Chasing Shakespeare, a movie about love, nature and lighting, will open the ninth Montreal International Black Film Festival. It is a love story about a young Native American woman who is searching for her destiny, set in rural Arkansas. After her death, her husband tries to reunite with her.
Based off the screenplay by James Bird, Chasing Shakespeare was directed by Norry Niven. Niven was born and raised in Texas and studied film at the University of Texas Arlington. After graduating he worked as a director for the The End, a Hollywood commercial and music video firm. He has also worked on all eight seasons of the television series Dexter.
“We are very proud to open the festival with such a touching film in the presence of the director and the main actors; a shocking story with humanity and where love, traditions, poetry, beliefs and passion intertwine in surprising ways,” said Fabienne Colas, President of the festival.
Chasing Shakespeare has done well on the film festival scene, winning Best of Fest and Audience Choice Awards at FirstGlance Hollywood, The Big Island Film Festival, AFI Cannes, The Houston Film Festival and SXSW.
The ninth annual Montreal International Black Film Festival will be held from September 18 to 29, 2013.