“You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do, except for the limitations of your own mind.” ~ Darwin P. Kingsley
Thanks a million to all the many talented filmmakers, writers, composers, audiences, event staff and volunteers who participated in the 2016 Moondance International Film Festival & made it another memorable season!
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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 a can, and then try to convince people to buy it.” ~ Cary Grant
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Moondance now offers feedback & professional critiques on screenplays, stage plays, and TV pilots that are submitted for the 2016 competition, for only $50! Select the FEEDBACK option on the FilmFreeway entry form, or the Moondance entry form. Meet our professional reader, Jasmine Sahu, at: https://moondancefilmfestival.com/meetouradvisoryboard/
“Your festival looks great! I love your festival’s mission of celebrating bold and fearless work.” ~ James Raue, filmmaker, UK
DON’T MISS THESE PLANNED EVENTS AT THE 2016 FILM FESTIVAL:
~September 4th & 5th, Boulder, Colorado, USA~
INDIE FILM SCREENINGS (documentaries, animation, music videos, foreign, feature & short films)
PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR FILMMAKERS, WRITERS & COMPOSERS
PRODUCTIVE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS DAILY
CELEBRITY APPEARANCE & PHOTO-OPS
PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS
Q&As WITH THE FILM DIRECTORS
AFTER-PARTIES EACH EVENING
GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & BANQUET RECEPTION!
Boulder has been named the official “TREE CITY USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation, for the 32nd year, and is often called The Emerald City, due to all the green trees and vistas of our town’s surrounding green open-spaces natural habitat!
Boulder’s famous Flatirons Peaks & Greenbelt, less than a mile from downtown!
WANT TO HELP OUT DURING THE 2016 FILM FESTIVAL?
See our list of volunteer opportunities & download the sign-up form HERE
Our dedicated volunteers help make this event so successful!
Volunteers can earn free tickets to films & workshops, based on volunteer hours
If you’re a screenwriter, producer, actor, film director, etc. then you need to have a “network.” What is a “network,” exactly? It’s the web of relationships that allows you to do the work you love and get paid for it. Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Tolkien and Lewis all understood the value of building a strong professional network. Their careers wouldn’t have flourished in the same way if they’d locked themselves away in their offices, never attending parties, never introducing themselves to influential figures of the day, never forming friendships. They understood that nobody works “alone.” Everyone needs a tribe. It’s up to you to build your tribe, work your connections, and use your storytelling skills to create an online presence that says, “I’m somebody you definitely want to know.” READ MORE:
MOONDANCE BLOG EDITOR’S NOTE:
Attend important film festivals, like Moondance, for productive networking opportunities!
The response to (Virtually) Everything Story has been INCREDIBLE! Thanks to everyone who has written, sharing how much value they have gotten out of watching the free interviews in the Future of Storytelling Library! These the absolute TOP names in the industry sharing CUTTING EDGE information, which is going to put you years ahead of your competition. This is what storytelling is going to look like in the future! ~ Ken Lee,Michael Wiese Books
Here’s just some of what’s going to be happening & when…
Wednesday, June 15th
John Truby ~ Novels: The Number One Screenwriting Strategy Today: Why Being a Novelist is Your Ticket to Hollywood Success
Michael Hauge ~ Crafting Transformative Characters: Taking Your Characters From Identity to Essence
Friday, June 17th
Jen Grisanti ~ Writing A TV Pilot That Sells: Setting Up The Structure
Carole Kirschner ~ The Unwritten Rules of Hollywood: What They Don’t Teach You in Film School
Sunday, June 19th
Pamela Jaye Smith ~ Creating Our Next Mythologies
Thursday, June 23rd
Michael Jorgensen ~ Power Narrative: the Secrets of Documentary Storytelling
Friday, June 24th
Chris Vogler ~ E-Motion Pictures: How to Channel the Power of Emotions in the Body
“YES, I WANT TO REGISTER FOR (VIRTUALLY) EVERYTHING STORY!” CLICK HERE
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY
LIFE’S LITTLE LEAPS: THE NEW “NO”!
