NCLAC will present Romeo is Bleeding with featured poet Donté Clark as part of the South Arts’ Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston, LA on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7pm. Following a screening of the film, Clark will be in attendance to participate in a poetry dialogue, moderated by Poet & Author Dr. Nan McJamerson, as well as with other regional poets and theatre artists. The audience is invited to stay and speak with Donté about the film and his work. Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 students, and NCLAC members attend free. Tickets are available at the door.
Romeo is Bleeding shows how Donté Clark’s poetry captures the violence and heartbreak that haunt certain neighborhoods of Richmond, CA. This award-winning documentary from Executive Producer Russell Simmons and Director Jason Zeldes follows Clark, a young poet transcending the violence in his hometown by writing about his experiences. He and like-minded youth mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hopes of starting a dialogue about violence in the city. As the nation wrestles with proper policing and gun violence, this film reminds the viewer that a major piece of the puzzle is the arts, and creating safe spaces for healthy expression in every community.
NCLAC thanks Hampton Inn of Ruston and Louisiana Tech’s College of Liberal Arts for their sponsorship of the Southern Circuit series, as well as film sponsors Sundown Tavern and Cathi Cox-Boniol & Tom Boniol. Film fans are invited to a pre-film Lawn Party in Intermission Park beside the Dixie Center from 5-6:45pm. The Lawn Party will highlight performing artists Mionne Destiny and Grambling State University’s Lyrical Quest. Admission to the lawn party is free; food and drink will be available for purchase.
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The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization building on the South’s unique heritage and enhancing the public value of the arts. Their work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective, through an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and linking the South with the nation and the world through the arts.