer, writer, freethinker, early feminist, abolitionist, and social reformer (1795-1852)

“To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.” ~ Source Unknown

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Or anything chocolate; it’s what keeps us going, here at Moondance!

YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR TODAY:

Seek beauty, truth, harmony…the promise of the future and the blessings of today. Live well, laugh often, love much, gain the respect & the love of children; fill your niche, accomplish your tasks; leave the world better than you found it. Appreciate Earth’s beauties & express it. Look for the best in others and give the best you have.

Lunar Eclipse photographer Akira Fujii

NOTE: The Moondance website stats for May 2011: Pages on this site were viewed a total of 5,734 times, 4,947 unique views & site visits came from 80 countries & territories!



Moondance Recommends: InkTip Pitch Summit for Screenwriters!

Deadline for Pitch Summit: July 8th (price increase thereafter)

Register here: http://www.inktippitchsummit.com/?page_id=5

Dear Screenwriter,

What is probably the most effective thing you can do for your writing career right now?

What can you do to help give it the jump start is deserves?

Online, there’s only so much you or I can do for your career, but now we have some of the biggest producers in Hollywood attending our Pitch & Networking Summit in July. And I’ve made sure that each and every one of them will be looking for new scripts or writers.

I’m not sure if you’ve attended any pitching or screenwriting events before, but I want to let you know what I’ve found.

In the 10+ years since I founded InkTip, and with hundreds of produced films and writer hired, it’s become very easy for me to see what actually get writers sold and gets their movies made and what doesn’t. The bottom line is that getting you and/or your script to as many people as possible IS what will help get it sold.

The trick is to be able to pitch as many producers, who are actually looking for scripts, as possible, and that is why I started the Pitch & Networking Summit.

I want your movies to get made. So, I’m bringing 300 actual buyers, filmmakers, development people and shot callers to the table to help get your career off the ground. It is time to start turning your words on the page into dollars in the bank and your name in lights.

You can see them here: http://www.inktippitchsummit.com/?page_id=11

In just a few more weeks, you have a chance to pitch dozens of legitimate producers (both studio level and indies) all in a single day. When will you have that chance again?

I really think you should give the Summit on July 23rd a chance; come pitch some producers, have lunch with them, mingle with them at the wrap party… it’s without a doubt, one of the best moves you can make for your career.

Register here: http://www.inktippitchsummit.com/?page_id=5

Remember, InkTip guarantees a 100% refund if you’re not completely satisfied with the experience.

Best,
Jerrol LeBaron

CEO, InkTip

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INKTIP.COM offers Moondance 2011 feature screenplay winners the fabulous opportunity to post their titles, loglines, synopses, and/or scripts for free on the popular and successful InkTip.com website for agents, film & TV producers to search! This is the real deal. www.inktip.com

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M O O N D A N C E • INTERNATIONAL • FILM • FESTIVAL

LAST CHANCE: FINAL 2011 CALL FOR ENTRIES!

POSTMARK DEADLINE: JUNE 30

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Or go to our other submission service site to pay by credit card:

http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

0r use our online submission service:

http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO MOONDANCE NOW!

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Last Chance: 2011 Moondance: Submit Your Entry Now!

June garden flowers photo by Dominique Brown

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Moondance International Film Festival

2011 FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES!

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:
•   FEATURE FILMS
•   SHORT FILMS
•   DOCUMENTARY FILMS
•   ANIMATION FILMS
•   MUSIC VIDEOS
•   FEATURE SCREENPLAYS
•   SHORT SCREENPLAYS
•   TV PILOT SCRIPTS
•   TV PILOT SCRIPTS FOR KIDS
•   FILMED TV PILOTS
•   TV EPISODICS
•   SHORT STORIES
•   LIBRETTI
•   ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
•   STAGEPLAYS
•   RADIO PLAYS
& more!

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO MOONDANCE TODAY:

(1) Check out the Moondance website for official entry form & more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

(2) Or go to WAB to pay by credit card:

http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

(3) Or go to our other submission service site:

http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

EXTENDED POSTMARK SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2011

Moondance 2011 has received submissions from these countries, so far:

The US, of course, and Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Marshall Island, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, & the UK! Send in your submission now to represent your country for Moondance 2011!

