Shakespeare in the Shadows
Directed by Joshua Dylan Mellars
Enhancing this year’s theme of “Poetry In Cinema” SHAKESPEARE IN THE SHADOWS is set against San Francisco backdrops of swirling winds, wave pounded rocks, foreboding coastal promontories and stark film noir cityscapes. The film shows the power, the purity, the prosody and the simplicity of the master dramatist’s work: its beauty, its excellence, its well-turned phrases, its pithy and its sardonic, its diminuendo and its crescendo, its whisper and its roar. The camera captures actor Mark Cohen — who honed his craft at Royal Shakespeare Company affiliate Guildhall in London — performing a riveting one man show of the Bard’s most intriguing characters. Together Cohen and the camera collaborate in a celebration of Shakespeare’s poetry, from the storm tossed, supernatural world of The Tempest to the dank, dark corridors of Macbeth’s Dunsinane. Shakespeare in the Shadows’ release coincides with this year’s worldwide 400th celebration of Shakespeare’s life and work.
Joshua Dylan Mellars is an award winning film director and producer whose recent work includes Shakespeare in the Shadows, a celebration of the 400th commemoration of the master dramatist’s life and work, and The Land of Nod, a lyrical re-imagining of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson poem.Joshua recently completed the documentary short Stolen Youth: Political Prisoner of the Dictatorship, filmed in Argentina. His social documentary Building a Better Society premiered on PBS in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015.Previously, Joshua directed and produced a music documentary trilogy comprised of Tango Illusions, Heaven’s Mirror and Play Like a Lion which screened at film festivals and prestigious venues throughout the world from Berlin to London, Oxford to Cambridge, County Cork to Miami, Houston to Vancouver, Croatia to Italy, New York City to Monaco, Philadelphia to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (in conjunction with its Maharaja exhibit, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London), the Indian Embassy in DC (in collaboration with the Smithsonian) and the Mill Valley Film Festival. Before embarking on his filmmaking career, Joshua filed stories for the BBC, UPI and NPR from Caracas, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. He is a graduate of Brown University.
66 minsJoshua Dylan Mellars is a multi award winning filmmaker whose films screened to acclaim throughout the world. His award winning music documentary trilogy (Tango Illusions, Heaven’s Mirror and Play Like a Lion) all have played at WCFF and around the world. Joshua received the WCFF “Distinguished Cinema Artist Award” (2011) to a “masterful filmmaker who blends music, imagery, poetry and narrative”. We are thrilled to pay tribute again to this talented individual. His Narratives in this show are produced by Abuela Luna Pictures, and the Documentaries are produced by KRCB North Bay Public Media. There will be a reception before the films and a Q&A after the program concludes.
In This Program: Down Home on the Zazu Farm, Born to Be Wild: Quarryhill’s Conservation Quest, Land of Nod, Saving Heirlooms: Honey Bees, Seed Banks and Crop Diversity, Shakespeare in the Shadows, Spanish Gardener