A Midsummer Night’s Dream Screening and Q+A with Director/Writer/Producer and Media Studies Alum Casey Wilder Mott
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved creations. The frolicking tale of lovesick young aristocrats, energetic but inept rustics, and mischievous woodland spirits is a staple of stage and screen. In the past, filmed adaptations have emphasized the play’s traditional, Elizabethan qualities. This production however is a fresh and stylish reinvention that takes an entirely different approach.
This story takes place in present day Hollywood – a place where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead. Hollywood is sometimes called “The Dream Factory,” and like the world of Shakespeare’s Dream, it’s a place where fantasy and reality collide.
In the tradition of Baz Luhrmann’s rapturous reimagining of Romeo + Juliet, this modern vision breathes new life into a classic tale. Combined with a cast of established and emerging stars, as well as a pulsing contemporary soundtrack, the film will appeal to ardent fans of the Bard as well as audiences discovering Shakespeare for the first time.
Casey Wilder Mott is the director / writer / producer of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He stated his Hollywood career in the agent training program of the WIlliam Morris Agency. Next he worked in the Latin American markets for Luminere Brazil, where he was responsible for international co-production and acquisition. After returning to the US and receiving his MFA from USC’s Peter Stark Program, Casey worked as Director of Development at Flashlight FIlms. At Flashlight, Casey oversaw Sully and Trial By Fire. He also worked closely with filmmakers including Stephen Gaghan, Bruce Cohen, James Ponsoldt, and Nic Pizzolatto. Since launching 5B Productions in 2015, Casey’s producing credits include the NASA sponsored documentary The University, the SXSW/a24 drama Hot Summer Nights and most recently his own directorial debut, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.