SEMI-FINALISTS, FINALISTS & WINNERS:
ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON!

We can’t announce, of course, until all submissions for the 2011 competition have arrived, and been read, previewed and judged. Many high-scoring scripts need to be re-read for final decisions on winners. And for films, we need to take a look at the top scorers again, and also program the selected films into the screening schedule, so…all that takes some time. We’re hoping for mid-August, or sooner, of possible. Announcements will be on the Moondance website, and in this news blog. Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

ABOUT THE FILM FESTIVAL EVENT:

This truly independent MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL was founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1999, and continues to entertain and inspire attendees and audiences locally and from around the world, annually. The screenings of the best-of-the-best local, national and international indie films, art films, foreign films, documentaries, animation, and music videos, the many informative screenwriting and filmmaking workshops and pitch-panels, private consultations with the pros, as well as the fabulous networking parties, with music by local musicians, in Boulder’s best restaurants, draw enthusiastic, sold-out crowds at this popular 3-day event. We look forward to seeing you at the 12th annual Moondance in September!


SUBSCRIBE NOW TO THE MOONDANCE NEWS BLOG,

IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

GIANT KINETIC BEACH-WALKING SCULPTURE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=HSKyHmjyrkA&feature=email

THE SINGING, RINGING TREE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=HSKyHmjyrkA&feature=email

A GREAT DEAL FOR SCREENWRITERS:

INKTIP.COM offers Moondance 2011 feature screenplay winners the fabulous opportunity to post their titles, loglines, synopses, and/or scripts for free on the popular and successful InkTip.com website for agents, film & TV producers to search! This is the real deal.  www.inktip.com

MOVIEBYTES.COM Lists Moondance as
“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”
MOONDANCE SCRIPT CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader, will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form or at Withoutabox.com. The fee is a nominal $55 for each critique requested.

WINNING SCREENWRITING RECOMMENDATIONS:

There are many very necessary elements to help your script win a competition, and reasons why an agent, or a producer will want to read, and then maybe buy or represent your winning screenplay, in this super-competitive market. Here are a few, for your consideration:

  • It’s got a great title, logline and one-page synopsis that SELLS the story
  • It’s a brilliant concept, brilliantly written
  • It’s carefully written, and  in a unique voice
  • It’s got good structure and story arc, with clear Acts I, II, III
  • It has a variety of very good, recognizable characters
  • It gives all the characters wonderful dialog
  • It has a likeable  protagonist (lead character) the reader & audience can relate to
  • It has a memorable antagonist (the bad character ) the reader & audience can hate
  • It’s got good, fast pacing, action, and depicts interesting cinematic visuals
  • It’s got the necessary transitions and fascinating subtext throughout
  • It’s an absolutely unique story, memorable, and well-told
  • It makes the reader cry, smile, or laugh. (Never underestimate the power of evoking real emotion in your readers & audiences)
  • You’ve written a 120-130 page readers script, not a production script
  • You’ve kept in mind that you’re the screenwriter here, not the film’s director, editor, cinematographer, actors, costumer, set designer, foley, & etc.
  • It’s been thoroughly edited, and edited again, for potential errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and proper screenplay formatting

Go to the Moondance E-Zine for more advice & tips on winning!

WINNING FILMMAKING RECOMMENDATIONS:

There are many very necessary elements to help your indie film win a competition, and reasons why a distributor or studio will want to preview, and then maybe buy your winning film, in this super-competitive market. Here are a few, for your consideration:

  • It’s got a great title, logline, and one-page synopsis, and short trailer that SELLS the story and your talents as a director
  • It’s a brilliant concept, brilliantly made
  • It’s carefully directed, and  has a unique voice
  • It’s got good structure and story arc, with clear Acts I, II, III
  • It has a variety of very good, recognizable characters
  • The characters have wonderful, believable dialog
  • It has a likeable  protagonist (lead character) the audience can relate to
  • It has a memorable antagonist (the bad character ) the audience can hate
  • It’s got good, fast pacing, action, and depicts interesting cinematic visuals
  • It’s got the necessary transitions and fascinating subtext throughout
  • It’s an absolutely unique story, memorable, and well-told
  • It makes the audience cry, smile, or laugh. (Never underestimate the power of evoking real emotion in your audiences)
  • It’s not over-long (if the gist of the story can be told in 30 minutes, instead of 60 – 90 minutes, cut it!)
  • Remember, everything, all elements, count: Great story, directing, editing, cinematography, acting, costuming, film score, locations, set design, framing, sound, lighting, & etc.
  • It’s been thoroughly edited, and edited again to tell the story in a way that the audience can experience that illusive “suspension of disbelief”

Go to the Moondance E-Zine for more advice & tips on winning!

