4:30pm – 6:30pm
Jason Zeldes – Romeo is Bleeding (US, 2015)
95 minutes | Segal Theatre
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?
Jason Zeldes is a documentary director and editor, best known for editing the 2013 Academy Award® winning film, Twenty Feet From Stardom. The film earned Zeldes an ACE Award for Best Edited Documentary Feature, and led to other exciting collaborations, including work with the Oceanic Preservation Society on Racing Extinction which premiered at Sundance 2015. Prior to his editing career, Jason worked as an assistant to acclaimed filmmakers such as Doug Blush, Kirby Dick, and Patrick Creadon. Romeo is Bleeding is Jason’s directorial debut.