Tragedies often serve as the most effective catalysts for meaningful social discussion. Such was the case in 1999, when--after the massacre at Columbine High School--longtime Boulder resident Elizabeth English wanted to create an outlet for storytelling that would enable people to share their perspectives in a fresh and non-violent way. She wanted to empower underrepresented stories and ended up creating the Moondance Film Festival to celebrate them with an audience.
"I realized that film could make a big difference in people's lives while I was working as a technical advisor on the set of 'Dances with Wolves.' That's what I wanted for Moondance," English said. "To make a damn difference in the world and make the audience a part of that."
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WATCH TRAILERS FROM SOME OF THE MOONDANCE FESTIVAL'S FEATURED FILMS:
Here is the trailer for the movie Pope Joan, featuring David Wenham as Gerold. The trailer is in German, but I added English subtitles. So far there's no word if the film will be released in the US. I hope we hear something positive soon!
Crop Circles-2010 Update-The Wake Up Call won 2 EBE Awards at the 2010 International UFO Congress Convention Film Festival, a very discerning crowd. The awards were for Best Feature Film-UFO or Related and Best Musical Score Within A UFO Program. This powerful and exquisite Crop Circle movie offers proof, passion and truth that may shake your world view. Enjoy non-stop stunning Crop Circle imagery from the 1980's-2009 seasons in this intriguing UK Crop Circle adventure. American film maker Patty Greer takes you deep into the English Crop Circles and shares many of the finest Crop Circle images documented. Unfolding long lost stories that made international Crop Circle history, then quickly faded away due to dis-information and controlled press, you are left to wonder why the world continues to ignore these incredible mandalas? They may be the first physical manifestation of communications from other worlds that humans can actually see. Greer discovered a visible line of communication between 2 Balls of Light just before they created a Crop Circle - and it was caught on film! This alone is worth the price of admission. 30 years of incredible Crop Circle images and cinematography are compiled to present the sacred geometry and potentially urgent messages of the Crop Circles. In 2009 we were shown numerous fish Crop Circles and bird formations. We were also gifted symbols of the Mayas. Is it possible that they knew something was coming to our oceans and tried to warn us ...
Trailer for independent feature film THE LAKE EFFECT, starring Ross Partridge, Tara Summers, and Kay Panabaker. Visit www.thelakeeffectfilm.com for more info. Trailer edited by Arielle Zakowski.
The first trailer for the independent feature film, "earthwork," written & directed by Chris Ordal. Follow the filmmaker @ www.chrisordal.com
Thus, English set out to make Moondance a user-friendly festival. "It's like walking through my door, you won't just walk around with a nametag and have everyone ignore you. No one is VIP at my festival, I'm not even VIP," English said.
The festival offers a unique opportunity for writers, composors, and filmmakers to participate in a workshop with professionals and receive a consultation.
English says she called the festival "Moondance" as a complimentary contrast to the Sundance Film Festival.
"Sundance does great work but I realized, when I started Moondance, that after 22 years of history they didn't have any women who had won. So in the first year, Moondance was only open to women. After that I opened it up to men as well and I am really glad I did. I wanted my film festival to be about equality," English said.
Actress Jodi Foster has been a past sponsor of the festival, along with the Writer's Guild of America in the west, Celestial Seasonings, Oprah's "O" Magazine, and several others.
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What: The 11th Annual Moondance Film Festival
When: Friday September 24-Sunday September 26 10a.m. to 10p.m.
Where: Mostly at the Hotel Boulderado at 2115 Thirteenth Street, Boulder
(see Web site for additional off-site events)
Cost: $6.75- $11.75 each
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