Learn how to banish toxic ‘people-pleasing’ from your life
By Lou Hamilton
A kid who brings an apple to the teacher has a mission. Get the teacher to like him or her and mark his or her grades higher. The manipulation is obvious and we scorn such tactics. And yet as we grow older many of us adopt such people pleasing poses. Not me, you say. But have you ever wanted to avoid conflict or tried to second-guess other people’s behaviours or reactions? Do you have a tendency to give up on your own desires and thoughts in deference to others? Does imagining that someone will get angry change the course of your actions? Is disapproval unbearable?
The trouble is people start to expect it when you hand out ‘yes’ like free candy. Like a drug addict you have to give more and more away to receive less and less appreciation. And the anger, resentment and bitterness grows like a fire-ball in your throat. Nice You on the outside is a thin veneer to the seething pit of snakes spitting venom on the quiet. People-pleasing depletes your energy and your reserves. You begin to feel that you have nothing left to give, but still people keep taking, because you let them.
So you decide enough’s enough. You take a stand. You start to say No. You start to value your time, your space and your self-worth. And what do you gain with your New No? You gain self-respect. You gain time. You gain rest and energy. You gain the ability to say yes to the things that you want to say yes to. You gain self-confidence. You gain the right to be direct and authentic. You gain space to breathe. You gain power over your own destiny. You gain inner strength. You will open the flood gates for your creativity, and when you do that your life will start to flow.
Lou Hamilton is a Creative Coach & she will help you get over your people-pleasing tendencies, so that you can get on with living the life you want. Email for a free consultation Lou@createlab.co.uk
The benefits of nature-walking, picnicking, hiking, climbing trees, observing wildlife, wildflowers and natural environments, seeing spectacular vistas, running and being out on your own in Nature or with friends or family works in subtle, ways. Such activities help maintain body, mind and spirit, and give a sense of belonging, of being grounded and one with the Earth. It is of huge benefit, enjoyed in no other way, and so, we need to do all we can ensure that these open spaces and unspoiled, native areas will be there for future generations to enjoy, too!
CAN YOU SEE ME?
“Can You See Me?” short documentary film, Lou Hamilton, director, UK
Take a look at this poignant & thought-provoking 10-minute short film by multiple-award-winning Moondance filmmaker, Lou Hamilton, UK (scroll down to 3rd one shown): Can You See Me? 100 West End stars transform London’s Trafalgar Square into a Flashmob aimed at raising awareness about child sex trafficking at:https://createlabproductions.com/films-2/
MOONDANCE SUPPORTS & RECOMMENDS:
GIVE WHALES AND OTHER OCEAN LIFE SOME PEACE AND QUIET!
By Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times, June 3, 2016
The ocean is loud: Ship propellers, sonar, oil and gas drilling and other industrial work make sounds, even if, like the proverbial tree falling in the forest, no one can hear it. But marine animals can, and all that noise has been shown to interfere with their behavior, since many of them, from whales to invertebrates, use sound for all kinds of activities, including to communicate, to find food or each other, to avoid predators and to migrate.
And while the ocean was never a quiet place — full of natural rumblings, clickings and chatterings — the problem has grown worse over the last 100 years or so, and significantly increased over the last 50 years in some places, much of it from commercial shipping, according to theNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
This whale and dolphin stranding was proven to be the direct result of sonar abuse.
So the agency, which manages and protects marine life in United States waters, released on Wednesday a draft for a strategy to reduce the effects of ocean noise, and invited public comment. TheOcean Noise Strategy Roadmapdraft is an early step in a 10-year plan to quiet the oceans and reduce some of the harmful effects on aquatic species. The public comment period will end July 1, and a more concrete plan will be put in place in the coming months.READ MORE:
NO OCEAN, NO US!
