Announcing the launch of the new SlamFindTV Non-Profit Poetry Media Network from Bowery Poetry! Free to download, and just a dime a day for a subscription, SlamFindTV offers you the world of poetry in your pocket. With constantly-updated content from the world’s hottest slams, open mics, national competitions, poetry filmmakers, and our historic Bowery Poetry Club stage in NYC, SlamFindTV is your go-to place for spoken word. Go in, poet.
December 16th will be a big night for Bowery Poetry. We start with our first annual Bowery Poetry Club Members’ Holiday Cocktail Hour, from 6-7pm upstairs at the new Bowery Poetry Studios. And we end with Bowery Poetry’s SlamFindTV Holiday Party from 7-10pm at Bowery Poetry Club, where we celebrate our 16th year, and the launch of our new SlamFindTV Non-Profit Poetry Media Network.
To attend the Cocktail Hour and the Holiday Party, become a Member:
To attend just the Holiday Party, subscribe to SlamFindTV:
Look forward to seeing you all there, and feel free to reach out with any questions.
Andrew Singer, Bob Holman, George Wallace, and Emily Brandt lead Bowery Poetry Workshops Winter 2018-2019 lineup. Bowery Poetry Workshops are deep-dives with master poets. Designed for newcomers and pros alike, limited in size, 5-,8-, and 11-weeks in length, and held at the historic Bowery Poetry Club, participants get unparalleled attention as they experiment and hone their writing.
Begins December 1st, 2018
Sense, Vision, Insight, Form with Andrew Singer
An updated, three-week poetry workshop + seminar intensive course
Begins January 13th, 2019
Poets’ Theater with Bob Holman
A five-week poets’ theater workshop centered on finding the playfulness in plays.
Begins February 17th, 2019
Imagination-Based Poetry Workshop with George Wallace
A five-week workshop that targets the generative and brainstorming aspects of the writing process.
Begins April 28th, 2019
Open Language: Intuitive Writing Workshop with Emily Brandt
A five-week generative workshop for poets of all experience levels.
“Don’t Be Nice” is the story of the Bowery Slam Poetry Team as it prepares for the national championship.
“I run the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, and there is incredible community of poets there, some of the best in the world,” Melnechuk said. “In 2016, when we made the film, there was a new crop, a new generation of slam poets about to come up. I saw that there was something incredible happening that we needed to film. So I called my favorite director, one of my oldest friends to come in and see whether or not it could be made into a documentary film.”
“It was fun; it was exciting,” Powers said. “It was really hard at times. I mean, with these poems and poets, they’re sharing really deep personal experiences and really wearing their hearts on their sleeves. For a documentary, that is really great because you get a lot of access. But it’s also incredibly challenging to be in the room with people who are being so vulnerable.”
Don’t Be Nice and Fevah were both honored at the Third Annual Adirondack Film Festival in Glens Falls, New York. Don’t Be Nice was chosen by Programming Director Jess Levandoski as her top pick for the festival, earning an encore “Jess’s Pick” screening on the festival’s “Best-Of-Fest” day, Sunday, October 21st. Fevah received Runner-Up in the Best Dramatic Short Competition.
The Adirondack Film Festival screens over 80 films in one weekend to thousands of viewers annually. The festival features panel discussions, a free family series, multiple parties & special events, and a selection of indie and studio feature length and short films all taking place on 7 screens in downtown Glens Falls. With all locations in walking distance in the middle of a charming city surrounded by restaurants and, parks, and shopping, it’s the ideal setting for a major festival. All AFF filmmakers receive a complimentary room!
Thanks to Chad, Jess, Jessica, Robert, Tab, and the whole #ADK2018 team. Filmmakers—make sure to submit your film’s to next year’s Adirondack Film Festival.
Max Powers is a filmmaker and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. While an associate editor on the Emmy Award-winning documentary “We Could Be King,” Max edited the short films “Big Cheat” and “Something Happened” as well as episodes of the short series “Hell Week” for ESPN. Before directing “Don’t Be Nice,” his feature directorial debut, Max co-edited “Keepers of the Game” that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He has film Degree from Vassar College. Don't Be Nice is Max's directorial debut film.
Don't Be Nice has won Best Documentary Feature at the 13th Annual Atlanta DocuFest in Atlanta, GA.
Best Documentary Feature
DON’T BE NICE
by Max Powers
Best Foreign Documentary Feature
STATE OF EXCEPTION
by Jason O'Hara
Best Social Issue Documentary Feature
THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR
by Vlada Knowlton
WE ARE COLUMBINE
by Laura Farber
The 13th Annual Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (Atlanta Docufest) is held September 13 - 15, 2018 at the Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
Docufest brings you the best independent documentary films from across the globe. The festival spotlights powerful and meaningful life stories which educate and entertain audiences of every demographic.
“21 and Done” – Directed by Kiara C. Jones (World Premiere)
“Don’t Be Nice” – Directed by Max Powers (New York Premiere)
“Mr. Soul!” – Directed by Melissa Haizlip
“She Did That.” – Directed by Renae Bluitt
“The Pushouts” – Directed by Katie Galloway (New York Premiere)
Universal Pictures’ “Night School,” starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, will open the 22nd annual Urbanworld Film Festival.
“Night School” is one of more than 60 films and TV shows being screened at the fest — an annual showcase of diverse culture — including the debut of the Fox show “Rel.” “Get Out’s” Lil Rel Howery stars in the series and will take part in a Q&A following the screening at New York City’s AMC Empire 25.
HBO will also screen two spotlight selections: first-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez’s “The Sentence,” a documentary about mandatory minimum sentencing, and Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s “United Skates,” a doc about some of America’s last standing roller rinks.
Passes for the festival, which runs from Sept. 19 to Sept. 23, are available at the Urbanworld website, and tickets for official selections and spotlights will be available in September.
reg e gaines, a two-time Tony Award nominated playwright and Grammy Award nominated lyricist, returns to Bowery Poetry to present a 5-week workshop, Imagery, Efficiency, and Poetry in a Digital World, starting September 16th.
Poetry has been bombarded by digital “brain-dead rotation devices" that offer countless visuals for our viewing enjoyment. These visuals are weakening our ability to create imagery in our poetry. In a sense, the smartphone, tablet, and laptop have become the poet’s opposition. In this workshop we explore new views on imagery and how to create “word pictures” and “spoken melodies" to be both read and said. We also analyze the efficiency needed when using language to help strengthen both the reader's and the listener’s attention span. Performance is today’s catchword, but experience has taught me that imagery and efficiency are crucial to brilliant oral interpretation. Pictures and melodies will be key in keeping your audience, whether reader or listener, from reaching for their “brain-dead rotation device.”
reg e's workshop will take place September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14 from 12-2pm at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY, and is open to poets, writers, and artists of all levels of experience. Registration is $295.
Don't Be Nice has won Best Documentary at the 13th Annual Macon Film Festival in Macon, GA.
Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development.
After another record-breaking year in 2017, the Macon Film Festival is heading into its 13th year with a four-day festival planned for August 16th - 19th. The Macon Film 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 festival weekend.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"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.
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/