Nothing is Truer than Truth, the Controversy Films documentary project about Shakespeare, has been awarded a grant by The De Vere Society. Based in England, The De Vere Society is dedicated to the proposition that the works currently attributed to Shakespeare were written by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.

Nothing is Truer than Truth is currently in post-production and scheduled for release later this year. The film trailer and excerpts may be viewed at:

Controversy Films also announced the addition of new members of the production team and the formation of an Advisory Committee to assist in developing outreach, marketing and distribution strategy for the project. The committee includes many prominent Shakespeare scholars and film industry professionals. Mark Anderson, Roger Stritmatter, Earl Showerman, Richard Whalen, Richard Waugaman, Bonner Cutting. Carole Sue Lipman, Ben August, Al Austin, Sara Rubin, John Lindsay, and Lyda Kuth have all agreed to contribute their expertise to the project.

Meredith Crowley has joined the Controversy Films team as co-producer. Crowley’s credits include 40 Million Strong, a documentary about children affected by HIV/AIDS in Durban, South Africa, and a documentary for the non-profit organization “Tremendous Hearts,” about housing for children affected by AIDS in Capetown, South Africa. Meredith has edited programs including Lessons From Little Rock: a National Report Card; Knock First, a reality series on ABC Family; and Au Revoir Expos, a documentary about the Expos baseball team. Her most recent locations department credits include the television programs Rescue Me (FX), Person of Interest (CBS), and Ringer (CW); and feature films Arthur (Warner Bros), Friends With Kids, and Rabbit Hole.

Nothing is Truer than Truth co-producer Steve Maing’s new film High Tech Low Life about citizen cell phone journalists in China, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April. It screened at the Sheffield Docfest, and at the Frontline Club and Open City Docs Fest in London in June, and will air on PBS in 2013.  The film’s producer, Trina Rodriguez, joins the Controversy Films team as editor for Nothing is Truer than Truth this month. Rodriguez works as a freelance editor and producer in New York City. Her work has appeared in festivals and museums and her documentary Our Lady Queen of Harlem screened in 2009 at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and is being distributed by Third World Newsreel. She holds a BA in Anthropology and did graduate work in Documentary Studies at The New School.

Composer John Kusiak will write original music for Nothing is Truer than Truth. Kusiak has written music for many award-winning documentaries, including programs for PBS and the Sundance Channel. John’s score for Errol Morris’ film Tabloid won the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors award for Best Original Music Score.

Nothing is Truer than Truth focuses on the fourteen-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.

The film features interviews with world renowned Shakespeare actor and scholar Sir Derek Jacobi, Tony award winner and former Globe Theater Director Mark Rylance, Paul Nicholson, Executive Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Richard Paul Roe, author of The Shakespeare Guide to Italy, Michael Cecil, 18th Baron Burghley and descendant of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and Tina Packer, Founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company.

Last year 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.

Most recently, director Eagan-Donovan and co-producer Steve Maing filmed an interview with the acclaimed and controversial Artistic Director of The American Repertory Theater, Diane Paulus, whose “Shakespeare Exploded” series includes the innovative disco interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Donkey Show, and the Punchdrunk co-production of Sleep No More.

Director Eagan-Donovan studied Shakespeare and wrote poetry as a literature major at Goddard College, has a BS in Finance & Business Administration from Boston University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. Her debut documentary, All Kindsa Girls, screened at art house theaters and film festivals in London, Toronto, and throughout the US, is featured in Paul Sherman’s book Big Screen Boston, and was short-listed for the PBS series POV. The film’s theatrical screenings included the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston.

She served as President of Women in Film & Video/New England for several years, and is the 2012 Judge for the Annual Screenwriting Competition. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Next Door Theater in Winchester, Massachusetts. Her credits as publicist include the award-winning features All the Rage (Roland Tec 1996) and Could Be Worse! (Zack Stratis 2000).  In addition to poetry, she has written narrative screenplays, stage plays, and short stories, and published articles about Shakespeare, screenwriting, and film. She currently teaches screenwriting at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and Northeastern University. Cheryl has been a lecturer at several Shakespeare Fellowship & Shakespeare Oxford Society Joint Authorship conferences. Her new ten-minute play, Veritas, a send-up of Shakespeare academia, had its first staged reading at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in January.

The project is sponsored by The Independent Feature Project New York and funding received to date has been generously provided by individual donors and by a grant from Shakespeare Fellowship Foundation. For more information about the film, contact Producer/Director Cheryl Eagan-Donovan at

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