“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.”