by John Stratton
The Moondance Film Festival—packing Mystic screens Thursday, September 26, through Sunday, September 29, provides an up-close-and-personal view of the latest in emerging cinema genius. One of the films, “Dovid Meyer,” will have its world premiere here on that Sunday. Another, “Our Common Roots,” will share a screening event with a nature walk at the Mashantucket-Pequot Museum. Another, “We Are Voices For A Future Without Genocide,” is a “concert movie” featuring original music by n Emmy-winning composer with top writers, vocalists, and band and choir.
“Thought provoking and uplifting,” critics say. Indeed there is lots of thought and uplift, and yes, a glimpse into the future of films short and long, national and international, animated, documentary, dramatic, comedic. What’s not to like?
Most screenings of the films will be at the Olde Mystic Village Art Cinemas at 27 Coogan Boulevard off Route 27, Mystic. Conferences and gatherings are at Velvet Mill Studios and Olde Mystic Village; and parties are at venues including Skippers Dock in Stonington Borough. The detailed schedule is at http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-2013-event-schedule/.
The film festival and related events are viewed as “must attend” gatherings for filmmakers, screenwriters, music composers, producers, directors, talent agents, distributors, and indie-film audiences. The screenings are interspersed with professional workshops, seminars, entertainment industry celebrity appearances, as well as three pitch-panels, private consultations, a grand awards ceremony and reception, opening night and closing night galas, and networking parties.