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Jason Zeldes’ documentary “Romeo Is Bleeding” has won top prizes from the San Francisco and Seattle International Film Festivals, and recently screened to acclaim for Rooftop Films.
The film is a visualization of spoken word poet Donté Clark’s “Romeo and Juliet” adaptation. As the “Romeo Is Bleeding” official synopsis reads: “Like a modern day Verona, Richmond, CA stands divided between two warring factions. Instead of Capulets and Montagues, the feud exists between North and Central Richmond. Amongst the tension stands a young poet named Donté Clark. Armed with passion and intellect he survives the madness of the cities’ violence and revenge (all over dispute few can remember) with words.”
In an exclusive new video, you can get a taste of Clark’s unique power as a linguist and a performer. Following the recent “Romeo Is Bleeding” screening at Rooftop Films, the movie’s subject gave a live musical performance along with spoken word from the youths of Richmond Artists With Talent.
Captured gorgeously via drone by “Romeo Is Bleeding” cinematographer Rajiv Smith-Mahabir, the video is a solid introduction to Clark as an artist and what he will bring to “Romeo Is Bleeding” as its subject. Watch the full performance above.