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Slam Nation: The Sport of the Spoken Word

Slam Nation: The Sport of the Spoken Word

Director: Paul Devlin

Cast: Paul Devlin, Saul Williams

     
 
The phenomenon of the poetry slam originated in Chicago in the 1980s, where young writers would perform their verses in competitive form at bars and coffeehouses before a live audience. Poets would be given three minutes to perform a piece they wrote themselves, and a panel of judges (chosen at random from the audience) would rate the poets and their delivery on a

Overview

The phenomenon of the poetry slam originated in Chicago in the 1980s, where young writers would perform their verses in competitive form at bars and coffeehouses before a live audience. Poets would be given three minutes to perform a piece they wrote themselves, and a panel of judges (chosen at random from the audience) would rate the poets and their delivery on a scale of one to ten. As spoken word performance gained a new popularity in the '90s, the poetry slam began to spread nationwide, and soon four-member slam teams from different cities were competing against each other around the U.S. Slam Nation: The Sport of the Spoken Word is a documentary shot at the 1996 National Poetry Slam in Portland, Oregon, in which groups of young performers from across the country compete with their streetwise, aggressively-performed verses in front of an enthusiastic audience. Director Paul Devlin, who has also directed sports programming for ESPN, focuses on the competitive nature of the performances onstage, and their more contemplative and philosophical sides offstage. One of the featured performers, Saul Williams, also starred in a dramatic feature about the poetry slam movement, Slam.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2005
UPC:
0767685974933
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Video Group
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
34,188

Special Features

Original Slammin' TV spin-off; "Special Play" mode with complete, uncut versions of all poems; Alternate Ending ; Filmmaker commentary with Slam Co-founder Marc Smith and slam champ Taylor Mali; Uncensored Bonus Poems; Deleted Scenes; Filmmaker Biography; Poet Biographies; Resources; Theatrical trailer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Slam Nation: The Sport of Spoken Word
1. Opening Montage [:59]
12. Representing New York City [:59]
15. Day One [1:04]
16. New York City vs. Seattle vs. Mesa [1:27]
22. Team Providence [:16]
28. Providence vs. San Francisco vs. Berwyn [:25]
33. Boston vs. Austin vs. Cleveland [1:00]
39. Day Two [1:55]
40. New York City vs. Connecticut vs. Worcester [:06]
41. The Published Debt [:41]
46. Providence vs. Vancouver vs. Long Beach [:28]
52. Origins of the Slam [:43]
56. Gotta Go To Work [1:31]
60. Poet Softball [2:00]
61. Berwyn vs. Vancouver vs. Seattle [:05]
64. Democratization of Art [:31]
67. New York City vs. Boston vs. Athens [:42]
75. Slam Masters Meeting [3:30]
76. Finals [1:47]
89. End Credits [2:48]

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