Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nothing Truer Than Truth-Almost Finished

The following post is by Richard Joyrich.

I hope all of you are aware of a new documentary that will be coming out soon. It is Nothing Truer Than Truth, being done by Cheryl Eagan-Donovan. Those of you who have attended the last few Joint Authorship Conferences have seen various excerpts of this and I can tell you it looks fantastic!

Cheryl is hoping to have a rough "final" cut of the whole documentary to show at the upcoming Joint SF/SOS Conference in Pasadena this October (October 18-21). Cheryl's film is currently scheduled to show at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 20.

Cheryl is launching another fundraising effort to get the last funds she needs to complete everything. I am including here an e-mail she sent me recently about this.

The campaign has now gone live and I can give you the link that Cheryl mentions in the last paragraph of her e-mail. It is

Please go to this site. There you can watch a film trailer and then make a contribution if you would like. There are all kinds of "perks" you can get for various donation amounts. The higher amounts will get you invited to a wrap party at Club Oberon (hmm, that name sounds familiar) in Cambridge, MA.

Thank you for your attention to this message.

Hi Richard, 

I hope you are well and enjoying the summer. Lots of news about NOTHING IS TRUER THAN TRUTH! We are working around the clock to finish editing for the rough cut screening at the Shakespeare Fellowship SOS Joint conference in Pasadena on Saturday October 20th. Our editor, Trina Rodriguez, is an accomplished producer, whose most recent film HIGH TECH LOW LIFE premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival in April and has gone on to win several awards. For that project, Trina and NOTHING IS TRUER THAN TRUTH co-producer Steve Maing edited more than 600 hours of footage down to a compelling 85 minute film that will screen on PBS next year. Trina is a graduate of The New School's Documentary Studies program. Her short film OUR LADY QUEEN OF HARLEM screened at MoMA's Documentary Fortnight and is being distributed by Third World Newsreel. She works as a freelance editor and producer in New York City, and we are very fortunate to have her on the Controversy Films team. 

Meredith Crowley is working on outreach for the film as co-producer. Her credits include 40 Million Strong, a documentary about children affected by HIV/AIDS in Durban, South Africa, and a documentary for the non-profit organization “Tremendous Hearts,” about housing for children affected by AIDS in Capetown, South Africa. She has edited programs including Lessons From Little Rock: a National Report CardKnock First, a reality series on ABC Family; and Au Revoir Expos, a documentary about the Expos baseball team. Her recent locations department credits include television programs Rescue Me (FX), Person of Interest (CBS),and Ringer (CW); and feature filmsArthur (Warner Bros), Friends With Kids, and Rabbit Hole.

We are set to launch our final finishing funds campaign today, this time with Indie Go Go, in an effort to reach new indie film lovers and supporters. I really appreciate your help with our fundraising efforts in the past, and your continued support of the film project. This time, I'm asking Advisory Committee members and supporters to help out in any way they can, including featuring the link on their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and websites, matching funds, hosting Indie Go Go parties in their home towns or cities, writing articles or blogposts about the film that include the link, and more creative ideas to get the word out. Trina has agreed to work at a reduced rate and to defer her fee until we have raised funds. Meredith and Steve have agreed to defer their co-producer fees until after the film is completed, and I have not taken any salary during the six years that I have worked on the project. I am very fortunate to have a few part-time teaching jobs and a super talented crew of award-winning filmmakers dedicated to seeing this project screen at film festivals, art house theaters, schools, and on television. 

We will be posting daily updates with video after we go live later today. I will send you the link in a separate email.Thank you so much for your support. I look forward to hearing your suggestions for making this final fundraising effort a success! 



Cheryl Eagan-Donovan 
Controversy Films
49 Cross Street 
Winchester, MA 01890
(781) 729-6204 office
(617) 312-0924 mobile

Friday, August 24, 2012

Download the Oberon 2011 yearbook free in eBook format

Oberon Shakespeare Study Group Yearbook 2011 

The 2011 edition of the Oberon Shakespeare Study Group Yearbook is available in print and in a free, searchable, ebook format from Blurb. This huge edition is 167 pages; among many issues, the 2011 edition chronicles the release of Roland Emmerich's anti-Stratfordian film, Anonymous, and lists commentary and reviews of the film. You can preview the entire 2011 yearbook on Blurb. More information about print and ebook editions of Oberon yearbooks is available at "Order FREE digital Oberon yearbooks from Blurb". Print editions may be ordered at a 20% discount -- when ordering two or more books -- until August 28, 2012 by using the code PROJECT.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Suzman uses authorship controversy to drum up publicity for her new book

