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Dovid Meyer Premiere at Moondance

DOVID MEYER: The Orphan From Jerusalem

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Written and directed by Rabbi Moshe Mones (Paul Mones on Google and and produced by Mones and Darren Schwartz, this film, on the redemptive power of faith, parallels Mones’ own life.

Mones became seriously ill in 2010 and, by the next year, he could barely walk. His doctor introduced him to Darren Schwartz, who told him of a small book he had read: “Dovid MEYER: The orphan From Jerusalem.” Mones read the book and it was, indeed, something special, a blessing. A gift. A miracle. From it, Mones has learned that life is full of immeasurable surprises.

A brief synopsis of the film: the Kalmans, a proper British, non-observant Jewish family, think they are hiring an au pair for their two children. Hoping for a Mary Poppins-type nanny, the family is shocked when the au pair who appears on their doorstep is Dovid Meyer, a 13-year-old Hasidic boy. They agree to keep him for few days, not knowing how he is about to change their lives. One young boy, full of life, humor and faith, brings a spiritual awakening to the Kalmans and unites two desperate families as he spreads his wisdom, wonder and magic into our world.

See original article here.

Moondance Wins 2013 Colorado Excellence Award

excellenceawardThe Moondance International Film Festival has been recognized as a 2013 Colorado Excellence Award recipient.

The panel of industry executives and consultants oversees an annual survey commissioned by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC) on various industries and determines which companies meet and exceed the industry benchmarks that have been set forth. Moondance International Film Festival was one of those selected this year!



Moondance wants your photos!

pg1Moondance is putting together a photo album from this year’s film fest held in Mysitc, Connecticut.  If any of you have pictures you’d like to share with us of the screenings, workshops, events or parties and ceremonies, please send them to

Thank you!

Elizabeth & Jim Steffman, feature screenplay winner

International Representation at Moondance

flagsTalented filmmakers, writers & composers from all over the world, some 46 countries & counting, submit their projects to the annual Moondance competition.  Some film festivals claim  to be international but Moondance, with our commitment to representing the voices and viewpoints of the underrepresented, strives to attract talented writers, musicians and filmmakers from as many countries and in as many languages as we can.

This year, at Moondance 2013, we were pleased to welcome films from ___,_____, and _____.  In fact, half of our “audience favorite” films were from countries other than the United States.

Our 2014 call-for-entries opens December 1, 2013, so get ready to send in your submission & represent your country!

If you have any great ideas on how to encourage more international submissions, please share them!


Some Things to Think About:


“Many people might have attained wisdom if they had not assumed they already possessed it.” ~ Seneca


“True champions aren’t always the ones who win, but are those with the most heart.” ~ Mia Hamm


“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” ~ Louis L’Amour


“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small steps, small things brought together.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh


“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”
~ Paul Valery


The chambered nautilus is the title and subject of a poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes, in which he admires the “ship of pearl” and the “silent toil/That spread his lustrous coil/Still, as the spiral grew/He left the past year’s dwelling for the new.” One can find in the shell of the nautilus inspiration for one’s own life and spiritual growth, and living in the present, as each new segment is larger and more beautiful than the last, but with the silken thread of memory always going back to the beginning.

2013 Moondance Audience Favorite Films Announced


Autumn is here, fall is in the air; the last warm days of summer linger on, and we are gearing up for the one, the only, the official 2014 Moondance competition, opening for submissions on December 1, 2013!


2013 Audience Favorites!



afishstoryA FISH STORY

Feature film, directed by Matt Birman, written & produced by Sam Roberts (USA & CANADA). After his sudden and tragic death, a devoted father’s search for heaven brings him back to his distraught family and his isolated lakeside wilderness fishing camp, for a few precious days, in the body of a wanted man.

dovidmeyerDOVID MEYER

Feature film, directed by Moshe Paul Mones (USA).  A proper British family advertises for a Mary Poppins-type of au pair for their children, but a 14 year-old Hasidic Israeli boy, an orphan from Jerusalem, shows up, to rattle the household’s lives in many miraculous ways.



