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.
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/