IN THE LAND
OF MOONSTONES

(2018)

In the Land of Moonstones is a story about first love, first loss, and The Little Prince, as seen through the eyes of an 11-year-old girl. While visiting her beloved Russian grandmother in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, our protagonist falls in love for the first time with a boy her age. Then, she experiences the joys and sorrows that follow. Told partly in live-action, partly in drawings, this film is an ode to friendships, memories, and the first loves that never really leave us. (38 min.)

FEATURING: Natalie Keating (The Girl), Rand McAvoy (Boris), Valeriya Korennaya (Babu), Valerie O'Hara (Olga), Vicky Golbraykh (Mom), Pavel Shatu (Dad), Lisa Monde (Singer), Vincent Raniolo (Guitarist)
 

REVIEWS

"This charming short ... touches so delicately on first love, coming of age [and] an affectionate grandmother ... It's woven together so sweetly as a memoir to a turning point in this young woman's youth."
— KIDS FIRST! Coalition for Quality Children's Media

"In the Land of Moonstones brings a nod and a light to not only the structure of immigrant families, but the dual assimilation their children experience both in our society and within the familial unit ... As [Moonstones] ends, you will find yourself swept away with emotion ... What moments do we have stored away ... [that leave] a mark so deep we can never shake it off, but rather absorb it into our future?"
Film Inquiry

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS & AWARDS

BLOW-UP International Arthouse Film Festival 
(Finalist, Charlie Chaplin Award)

World Music & Independent Film Festival 
(7 nominations incl. Best Director)

Boulevard Film Festival 
(Winner: Audience Choice Award)
Oaxaca Film Festival

DUMBO Film Festival

Garden State Film Festival 
(Honorable Mention: Best Short Film)

KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

Queen Palm International Film Festival

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