Short film, directed by Anis Lassoud (Tunisia). In a small countryside village, Ahmed is a 9 year old boy with a passion for running. Under the influence and with the help of Ba Zdig, the village idiot, he dreams of becoming an Olympic Champion. He not only runs for that reason, but also because he needs it, it is his vocation, for the simple pleasure of it and to attain a passionate weightlessness.

thepainterTHE PAINTER

Short film, directed by Nate Townsend (USA). Obsessed by events that changed his life decades ago, an amateur artist finally returns to the farm where it all began. One man’s journey in search of redemption, closure, and peace.


Short film, directed by Wanuri Kahiu, (Kenya). Pumzi is a sci-fi film set in a futuristic Africa, 35 years after World War III, “The Water War.” The outside world is deemed extinct, and leaving one’s indoor community has been outlawed. Asha, who lives and works as a museum curator in one such community, risks it all for her belief that a greener life exists on the outside. An Africa First film.



Feature documentary film, directed by Laura Beachy, Ryan Balton, & Cory Sage (USA).  Somerset, Pennsylvania, was a picture-perfect small, rural  farming town, where life embodied a quiet, pleasant innocence. That is, until September 11, 2001, when United Flight 93 crashed in Somerset’s sheltered countryside, claiming 40 innocent lives, and forever changing the people on the ground.


Feature documentary film, directed by Caroline Rowland (UK). In the summer of 2012, the most talented young athletes from around the world responded to the call to compete in the London Olympic Games.


Feature documentary, directed by: Joseph Consentino & Sandra Consentino (USA). Beginning in March 2003, Iraqi taxi-driver Fadil Kadom’s video diary includes his family’s preparations for war, the days of bombs and missiles, and Baghdad’s ultimate fall. NBC News cameraman, Craig White, embedded with the US Army, brings the war into focus, live – from combat to the disintegration of Iraqi civil society.



Short documentary film, directed by Matthew Alexander Levy (USA). Artfully edited to include archival images we will all recognize, “Do You Remember Where You Were When” is a film, by a talented young New York City filmmaker, about television’s unrecognized impact on creating a mythical and pervasive collective memory for us all.


thediverTHE DIVER

Animation film, directed by Damon Mohl (USA). The strange and poignant life of a plastic toy diver, as he lives out his days in remarkable landscapes and circumstances: thrown by a boy into a pond to sink or swim with fishes, left and forgotten in a dark toy box with other discarded toys, in this amazingly beautiful and yet familiar world. A startling realization sets in, on a deeper level, as we start to realize that this story may parallel some aspects of one’s own life.

ellaELLA (She)

Animation film, directed by Juan Montes de Oca, 19 minutes, (SPAIN). In Palma de Mallorca, through the eyes of a 5 year-old innocent kid, a lovely and moving story unfolds of life’s coincidences, miseries and joys, as the boy learns about an old man’s stories of his ill-fated life in New York, and his long-lost love.



Music video, directed by David Cho & Evan Urman (USA). A wild, fantastic  musical day in the boring life of a fictional Kim Jeng-un, as a young boy, and his only good day, ever.


Music video, directed by Nick Dimitriadis (UK). An artist seeks inspiration for his next project, in this fabulous cinematic storytelling adventure. With his incredible adventures into the realm of the impossible and surreal, his quest will take him to some rather unusual places…

Moondance Post-Festival News!



Thanks a million to all those talented Moondancers and audiences 

who made a big splash at Moondance 2013, in Mystic, Connecticut! 

Special, heartfelt personal thanks & big hugs go out to Daniel DiBella, Old Saybrook, CT, Moondance film screenings coordinator; Kelly Brenner, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Moondance webster; Joseph & Sandra Consentino, Ridgefield, CT, Moondance mentors and advisors;  Jim & Leslie Steffman, Portland, CT, friends of Moondance in many, many ways; Mike Stryker, Waterford, CT,  advisor; Sam Roberts, Westchester County, NY, long-time friend of Moondance; Susan Harvey, Boulder, CO, advisor; Scott Brenner, Boulder CO, legal advisor; Wendy Fox Van Breems, and Howard Taylor, Stonington, CT, awards coordinators & assistants; Evan & Robert, Old Mystic, innkeepers at the House of 1833 B&B; and Bill Dougherty, Mystic, CT, owner-manager of the Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas.

And congratulations to all our 2013 Moondance winners, finalists & semi-finalists! […]