Romeo is Bleeding is a documentary film supported by California Humanities.
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Support Us at a Screening of a Celebrated California Film

Join California Humanities for an exclusive screening of the award-winning film Romeo is Bleeding at the beautiful One Kearny Club in San Francisco. This special evening supports California Humanities’ work to celebrate the people of California, and to provide a platform for ingenuity, generosity, and affirmation of our shared humanity.

Funded in part by California Humanities’ California Documentary Project grant program, Romeo is Bleeding follows Donté Clark, a young poet growing up in Richmond, California, as he works with students to rewrite and stage an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in the streets of Richmond.

Following the film, Donté will join us for a conversation about the documentary and the role of the arts and humanities in community-building.

Enjoy complimentary light bites, movie snacks, and a hosted bar of beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Join us for this special fundraising event supporting California Humanities.

California on the Screen

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
6:30–9 pm

One Kearny Club
San Francisco, California

Tickets are $50
($25 tax deductible as a donation to California Humanities)

Join us to support California Humanities’ growth and help our programs reach every part of the state!

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Featured Guest

Donté Clark is a poet and emcee out of Richmond, California. Consistently performing across schools, conferences, poetry readings and hip hop shows globally. He was accepted to the VONA program, a prestigious week-long conference for writers of color. More recently Donté can been seen shining on the big screen. His appearance in films like award winning Kicks and the web series The North Pole only provide a glimpse of Donté’s creative reach. The future is promising. Donté’s primary focus is ending the violence that has plagued his community and impacted him deeply, and he uses his art and curriculum as a call to action. In the last few years, Donté has hosted a town hall on violence in Richmond and taken the lead with planning and writing the majority of the script for Té’s Harmony, the play within Romeo is Bleeding. He also wrote and directed the play Po’Boys Kitchen. He continues to spark critical dialogue and encourages everyone to do the same.

Film Trailer

Film Synopsis

Donté Clark’s poetry captures the violence and heartbreak that haunt certain neighborhoods of Richmond, California. The turf war between North and Central Richmond has raged for decades, with each generation having their own folkloric stories of how the war began. Donté was born in the heart of North Richmond and found self-empowerment by writing about his experiences there. Now as a young man, Donté offers that same opportunity to Richmond’s youth, through an arts organization called RAW Talent.

ROMEO IS BLEEDING is structured around one year in the RAW Talent classroom, as Donté leads a cast of high school students in an effort to mount an urban adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. As Montague vs. Capulet transforms into North vs. Central, the students of RAW Talent delve deeper into the socio-economic issues that drive the violence in their city. As the play comes together on the stage, real life begins to parallel the Shakespearean tragedy. Will Richmond crush Donté’s idealism, or will Donté find a solution to end Richmond’s cycle of trauma?

As the nation wrestles with proper policing methods and curbing the gun violence epidemic, ROMEO IS BLEEDING reminds us that a major piece of the puzzle is the arts, and creating safe spaces for healthy expression in every community.

Accessibility & Venue Information

One Kearny Club is conveniently located one block from the Montgomery Street BART station, at the intersection of Market, Kearny, and Geary Streets. Metered street parking and multiple San Francisco Muni transit lines are located within the surrounding blocks. An elevator is available to the floor where the event will take place, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. For other access needs, please contact well in advance of your visit. To learn more about the event space, contact One Kearny Club at (415) 788-1177 or by email at One Kearny Club, 23 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108.

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