ROMEO IS BLEEDING
Date: Monday, November 2, 2015
Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Details: 2015, USA, 93 min
Director: Jason Zeldes
Producer: Michael Klein
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival and a Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival
Special guests and Q&A to follow!
A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond force Donté to compromise his idealistic ambitions? Or will Donté end Richmond’s cycle of trauma?
ROMEO IS BLEEDING is structured around one year in the RAW talent classroom. As Montague vs. Capulet transforms into North vs. Central, the students of RAW talent delve deeper into the socio-economic issues that drive the violence in their city.
The film is set in Richmond, CA, but it captures the complexities of systematic injustices which play out in inner cities across the country. As the nation wrestles with proper policing methods and curbing the gun violence epidemic, Donté reminds us that a major piece of the puzzle in the arts, and creating safe spaces for healthy expression in every community.
“Jason Zeldes, an editor on Twenty Feet from Stardom, makes a accomplished debut as director here, delivering a film whose polished aesthetic matches its social import and potent emotions.” – Hollywood Reporter
Prior to this feature screening, the DocYard will theatrically present a selection from THE REAGAN SHORTS, an ever-growing collection of short films about small but revealingly awkward moments from President Reagan’s years in office (ceremonies, presentations, and interviews that wander off-script)
Tonight’s featured short film is RONALD REAGAN PARDONS A TURKEY (2 min, 2014).
Director – Pacho Velez
Producer – Sierra Pettengill
Editor – Daniel Garber