"Don't Be Nice" featured on CBS 13WMAZ Entertainment

Don't Be Nice was featured on CBS affiliate 13WMAZ as part of their coverage of the 13th Annual Macon Film Festival in Macon, Georgia. The film will screen next at 10:30pm Sunday, August 19th at Theatre Macon. Journalist Nicole Butler interviewed Producer Nikhil Melnechuk for the piece.

The Macon Film Festival is heading into its 13th year with a four day festival planned for August 16 - 19, 2018. The festival screens independent films from around the world in multiple historic theaters in the city's downtown district. The festival features film screenings, celebrity guests, special screenings, and workshops throughout the whole festival weekend.

View the listing here: https://2018maconfilmfestival.sched.com/event/FGhr/documentary-dont-be-nice
Full Festival schedule: https://2018maconfilmfestival.sched.com

Catch the Aug. 19th Screening

"Don't Be Nice" Nominated for Best Doc. at BronzeLens
 BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta

BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta

Don't Be Nice has been Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2018 BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, along with Dan Harris' Show Me Democracy and Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown's United Skates

The BronzeLens Awards Show Awards Show honors the best of the festival’s filmmakers as well as other noteworthy industry leaders, and will take place at 8pm Saturday, August 25th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, NW, Atlanta, GA. Categories include the best in Features, Documentaries and International films, Shorts, Student Films, Web Series, Actress and Actor. The highest award presented is for Best Overall.

Watch the Announcement     Buy Screening Tickets



Strangers Are Poets Are Strangers: Notes on PoetNY Open Mic
 A glimpse of Bowery Poetry Club’s historic stage

A glimpse of Bowery Poetry Club’s historic stage

Read Eduardo Andres Rios Pulgar's piece on PoetNY OpenMic, with photos by Heath Antonio.

Looking through the crowd, one can spot nervous poets frantically typing away at their phones or scribbling in their journals, finding those last fault lines that will truly sing. Mason goes onstage. Conversation falls into silence, then applause. The first reader goes up.

Read the full piece here.

At The Movies Online's "Don't Be Nice" Interview
 Nikhil Melnechuk on Stage at Bowery Poetry

Nikhil Melnechuk on Stage at Bowery Poetry

Gabrielle Alexandra Smith of Atlanta's At The Movies Online interviews Don't Be Nice Producer and Bowery Poetry Studios Founder Nikhil Melnechuk about the film's development. 

ATM: What is your take on the poetry scene today?
NM: The poetry scene is fired up. People are starting to look to poets in a time where it is becoming harder and harder to trust news and the official story of anything. Poets are really stepping up to this responsibility. The poets in the film have really become spokespeople in their community. People are expressing in an artful way what it makes to be them and a part of the world.

Read the full interview here.

"Don't Be Nice" Selected for AFI DOCS 2018 Impact Lab
 © Raben_Impact

© Raben_Impact

Five films have been selected for the fourth annual AFI DOCS Impact Lab in partnership with RABEN_IMPACT. The selections for this distinguished fellowship and training program are four feature documentary films — CHARM CITY, DON’T BE NICE, THE PROVIDERS, and PERSONAL STATEMENT, which will have its world premiere and open AFI DOCS this year — and the short documentary film, BROTHER.

Led by impact strategists Heidi Nel and Charlie Crocker, the Impact Lab is designed for filmmakers with issue-driven films who aim to create broader social impact and political change through the power of story and film. The two and a half day Lab, which will take place June 11 through 13 in the lead-up to the festival, provides fellows with unique training opportunities with some of the most sought-after tacticians in the areas of advocacy, grassroots communications and grasstops engagement. Lab fellows are also connected with policymakers and Congressional aides working on legislation relevant to their films. The 16th edition of AFI DOCS will run June 13–17 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.

Full story from AFI DOCS here.



FEVAH Director Randall Dottin Nominated for "Next Great Filmmaker Award"

Randall Dottin, the acclaimed writer/director of Fevah, has been nominated for the Berkshire International Film Festival's 9th Annual "Next Great Filmmaker Award," to be selected by voters on the competition's website.

Berkshire Bank, in collaboration with the Berkshire International Film Festival, has created The Next Great Filmmaker Award, an annual award is designed to encourage and support short filmmakers. The winner will be announced on June 1st, 2018 at the Pittsfield Opening Night.

Here are the nominated films:

Walls – by Rita Dias
With My Own Two Hands – by Michael Barocas
Building In Miniature – by Veena Rao
Fevah – by Randall Dottin
Game – by Jeannie Donohoe

View the nominated films, and vote here: http://www.berkshirebank.com/about-us/in_the_community/filmmaker-award/vote-here

 Click the image to view the nominated films and vote

Click the image to view the nominated films and vote

The AFI DOCS Interview: DON’T BE NICE Director Max Powers

"Following a team of New York slam poets as they prepare to compete in the National Poetry Slam during the charged summer of 2016, DON’T BE NICE shows the value of a team in developing, workshopping and refining a poem before it is ready for competition."

"Featuring a diverse group of poets — each mining their feelings about race, sexuality, gender and popular culture, and digging deep from painful personal experiences — this exhilarating film demonstrates how collaboration and communication between artists can allow them to better understand who they are and what they want to say."

AFI spoke to director Max Powers about the film, which plays AFI DOCS on Friday, June 15, at 1:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Get tickets here.

Read AFI's full interview here

"Don't Be Nice" Is a Guardian Top 10 Pick
 Don’t Be Nice. Hot Docs 2018

Don’t Be Nice. Hot Docs 2018

Sonya Davidson of the Toronto Guardian chose DON’T BE NICE as one of her Top 10 Picks for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival!

"Hot Docs announces their 2018 line up of films with a whopping 246 documentaries from 56 countries scheduled to screen at this year’s Festival. This 25th edition of Hot Docs Film Festival will take place April 26 to May 6 at various theatres across Toronto…

So, while we digest what documentaries are coming, here are our top line picks at first glance as presented at the press conference:

DON’T BE NICE: Directed by Max Powers (USA). World Premiere. About an upstart slam poetry team from NYC preparing for national championships.  Made up of five African-American, Afro Hispanic and queer poets in their 20s the team is mentored by a demanding coach who encourages them to push past their personal boundaries. Part of the Artscapes program."

Read the full article here: https://torontoguardian.com/2018/03/hotdocs25-top-10-toronto/