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Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 8, 2013 at 10:46AM

Director Norry Niven’s directorial debut, Chasing Shakespeare, will open the 21sth edition of the African Diaspora International Film Festival on November 29th, as a New York Premiere at the Symphony Space in Manhattan.Chasing Shakespeare is described as a love story for the ages, replete with disapproving families and the bonds of culture and tradition - a modern-day tale that parallels Romeo & Juliet.Here's an official synopsis:Danny Glover plays William Ward, a man dangerously close to giving up after losing the love of his life. From her deathbed, William recounts his history with Venus, the Native American beauty descended from the mystical Lightning Clan, and all of their challenges and triumphs. William’s current state of mind is becoming of great concern to his son, whose present path is strikingly similar to that of his father‘s. Beautiful visuals and a poignant score highlight this emotionally charged story. Their journey culminates with the two men witnessing a miraculous event that proves love’s eternal connection.
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Chasing Shakespeare

Director Norry Niven’s directorial debut, Chasing Shakespeare, will open the 21sth edition of the African Diaspora International Film Festival on November 29th, as a New York Premiere at the Symphony Space in Manhattan.


Chasing Shakespeare is described as a love story for the ages, replete with disapproving families and the bonds of culture and tradition - a modern-day tale that parallels Romeo & Juliet.

Here's an official synopsis:


Danny Glover plays William Ward, a man dangerously close to giving up after losing the love of his life. From her deathbed, William recounts his history with Venus, the Native American beauty descended from the mystical Lightning Clan, and all of their challenges and triumphs. William’s current state of mind is becoming of great concern to his son, whose present path is strikingly similar to that of his father‘s. Beautiful visuals and a poignant score highlight this emotionally charged story. Their journey culminates with the two men witnessing a miraculous event that proves love’s eternal connection.

James Bird penned the script, with Graham GreeneChelsea RickettsMike WadeTantoo CardinalAshley Bell, and Clarence Gilyard all co-starring with Glover.

Chasing Shakespeare will open the ADIFF on Friday, November 29, at 7:30PM, at Symphony Space.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session, and then a VIP reception. 

Tickets: $25 (screening & Q&A)

VIP Tickets: $45 (screening, Q&A and VIP reception)

To pre-purchase tickets, click HERE.

Here's a first-look trailer at Chasing Shakespeare:

Chasing Shakespeare - Trailer from Chasing Shakespeare on Vimeo.

This article is related to: Festival Dispatch, Danny Glover


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