TAKE HEART – TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER
It is with great delight that we announce the Cardiac Society for Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) has officially joined the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the World Heart federation as major sponsors of Take Heart.
Production has continued in both the Northern Territory in Melbourne following the stories of our dynamic central characters Liddywoo, Brooklyn, Trenton, Carlissa and Dr Bo Remenyi. More filming is schedule in the New Year and post-production is underway on the collection of short films.
THINKING OF OUR STAR NALEDI ON WORLD AIDS DAY
As we reflect on this beautiful scene from Moonshine’s Tasmanian office in Longford our thoughts are with Naledi Kopane, one of the principles characters in Moonshine Movies upcoming attractions Little Stars.
Little Stars is a series of films about the surprisingly life-affirming stories of children around the world living with life-shortening illnesses. Against the odds, these very special kids are making the most of every moment thanks to the support of their families, in harmony with passionate ‘pain and palliative care’ teams.
UN ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA MEDIA AWARDS FINALIST
Moonshine Movies’ LIFE Before Death has been honored as a Finalist for Best TV Documentary in the United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards.
The Media Awards began as a national program in 1978. They promote understanding and awareness about humanitarian and social justice issues by recognizing those in the Australian media who stimulate public awareness and influence policy change.
KAYE’S STORY WINS ARTS AWARD
Short film Kaye’s Story about the remarkable journey of Kaye Sales, whose courage and inner strength helped her to overcome a truly harrowing surgery treating her asbestos-caused abdominal cancer, has picked up an Arts Award for Film.
The Arts Awards is an annual community event run by Cancer Council Victoria. Now in its 16th year, the awards are one of the only programs of its kind in Australia.
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MOVING PICTURES ADVOCACY
Nelson Mandela reflected; “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Mandela’s great gift was to generate empathy, compassion and empowerment. This too is the goal of moving pictures advocacy, a communications specialization that uses moving pictures to move audiences to action.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, SOCIAL ACTION!
With their unique visceral power, movies have the capacity to harness the mind and spirit unlike any other medium. As a result, NFPs (Not For Profit organisations) in Australia and abroad are increasing partnering in the production of films, mostly in the documentary genre.
A recent example is the AbaF award-winning production LIFE Before Death (2012), a multiplatform project incorporating a feature film, TV documentary, 50 short films, DVD, iPad App, website and social media places. The project was funded by a coalition of seven philanthropic foundations, two screen agencies and the Australian production company, Moonshine Agency.
THE UNTOLD COST OF RHEUMATIC HEART DISEASE (RHD)
What disease starts as a sore throat in children…
And ends with open heart surgery, stroke or heart failure?
Clue: It kills 1000 young people EVERY DAY
Clue: It affects 15 MILLION children & young people
Clue: It is 100% PREVENTABLE
CELEBRATING AWARDS FINALIST ‘LIFE BEFORE DEATH’
The Australian Arts in Asia Awards celebrate the important role Australian artists and arts organisations play in enhancing Australia’s relationship with Asia.
The Awards recognise, celebrate and promote the significant number of Australian artists engaging with Asia, who contribute to stronger, deeper and broader cultural links with Asia.
FILM PROJECT ‘LITTLE STARS’ OUTREACH IS UNDERWAY
Little Stars is a series of films about the surprisingly life-affirming stories of children around the world living with life-shortening illnesses. Against the odds, these very special kids are making the most of every moment thanks to the support of their families, in harmony with passionate ‘palliative care’ teams.
We’ve hit the ground running with funding confirmed for filming in the United States and South Africa later this year. The first short film in the Little Stars series ‘Value Every Life’ is online and we encourage you to watch and share it with your friends and colleagues.
‘TAKE HEART’ HEADS TO THE ‘TOP END’ TO FILM!
With ongoing support from the National Heart Foundation of Australia we are escaping a bit of bleak Melbourne winter and heading to the ‘top end’! Earlier this year we began collaborating with RHDAustralia at Menzies School of Health Research on ‘Take Heart- The Quest to rid the World of Rheumatic Heart Disease’ to identify participants in the Northern Territory and with the new funding confirmed we are heading north in August.
This is a very important next step in filming for the project. Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is preventable but it currently affects over 15 million people worldwide and Australia has one of the highest recorded rates of RHD despite the disease being almost eradicated in most developed countries.
Over a three year period Take Heart will announce this global health crisis to new audiences around the world, provide a context for the staggering scale and scope of RHD, create empathy for the human cost and follow the stories of a diverse group of people living with Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and RHD. The series is designed to generate insights into how ARF can be eliminated globally and the burden of RHD can be minimized.
We are currently calling for nominations from RHD initiatives of all types in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific seeking up to US$20,000 in program funding which we can encourage audiences to support through our communications activities over the coming 12 months.