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"With its minimalist style, Stephen Dest’s documentary I Am Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story realizes..."

January 01, 2020

Read the review on Film Threat. Written by Rob Rector September 2020.

"Post-Death, Henry Green's Story Continues" - New Haven Independent

August 21, 2018

A bullet that pierced Henry Harris Green IV, aka Renegade, on a Newhallville street eight years ago, and remained lodged in his body is now evidence in an investigation into his recent death.

Call it one more chapter in a compelling story about a young man who embraced life against great odds while injecting humanity into the communal conversation about gun violence.

Green, a celebrated actor and motivational speaker whose turned-around life became the subject of a documentary, died of medical complications at age 26, in a Washington, D. C. hospital on July 22.

A month after his death, the story continues...


October 19, 2017

New Haven filmmaker Stephen Dest steps out of the way to center the complex story of actor Henry Green in a new documentary.

“I Am Shakespeare” Reveals A Man In Two Shots | New Haven Independent

June 02, 2017

Stephen Dest’s new documentary I Am Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story is a reminder that the full history and power of cinema, a 120-year-old art form uniquely equipped to inspire empathy among strangers, can be distilled into two basic camera shots: the frontal close-up and the three-quarter profile. One angle to show us who we’re looking at, the other to show us who we are...

Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story | URB/AN/ISM/O

November 20, 2016

On November 19, 2016 I had the great fortune of being able to view a work-in-progress pre-screening of  I Am Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story (2017) directed by Stephen Dest prior to the film’s official completion and release at...

Episode 56 I Am Shakespeare / Moonlight | Deep Focus Radio

November 17, 2016

This episode of Deep Focus is all about I AM SHAKESPEARE, a new documentary from New Haven filmmaker Stephen Dest that tells the story of Henry Green, a young man from Newhalville struggling to reconcile the many different sides of himself in a city painfully divided by class, race, education, and violence. Breen talks with Dest and Green about the story behind this film, the power of committing so much of yourself to a work of art, and the prospect of better understanding yourself and your city through movies. For the second segment of the show, Tom is joined by Inner City News editor Babz Rawls-Ivy and New Haven Independent reporter Markeshia Ricks for a review of MOONLIGHT.

Filming Begins On Henry Green’s Story | New Haven Independent

December 21, 2015

Six years after taking a 9 mm bullet to the abdomen and getting left for dead in a hold-up attempt, New Haven’s Henry Green is ready for his close-up as he tells the story leading up to that fateful night and the ensuing events that would alter the course of the life he nearly lost...

Actor Henry Green Preaches Hope After Odyssey to Death’s Door | New Haven Register

August 16, 2015

NEW HAVEN >> Henry Green nearly died five years ago when he was shot in the abdomen on a city street, but several surgeries later — including a small intestine organ transplant — Green took the stage Sunday at Church on the Rock, inspiring others with his spiritual journey...

indie Film Will Tell “The Henry Green Story” | New Haven Independent

March 17, 2014

Henry Green was asked what it felt like getting shot. He echoed the question, then quickly answered. “It feels,” he said, “like God punching you in the stomach.”

Green has been asked about that shooting many times...

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