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“I am very impressed and excited to see your festival presentation, including the website, the look and feel, attitude, style…and that is what enticed me to enter my film in your festival.” ~ Rohit Gupta (India)

“NPR’S popular Morning Edition radio show has been featuring music by Austin artists Booka and The Flaming Geckos from their album “Baghdad Texas” (Soundtrack to the Motion Picture) for the last three months on their breaks and segues during their national broadcasts. This is in addition to Baghdad TX receiving airplay and charting in the Top Twenty while receiving an Album of the Year award from the Boston Herald (among others) the previous year. Meanwhile, Booka & The Flaming Geckos are recording a soundtrack for the up and coming feature film: Jeremy Fink & The Meaning of Life, starring:  Mira Sorvino, Joey ’Pants’ Pantoliano, and Michael Urie ( Ugly Betty)  that is slated for release in the Fall of this year.” ~ Loudhouse Productions (The film, “Baghdad Texas”, was screened at Moondance 2009 & 2010 and won Moondance’s  Best Film Score Award, too.)

Back in 2007, I submitted a little screenplay called ‘Take Too Long’.  The story was set in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The work won a Moondance Seahorse Award.  We finally finished the film, and I’ve just mailed you a copy. I really appreciate your support early in the process.” ~ Kwesi Davis

“Elizabeth English is executive director for one of the best film festivals around, the Moondance International Film Festival. Since she’s been at the helm, this festival has grown tremendously. She makes herself readily accessible to all, and disseminates information thoroughly and in a timely fashion. She’s great at coordinating, and a team leader.”  ~ Sonya Alexander (LinkedIn.com recommendation)

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Don’t bother to just be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ~ William Faulkner

“If you can’t write your idea on the back of my business card, you don’t have a clear idea.” ~ David Belasco, (wrote, directed, or produced more than 100 Broadway plays, & was known for bringing a new standard of naturalism to the American stage)

“The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You’ve got to keep working that talent.” ~ Irving Berlin

“Of all the enemies of literature, success is the most insidious.” ~ Cyril Connelly, (English literary critic & writer)

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ~ Aristotle

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work.”

~ Emile Zola

Ganesha, Lord of removing obstacles

Your assignment for today is to take something
insignificant and make it significant.
Make the seemingly small things important.


REMINDER: SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO MOONDANCE TODAY!

EXTENDED POSTMARK SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2011



Moondance May Deadline Extended!

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2011 CALL FOR ENTRIES!

~ ~ ~ ~   REGULAR SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2011   ~ ~ ~ ~

SPECIAL EXTENDED POSTMARK DEADLINE: JUNE 30!

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

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

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO MOONDANCE TODAY!

These Moondancers (that’s Elizabeth in the tiger suit) have committed to dance, 24/7, and without food or water until we make our goal of 1000+ submissions.

Save them from themselves! Submit your entry now!

Check out the Moondance website for official entry form & more info!
http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Or use our online submission service:
http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

Or go to our other submission service site:
http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

~ ~ ~ ~ REGULAR SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2011 ~ ~ ~ ~
SPECIAL EXTENDED POSTMARK DEADLINE: JUNE 30!

MOVIEBYTES.COM
Lists Moondance as “one of the top ten
film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

MOONDANCE SCRIPT CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form or at Withoutabox.com. The fee is a nominal $55 for each critique requested.

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

HANNA FRASER MERMAID VIDEO:
http://www.hannahfraser.com/mermaid/

Swimming with wild dolphins in Hawaii

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THE AMAZING BRACO GAZE

http://www.braco.net/

A NEW POSSIBILITY OF TRANSFORMATION, HEALING & AWAKENING FOR HUMANITY HAS EMERGED . . .

