ALL KINDSA GIRLS screening in Providence Wednesday January 19th

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Controversy Films presents
all kindsa girls
an evolutionary tale featuring
the Real Kids

A Free Screening to Celebrate the DVD Release

Wednesday January 19th at 7 p.m.
Knight Memorial Library
275 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island
For directions go to

“The group’s bad behavior and bad decisions are as legendary as their music, a raw, melodic, garage-punk sound that still commands a loyal cult following 30 years after the release of the Real Kids’ first album.” (Robin Vaughan, Boston Phoenix)

“This brilliant piece on the punk movement in Boston circa late 70’s early 80’s focuses on John Felice and his legendary band THE REAL KIDS. The film is a testament to raw independence and how it can have a ripple effect on the international stage. Featuring RARE FOOTAGE of THE REAL KIDS, interviews with Jonathan Richman, Willie ‘Loco’ Alexander and more!!!” (Winnipeg Film Group Cinematheque)

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Thanks to everyone who helped make our Kickstarter campaign a huge success! Here are a few holidays gifts from fellow Oxfordians:

From John Shahan and Keir Cutler – a new video to share with your friends:

Watch the video, then help us make it “go viral” by calling attention to it in the following ways:
1. Send the link to everyone you know who may find it interesting, and ask them to forward it on to others who may be interested.
2. If you control a website or blog — especially one dealing with the Authorship Question — embed the video where people will see it.

From Nina Green, a new biography of Oxford, compiled from her many years of research:

Again, please post this to your blog, website or Facebook page with proper attribution:
Copyright ©2010 Nina Green All Rights Reserved

Shakespeare in Venice Fundraising Campaign

Controversy Films launches Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to film in Venice.

I want to personally thank all of you who have contributed to my documentary project NOTHING IS TRUER THAN TRUTH. Your generosity has made the project possible. I have had the great honor of interviewing scholars and actors around the world, and I am now focused on filming in Venice to the complete the production phase. The deadlines are quickly approaching for next year’s fall festival season. With your continued support, this important film will be seen at festivals, in art house theaters, at museums and galleries, on broadcast television, on the internet and in classrooms. Please join us and forward this link to anyone you think might be interested in joining the team. Every donation matters. Thank you so much!

Vero Nihil Verius


Controversy Films at the Ashland Authorship Conference

Controversy Films documented the Ashland Authorship Conference in Oregon last month for the upcoming film Nothing is Truer than Truth. In addition to filming the signing of the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt and Keir Cutler’s performance of Mark Twain’s Is Shakespeare Dead? the crew filmed interviews with several notable conference attendees, including Michael Cecil, 18th Baron Burghley, who shared his thoughts on his distant grandfather, William Cecil, and his uncle by marriage, Edward de Vere. Now a resident of Ashland, Michael spoke about Hamlet as a biography of the man who wrote Shakespeare, and gave a lecture on “Revisiting the First Baron Burghley’s Precepts for the Well Ordering and Carriage of a Man’s Life.” This small book, written around 1582, first printed in 1616, and passed down for generations in the Cecil family, was captured on film by the Controversy crew. The book is believed by many scholars to be the source for Polonius’ maxims in Hamlet, such as “This above all: to thine own self be true.” Other scholars, actors, and theater luminaries interviewed for the film include Paul Nicholson, Executive Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and award-wining actors James Newcomb and Keir Cutler.

Michael Cecil, Baron Burghley, and Cheryl Eagan-Donovan at Ashland Authorship Conference

Theater professionals sign Declaration of Reasonable Doubt in Ashland, Oregon

From the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition

In a public ceremony in Ashland, Oregon, home of the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), several prominent theater professionals recently signed a hard copy poster of the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare…Read the entire article

OSF chief joins list of Shakespeare doubters

From the Mail Tribune
Count Paul Nicholson, executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among the theater professionals who have gone public as — gasp! — doubting that the works of Shakespeare were written by the man who is buried in Stratford-Upon-Avon…. Read the entire article.

Who Wrote Shakespeare?

From the Ashland Daily Tidings

Oxfordians, as those who believe de Vere wrote the works of “Shakespeare” are called (de Vere was the 17th earl of Oxford), say that de Vere’s time on the… Read the full article online.

Controversy Films Awarded Shakespeare Fellowship Foundation Grant

(Boston, Massachusetts)
Contact: Cheryl Eagan-Donovan (781) 729-6204


Controversy Films director Cheryl Eagan-Donovan has been awarded a grant from the Shakespeare Fellowship Foundation to support the production of her new feature length film, Nothing is Truer than Truth, based on the book Shakespeare By Another Name.
The other 2010 grant recipients are the Shakespeare Authorship Research Center at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, The Shakespeare Authorship Conference, and The Shakespeare Oxford Society.

The Shakespeare Fellowship Foundation was created in 2002 through the generosity of Roland Caldwell of Caldwell Trust Company in Florida. The primary goal of this trust was to financially support research and other efforts toward the objective of “establishing once and for all the author of the enormous literary works known to the world as ‘Shakespeare’”.

Nothing is Truer than Truth looks at the process of writing, where life experience, imitation of the masters, and relentless revision come together to create genius, as the key to discovering Edward de Vere as the true author of the works attributed to William
Shakespeare. The film 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. Material filmed to date includes interviews with many scholars and actors on the subject of Shakespeare and the authorship controversy, including Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance.

This year’s production schedule for Controversy Films includes an interview with scholar Richard Paul Roe, author of The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Then and Now next month in Pasadena, documenting the Shakespeare Authorship Conference in Ashland, Oregon in September, and filming on location in Venice. In November, Eagan-
Donovan opened the Annual Shakespeare Authorship Conference in Houston with her lecture on Oxford as Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century and screened the trailer for her film.

Cheryl Eagan-Donovan is a documentary filmmaker, whose debut feature All Kindsa Girls screened at film festivals in London, Toronto and throughout the U.S., 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. Eagan-Donovan serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofits Women in Film & Video New England and The Next Door Theater in Winchester, MA. She studied Shakespeare and wrote poetry as a literature major at Goddard College, earned a BA in Finance &
Business Administration at Boston University, and is currently an MFA candidate at Lesley University. She has published articles about Shakespeare, screenwriting, and film, in literary journals and magazines.

The film’s trailer can be viewed at:

Capturing the controversy

From The Winchester Star

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She’s bringing Shakespeare controversy to film

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