Chuck Bentley Productions

Chuck Bentley

Chuck Bentley has been an independent filmmaker since completing his first short film in 1968. In 1980 he wrote and directed his first feature film and has just completed his 41st film in paris. 16 of his films have been produced overseas in Italy, France, and England.

In addition, Chuck has made numerous travelogues from around the world, and written and directed six plays for the stage, many based upon the life and times of William Shakespeare.  He began his career as a photographer and DP, and brings a great visual sensibility to all of his work.

But above all, he believes in the importance of the written word. Chuck is a true independent, beholden to no one. He has no investors to pay back, no gatekeepers to appease, and no requirements to fulfill, and, as such, has made no Faustian deal to compromise his vision or distort his truth. He believes his work should not deprive the audience of the ability to think.He aims to please, but will not pander. He hopes to provoke thought as well as laughter. He strives for empathy and amusement in equal measure.

Welcome to Chuck Bentley’s website, the home of a truly independent filmmaker.

Telling Stories Comedy/Drama

Set in the 100 year old Alhambra cinema in England. Jack is a fugitive filmmaker from the 60's. Robin needs to hear his story. Emma promises 1001 Arabian nights. But is she telling the truth.....or just stories? For lovers of film history and sophisticated comedy.


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Three or Four Things I Know About Her Comedy/Drama

Chuck Bentley's 38th feature length film was shot in New York City and Kalamazoo. Julia loves the online twins, but which one? Can she even tell them apart? Lisa loves Bryan... Or does she? Bryan loves Lisa... or does he? Eddie loves Lisa, but who cares. And then there's Reece.. Join with Chuck as his camera tries to figure out just who these people are.


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Conjuring Venice - Comedy/Drama

Friendship, infatuation, love and loss in the beautiful city of heartless romance. The end of an affair coincides with a young woman's exploration of newly discovered possibilities for romance and love. And there's gondolas too.
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Days & Nights in Venice - Comedy/Drama

An author wrestles with his characters as he comes up with a storyline in Venice, Italy. The pace is quick, the dialog is witty and sharp. The characters are contemplating revolt.  Shot entirely on location in Venice.
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Like joy in Memory Comedy/Drama

Chuck Bentley's 40th Feature Film!

It's 5 minutes into the future. The banks have crashed again. Gas is 14 bucks a gallon. O'Duffy's Pub is a private club where members come to seek refuge.


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Grand Illusion Comedy/Drama

Billed as "the theatrical event of the season" when first released, this epic film chronicles the current days of a theatre company that began in the 1960's. The founding members are attempting to pass the torch to a younger generation who, accomplished in their own right, have different ideas of how things should be done in the future.

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Kalamazoo Stories - Comedy/Drama

Chuck Bentley's magnus opus. Three hours in length. Forty-four actors in breadth. This fictional account of a moment in time in a midwestern city is as timely as the monetary collapse and the health care debate. It's a comedy. It's a drama. Much like life in the new millenium in a town called Kalamazoo.


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A Postcard from Beijing & Shanghai - Travelogue

Chuck takes us to China just before the Olympics of 2008, when the great dragon is putting on his best face for the scrutiny of the world's press. The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Beijing and Shanghai are all within range of Chuck's curious gaze. The smallest details are also proferred, as are inciteful observations and historical perspectives on this most interesting and increasingly important nation. 
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- Photo Gallery of Fine Art - - Photography

Check out a Chuck's Photo Gallery of Fine Art. 


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- Shots from Chuck's Movies & Travelogues - - Photography

Check out a Chuck's Movie and Travelogue Gallery! 


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Living in Venice  -  Travelogue


Spend a week in Venice with Chuck as he takes you behind the scenes in the strangest, most wonderful city on earth.
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A Postcard from Ireland - Travelogue

Come with Chuck to Ireland. Stand alongside him as he drinks Guiness in Dublin, or surveys the wave-battered coast of the Burren and the mystical environs of Blarney Castle. As in all of his tavelogues, if you'll take that first step with Chuck, you'll feel as if you're acually there with him. 
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Shakespeare Stripped Bare - Comedy

Act one is the lounge act of the midnight show at the Fallen Angel. It's all things Shakespeare, including Rusti Parker:  the shrew who works blue, and a host of familiar characters. Act two goes behind the scenes of a radio broadcast on the life and times of Shakespeare. It's broadcast live, so of course things don't go according to plan.
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An English Mystery - Comedy/Drama

A group of mystery players travels to the Lake District in England to write a new play. Amidst stunning scenery, they blackmail and double-cross their way to a finished script.
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One Night in a Pub:  Who Killed William Shakespeare? - Comedy/Drama

A couple of academics and a television producer have 24 hours to search a newly discovered hidden room where Shakespeare is thought to have died. We flash back and forth to Shakespeare and the very room 400 years ago to discover the truth.
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The Making of MC V&VI - Comedy/Drama

An informative and entertaining look behind the scenes of the rehearsal and filming of these two films.
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The Burne-Jones Window - Comedy/Drama

It's 20 minutes into the future as a cyber quest is played out by a group of user-selected cyber-sleuths as they attempt to solve the mystery of the Burne-Jones stained glass window in a tiny church in the English Lake District.
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Venice Preserved - Comedy/Drama