Braco is able to convey a powerfully positive, loving energy to large groups of people at one time through his silent gaze. Braco’s gift pours through him and although he does not call himself a healer, over 10,000 people a day come to seek his gifts and acknowledge his amazing healing capacity through miraculous transformations and experiences. http://www.braco.net/

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This cat & owl playing together video is so cool. It kind of reminds me of a screenwriter (the cat) trying to get Hollywood’s (the owl) attention: http://www.wimp.com/catowl/

And this video, of a cat and dolphins playing: http://www.wimp.com/catdolphins/

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Anxiety, hunger, fatigue, loneliness, thirst, anger and fear spur action to meet the competitive challenges we face. The anxiety we feel about whether we’ll succeed or not is evolution’s way of motivating us.” ~ Charles Darwin (from the Why Worry? It’s Good for You” article in the New York Times, May 14, 2011, by Robert H. Frank)

Photo by Adrian Davis

“The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity, and execute with vigor; to sketch out a map of possibilities; and then to treat them as probabilities.” ~ Christian Bovee, (mid-19th century author & a founding member of the Athenaeum Club in New York)

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have too much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing us a new road.” ~ Voltaire

Bodhi tree leaf

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today? Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” ~ Babatunde Olatunji, who twice played at parties for Moondance in Boulder. (Famed African Yoruba drummer, known for his impassioned beliefs on social justice, film scores, and his close association with many American jazz greats, and Martin Luther King) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babatunde_Olatunji

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced; live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” ~ Cherokee saying

Photo by Clark Little

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“I’m glad to see Moondance is still dancing along! My film, which screened at Moondance, “My Mother Received a Wound”, is now on YouTube. Here’s the URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfl52Gk4fK4 Thanks for everything you did a decade or so ago. Screening this short movie at Moondance remains one of my favorite creative experiences.” ~ Eric Bosse

“We are especially excited to submit our short film to Moondance because two years ago the script for it won a 2009 Starfish Award at the Moondance festival. It would be very exciting to see this project go the full cycle from an entered script to an entered film. We sincerely hope you enjoy the finished project as much as you liked the screenplay.” ~ Louis Rosenberg, Screenwriter & Sam Washington, Director

$ REQUESTING MOONDANCE SUPPORT $ Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival: Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.

A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2011 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the festival print program!



Moondance May 2011 Spring News

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2011 CALL FOR ENTRIES!

~ ~ ~ ~   SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2011   ~ ~ ~ ~

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

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

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO MOONDANCE TODAY!

Check out the Moondance website for official entry form & more info!
http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Or use our online submission service:
http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

Or go to our other submission service site:
http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

~ ~ ~ ~   SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2011   ~ ~ ~ ~

MOVIEBYTES.COM
Lists Moondance as “one of the top ten
film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

MOONDANCE SCRIPT CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form or at Withoutabox.com. The fee is a nominal $55 for each critique requested

CHECK OUT MOONDANCE AT WIKIPEDIA:

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

NOTIFICATION: SUBSCRIBE NOW TO THE MOONDANCE BLOG,
IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Here’s what you’ll get by subscribing:

  • The latest festival news, notifications and announcements
  • Competition entrants will get regular news about their submission’s status
  • Producers, directors, agents & others can see the list of winners & finalists
  • Read what Moondancers write us about
  • Moondance recommendations & tips for filmmakers, writers & composers
  • Thoughts for the day
  • Festival-attendees and friends of Moondance will learn all about the festival events, screenings, workshops & networking parties
  • The annual call-for-entries information

*** Special note to Moondance’s 2011 competition entrants
Moondance communicates with all competition entrants via e-mail. To receive regular e-newsletters with updates and more information about your submission status and about the film festival, we strongly recommend that you stay connected! If you change your e-mail address, please let us know right away.

Thanks for your continued interest in the Moondance!

$ REQUESTING MOONDANCE SUPPORT $

Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival:
Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.

A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2011 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the festival print program!

