We look forward to meeting you at the 14th annual
Moondance International Film Festival
In Mystic, Connecticut!
• Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops • Film Market •
• Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception •
• Celebrities • Q&A’s with the filmmakers •
• Opening Night & Closing Night Galas •
• Master classes • Private Consultations With the Pros •
star of “Breaking Bad” & “Revolution”
line producer for “Game of Thrones”
ALL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
MOONDANCE HAS MOVED TO MYSTIC!
Mystic, Connecticut, located mid-way between New York City and Boston, has the unique distinction of being one of the most popular tourist and vacation areas in New England, and is the most-popular visitor destination in the state of Connecticut. Mystic is a lovely small seaside town with big-city amenities – great seafood restaurants, a lively arts and music scene, the popular Old Mystic Village, and, for hungry film-goers, the original Mystic Pizza! Mystic is known for its historic, quintessential New England charm, welcoming ambience, enthusiastic support for the arts, as well as for its world-class attractions: Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium and the Olde Mystic Village. Mystic is the perfect destination location for this internationally recognized film festival event!
Thanks a million to all of our local Connecticut sponsors, donors, supporters & friends of the Moondance!
We’re all going to make a big splash!
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MOONDANCE IN THE NEWS!
Moondance film fest relocates to Mystic
The Moondance International Film Festival, which has run since 2000 in Boulder, Colorado, is moving to a new home: Mystic.
Founder, Elizabeth English, who lives in Colorado, had been looking for a new site and considered Mystic a potential location. Then, Stonington resident and filmmaker Hans Hartman contacted her via Linked In, seeking advice about starting a film festival in southeastern Connecticut. The two now are collaborating on Moondance’s 2013 event, which will be held here Sept. 26-29.
Screenings will happen in Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas. Workshops, networking events and other programs might be held at such venues as the Mystic Aquarium and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Hartman says.
English and Hartman say that expected to come to Moondance are Giancarlo Esposito, who starred as Gus on “Breaking Bad” and Tom Neville in “Revolution,” and Linda Vilhjalmsdottir, line producer for “Game of Thrones,” who will give a master-class on line producing. READ MORE:
Nonviolent film fest moving to Mystic
By MICHAEL SOUZA / Mystic Press Writer
Monday, July 15, 2013
MYSTIC — The Moondance International Film Festival, known for featuring artistic and socially aware movies, is moving from Boulder, Colo., to Mystic as of Sept. 26-29.
“This is the festival’s new home. We plan to stay in Mystic a long, long time,” Hans Hartman of Stonington, director of the festival, said in a telephone interview. “Mystic is such an arts-based community,” he said. “It also has a history with films such as ‘Mystic Pizza’ and ‘Hope Springs.’ The festival will add to that connection. We are very happy to be here.” READ MORE:
NOTE: The paper has printed a correction, at my request: Elizabeth English is the founder, executive director, artistic director, and co-producer of the annual Moondance International Film Festival, which is moving from Boulder, Colo., to Mystic in September. The festival promotes nonviolent conflict resolution and encourages alternatives to violence through many of the films that are screened. In addition to her festival work, English is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, director, screenwriter and playwright, an acting and voice coach, and a professional consultant on screenplays, films and music for film. Her background was incorrectly described in the Monday edition of The Sun.
MYSTIC SEAPORT NEWS:
WATCH THE LIVE VIDEO:
Sunday, July 21, at 2 pm on the 172nd anniversary of her initial launch.
1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan
After a multi-million dollar restoration lasting almost five years, the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, a National Historic Landmark and America’s oldest surviving commercial vessel, will return to the water Sunday, July 21, at 2 pm on the 172nd anniversary of her initial launch. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ric Burns will deliver the keynote address at the public ceremony, at which point the ship will be lowered into the Mystic River. Once launched, Museum shipwrights will complete the restoration with the vessel in the water in preparation for her ceremonial 38th Voyage to historic ports of New England in 2014. http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/charles-w-morgan-pre-launch-party/
Across the USA, millions of bees are dying, threatening our food supply. Scientists blame one group of pesticides some of which have just been banned in Europe. A new bill could save America’s bees, but big Agriculture and the pesticide industry are lobbying hard against it. America’s bees are facing a chemical Armageddon — just last week, 50,000 bees died in a single car park in Oregon after being exposed to pesticides, and last winter over 50% of all California’s bees died! The evidence is so compelling that the entire European Union has begun banning them, and the Save America’s Pollinators Act could impose a ban on these deadly poisons in the US.
Bees don’t just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 95 types of fruits such as avocados, almonds, apples, and that’s just the A’s. Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favorite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish forever. And without bees pollinating plants that feed farm animals and forage for wildlife, those animals would starve & die, too.
We only have days to make sure Congress acts to stop the Chemical Armageddon – sign the emergency petition now! Sign the petition below and tell everyone — when we reach 250,000 signers, we’ll take Avaaz’s giant inflatable bee to Capitol Hill to tell Congress to save our bees:
Thank you for taking action to save the bees!
Watch this video to see how nature can help protect people and communities from some of the greatest impacts of natural disasters: South Cape May Meadows Preserve, New Jersey: A wide beach, tall dunes and healthy wetland system helped protect local homeowners from the worst impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Watch Video
COMMENTARY: SCREEN VIOLENCE AND THE REAL WORLD
By Greg Desilet, 07/20/2013 Daily Camera, Boulder, Colorado
When living in a culture of violence, it is not surprising that people should believe there is no connection between violent screen entertainment and real world violence. As many sociologists and commentators have argued, American culture mythologizes and extols the virtue of “regeneration through violence”.
In the 20th century film and television have confirmed and re-enforced this mythology through entertainment featuring the heroic overcoming of villainy through the use of deadly violence (name your favorite superhero!). These productions have joined together the notions of violence, justice, and celebration.
To suppose, as entertainment executives do, that this message has nothing to do with American attitudes toward conflict, violence, and gun culture is not only extraordinarily myopic but disturbingly oblivious to the history and trajectory of American culture to which these executives so blithely contribute. And to suppose that this message has no impact on real life behaviors runs fantastically counter to the parallel and contrary belief in the potency of promotional advertising messages.
Producers and studios acknowledge this potency with every dollar spent on promotion of films and television shows, not to mention the belief in the potency of advertising in general which provides the basis for network television. If media ads, in their brevity and simplicity, can be relied on to have effects in the marketplace, why does anyone suppose that more extensive film and television productions highlighting violence produce no effects?
The truth is that depictions of violence in film and television have profound and lasting effects at the cultural level of attitudes toward violence and the resolution of conflict. ~ Greg Desilet is the author of the soon-to-be-published “Screens of Blood: A Critical Approach to Film and Television Violence.”
SOME OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
“Having a better life is a result of making better choices. The decisions we make define one of two ways of being: Living by short-term solutions, or doing whatever work is necessary to earn a more lasting sense of fulfillment. In the gift of free will – our ability to choose – lies both our greatest challenge, and our salvation. Visualize your perfect self and work backward. By envisioning the destination, you will locate the best steps to take you there.” ~ YEHUDA BERG
Life comes before art, as the material always comes before the work. The mountains are full of marble, before the world blooms with statues.” ~ PHILLIPS BROOKS
“How can you have charisma? Be more concerned with making others feel good about themselves than you are about making them feel good about you.” ~ DAN REILAND
“You will always remain as small as your compelling desires, or as great as your dominant aspirations.” ~ JAMES ALLEN
Many thanks & kudos to our talented & dedicated Moondance webster: Kelly Brenner, working for us day & night in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to build our new Moondance website & maintaining www.moondancefilmfestival.com
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