Film Screening and Q&A: Stephen Dest’s “I Am Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story” Mon., Nov. 11, at 7 PM

Filmmaker Stephen Dest screens his documentary “I Am Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story” at Best Video Performance Space on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 PM. Admission is $7.

Join us for a viewing of one of the most talked about documentaries of the year. Filmmaker, Stephen Dest will have just returned from New Orleans where he screened the film at the 2019 Grantmakers for Education Conference. I’m sure he’ll have plenty to say as he continues his journey to bring Henry’s incredible story to a schools nationwide.

Stephen Dest’s documentary “I AM SHAKESPEARE: The Henry Green Story” chronicles the true life story of 19 year old, Henry Green, living a dual life as a brilliant young actor and inner-city gang member, who was brutally shot and left for dead just shortly after his inspiring performance in Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” and his remarkable (less than 1% chance of survival) recovery/intestinal transplant received by a 13 year old boy (Jack) who was killed in a car accident on the other side of the country but who still managed to save Henry’s life.

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Film Screening: Stephen Dest’s “My Brother Jack” on Thurs., Mar. 28, at 7 PM—reserve your seat now!

MBJ-onesheet_WebMake your reservations now to see local actor, director and filmmaker Stephen Dest’s first feature-length narrative film, the New Haven-based mystery “My Brother Jack.” “My Brother Jack” will be screened on the Best Video Performance Space’s 120″ projection screen on Thursday, Mar. 28. Admission is $10 and reservations are absolutely essential: Two showings of “My Brother Jack” at the Criterion Cinemas earlier this year sold out very quickly!

From Stephen Dest’s Facebook page:

From time to time, I am asked where I studied film. My response is always the same: Best Video. As a young man living in New Haven, Best Video was my introduction and long love affair with World Cinema. Simply put, the films that stocked those shelves showed me a world I had only imagined, but till then had never seen. So when [owner] Hank [Paper] approached me and asked if I would screen MY BROTHER JACK, I most humbly agreed. BV is a true independent business, and one of only a handful, of its kind, remaining in operation today.

From Dest’s Web site, a plot synopsis of “My Brother Jack”:

As young boys, found object sculptor Jack and his brother Vincent witnessed the brutal murder of their parents. Twenty years later, the man convicted of the crime is released from prison and is found stabbed to death shortly after his release.

Who Killed the Killer?

All signs point to Vincent who battles the demons of mental illness and sleep paralysis – a condition that blurs the line between the real and unreal. To protect his brother, Jack is forced to confront his own demons and uncover the painful truth of what really happened on the night of his parents murder.

From David Sepulveda’s New Haven Independent article on the Criterion screenings:

The film, a psychological thriller and murder-mystery, has some disturbing and graphic moments, but it is also filled with poignant vignettes of love; brotherly love, romantic love, and a dark, aberrant love that emerges as the plot unfolds. MBJ’s musical soundtrack, primarily by local composer-musician Jonny Rodgers, weaves magically through the scenes, adding an important sensory component to the mood and texture.

Viewers of the film were treated to many familiar scenes of the city; the New Haven Green, Audubon Street environs, Pitkin Plaza, the interiors of local bars, Diesel, Stella Luna, and Westville’s Kehler Liddell Gallery.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Apr. 3. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL/BRAZILIAN: HAVEN STRING QUARTET with SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Sunday, May 5. FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”

• Wednesday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: POOLS ARE NICE, BUCK McGRANE