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

SPONSORS, DONORS & FRIENDS OF MOONDANCE:
http://moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.list.html

MOONDANCE SUCCESSES & CELEBRITIES:
http://moondancefilmfestival.com/05_other.successes.html


MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

WATCH THIS lovely “FREE HUGS” video from Italy!
Have a smile, virtual hugs to all!
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=hN8CKwdosjE

MOONDANCE NEWS:

UNDER OUR SKIN, a fascinating 2009 Moondance winning documentary film on Lyme disease, will be seen on TV, and will be shown on select PBS stations across the country. Thanks to viewer calls and emails, more and more PBS affiliates are picking up the show. Broadcasts will continue throughout the summer and beyond. Check the current schedule of broadcasts; if you don’t see your local PBS station listed, feel free to contact them, urging that they program the film! UNDER OUR SKIN is also available nationwide as Video On Demand, in community screenings everywhere, and on DVD.

 WEBSITE: http://www.underourskin.com/

WATCH THE TRAILER: http://www.underourskin.com/emvideo/modal/3021/853/510/field_video/youtube/z5u73ME4sVU

HILLARY CLINTON ENDORSES ARTISTS & WRITERS:

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted the importance of the arts and artists in her remarks at Georgetown University on the Human Rights Agenda for the 21st Century.  During a question Q & A session, Secretary of State Clinton was asked about the importance of the arts and artists in helping to promote human rights.  In her reply, Clinton stated:

“I think that artists both individually and through their works can illustrate better than any speech I can give or any government policy we can promulgate that the spirit that lives within each of us, the right to think and dream and expand our boundaries, is not confined, no matter how hard they try, by any regime anywhere in the world. There is no way that you can deprive people from feeling those stirrings inside their soul.  And artists can give voice to that. They can give shape and movement to it. And it is so important, in places where people feel forgotten, marginalized and hopeless, to have that glimmer that there is a better future, that there is a better way that they just have to hold onto.”


TOXIC PLASTICS:

Not only are many plastics made with toxic chemicals, but we’re trashing the planet with plastic. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade. Most of it isn’t recycled. Tons of it ends up in the oceans, where it does great harm to wildlife–and returns to our bodies when we eat their flesh. Beth Terry, the creator of the blog Fake Plastic Fish, did an excellent video about cutting plastic consumption. To find out what you can do to let Congress know that you don’t want toxic chemicals in your stuff, visit the I Am Not a Guinea Pig Campaign, watch their video, and learn about how to support desperately-needed reform of the chemicals industry. (excerpted from the Slow Love blog, by Dominique Browning,  March 10, 2011)

Whale Eye Photo: The New York Times

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Human dignity for others begins with loving and accepting yourself.  You can’t treat people with tolerance if you don’t respect your own person. Be kind to YOU today, in your thoughts, and in the ways you treat your body & soul. Consider it an act of global peace.” ~ Yehuda Berg, Kabbala Centre International

Don Quixote & Sancho Panza, by Pablo Picasso

“Remember that everything in our life is not only supposed to happen but is indeed happening for our betterment. Remember that our personal peace is up to us – and not determined by someone outside of us. Our feelings are generated not by our situations but by what we believe about them.” ~ Lynne Forrest

“When it is darkest you can see the most stars.” ~ Ancient Persian proverb

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~Gandhi

“Spring – a time for planting new seeds and trusting they’ll grow, but a time to nurture and love ourself, have patience and trust that sometimes growth doesn’t always look like the seeds we’ve planted, and sometimes we just need to rest and rejuvenate.” ~ Alex Marcoux www.AlexMarcoux.com

Daffodils Photo by Dominique Browning

“I had nothing to do with any of the moments of beauty that caught my eye this morning. But here’s what I did right: I noticed them.” ~ Dominque Browning, Slow Love Life blog

Good friends are like stars.
You don’t always see them,
but you know they are there.

WORD FOR THE DAY:

logodaedalist defined in a 1727 dictionary as “an inventer or forger of new words, and strange terms” A logodaedalist may be said to be a weaver of words into a rich and varied verbal tapestry. An ancient Greek artificer, Daedalus, has also lent his name to “daedal”, which can refer to an inventive or skilful person, but which can also mean the diverse or fruitful earth. There’s also “logodaedaly”, the skill of putting across a speech or a fluent employment of verbal legerdemain, much as is accomplished by lawyers, politicians, poets, and, of course, by lyricists, screenwriters & playwrights.




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Moondane International Film Festival2011 CALL FOR ENTRIES!

