On August 21, 2017 a Total Solar Eclipse crossed the length of the United States from the Oregon coast to North Carolina. This was the first full eclipse of its kind in almost a century. This eclipse was the most photographed and recorded in history. We decided to take advantage of this once in a lifetime event and build a narrative feature length film around it.
Two years in the making, In the Moon’sShadow provided a hit with audiences at the Maine International Film Festival with sold out performances.
Shot in the Belgrade Lakes region of Central Maine, and the quite contrasting Sand Hills of Nebraska, In the Moon’s Shadow uses the Solar Eclipse of 2017 to climax a story that focuses on seeing the familiar differently, as we do during an eclipse.
Debra Lord Cooke and Elissa Piszel play long-estranged sisters displaced by time and place who reconnect at a moment when their lives feel out of control. The vast plains of Nebraska provide an absolutely stunning backdrop to the eclipse.
Still fundraising for festivals and marketing!
Roses on the Lake
A Comedic Drama: A weekend at the family’s lakeside multi-generational homestead becomes a critical turning point in the lives of three sisters following the death of their father. Ruth has spent the last fifteen years being the daughter that has done everything for her parents. After the final parent’s passing, she is again alone to sort out closing the family home and property. Now, the absent sisters. Patty and Celeste, along with Patty’s daughter, Sam, are on the way to help with the yard sale. Tensions are high when the traveling sisters are late. Ruth’s only respite is a salt of the earth, opinionated, comedic, and lovable local woman named Fran.
The universal conflicts and frustrations of settling a multigenerational homestead is tempered with the yard sale’s colorful characters and situations and other humorous events woven throughout the story.
Lady Lamb is the stage name used by Aly Spaltro, a singer and songwriter whose music is a beguiling and imaginative fusion of folk, pop, and indie rock. Spaltro was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1989, and relocated to Brunswick, Maine with her family in 2003. A serious film enthusiast, Spaltro became a regular customer at a video rental shop in Brunswick, Bart & Greg's DVD Explosion, and after graduating from high school, she took a job at the shop during a gap year before entering film school. Spaltro was working the closing shift at DVD Explosion, and with the permission of the owners, she used the space as a makeshift music studio after hours. In 2007, she began releasing home-crafted recordings of her songs, featuring her own artwork and sold at a local music store. Spaltro moved to Portland, Maine in 2008, and began making a name for herself on the local music scene. In 2010 she moved to Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, she was approached by Ba Da Bing Records to record an album, and Ripely Pine became Lady Lamb's first nationally distributed release. The album earned enthusiastic reviews and led to extensive touring in the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom. She jumped to Mom + Pop Records for her next full-length album, 2015's 'AFTER.' It landed on the Billboard rock, independent, and Heatseekers albums charts. She followed it in late 2016 with the vulnerable Tender Warriors Club EP and is currently working on her 3rd full length studio album.
MIFF22 - July 20th and 21st. Sold out Screening
MIFF in the Mountains - August 3 (8 of 100 films)
NYC Screening - August 22 - Tribeca Film Center
Belgrade Lakes Screening - Sept. 1st
MIFF by the Sea - Sept 13-16 (13 of 100 films)
The Friers Club - Sept. 23rd
The Prairie Lights Film Festival - Oct. 3rd.
A nuclear physicist by day, screenwriter by night, Edward began screenwriting after college. His work has been optioned by Laureate Films, Finest Hour Films, and Level 10 Films. He has also scripted or co-scripted several projects for his writer-director brother Alvin. He currently lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and two children.
We are fundraising for festivals and marketing through our fiscal sponsor, NYWIFT.
WGA Registered #1273522 February 22, 2015
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Now Nearly Completed and Submitting to Festivals.
Fiscal Sponsor: New York Women in Film & TV
With Deborah Kegel, Co-Writer
A feature length screenplay
The following incentives involving credits in the film will only be available until June 26th, 2019 as the film reaches completion.
“…absolutely stunning eclipse footage, In the Moon’s Shadow is true independent filmmaking, featuring a strong soundtrack composed for the film by Lady Lamb.” Ken Eisen/MIFF22
“I loved it!! I especially loved the cinematography and the very sensitive acting and story line.” Mary Cahill
“A finely acted film with a deceptively simple plot that gets increasingly richer as viewers piece together the family history of two sisters” Juliet Goodfriend, Founder and Chair of the Board Bryn Mawr Film Institute
“I enjoyed your film In the Moon's Shadow at MIFF Waterville, ME. The cinematography is freaking amazing and artistically beautiful. Kudos to the whole team.” Patty Jordan
“The acting was superb.” Mark Goodfriend, MIFF in the Mountains
Response to ROSES ON THE LAKE - From Lea Girarden, Former Director of The Maine Film Office
“Just finished reading Roses. ---Too moved to say anything constructive at the moment.
My sister and I spent our childhood on a lake as well and our camp is still the family point of gravity ( 5 generations) so your script resonates deeply-- and all the family stuff as well~not easy,... beautiful,... sad,... funny,... wise as we all bumble along laughing, crying, trying, getting it wrong, getting it right. Good work”
Donations are tax deductible through our fiscal sponsor, NYWIFT.
To show our appreciation to our donors, we offer the following:
(Levels include incentives from all previous levels.)
$10-49 Shout out thank you on social media.
$50-99 Entered into a lottery to win two tickets to our screening and after
party. (Transportation not included) - 5 Winners.
$100-249 Autographed film posters.
$250-499 Two tickets to attend a screening. (Transportation not included)
$500-999 Two tickets to attend a screening and after party.
$1,000-2,499 Thank you credits at the end of the film.
$2,500 Assistant Producer Credit at the end of the film and on IMDb.
$5,000 Associate Producer Credit at the end of the film and on IMDb.
$10,000 Producer Credit at the end of the film and on IMDb.
Elissa Piszel Debra Lord Cooke Jules Hartley
Roses on the Lake's presentation at Pecha Kucha Night at the Waterville Opera House, consisting of 20 images in a slide show, with 20 seconds of dialogue per slide. Recorded live, October 2, 2015.
A staged reading of IN THE MOON'S SHADOW followed by a Q&A with the director and actors was held at the Belgrade, Maine Community Center for All Seasons. The event was a benefit for the Friends of the Belgrade Public Library.
We are looking forward to inviting the community to a screening of the film September 1, 2019 sponsored by & Lakes Alliance and The Belgrade Public Library.
Our Mission: Moon Shadow Pictures LLC is a women owned and managed production company with the goal of offering opportunities for women filmmakers and crew, to disabled filmmakers and actors, veterans, and internships to girls and boys, focusing on telling stories in which diversity and equal opportunity are shown as natural circumstances.
Inquires can be sent to: email@example.com
Debra Lord Cooke
How To Participate
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