2015 Special Film Screening Events Schedule


Moondance International Film Festival Presents
A Very Special Film Event!

Plan to see these must-see films, presented by Moondance,
Boulder’s #1 international film festival,
at our 16th annual film festival films & events!

All films will be screened at the Hotel BoulderadoConference Level:
Columbine or Alpine Theater

“I Am”, directed by Tom Shadyac
Tuesday, September 8th, 9:00 PM
~and~
“The World is My Country” + Q&A*
Special Sneak Preview!
Q&A with director Arthur Kanegis
Tuesday, September 8
th, 7:PM

“I Am”

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An utterly engaging and entertaining documentary film that poses two practical and provocative questions: “What’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?” The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.” However, in I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he, as an individual, and we, as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world.

LAST-MINUTE NEWS ALERT!
Director Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Patch Adams)
will be at the “I Am” film screening, 9:PM, Hotel Boulderado, Columbine Theater,
for a Q&A “TOMversation” immediately after the film! 

“THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY – THE TRUE STORY OF GARRY DAVIS”

GARRY DAVISGarry Davis was Danny Kaye’s understudy and a rising Broadway star until WWII interrupted. Garry enlisted, eager to fight Hitler. But the horror of dropping bombs on civilians, the loss of his brother, and the devastation of Hiroshima compelled him to give up Broadway, and make the world his stage. With Albert Camus, he interrupted the UN to demand a democratically elected world government capable of outlawing war. 20,000 supporters rallied with them. The next day the UN passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – which said it’s up to the people to create a world order that can protect human rights. Garry gave up his US citizenship and declared a government of, by, and for the people of Earth. In 1954 his World Service Authority began issuing World Passports, which have been recognized on a de facto basis by 170 countries. A million people have registered as World Citizens. For more info, see worldgovernment.org.

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TOM SHADYAC is one of Hollywood’s all-time leading comedy directors with his films, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar, Liar, Patch Adams, and Bruce Almighty , grossing nearly 2 billion dollars at the box office. Tom’s diverse background makes him uniquely qualified to handle the intricacies of this conversation; he’s been an actor, screenwriter, and standup comic, while studying in depth the monastic traditions, ancient philosophy, mystic poetry, myth and storytelling. What sets Tom apart is his rare ability to blend humor and heart, with a likability and levity that makes even the driest subjects accessible . He now offers this weekly class at the University of Colorado, Boulder, traversing the country each week to bring this transformative conversation to students of all ages and backgrounds. About this unique film, Tom says, “We started out asking what’s wrong with the world, and ended up discovering what’s right with it.” Shadyac’s first book, Life’s Operating Manual (Hay House, 2012) immediately hit the New York Times bestseller list upon its release & will be available for sale at this event.

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ARTHUR KANEGIS, multi-award-winning film director, says, “My work on this film is the culmination of a life-long mission that started when I was 3 years old. As a toddler, I said to my dad: “Why don’t they melt all the guns and turn them into doorknobs?” As an adult, I strived to use film and entertainment to open the doors to peace. But the arms race didn’t end and peace seemed further away than ever. I struggled to figure out why – and what could we do. Then it hit me. My films were creating fear, not an empowering vision to attract people to a better way. So I turned my attention to a story that would propel us on a journey into a peaceful and positive future. Garry’s story fit the bill! His action-packed adventures were the perfect vehicle to shake up our old thinking and give a vision of a better way to run our world! Over the next decade Garry Davis became my close friend and mentor, and I helped him shape his life story into a proactive Hero’s Journey narrative. It has been a wonderfully expansive journey for me, and I’m thrilled to share his richly-emotional and heartening story with the world.”

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Sandboy

Monday, September 7th, 7:PM
&
Tuesday, September 8th, 10:40 PM
Hotel Boulderado • Columbine Theater

Sandboy

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Short narrative film, directed by Vittoria Colonna (IRELAND, c& executive-produced by Julian Lennon (USA). In a sleepy Californian desert, sits an abandoned junkyard, an abandoned RV and an abandoned young woman haunted by a secret. Sandboy is a story about bereavement, atonement, redemption and HOPE. We follow one woman’s journey into finding forgiveness after the tragic loss of her family. Grace is an outsider artist – imprisoned in the desert by her own mind. Full of longing and regret, Grace punishes herself for the horrific events that took place last Christmas. As the film unfolds, we slowly come to realize that Grace holds herself responsible for the tragic deaths of her husband, child and an innocent woman. Earth to earth, ashes to ashes and dust to dust, the sand boy and family of sculptures are a visual reminder of Grace’s son and husband and the life she knew and held dear. (21 minutes) The support and love we received from the local community was truly humbling and inspiring. After four days of filming we had gathered an extended family, united by a common bond of love, story telling, trust and art! Award-winning film score by Hugh Rodgers. The director & the lead actor, Wallis Murphy-Munn , will be in attendance, with possibly Julian Lennon, eldest son of John Lennon. Sandboy has won the 2015 Moondance best short film, best film score & best actor awards! (23 minutes)

Indigo Grey: The Passage
Monday, September 7th, 7:PM
Hotel Boulderado • Columbine Theater

 INDIGO GREY: The Passage

HAMMERSTEPShirt narrative music video, directed by: Sean Robinson (USA). A young boy’s discovery of a mysterious gas mask provides a glimpse into an alternate reality. Featuring America’s Got Talent’s ‘Hammerstep’ a traditional Irish/hip-hop dance troupe, nine-year-old Aidan Lok, who has a first degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and has won over 100 medals from international karate tournaments, and original score by Evanescence’s Amy Lee. (6 minutes)

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~ Special Double-Feature Screenings! ~
Tuesday, September 8th, 7:PM
Hotel Boulderado • Alpine Theater

 Food for Thought, Food for Life

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Short documentary film, directed by Multi-award-winning Susan Rockefeller (USA). We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost? As farms become supersized our environment suffers and so does the quality of our food. FOOD FOR THOUGHT, FOOD FOR LIFE wants to start a revolution in the food system. This film will be a conversation starter, inspiring us to think differently about what we eat, and to make changes that will positively impact our health, our earth and our communities. A driving and optimistic soundtrack by the indie band Cloud Cult punctuates interviews with such visionaries as poet Wendell Berry, chef Dan Barber, and guerilla urban gardener Ron Finley. Viewers will be inspired by the fast-paced info-graphics, stories of change, and left with a real-time ‘what you can do right now’ message. (22 minutes)

Our Common Roots

Feature documentary film, directed by Glenn Axford (Canada). This film speaks to the therapeutic and energetic qualities of medicinal plants of the forest, field and garden. Reconnecting with the intelligence of the plant kingdom, and our global healing traditions such as Ayurveda, might just be the most rewarding investment we can make – not only for ourselves, but also for our planet, and all future generations. The film is a cinematic mix of nature, music, narration and on-location plant walks covering over 35 healing plants and the holistic philosophy behind their use. The film’s goal is to empower the viewer with the knowledge that health and vitality can be achieved through integrating the best of both modern and traditional methods. (45 minutes)

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