SHAKESPEARE IN ITALY ON SCREEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2011

(Boston, Massachusetts)

Contact: Cheryl Eagan-Donovan (781) 729-6204

SHAKESPEARE IN ITALY ON SCREEN

Director Cheryl Eagan-Donovan recently returned from Italy where she and her crew were filming on location for the new Controversy Films feature length documentary, Nothing is Truer than Truth. The film is currently in post-production and a preview screening will take place at the 2011 Shakespeare Authorship Conference on October 15th in Washington, D.C.

Nothing is Truer than Truth focuses on the sixteen-month period when Edward de Vere escaped the confines of life at Elizabeth’s Court and traveled the Continent from his home base in Venice, gathering the material for the great canon that would become known as the works of Shakespeare. The film provides a behind-the-scenes look at the cities and landmarks referenced in the Shakespeare plays and visited by Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, during his continental tour in 1575-76.

Deborah Cesana, location assistant for the films The Tourist and Merchant of Venice, served as Production Coordinator for the seven-day shoot, and Emmy Award winner Paul Sharpe served as Cinematographer.  On screen, Alberto Toso Fei, Italian television personality and co-author of Shakespeare in Venice, shares his extensive knowledge of his native city and its history. Toso Fei has written several books on Venice and a new book on Rome.

Locations in Venice included the Palazzo Ducale, the Church of Santa Maria Formosa, the Church of the Greeks, La Frezzeria, the Rialto Marketplace, Titian’s studio, and the Jewish Ghetto. The crew traveled to Brenta to visit La Malcontenta, Villa Foscari, the inspiration for Portia’s Belmont in Merchant of Venice, and then on to Padua, Mantua and Verona, where they enjoyed exclusive access to many historical sites that remain virtually unchanged from the time that de Vere encountered them. Last year, Eagan-Donovan interviewed Richard Paul Roe, whose book The Shakespeare Guide to Italy will be released by publisher Harper Collins in November.

The film features interviews with world renowned Shakespearean actor and scholar Sir Derek Jacobi, Tony award winner and former Globe Theater Director Mark Rylance, Paul Nicholson, Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Michael Cecil, 18th Baron Burghley and descendant of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and Dr. Charles Graves, author of the forthcoming book Edward de Vere and William Shakespeare, about the family ties between the Earl of Oxford and the man from Stratford Upon Avon.

Last month the crew filmed interviews with scholar Roger Stritmatter, on his seminal research on the Geneva Bible owned by Edward de Vere, and psychiatrist Richard Waugaman, whose article on the Shakespeare allusions found in the Whole Book of the Psalms is currently ranked 4th among the most read list in the journal Notes & Queries.

Information on the 2011 Shakespeare Authorship Conference can be found at http://www.shakespearefellowship.org/conference2011/. Funding for the film has been generously provided by individual donors and by a grant from Shakespeare Fellowship Foundation. Tax-deductible donations to help fund the project can be made through the Independent Feature Project at www.ifp.org. For more information about the film, go to www.controversyfilms.com.


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