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• FILMED TV PILOTS
• TV EPISODICS
• SHORT STORIES
• LIBRETTI
• ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
• STAGEPLAYS
• RADIO PLAYS
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MOVIEBYTES.COM Lists Moondance as
“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

MOONDANCE SCRIPT CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form or at Withoutabox.com. The fee is a nominal $55 for each critique requested.

CHECK OUT MOONDANCE AT WIKIPEDIA:
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MOONDANCE NEWS: Steve Wilhelm, winning film score composer at Moondance 2010, has learned that his winning song, “I Fell in Love With You”, will be played at the upcoming royal wedding in London! Kudos & congratulations, Steve!

MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

“Thank you Elizabeth, for the excellent Moondance E-zine articles. They are full of great advice and tips that will be invaluable to me.” ~Tracee Lee

“I can’t believe how many film festivals there are, but yours has the best networking of any film festival that I have attended.  There are not always filmmakers attending these other festivals, and at one I attended the only networking was in the bar.  I started to go in but the bar was absolutely all men, so I didn’t bother.” – Vicki Bartholomew, Moondance award-winning screenwriter

“I was the proud winner of “Best Foreign Feature Screenplay” award at Moondance 2007 with my script HANGMAN VIRUS. I came a long way since, and last year I had a project sold to Sony Pictures! Congratulations for making Moondance what it is today!” ~ Guillaume Tunzini (France)

“Just want to let you know that “One Summer,” my short story that was a semi-finalist at Moondance in 2009, has become a short stage play and a finalist the AZ Centennial Plays/ Phoenix Theatre’s New Plays Festival,” ~ Beverly Smith-Dawson

“I wanted to let you know my good news: I got an agent at a recent Moondance film festival event, and one of my winning screenplays was just optioned by Flat Rock Motion Pictures!” ~ Marty Cuny, (Lakota writer, artist & consultant who does the annual blessing ceremony at Moondance)

“Delighted to see that Moondance continues and thrives. I had a former Moondance winner in my Way of Story workshop this weekend, part of Ojai WordFest. I enjoyed my time teaching at Moondance!” ~ Catherine Ann Jones (The Art of Screenwriting, The Art of Pitching & Story Structure, and The Way of Story)

“What a wonderful world of creativity you have made possible.  Best wishes for another great year in 2011.” ~ Ron Cox (LinkedIn.com)

“I’ll sign on. I love your newsletters!” ~ Alan Lock (Australia)

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• Thoughts for the day
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Special note to Moondance’s 2011 competition entrants: Moondance communicates with all competition entrants via e-mail. To receive regular e-newsletters with updates and more information about your submission status and about the film festival, we strongly recommend that you stay connected! If you change your e-mail address, please let us know right away.

Thanks for your continued interest in the Moondance!

ON THE JAPAN EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI & NUCLEAR PERIL:

TSUNAMI SURVIVOR!Photo by Atmo/ http://www.wildquest.com

A baby dolphin washed a mile inland by the catastrophic March 11, 2011 Japanese tsunami was safely returned to the ocean by a pair of rescuers. A man passing by a flooded rice field spotted the 3-foot long finless porpoise near the coastal city of Sendai. He alerted pet shop owners Takashi Wagatsuma and Ryo Taira, who have been helping save stranded and abandoned animals since the giant waves hit. Together, they captured the stranded baby dolphin and gently transported it in wet towels back to the sea. But it’s still far from being out of danger. The marine mammal now faces the possibility of swimming into waters highly contaminated by radioactivity from the nearby damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. Distributed by: Universal Uclick / www.earthweek.com

ONE MILLION CHILDREN SINGING TO CHANGE THE WORLD!

WATCH THIS AMAZING VIDEO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4h-R9xDJDk

APARTMENT IN PARIS AVAILABLE TO MOONDANCERS!

