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THE 2012 SUBMISSION POSTMARK DEADLINE HAS PASSED

Thanks a million for all the many fine submissions

we received for the 2012 Moondance competition!

Announcements will be made soon for all winners, finalists and semi-finalists!

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Q: WHERE IS THE 2012 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL?

A: RIGHT HERE:

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, celebrities, international audiences, and the best-of-the-best indy film screenings, important workshops & pitch-panels, plus all of the many advantages of being in Manhattan for a fabulous, unforgettable weekend!

PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE 13th ANNUAL

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2012!

IN NEW YORK CITY!

Moondance is known as the “American Cannes” of film festivals, and features the very best of US and international foreign and indie films, professional workshops, pitch panels,  gala awards ceremony & reception, and fabulous networking parties & events. Come to be entertained, encouraged and inspired at this annual world-class event! Plan now to participate in this unique film festival event, and help celebrate the 13th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

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SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS, INFO & ARTICLES OF INTEREST!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Puffin photo by puffinpalooza.com

A quick escape to the real world: Kick back for a few minutes with Explore.org’s Zen Den channel, where the webcams watch & listen to birds, land and sea animals, landscapes and more. See & hear baby ospreys, puffins, polar bears, dolphins, elephants, coral reefs, and more, in real time.

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“PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME”

With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of farm animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, the farm animals themselves. Moondance world-premiered this award-winning film to a very large, sold-out audience!

PK's Harold & Cow

Peaceable Kingdom DVD available now!

http://www.tribeofheart.org/shop/main.htm

The DVD includes 78-minute film plus 90 minutes of bonus material. All content is available with subtitles in English (SDH), Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

WATCH THE TRAILER

http://www.peaceablekingdomfilm.org/

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“The INKTIP.COM information you sent about their services was interesting and helpful and does appear to be a good resource for entertainment writers. You really give wonderful service to writers through Moondance, and are not only knowledgeable but very caring, too. Thanks again, Lorna Kanter, screenwriter, artist (NJ)

painting by Lorna Kanter

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MOONDANCER ACTIVISTS, UNITE!

A World Without Coral Reefs

By Roger Bradbury, NY Times, July 13, 2012

coral reef image from: science.howstuffworks.com

It’s past time to tell the truth about the state of the world’s coral reefs, the nurseries of tropical coastal fish stocks. They have become zombie ecosystems, neither dead nor truly alive in any functional sense, and on a trajectory to collapse within a human generation. There will be remnants here and there, but the global coral reef ecosystem — with its storehouse of biodiversity and fisheries supporting millions of the world’s poor — will cease to be.

Overfishing, ocean acidification and pollution are pushing coral reefs into oblivion. The scientific evidence for this is compelling and unequivocal. Overfishing can bring down reefs because fish are one of the key functional groups that hold reefs together. Ocean acidification can also bring down reefs because it affects the corals themselves. (And) unstoppable pollution will force reefs beyond their survival envelope by mid-century. It will be a tragedy for global conservation, as hot spots of biodiversity are destroyed. Coral reefs will be the first, but certainly not the last, major ecosystem to succumb to the Anthropocene — the new geological epoch now emerging. (text excerpted from the NYT article) For more info & how you can help: Coral Reef Alliance A non-profit organization working to keep coral reefs alive!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY!

"Homesteaders", Pie Town, New Mexico, 1940. Photo by Russell Lee. Library of Congress

“It is our perception of life, rather than any particular life situation, that determines our happiness.” ~ Lynne Forrest

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“Movies are just another form of merchandising – we have our factory, which is called a stage; we make a product, we color it, we title it, and we ship it out in cans and boxes.” ~ Cary Grant

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Galaxy photo: by Edwin Hubble

“ He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream, and he sometimes wondered whose dream it was, and if he was enjoying it.” ~ Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

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Deerskin drum of the native people of the west coast of Canada, asza.com

How to Find Balance in Life: “As a drummer and a writer, when I get tired of wrestling with words, I can go beat up the drums. Maybe everyone should have a drum to carry around to express (his or her) feelings. That would be funny.” ~ Neil Peart, as told to Spencer Bailey, Sunday NY Times, July 8, 2012

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Baobab trees at sunset, Africa

“…what is crucial is…imagination in all of its applications…the ability to form concepts with images of entities and processes pictured by intuition. Ideas emerge when a part of the real or imagined world is studied for its own sake.” ~ E. O. Wilson, Harvard sociobiologist, speaking in a recent TED symposium

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Natchitoches, Louisiana, 1940, photo by Marion Post Wolcott.

“Apathy can only be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.” ~ Arnold Toynbee

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Parthenon Marbles, Wikipedia common-use photo

“Nothing heals like the power of a true story. When someone is speaking from the inside of an event, then they are speaking from a moral and personal authority that pierces the veil of darkness. On the other side of that veil lies the light of hope, for them and for everyone else.” ~ Marianne Williamson

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News from Colorado: “We are continually blessed to live in a state with a wide variety of rich and abundant natural resources. One of our most important and visible natural resources is our forests. This year, Colorado’s forests will give a Christmas gift to the nation when we send one large, pristine tree to Washington, D.C., as the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree…where it will proudly showcase our state’s forests. The tree will be trimmed with ornaments made by kids across Colorado, and one lucky kid will be selected to travel to Washington, D.C., to light the tree.“~ Mark Udall, Colorado senator http://www.markudall.senate.gov/

Colorado Blue Spruce photo by bioweb.uwlax.edu

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News from New York City: Fed by the interest in locally grown produce, the new farm operations in New York are selling greens and other vegetables by the boxful to organically inclined residents, and by the bushel to supermarket chains like Whole Foods. The main difference between this century and previous ones is location: whether soil-based or hydroponic, in which vegetables are grown in water rather than soil, the new farms are spreading on rooftops, perhaps the last slice of untapped real estate in the city. “In terms of rooftop commercial agriculture, New York is definitely a leader at this moment,” said Joe Nasr, co-author of “Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture”. Rooftop farms have the potential to capture millions of gallons of storm water and divert it from the sewer system, which can overflow when it rains. And harvesting produce in the boroughs means fewer trucks on local roadways and lower greenhouse gas emissions, a goal of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration(Excerpted from a NY Times article by Lisa W. Foderaro.)

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News from Paris: Bastille day, July 14, 2012!!!

Photo by: Alexandra Dialynas

Joyeuse fête de la Bastille!

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