A fictional group of players crawl all over the city of Venice as they work with each other to win a scavenger hunt for a cash prize. No one gets voted off the island or booted out of the house. They must cooperate or fail within the most gorgeous city on the planet.
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See 2 students writing code to change the world. Learn the facts behind the science of computer science.
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Sketch - Comedy/Drama

 
Join the Electronic Theatre Players for an evening of sketch comedy with a twist. A psych prof is tempted by his sexy student (and their alter-egos), an astro-physicist discovers the mysteries of the universe (and his mysterious assistant), and much more. It's witty and intelligent,and doesn't pander to low humor. Adults only, please.
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Fiona's Journal - Comedy/Drama

 
A woman travels to England to inspect the property she's been left in a will. She's inherited an old mill, her great aunt's diary, and an irascible Irishman. Set in the English Lake District.
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Mixed Company VIII 'I Hate Shakespeare' - Comedy/Drama

 
Join Chuck and Michele for a merry romp as they introduce viewers to the work, life and times of William Shakespeare. Suitable for all ages 8-80, especially for anyone who thinks they hate the stuff.
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Carnival in Venice - Comedy/Drama

 
Chris and Sarah are in Venice to video-podcast all the excitement from the biggest event on the calendar of this exotic city. The only thing is: they hate each other . . . or do they? Catch all the action as they navigate their relationship in this most romantic place.
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Shakespeare's Longest Night - Comedy/Drama

William Shakespeare is having a rough night. His players are clamoring for a new script, and his characters won't let him get any sleep. In fact, they're not very happy with the way they've been written. This is the movie version that Chuck took as a play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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A Postcard From Venice - Travelogue

Go deep into the Venetian labyrinth with Chuck. Get lost in the maze with him, but don't worry, the exits are clearly marked.
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A Walk Across Venice Travelogue

...a continuous real-time walk with a stedi-cam... by Chuck Bentley

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The Day I Left Kalamazoo - Comedy/Drama


Michael's fed up with the theatre scene in his home town. He gathers a group of players for one last production and proceeds to burn every bridge behind him as he leaves.
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Y2K-zoo - Comedy/Drama


It's the hippest coffee house junkshop in town at the turn of the millennium. Will the computers go haywire? Will the world end? Will the coffee and doughnuts be fresh?
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Prisoner of Conscience - Drama


A modern re-telling of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Set in a television studio, the lines of reality blur and refocus at thirty frames per second.
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The Anatomy of a Play - Comedy/Drama

Behind the scenes, as a fictional group of theatre people portray every aspect of playmaking, from the writing and directing, to backstage survival tactics. The writer evokes Faustus' deal with the devil, the director explains the juggling act of putting all the disparate elements together, and the actors talk about . . . well. . . themselves.
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For Love of Kate - Comedy/Drama

A modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”, set in a motorcycle repair shop. It’s rough, it’s tough, it’s off the cuff.
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Notes to Myself - Comedy/Drama

A modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”, set in a motorcycle repair shop. It’s rough, it’s tough, it’s off the cuff.
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A Postcard from Paris - Travelogue

This is not your usual travelogue, as Chuck takes you with him to Paris. He shoots on the run and never looks back. You’re never an armchair viewer when Chuck’s on the job, as he makes your feel as if you’re actually there with him. C’mon. Let’s go!.
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A Postcard from Amsterdam - Travelogue

Come with Chuck to Amsterdam, where you'll dodge mothers with infants whizzing past on bikes, see what a truly civilized society feels like, and order off the special menu in a laid back coffee house.
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Afternoon in Venice - Dramma

 
A group of tourists have one day to navigate this most mysterious of cities and their relationships with each other.
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A Postcard from Boston and Vermont - Travelogue

Chuck takes you with him (closer than you’ve ever been without airfare and hotel) as he walks the extraordinary Freedom Trail in Boston (on an ethereal rainy day), then floats through space into Vermont landscapes dripping with timeless beauty.
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Macbeth - Drama

You are right there amidst the action as Chuck’s hand-held camera captures the dark and deep desires and the consequences in Shakespeare’s powerful evocation of lust for power.
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Othello - Drama

You’re not in the auditorium watching from afar for this show. You’re right there with the people in the story, as they lie and cheat their way to blind jealousy and bloody murder. Shakespeare’s poignant tale has never seemed more immediate.
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Mixed Company - Comedy/Drama


A man and a woman actor lock horns as they portray the socio-sexual politics in Shakespeare's plays. It's a romp through the canon with Kate & Petruchio by way of Richard III and Lady Anne.
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The Winter's Tale - Drama

Chuck’s usual hand-held camera places you in the middle of the action in Shakespeare’s romantic tale, peopled with a jealous tyrant, loving but flirtatious wife, scampish rogue, and redemptive and all-loving daughter. Shakespeare evocatively captures the period in time when the ways of the rural past were being overtaken by the ways of the modern world forever.
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Tempest - Drama

Float with Chuck’s camera over the sands of a mysterious island with airy spirits and strange creatures as they weave into and out of the lives of Prospero the magician and his young daughter Miranda. All is well until a shipwreck delivers Prospero’s enemies into his vengeful hands, and a suiter to Miranda’s hungry heart.
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