Attention all writers, filmmakers, composers, indie film audiences, colleagues, and friends of Moondance, internationally: In honor of freedom of speech and a strong belief in dynamic artistic expression, the Moondance International Film Festival continues to entertain, educate, reach out, nurture, inspire, award, recognize, promote equality and non-violent conflict resolution, and to encourage talented, creative voices around the world to freely express positive and productive projects in any medium. We actively promote and support non-violent conflict resolution and seek viable alternatives to solving conflicts.
~~ Je suis Charlie! Nous sommes Charlie! ~~
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory we have in overcoming it.” ~ Molière
Metal sculpture by Charlotte Zink of Zink Metal Art
MOONDANCE 2015 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!
LAST CHANCE FOR THE EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE:
~~~~~~~ HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ~~~~~~~
MOONDANCE 2015 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES! […]
“Many, perhaps, from so simple a flower,
This little lesson may borrow,
Patient today, through its gloomiest hour,
We come out into the brighter tomorrow.”
~ Emily Dickinson […]
For those of you who celebrate it,
Moondance is grateful to all Moondancers for your ongoing support,
your participation in the annual competitions & attendance at the film festivals! […]
Colorado aspen trees, Photo by vitya_maly
The shimmering leaves of the quaking aspen, the quintessential Colorado tree, turn to glowing shades of yellow and gold this time of year, here in the Rocky Mountains. The Native American myth told about the reason the leaves shake as they do in the wind is that the god Manito asked all trees to bow down before him, to show respect, but the aspen tree refused to do so, saying it was more beautiful than any of the other trees, and so Manito declared that whenever he blew through the forest on the slightest breeze, the aspen would forever quake in fear. […]
DON’T WALK! ACTION TIP FOR WRITERS:
By Elizabeth English
Writers should always try to avoid using the simple verb, “walk”, whenever possible! Why have your character just walk into a room, or across the road? It tells the reader almost nothing about the character’s current mood, personality, intent, feelings, or how he or she presents him- or herself, or how anyone might perceive or react to seeing the character. Here’s a chance to show the reader & the ultimate film-viewer more about the character, and to set up a sense of who this person is, and what to expect!
A character opens the door and walks in a room. Boring! Common! What if that character crawled in the window, instead? Or boogied in, maybe even stark naked? Or slinked in dressed in a bad-clown costume? A person in cowboy boots walks differently from a person in ballet slippers, or spike heels, or flip-flops, or is barefoot. Children, teenagers, men & women and seniors all move differently, too! Use everything you’ve got to tell the whole story!
A super-confident person may saunter or swagger or stroll across a room; a person with a lack of purpose may amble, mosey, shuffle or shamble in; a shy person may hesitantly tip-toe in; an angry person may march or clomp across the room; a person with ill-intent may sneak, stalk or stomp along the street, a sad or discouraged character may shuffle past, an older or wounded person may hobble, totter, limp or stumble, and so on. Use your options, and get out that Thesaurus to help characterize the actions and reactions in your story!
Photo by Clark Little
2014 MOONDANCERS MADE A BIG SPLASH!
>>>>>>>>> MOONDANCE 2014 PHOTOS ARE HERE: <<<<<<<<<
Photos by Jessica Rose Studnick & Arden Tuncer
Doria & Markus
Joseph & Sandra Consentino
Rahman & Mahmoud
David, Le Le & Sam