Music Dealers Events: Louder Than A Bomb: The Documentary Screening 431 words · 3 minute read

Music Dealers placed some tracks in the Louder Than A Bomb documentary.  We posted the trailer below.

Help us celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, with a special fine cut screening of the feature length documentary made about the festival by Emmy-winning, Chicago filmmakers Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel. The film is just being finished, your eyes will be some of the first on it.

Saturday, Feb 20 6pm. Columbia College’s Film Row 1104 S. Wabash 8th FL

We will screen the film, then the film makers, Siskel and Jacobs will be on hand to answer questions. This is the beginning of LTAB 2010: The Real Chicago Renaissance. Please come help us raise funds to support this years festival, the largest youth poetry slam on the planet, bringing together 60 teams, 650 young writers, and 6500 Chicagoans to celebrate the stories of our city as told by youth.

Tickets: $25 available for purchase on the evening of the 20th & checks can be made out to Young Chicago Authors.

About the documentary:

Louder Than A Bomb is a film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. It’s about the joy of being young, and the pain of growing up. It’s about speaking out, making noise, and finding your voice.

It also just happens to be about poetry.

Each year, more than four hundred teenagers from fifty Chicago area schools gather for the world’s largest high school team poetry slama competition known as “Louder Than A Bomb”. There, they compete in a week’s worth of “bouts”spoken word playoffs scored by audience judges. The finals take place before a wildly diverse crowd of screaming teenagers, hundreds of kids cheering for vivid metaphors and creative turns of phrase. It’s an extraordinary eventwriting as a team sport, poetry as popular performance. And while the competition is fierce, so is the camaraderie. Ask any of the poets and they’ll tell you, “The point is not the points, the point is the poetry.”

A documentary feature intended for theatrical release, Louder Than A Bomb will follow four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 event. Our cameras will capture the tempestuous lives of these exceptional kids, chronicling the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. This is not “teenage poetry” as we often think of it. This is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. How and why they do itand how their teammates, coaches, and families help themis the story at the heart of this exuberant and inspiring film.