by Don Church and Tony Schillaci,
Critics On The Aisle
The weekend of September 28 and 29 was an exciting one for Southeastern Connecticut as the 14th Annual Moondance International Film Festival found a new home at the Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas. Founded in Boulder, Colorado, by Elizabeth English, the Moondance IFF plans to visit Mystic again in 2014. Yes—hot news—the Moondance IFF will be here next year, so keep in touch with it at www.moondancefilmfestival.com.
The Resident was on hand for both days of the festival which showed more than 50 films; two of the documentaries had themes that are timely and universal.
Our Common Roots is a film by Glenn Axford and Marjolaine-Forest Axford. The film was written and presented by noted herbalist Chad Cornell, and won the Best Documentary at the festival. With production values quite as good as any Oscar-nominated movie, the cinematography, sound, lighting, and editing are all reasons to see this compelling film. Focusing on reconnecting with the intelligence of the plant kingdom, the film features the therapeutic and energetic qualities of medicinal plants of the forest.
We were fortunate to be introduced to the Axfords, who are passionate advocates of the value of natural healing and traditional herbal remedies of Native Americans, Canadian First Nation peoples, and Chinese and East Indian cultures. Marjolaine told us that “a majority of people don’t know where herbs come from. If they buy herbs in a supermarket, they may be old and ineffective. Buying dried or fresh herbs in a natural food store, or growing your own in organically rich soil is the best way to be sure that the herbs that you use are effective.” You can find more information about Our Common Roots at www.our-common-roots.com.
We Are Voices—for a future without genocide is a concert film by two-time Emmy award-winning composer Denise Gentilini. After 20 years of performing and doing session work in LA, Denise moved to Colorado and continues her music career in a digital-recording and video-editing studio which she owns and operates with Lynette Prisner.
The “We Are Voices” project uses voices and original songs as instruments of peace to promote and effect positive change to eliminate the horrors of genocide. The film features vocalists and musicians from Denver. During the same weekend as the Mystic screening, the film was also featured at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, where Denise was appearing in person. CD’s of inspirational music from the concert are available at www.denisegentilini.com
Moondance is just one more link in the chain of attractions that make Southeastern Connecticut such a vital part of Connecticut’s tourism and cultural community. More in entertainment and festival activity is promised for the future at www.MysticMoondance.org.
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