Moondance Alexander is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Michael Damian and written by Janeen Damian. The film was released in North America in October 2007. The story is shot on location in Okotoks, High River and Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is based on actual events from the life of Janeen Damian. It stars former Summerland co-stars Kay Panabaker as Moondance Alexander and Lori Loughlin as Gelsey Alexander. The movie co-stars Don Johnson and Olympic-skating silver medalist Sasha Cohen.
|Directed by||Michael Damian|
|Written by||Janeen Damian|
|Produced by||Brad Krevoy|
|Edited by||Avril Beukes|
|Music by||Mark Thomas|
|Distributed by||Fox Faith|
Moondance (Kay Panabaker) is faced with the difficulties of her father's passing and her overprotective mother (Lori Loughlin). When she finds a lost pinto horse and discovers his jumping abilities, she convinces his owner Dante Longpre (Don Johnson) to train them to compete in a mop show. With a lot more to think about, Moondance has to worry about her enemy Fiona Hughes (Sasha Cohen) putting her down constantly with her fancy horse Monte Carlo. When they do a surprisingly good job at the show, Dante isn't questioned anymore about his ability to train riders and horses. Everybody is shocked when Moondance ties Fiona, the reigning Bow River Classic champion.
Behind the scenesEdit
Moondance Alexander was not well received by HorseChannel.com for storyline believability reasons. However, the story is closely based upon Janeen Damian's childhood experience of befriending a horse that she had found, receiving help from a trainer, and entering the horse in the Memphis Classic.
Moondance Alexander is a true family film, written by Janeen Damian and husband Michael Damian (born Michael Damian Weir), Damian, a Daytime Emmy Award winner, was also the producer of the film. Much of the music was written by Damian's brother, music producer and New Music Weekly editor, Larry Weir. Emmy Award winning Tom Weir was the mixing engineer at Studio City Sound.
Checkers the horse was played by three horses, a horse for tricks, a horse for jumping and a horse for Kay Panabaker to ride. Michael Damian recalled two of the horses names as Picasso and Trigger. The third horse's name is Spook.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2007||Best Picture||Dixie Film Festival ||Won|
|2007||Best Actress (Kay Panabaker)||Dixie Film Festival ||Won|
The Moondance Alexander Original Soundtrack was the second soundtrack released under the Caption Records label.
|1.||"I Choose You"||Bernie Barlow||Laura Wight||3:36|
|2.||"Call It A Day"||Larry Weir||Monét Monico||4:08|
|3.||"If I Could"||Michael Damian||Heather Youmans||4:26|
|4.||"It Only Gets Better"||Larry Weir||Mimi Gianopulos||3:47|
|5.||"Goodbye"||Ian Walsh||Ian Walsh||3:55|
|6.||"Coldest Day Of Summer"||Dave Darling||Laura Wight||3:35|
|7.||"Think For Each Other"||Milo Decruz, Lea Herman||Lea Herman||3:50|
|8.||"You Don't Know"||Larry Weir||Heather Youmans||4:12|
|9.||"It Only Takes One"||Larry Weir||Sara Niemietz||3:13|
|10.||"What Might Have Been"||Larry Weir||Buck McCoy||3:58|
|11.||"Better Kind Of Life"||Larry Weir||Tessa Ludwick / Laura Wight / Heather Youmans||3:34|
|12.||"If I Could"||Larry Weir||(Instrumental)||4:27|
- Bernie Barlow, Vocals (
- Paul Bushnel, Bass
- Michael Chaves, Guitar
- Jorge Costa, Vocals (Background)
- Michael Damian, Percussion, Vocals (Background)
- Milo Decruz Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer
- Burleigh Drummond, Percussion
- Blake Ewing, Vocals (Background)
- Josh Freese, Drums
- Joshua Grange, Guitar
- Lea Herman, Keyboards, Vocals (Background)
- Matt Laug, Drums
- Lance Morrison, Bass
- Ginger Murphy, Cello
- Leah Nelson, Viola
- Michael Parnell, Keyboards
- Tim Pierce, Guitar
- Cam Tyler, Drums
- Ian Walsh, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals (Background)
- Kevin Walsh, Guitar
- Larry Weir, Percussion, Vocals (Background)
- Jorge Costa, Audio Engineer, Engineer
- James Gaynor, Audio Engineer
- Josh Mosser, Audio Engineer
- Luke Tozour, Audio Engineer, Engineer
- Tom Weir, Audio Engineer, Engineer
- Don Johnson wraps up 'Moondance'
- Hale, Candy. "Moondance Alexander Review A Blue Ribbon-Worthy Horse Flick?". HorseChannel.com. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- Carpenter, Edwin L. "Michael Damian, writer and director of "Moondance Alexander", hopes to see more Family Films". Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "Michael Damian: Filmography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "Moondance Alexander: Overview". AllMsic.com. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
- Ending credits of the movie names all three horses.
- "The Fourth Annual Dixie Film Festival". Athens, Georgia: Dixie Film Festival LLC. 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2012.