In aid of promoting her new book, Not Hamlet, actress Dame Janet Suzman used the Shakespeare authorship question to generate headlines by making uninformed comments derogatory of authorship skeptics Mark Rylance and Sir Derek Jacoby. Suzman said in an article titled "Much ado over whether Shakespeare wrote his plays" in Sunday's Daily Mail:
'And you have to be a snob if you just hate it that the greatest poet the world has produced was born into the humble aldermanic classes of a provincial town.'
She added: 'How strange it is that Jacobi and Rylance, hundreds of years later, with their outstanding acting instincts, should embrace such a haughty view of the man who has made them as big as they are.
'We have seen a dozen times how thrillingly they themselves can conjure up fantastical character studies of fictional persons – without ever having been crowned king or murdered a rival in real life.
It's what actors do for heaven's sakes, and Shakespeare was one too." 
Articles also appeared this weekend in The Guardian, "Janet Suzman mad as a snake over Rylance and Shakespeare myths"; and The Telegraph, "Derek Jacoby and Mark Rylance criticized for doubting Shakespeare wrote plays" 

All three articles elicited dozens of comments with The Telegraph topping the list at 264 as of this writing, proving Suzman was correct in assuming her defense of the Stratford Bard would gain attention. In general, the public commentary is none too erudite, providing evidence of interest in the topic by even those who haven't spent any time studying the issue. This is yet another proof that the Shakespeare authorship controversy has become a topic of general public knowledge -- this is a very good thing for those of us who find the issue worthy of study.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Barbara Crowley tribute from Dan Wright

Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre Director Daniel Wright, PhD, reported on the death of Oxfordian Barbara Crowley. LT

9:44 a.m. August 16,2012


I just learned a few minutes ago of the death of one of Oxfordianism’s great leaders, Barbara Crowley.  This astonishing woman and her late husband, John – who among other achievements, served as the Democratic mayor of Pasadena (no small accomplishment!) back in the 80s of Ronald Reagan – were pioneers in advancing the Oxfordian cause when times were tough and the derisive laughs directed at those who disparaged the notion that bookless Stratford Will was the writer, William Shakespeare, were loud and long.  We’re all going to miss her so very much, but we have the legacy of Barbara’s scholarship and dedication to the relentless advance of the case for Edward de Vere to celebrate her life for years and years to come. Barbara and John donated the Barbara and John Crowley Gallery and Exhibition Center in the SARC where, every day, hundreds and hundreds of students file past to study the art and texts on display that record something of the Authorship Question that has turned so many fine minds to the study of the question of who Shakespeare was. Her work and legacy live on….

For Barbara’s commitment to the search for the truth in a world that so often mocks and frustrates that search, we can all be grateful..  She walked a tough road so that others might follow on one less strewn with obstacles.  She often said, in her declining years, that she wanted to live long enough to see Anonymous break forth into the public view, and the triumph of seeing that dream of hers unfold here in Portland, at that film’s world premiere, with Barbara in attendance, is a memory I shall always cherish.  Lift a glass tonight in commemoration of a grand woman, an incomparable woman, a lady of refinement, grace, sunny cheerfulness and inspirational zeal!


Prof Daniel Wright, Ph.D.
Director, The Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre
Concordia University
Portland, OR 97211-6099

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

England's NT Live will broadcast Timon and Othello in theaters worldwide

The National Theatre Live project will include broadcasts of Timon of Athens with Simon Russell Beale (Nov. 1, 2012) -- and, according to the University Musical Society brochure, but not confirmed on the NT site, Othello -- as part of its fourth season of theatrical events originating at the Royal National Theatre in London and made available in movie theaters around the world. The broadcasts will be shown locally under the auspices of the University Musical Society at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

The National Theater site makes the following statement re Timon and Shakespeare, the collaborator. This commentary continues an unfortunate tradition of Shakespearean program notes that state supposition or theory as fact.
Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Timon of Athens, Shakespeare's strange fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton, directed by Nicholas Hytner
UMS will also present Kidd Pivot's The Tempest Replica Sept 21 and 22, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Power Center in Ann Arbor. THe UMS brochure says:
Integrating movement, original music, text and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot's performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigor, balancing sharp exactitude with irrecverence and risk.. . . The Tempest Replica is based on motifs from shakespeare's play. Artistic director Crystal Pite stages a game of revenge and forgiveness, reality and imagination.