By Kristen Krumhardt, Guest Opinion, Daily Camera, June 8, 2016
Ph.D. candidate in environmental studies at CU Boulder
Have you thanked the ocean lately? In celebration of World Ocean Day (June 8), I want to remind everyone that, as distant as the ocean may seem, it sustains us and we impact it. Not only does the ocean provide one billion people with protein everyday (90 % of those who live in developing countries and have no alternatives), but also microscopic plants living in the ocean provide more than half of the oxygen we breathe. The ocean contains tremendous biodiversity, both valuable and beautiful. Coral reef ecosystems are especially diverse, providing millions with food, medicine, storm protection, as well as revenue from tourism. The neurological, psychological, and emotional changes that occur when we are near water are scientifically documented.
“We have an enormous impact on the ocean, not only through the physical connection of our watersheds, but also through the interconnectedness of Earth’s ecological systems as a whole,” says Vicki Nichols Goldstein, founder of theColorado Ocean Coalition. Her motto is, “You don’t have to see the ocean to protect it,” Indeed, runoff from our cities & farms goes directly into streams, rivers, and, ultimately, to the ocean.
Not only are we connected to the ocean via rivers and streams, but also through the atmosphere. We can add “climate change modulator” to the list of services the ocean provides, as it absorbs both heat and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Thanks to the ocean, the world is cooler than it would otherwise be, given the amount of excess carbon we humans have pumped into the sky through the burning of fossil fuels. As the Global Ocean Commission frames it: “no ocean, no us.”READ MORE:(Excerpt & edit by EE)
DEFEND THE (SMALL, BUT) MIGHTY KRILL!
Krill are the bees of the seas. Small creatures that play a giant role in our web of life. Without krill, the future would be bleak for Antarctica’s penguins, seals, and whales. But the fish oil industry has it out for krill. They are sucking up krill by the millions from Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, with some nations planning to expand their operations by seven-fold.
You’d think super-food krill would be safe from human interference in the frigid, distant waters around Antarctica. But the most biologically-productive section of the Southern Ocean has seen an 80% drop in krill, likely owing to climate change & the krill industry’s increased catch making a rebound even less likely. Fish oil supplements are surging in popularity. They’ve also contributed to the collapse of forage fish like herring and anchovies in some regions.
You may also submit your entry to Moondance via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway:
DON’T MISS THESE EXCITING EVENTS AT THE 2016 FILM FESTIVAL:
Top-quality Indie film screenings (documentaries, animation, music videos, drone films, feature & short films); professional workshops for filmmakers, writers & composers; productive networking cocktail parties & events daily; celebrity appearances & photo-ops; private consultations with the pros; industry keynote speakers; Q&As with the film directors; after-parties each evening; gala awards ceremony & reception, and more.
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY:
“Charlie”, photo by C. Anastasiadis
“Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s non-judgmental admiration of you as conclusive evidence that you are simply wonderful.” ~ Ann Landers
“Let your hook always be cast in the stream where you expect a fish.” ~ Ovid
“Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen.” ~ Goethe
INDONESIA’S ORANGUTANS SUFFER AS FIRES RAGE
Excerpts from an article by: Joe Cochrane • April 5, 2016 • The New York Times
Photo by Kemal Jufri
The blazes in the Indonesian regions of Borneo and Sumatra are an annual occurrence, when farmers clear land by burning it, often for palm oil plantations. The blazes have recently destroyed more than 10,000 square miles of forests, blanketing large parts of Southeast Asia in a toxic haze for weeks, sickening hundreds of thousands of people and, according to the World Bank, causing $16 billion in economic losses.
Multinational palm oil companies, giant pulp and paper businesses, the huge plantations that sell to them, local farmers and even day laborers all contribute to the problem. While it is against Indonesian law to clear plantations by burning, enforcement is lax.
The fires also killed at least nine orangutans, the endangered apes native to the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra. More than 100, trapped by the loss of habitat or found wandering near villages, had to be relocated. Seven orphans, including five infants, were rescued and taken to rehabilitation centers here. The suffering of the wildlife is part of a larger story of corporate expansion in a developing economy crashing into environmental issues in an era of climate change.