Greetings from Paris, France! A lovely, well-located Paris apartment is available to rent at a very reasonable cost, May 31st to Aug. 31st, or part thereof. Website photos: http://thesmartmoney.wordpress.com/paris-apt/ Contact Moondancer/Paris apartment owner Al Herter, if you or someone you know would be interested in a fabulous summer living in Paris: alherter@gmail.com

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:THE AMAZING BRACO GAZE

BRACO (pronounced Brahtzo), a mystical Croatian healer, has dedicated his life to awakening all those positive and beautiful feelings and energies, which we all carry in ourselves, and to helping people realize their full potential. Braco does not talk to his visitors, nor does he touch them, preach to them, or use any new-age techniques, or any other form of nonverbal suggestion: He simply stands before the audience and silently gazes at each one of them. His amazing successes and the reports from his visitors about their fascinating recoveries and positive changes in their lives attract more and more people from all over the world. And, during these silent sessions, people feel deeply touched, and changed. Hundreds of thousands all over the world have benefited immediately from being simply gazed at by Braco. WEBSITE: http://www.braco.net/

THE CLOUD APPRECIATION SOCIETY

http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/
PHOTO CREDIT: Sam LeBarron

MEN’S APOLOGY TO WOMEN:

You might like this powerful and poignant 8-minute video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_uRIMUBnvw

Conscious Men from around the world offer heartfelt apologies to girls and women for their thousands of years of disrespect, physical and sexual abuse, bias and discrimination, and imbalance between masculine and feminine energy, as well as offering a vision of a new era of co-creation.

“Beautiful! Very moving – it made me cry, as if the video was made with me (and all the other women I’ve known who struggle to make a difference in this men-driven world) in mind. If only there was a way to show this movie daily to men in th corporate/pharmaceutical and military world – perhaps that would soften their hearts and make them realize how much damage and grief they’re causing…”—(name withheld, Vancouver, Canada)

SAD NEWS / FILMMAKER ASSASSINATED:

Juliano Mer Khamis was an actor, director and filmmaker — but his greatest work lies in the creation of The Freedom Theatre (http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/) in the Jenin Refugee Camp that provided a creative outlet for local youth in a dangerous and an emotionally-charged environment. The participants in The Freedom Theatre came from around the world; people with different backgrounds, faiths and political views, to join the children and young people of Jenin in their struggle against occupation and oppression, and for their right to a normal childhood and freedom. The Palestinian people needed to unite, and one step toward achieving that goal was to come together in communal work, irrespective of social status and political or religious beliefs. Sadly, Juliano Mer-Khamis, a great hero of our time, was assassinated by masked gunmen on April 4, 2011. View the video “No Child is Born a Terrorist” at: ://explore.org/videos/player/me-no-child-is-born-a-terrorist. The world loses, but heaven gains an angel of hope. (edited & excerpted from: http://explore.org/) More info on Juliano Mer Khamis is at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliano_Mer-Khamis

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Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival: Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.

A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2011 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the festival print program!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.Peter Ustinov (1921 – 2004)

“Problems are problems because you see them as problems. Today, look at your problems as obstacles.  With obstacles, there’s challenge.  With challenge, there’s purpose.  With purpose, there’s fulfillment.” – Yehunda Berg, Kaballah Center

“Looking for the gifts in our life situation, no matter how trying times may seem to be, is a real key to finding inner peace. The ability to see life as an opportunity, rather than as a problem, is a characteristic of observer consciousness. When we are in observer consciousness, we question any mental state that leads us away from peace.” – Lynne Forrest

One person can have a profound effect on another. And two people…well, two people can work miracles. They can change a whole town. They can change the world.Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, TV writers, “Northern Exposure”

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.William James (1842 – 1910)

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

IN REFERENCE TO MAKING DECISIONS: A cowboy or cowgirl should always check his or her boots before putting them on, to make sure there’s not a snake hiding in them! –Old cowboy adage (updated)

Early feminist, Bella Abzug, wrote: “The test for whether or not you can do a job should not be based on the arrangement of your chromosomes.”

“We all participate in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes.” – Anne Weisberg, specialist in the field of diversity, gender and work/life integration

“After the sun sets on a clear evening, there is a long period when light continues to fill the sky…the afterglow. In the same way, when a creative endeavor comes to a close, memories of the shared experience continue to illuminate. Anecdotes are recalled, yarns are spun, and legend is born. This is especially true of filmmaking, that most collaborative of mediums.” – Kim Horning, writer/producer

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it, as well.” – Diane Ackerman, American author, poet & naturalist.

“You see, if you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do, kid. Money’s the cheapest thing. Liberty, freedom is the most expensive.” – Bill Cunningham, NY Times freelance street-fashion photographer

THE MOONDANCE WEBSITE IN MARCH 2011 HAD 2,447 VISITS
FROM 84 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES & TERRITORIES!



