Directed by John A. Mancini, To Be, is a new and courageous short film adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, Hamlet. Centered around a single scene, the film puts its focus on the passion and ultimately, the tragedy, of Hamlet and Ophelia’s love affair.
The film will boldly takes place in both the past and the present day. Using a stunning Buddhist temple by a lake to represent the classical Shakespearean period and a mirrored “future room” for the present, Mancini hopes to stir up excitement for the playwright's work with both die-hard Shakespeare fans, as well as a younger generation.
We hope you will join us on this journey as we create our modern cinematic vision of Shakespeare's classic!
With To Be, I hope to open up a new dialogue about Shakespeare's work for both lifelong fans of the scribe as well as the next generation. It is no secret that Hamlet and Ophelia's love affair ends in tragedy but I aim to introduce a new element not often associated with Shakespeare: the future. By juxtaposing a traditional Shakespeare scene with the future, the audience will have a chance to experience Shakespeare's wonderful words and characters as we all know them, but also what those words and characters would sound and look like if given a new and futuristic context. In my version of Hamlet, you will not only see the tragedy of what happened, but what might have happened if Hamlet and Ophelia had been given a future.
We are slated to go into production this summer and we need your help in order to make this film happen! If you contribute you will not only be a funder, but also an important part of our filming process as we will keep you up to date during all stages of production. Finally, once the film is complete, you will have the opportunity to see the film as we plan to screen at many festivals around the globe!