By Cheryl Eagan-Donovan
As founder of Controversy Films and director of the documentary Nothing is Truer than Truth, I am very pleased to announce a new fundraising campaign to assist with post-production and outreach for the project. The educational outreach program, Shakespeare for Bullies, includes an interactive website and curriculum that teachers can use to facilitate discussion of the film, Edward de Vere as the author of Shakespeare’s work, and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual preference. Learn more about the project and how to contribute here.
The fine cut version of the film recently screened at the Sheffield Documentary Festival Videotheque in the UK, where distributors from around the world come to view projects for acquisition. Still to be completed are the final music, graphics, color correction, online editing and audio mix, and funds raised through the online Kickstarter campaign, as well as those made to the project’s fiscal sponsor, IFP New York, will be used for these finishing costs as well as outreach.
Joining the Controversy Films team this year are two highly sought-after Los Angeles-based film professionals. Zimo Huang is a very talented film editor based in West Hollywood, California. He recently edited the 2015 Academy Award nominated documentary feature “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.” His credits also include “Dominion,” featuring John Malkovich and Rhys Ifans, “Buffalo Girls,” and “Another Love.”
Zimo was born and raised in Beijing, China. He moved to the States when he was 15 and went to high school in Texas, college in New England, then finally came to Los Angeles to start his creative life. Taking advantage of having lived in both China and the States, Zimo’s creative process is a mixture of traditional Eastern culture and modern Western style. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to Radiohead and playing Chopin and Mozart for friends and families.
Katy Jarzebowski is a film, concert, and multimedia composer whose music grows from a rich tradition of orchestral writing, her Eastern European roots, a fascination with combining old and new world styles, and most importantly, a lifelong romance with the cinema. Her work has been acknowledged by numerous institutions and collaborative opportunities. In 2014, she was chosen as a composer fellow for the Sundance Institute’s Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound under the direction of Peter Golub and with such distinguished and inspiring advisors as Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Blake Neely.
Katy has studied music composition in Paris under Martin Matalon at IRCAM and researched the work of Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone in Italy at the NYU Florence campus.
There will be a private screening of the film at the 2015 Annual Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship Conference on Thursday, September 24th at the Ashland Springs Hotel in Ashland, Oregon.
The Kickstarter campaign runs through August 30, 2015 and the project must meet its goal and raise the entire amount by that date or it will receive no funds.