Friday, May 27, 2011

"Louder Than a Bomb" Movie Comes to West End Cinema June 10


We received this letter yesterday. We haven't seen the film yet, but we're excited to. Check out the description below.

- Split This Rock Team

The West End Cinema ( is excited to announce the opening of LOUDER THAN A BOMB on June 10th. The film was produced and directed by the Emmy Award winning team of Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel (102 MINUTES THAT CHANGED AMERICA).

LOUDER THAN A BOMB is an inspirational documentary about four teams competing in the world's largest youth slam poetry competition held in Chicago. Rather than emphasizing individual poets and performances, the structure of the Louder Than a Bomb competition demands that kids work collaboratively with their peers, presenting, critiquing, and rewriting their pieces. To succeed, teams have to create an environment of mutual trust and support. For many kids, being a part of such an environment—in an academic context—is life-changing. It's a great film for anyone, but a must see for those interested in poetry.


It’s about speaking out, making noise and finding your voice. It also just happens to be about poetry.

LOUDER THAN A BOMB chronicles the stereotype-confounding stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 "Louder Than a Bomb" competition, the world’s largest youth poetry slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. This is not "high school poetry" as we often think of it. This is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. How and why they do it is at the heart of this inspiring film. Watch the trailer at

99 minutes


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