November 3rd, 2012, 4:15pm – 6:00pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L11 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue
Louder Than a Bomb is a film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. It is also about poetry. Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from over sixty Chicago area schools gather for the world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as “Louder Than a Bomb”. Rather than emphasize individual poets and performances, the structure of “Louder Than a Bomb” 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.
Louder Than a Bomb chronicles the stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the event. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world. This is language as joyful release by irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. The community they create along the way is the story at the heart of this inspiring film. Numerous Audience Choice Awards including: Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival; Best Documentary, Austin Film Festival.