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Shakespeare Behind Bars Documentary
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0209  Friday, 24 March 2006

From: 		Curt L. Tofteland <
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Date: 		Thursday, 23 Mar 2006 12:25:58 EST
Subject: 	Shakespeare Behind Bars Documentary Opens to RAVE REVIEWS

Gentles,

We are very happy to announce that Philomath Film's award winning 
documentary SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS was released in commercial theaters 
this month!

The documentary premiered in January 2005 at the prestigious Sundance 
Film Festival and has gone on to 30 film festivals around the world 
winning 10 film awards.

The premiere engagement was at The Quad Cinema in New York City on March 
10.

"Remarkable.  Marvel at the transformative power of art.  Find freedom 
in performance and release in words."  --Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

"SBB is fascinating.  It's a unique look at the least likely sources for 
talent and presents a one-of-a-kind look at a world most us never have 
to deal with."  --Jeffrey Lyons, NBC's 'Reel Talk.'

"Uplifting.  Gives hope that forgiveness and redemption are possible." 
--Jami Bernard, NY Daily News

"Profoundly moving.  Any minute of this low-budget, digitally shot 
documentary packs more punch than the entirety of most 
triumph-of-the-human-spirit blockbusters." --Jan Stuart, Newsday

"****  Extraordinary. Thrilling to watch."  --Ken Fox, TV Guide.com

"Powerful.  Ingenious." --Matt Singer, Village Voice

"Moving and enlightening, Shakespeare behind Bars is a powerful, 
personal, transforming film.  As we witness the discovery of language, 
shared experience, and passion for acting, redeeming and reclaiming the 
lives of Kentucky inmates, we find ourselves awakened to what is 
vulnerable and human in us all.  These unlikely thespians are a reminder 
that, despite being failed by their families, the system or their own 
poor choices, these guys are a lively, likeable bunch, who we root for, 
and want to see succeed, because with hope, purpose and a sense of 
community, they can."  --Carol Crittenden, ABC Radio

Additional cities currently booked are listed below, and the list is 
being updated frequently at:

www.internationalfilmcircuit.com/shakespeare

Click Here: Check out "International Film Circuit, Inc. | distributor of 
fine films"

The film will be released in the US on DVD this July by Shout! Factory 
(www.shoutfactory.com) with an extra special feature -- commentary by 
the inmates!  Philomath Films recently returned to Kentucky and sat with 
some of the film's subjects as they revealed new information and riffed 
on their reactions to the film.

Blessings,
Curt L. Tofteland
Founder & Artistic Director
Shakespeare Behind Bars
Producing Artistic Director
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
The Historic Landward House
1387 South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40208
502.637.4933 (office)
502.387.6412 (cell)
502.637.9261 (fax)

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