With director Norry Niven (at Thursday 11:00 am screening only).
Directed by Norry Niven
Screenplay by James Bird
Cinematography by Norry Niven
Editing by Peter Tarter
Music by Eric Kaye
Produced by Loren Basulto
Cast: Danny Glover, Tantoo Cardinal, Graham Greene, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Chelsea Ricketts, Ashley Bell, Mike Wade.
Running Time: 116 minutes
Chasing Shakespeare is an enchanting love story about a young Native American woman’s search for her destiny and her widower husband’s attempts to reunite with her after her death.
Based on a screenplay by James Bird, Chasing Shakespeare recounts the beginning, end, and rebirth of a love affair between William (Danny Glover) and Venus (Tantoo Cardinal) in rural Arkansas. Told in flashbacks, William, now mourning the passing of his beloved, recalls how his younger self (Mike Wade) first fell for the Shakespeare-loving Venus (Chelsea Ricketts), a member of the mystical American Indian Lightning Clan. Though society, circumstance, and familial pressures conspire to keep them apart, William finally makes his way to New York City, joining Venus in a traffic-stopping, impromptu performance of the Bard’s The Tempest. In the present, William begins seeing visions of his departed wife – visions his grown son attributes to a declining mental state until son and father share one last miraculous, life- and love- affirming moment together.
With stunning performances from Danny Glover, Oscar®-nominated Graham Greene, Chelsea Ricketts, Mike Wade, and Ashley Bell, this film is an emotional and dreamlike experience that is not to be missed.
Born and raised in Texas, director Norry Niven is the founder of a Dallas-based commercial production company, Stone Core Films, and Los Angeles-based Three-One-0, and he has directed spots around the world for clients like
Electronic Arts, McDonalds, Ford, Showtime, HBO, Nestle, Disney, and Visa, among others.
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