DIFF 2013: “Chasing Shakespeare” Review

Danny Glover stars in Chasing Shakespeare, a story about an extraordinary love between a man and a woman. William Ward is enchanted by Venus Redhawk’ s audition for the role of Juliet in a local school production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Their love story begins with a spark and grows through a love of Shakespeare and the magic of Native American folklore.

What a magnificent film! It’s on a level with The Notebook for its love story and the fact that you’ll be in tears for most of the film. The magic of the lightning, the folklore, and Shakespeare himself are a compelling mix that is irresistible. Danny Glover is wonderful as the elder William, grieving the loss of his beloved wife and remembering the magic they shared. Chelsea Ricketts is enchanting as the young Venus, and audiences will fall under her spell as just as young William does in the film. Director Norry Niven makes his directorial debut with this film and does a fantastic job! With a native Texan director, it’s only fitting that Chasing Shakespeare is a homegrown project filmed here in North Texas.

Tonight’s screening of Chasing Shakespeare is sold out, but there are still rush tickets available. Get your tickets and get there early because you don’t want to miss seeing this film while you have the chance! Visit diff2013.dallasfilm.org for more information and tickets.


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