The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2039 Thursday, 2 December 2004
Date: Wednesday, 1 Dec 2004 06:43:23 EST
Subject: Shakespeare Behind Bars Documentary Selected for 2005 Sundance
Philomath Films documentary about Shakespeare Behind Bars is one of 16
documentaries (out of 624 entries) to be selected for its world premiere
at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival taking place January 20-30, 2005, in
Park City, Utah.
Shakespeare Behind Bars was created in 1995, by Curt L. Tofteland, the
long time producing artistic director of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival,
and co-founded with Dr. Julie Barto, staff psychologist, at the Luther
Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, KY.
Shakespeare Behind Bars embraces restorative justice. The program was
designed to allow the adult prison population an opportunity to examine
relevant personal and social issues within the structure of an aesthetic
experience. This drama-in-education approach offers participants the
opportunity for 'safe' encounters with complex issues. This approach
encourages the development of the interpersonal life skills that will
contribute to the inmates successful reintegration into society.
Shakespeare Behind is the only North American Shakespeare Company
contained within the walls of a medium security adult male prison. The
aesthetic approach to the work uses original practice techniques to
produce full length productions using the First Folio with the male
inmates playing all the roles.
Philomath Film's 90 minute documentary follows the nine month process of
bringing William Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, to performance.
The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for American
independent film, is an important new platform for international
independent film, and screens films that embody risk-taking, diversity,
and aesthetic innovation.
Over the last two decades, nonfiction films have taken hold of the
hearts and minds of the American public. Documentaries have played an
increasingly important role at the Sundance Film Festival and are
screened on par with narrative films as one of the most recognizable
sections of the Festival.
Curt L. Tofteland
Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Shakespeare Behind Bars
Producing Artistic Director
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
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