ROMEO AND JULIET IN HARLEM

By Aleta CHAPPELLE

MOON SHADOW FILMS, INC. - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2016

A modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET set in Harlem. The film makes cinematic history as the first Shakespeare adaptation with a complete Cast of Color, which stays true to the original storyline and language.
(see link to the trailer below):
https://youtu.be/j1CVtwdZWO8


Festivals
& Awards

Big Apple Film Festival 2017
The Los Angeles Downtown Film Festival 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Drama, Romance
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 97 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Aleta CHAPPELLE
    • Writer(s)
    • Aleta CHAPPELLE, William SHAKESPEARE
    • Producer(s)
    • Donny MCTAGGART (TAG Films, Inc.), Aleta CHAPPELLE (Moon Shadow Films, Inc.)
    • Synopsis
    • "Love is colorblind - Hate is not!"

      ROMEO & JULIET IN HARLEM is a retelling of Shakespeare’s most beloved play “Romeo and Juliet” with modern-day Harlem as the backdrop. Audiences will be allowed to self-identify with the characters on a more personal level, unlike other film adaptations that place the story in abstract environments or time periods. By staying true to Shakespeare’s original text (some of the most beautiful prose and verse ever written), the film makes his words come alive in 2018 - surrounded by Harlem’s vibrancy and volatility. Harlem is not only the location for the film, it is a pivotal character incorporated into the film, with half the scenes taking place at various Harlem locations: 125th Street, the heart of Harlem's thriving shopping area, Harlem's historic Brownstone neighborhoods, basketball courts, subway platforms and parks. To reflect the massive diversity of the Harlem population, this film has been cast completely “color-blind” with numerous races and nationalities represented, going beyond the simplistic concept of a "Black vs. White" or a "Black vs. Latino" adaption. Whereas Harlem is a successful melting pot, it can sometimes be a divided community as well: African-Americans vs. the Caucasian people moving into “their” neighborhoods, new immigrants from Mother Africa vs. new immigrants from South America, people with old money vs. people with new money and so on and so on. This “battle of differences” is what fuels the feud between the Capulet and Montague families - turning the sweet, tender and beautiful love story of “Juliet and her Romeo” into a tragedy.
    • Partners & financing
    • TAG Films, Inc., Moon Shadow Films, INC.,
    • Production schedule
    • Completed.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 30, 2016
    • End of shooting
    • Sep 27, 2017
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