CLIMATE-RELATED DEATH OF CORAL AROUND WORLD
Excerpts from an article By Michelle Innis, April 9, 2016, New York Times
Photo credit XL Catlin Seaview Survey
SYDNEY, Australia — Reports of damaged or dying coral reefs around the world have become a major concern. Reefs that take centuries to form can be destroyed in weeks. The damage off Kiritimati is part of a mass bleaching of coral reefs around the world, only the third on record and possibly the worst ever. Scientists believe that heat stress from multiple weather events including the latest, severe El Niño, compounded by climate change has threatened more than a third of Earth’s coral reefs. Many may never recover.
Coral reefs are the crucial incubators of the ocean’s ecosystem, providing food and shelter to a quarter of all marine species, and they support fish stocks that feed more than one billion people. They are made up of millions of tiny animals, called polyps, that form symbiotic relationships with algae, which in turn capture sunlight and carbon dioxide to make sugars that feed the polyps. In Indonesia, fish supported by the reefs provide the primary source of protein. Rising temperatures due to climate change have pushed corals beyond their tolerance levels.
FUN FACTS: THE BAGEL LEGEND
It is said that, in 1683, a Jewish baker in Vienna, Austria, was looking for a way to thank the king of Poland for having protected his compatriots from the invading Turks. He created a small bread in the form of a stirrup (‘beugel’, in Austrian German), which pleasantly reminded the king, who loved riding, of his favorite hobby.
Adopted by the Polish, bagels became the official gifts offered to new mothers upon the birth of a child. They are even mentioned in the civil registers of communities of that era. Bagels were also used as nutritious teething rings that babies could easily chew and manipulate.
When bagels arrived in Russia, they were given the name “bubliki” They were sold at market stands and on city streets. Because of their circular form, they were said to bring happiness, and were believed to have magical powers. There even seems to have been songs about bagels! “The Bagels’ Bagel Book” by Marilyn and Tom Bagel
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The beautiful, historic city of Montréal, Canada, has welcomed Moondance to make its home there, and all are cordially invited to attend this very special 3-day weekend cultural event, September 23, 24, & 25.
Montréal, c’est si bon! This French-speaking city is considered the cultural capital of Canada, is a cosmopolitan celebration of Québécois style, and one of the world’s top waterfront cities. Canada’s most diverse metropolis, Montréal, is an historic city that favors classic style and elegance.
The second largest city in Canada, Montréal, was named North America’s leading host city for international events. French is the city’s official language, and Montréal is considered to be the historic heart of French Canada. The city is on the Island of Montréal. The port of Montréal, (the largest inland port on Earth), lies at one end of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the river gateway that stretches from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.
DON’T MISS THESE EVENTS AT THE 2016 FILM FESTIVAL:
Top-quality Indie film screenings (documentaries, animation, music videos, drone films, feature & short films); professional workshops for filmmakers, writers & composers; productive networking cocktail parties & events daily; celebrity appearances & photo-ops; private consultations with the pros; industry keynote speakers; Q&As with the film directors; after-parties each evening; gala awards ceremony & reception, and more!
Our Valued Sponsors :
XII Tribes Entertainment • Red Carpet International • 7Seas Productions • LGMA • BMW CANBEC Official Festival Car • NARAT official Festival Travel Agency
Here are just some examples of the delicious French cuisine you can enjoy during the 2016 Moondance in Montreal: escargots, croque monsieur, pot au feu, bouillabaisse, quiches, vichyssoise, croissants, cassoulet, crème brulèe, ratatouille, coq au vin, mousse au chocolat, profiteroles, and more!
You may also submit your entry to Moondance via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway:
Have Short Films About Colorado?
