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Film screening is free and open to the public.
Running Time: 1:33:07
Directed by Jason Zeldes
Donte’ Clark Touring
Donté Clark is a young poet who transcends the violence in his hometown by writing about his experiences. Growing up in Richmond, Calif., a city haunted by a fatal turf war, Donté and the like-minded youth of his city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. With the hope of starting a dialogue about violence, will Richmond crush Donté’s idealism? Or will Donté end Richmond’s cycle of trauma?
“I’m recently realizing that Romeo is Bleeding is about this convergence, which happens within everyone as they form their identity. Will you let your constraints define you, or will you redefine them? It’s a universal question, but when it plays out in poverty-stricken communities, the stakes are high and the results are often tragic. For all the talent that lives in Richmond, or inner cities anywhere in America for that matter, there are so few outlets, forcing many youth to surrender to the constraints of their environment, depriving the world of their beauty while the ugliness remains.
Using the arts to heal communities isn’t a new idea, but in practice it is still shockingly rare, and communities like Richmond sorely need outlets like RA W Talent. It’s my hope that Romeo is Bleeding can multiply the local and regional effect that Donté had with Tés Harmony, and ultimately extend Donté’s influence as wide as the film can take it. Just as Donté inspired me to make a film, I hope my film will inspire people everywhere to create beauty where they recognize the need, so that future generations can inherit a cultural fabric made of poetry and empowerment, rather than hatred and despair.” – Jason Zeldes, Director