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Filmmaker Wendell Etherly's "La Persuasion” is one of eight films selected for the Stage 32 & European Film Commission Network’s Global Matchmaking Program. With producer Chandra Michaels, Wendell Etherly will support "La Persuasion" at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

"In addition to having the opportunity to present their projects at SXSW in Austin Texas during an Official US/European Co-Production panel, these filmmakers will also continue to receive coaching from Truls Kontny & Mikael Svensson, the President and the General Secretary of the EUFCN respectively, and Ingrid Rudefors, International Relations at the Sweden Film Commission. This coaching will help provide specialized knowledge of US/Euro co-productions, access to funding, and other opportunities to make their project a successful US/European co-production."

-STAGE 32 Matchmaking Program

La Persuasion is a french language screenplay that is inspired by a collection of Greek myths. It tells the story of Veronique Durant, a middle-aged professor who is driven by her rigid passion for Philosophy. Seemingly underestimated by her peers, she casually navigates the male dominated field. Challenged yet enamored with Veronique's intellect, Nicholas, a vain and handsome young student tragically mistakes Veronique's modest disposition as a form of vulnerability. During their complex relationship, Nicholas learns that he is not the author of his fate.

After making his directorial debut with the feature length film Market Value, filmmaker Wendell Etherly is already in development with his second feature length film, No Haven, which is slated for production in May 2017.

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Wendell Etherly began his filmmaking career at the age of fifteen. Etherly is the recipient of the 2008 Illinois Arts Fellowship Award for Outstanding Script Work; a recipient of the 2010 Illinois Arts Fellowship Award for Best Film Work; a 2008 Pulitzer Prize Candidate for Dramatic Works, and 2013 3Arts Award Nominee for Outstanding Chicago Artist.