COLORADO REVEALED VIDEO CONTEST
Sponsored by The Colorado Film Office and The Audience Awards
We are accepting 1-minute videos about what makes Colorado great and giving away a share of $15,000, commemorative Hateful 8 film strips and the opportunity for films to reach a new, global audience. There is no submission fee. Here is the link to the contest for more information. Here is an article about the contest.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who grieve for those lost & injured in Brussels.
Nos pensées et nos prières vont à tous qui pleurent pour les disparus et blessés à Bruxelles.
Onze gedachten en gebed zijn met een ieder die rouwt voor de verloren en gewonden in Brussel.
Through top-quality indie films, writings and music, the Moondance International Film Festival promotes non-violent conflict resolution and equality for women and girls, as well as encouraging awareness and action to resolve vital environmental issues and humanitarian crises.
Festival Founder, Executive Director & Creative Director
2016 Festival Executive Producer
2016 Festival Executive Producer – USA/ International
2016 Festival Executive Producer – Sponsorships
2016 Festival European Executive Producer
We look forward to meeting you in Montreal!
A MOONDANCER WRITES US:
“Bravo pour aller en Canada. How did this move happen?–that must be quite a story. We plan to submit a new feature doc soon. BTW — Walking in Two Worlds will air on PBS nationally on Earth Day! We’re excited & pleased. Salut et avec beaucoup d’esprit!” ~ Bo Boudart & Aline
MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:
WOMEN EMPOWERING WOMEN
Around the world, women hold the key to overcoming poverty and making change happen for themselves. The potential of women to transform their lives is unlimited – if they are given the opportunity to shine. This is what drives us forward and powers our passion for a more just and equal world. Our mission toward achieving our vision is to inspire and connect women, to harness their skills, creativity and influence, thereby becoming catalysts of change in order to transform the challenges and injustices faced by the most disempowered women and girls in the world. We believe that empowered women and girls can make a positive difference not only to their own lives, but also those of the wider community.
After a meeting with Nelson Mandela in 2003, “I was shocked and appalled by the fact that so few people seemed to be aware of what was happening, let alone taking effective action. As a woman and mother, I resolved to contribute to supporting the cause and amplifying the virtually silent voice of women and children. It was a life-changing experience, and I became resolved to do whatever I could to make a difference. The concept of The Circle came from the notion of women supporting, connecting and inspiring each other to become advocates and change agents, through our passion, skills and ideas.” ~ Annie Lennox
Together, as contributors to the global women’s movement, we bring attention to important issues, amplifying the voices of vulnerable women. Working with respected partners, we seek out and support impactful projects, such as through its partnership with Oxfam, The Circle, founded by Annie Lennox, one of the most successful female British artists in pop music history, and highly respected political and social activist, has funded the creation of community protection groups within 28 communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and to raise awareness about International Women’s Day, we were involved in supporting a short film directed by Sam Taylor-Wood(Fifty Shades of Grey) and featuring actors Daniel Craig & Judi Dench. The film has been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube. We support a broad range of projects that help women to become independent and confident – able to stand up for their rights, and influence change. We need volunteers to support the work of our members, and help us to grow and reach more women who are want to turn their lives around.READ MORE:
The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever.
In Africa, deforestation and climate change give real cause for concern. The African continent is anticipated to experience more than its fair share of climate change’s negative impacts. From extreme weather patterns to losses in crop productivity to an overall decrease in the quality of life for both the people and wildlife that call Africa “home,” the effects of a changing climate are only continuing to accelerate. Deforestation throughout Africa is also troubling—while the continent is home to 17% of the world’s forests, it is losing them at four times the rate of the global average. A key component of AWF’s climate change mitigation efforts are Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation projects. Your financial support will help us end poaching and wildlife trafficking. Your partnership is vital to our mission to protect Africa’s most precious – and imperiled – creatures.READ MORE:
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY:
“…to live by choice, not by chance; to make improvements, not excuses; to be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful, not used; to excel, not compete. Choose self-esteem, not self-pity. Choose to listen to your inner voice, not the random opinions of others.” ~ Author Unknown