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WE’RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD
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CHECK OUT MOONDANCE AT WIKIPEDIA!

MOONDANCE SCRIPT CRITIQUES: Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form or at Withoutabox.com. The fee is a nominal $55 for each critique requested.

MOVIEBYTES.COM Lists Moondance as
“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

NEWS FLASH! SCREENWRITER VS. GOLIATH: Two strangers knocked on Moondance screenwriter PJ McIlvaine’s door recently and informed her, in front of her children, that 20th Century Fox was suing her for $15 million dollars. This was the first contact PJ had from 20th Century Fox regarding an online script library she created — and was the day 20th Century Fox filed a law suit against PJ in federal court for fifteen million dollars. She had collected scripts she found [already] posted online and placed them in an online library on a Media Fire web page and made those scripts available to other screenwriters. Free of charge. As an educational tool.

•She doesn’t sell advertising.
•She doesn’t charge a membership fee.
•She doesn’t sell the material.
•She makes it available to other screenwriters for free.
•She posts scripts for educational purposes only.
•She only posts scripts already available on other sites online. (excerpted from “celluloid blonde” )–PJ is a long-time friend of Moondance and a talented screenwriter!

ON THE JAPAN EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI & NUCLEAR PERIL: “My thoughts for comfort go out to Japan, and to all who are in harm’s way. We await further developments about the perilous state of the nuclear reactors. How far is safe, in this day and age? Is there any such thing as safe anymore? It is possible that what humans have wrought–the peril we have put ourselves in–seems infinitely worse than anything nature could do to us. Why must we learn to escape ourselves? How will we do such a thing? This is a time to pause, to offer prayer, wishes, thoughts–and to discover in ourselves, and honor, a new dimension of heartsickness.” –Dominique Browning, Slow Love Life blog, March 14, 2011

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“Thanks for the hard work putting together what I have heard is one of the coolest festivals in the US!” –Victor Goss, writer, producer, director

“This is a nicely run film festival. I was honored to be among the 2008 winners. I met people from all over the world who are involved in filmmaking. I’ll be entering this one again. Thanks, Moondance!” – Becky McMillen

“All my prayers and blessings are always with you ~ you’ve got a festival with works that raise the consciousness of humanity ~” – Moniere (filmmaker, Afghanistan)

“I just loved reading about what you do, the message you send out into the world and the impact you create. Lovely legacy and inspiration.” – Jenn Shallvey

“My good news: I mailed a CD of my music to the the Royal Family in the UK, and someone from the palace called me last week. They are going to play my music for the kids!” – Steve Wilheim (Moondance 2010 film score winner)

“This script was developed at a Sundance Screenwriters Retreat, and I am sure that the later (2007 finalist) placing in the Moondance Contest caused many people to take special notice of the project.” – Tom Basham, (feature film: “Bright Lights & Promises”, a ‘bluesical’ with all Janis Ian songs)

“I’ve posted a link to my 7-minute short film, “Interpretation”. The film was an official selection at 76 film festivals in 2009-2010 and ended up winning 24 of them. It was my first short film and a fun learning experience! Hope you enjoy it.” – Lin Oeding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ayS8SqIqbg
*“Interpretation” won the 2009 Moondance Columbine Award!

MOONDANCE NEWS: 2010 Spirit of Moondance winner for her feature screenplay, SANTA EULALIA, Heath Davis Havlick, from the UK, has had two of her scripts optioned in 2011!

REQUESTING MOONDANCE SUPPORT

Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival: Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.

A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2011 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the festival print program!

Thanks a million!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“The goal isn’t to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“…think about what happens when words are used as weapons, and weapons are used in place of words.” – Timothy Egan, New York Times article “Tombstone Politics”, January 9, 2011, responding to the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

“You are the point of impact for thousands, potentially millions of people. 
Whether or not you see it, your soul is tied to other souls, and on and on
 and on it goes.

 Today, set an intention of using your words and actions to impact at least 
one person. This is how we
 change the world.” – Yehuda Berg, The Kabbalah Centre International

“I would rather think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense.” – Rabbi Harold Kusher

“Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed, because there is so little competition.” – Elbert Hubbard

If of thy worldly goods thou art bereft. . .
And to thee alone two loaves are left,
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul. ~
Rumi




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