Masterclass: Marc Levin (Identifying and surveying exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens.)
Thursday, December 5th, 7:00pm @ the Dempsey Auditorium (127 West 127th street) Slam: A 15th Anniversary Celebration
7:00pm Performance Darian Dauchan Samantha Thornhill Jon Sands
7:30pm Slam Introduced by Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire, the Wire) Marc Levin, 1998, 100 min. Filmmaker Marc Levin won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at Cannes for his feature dramatic directorial debut that helped catalyze the global spoken word movement. Slam, starring Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn (of "The Wire") and Bonz Malone, is a prison drama about a young black poet jailed on minor drug charges, who uses his gift with words to regain his freedom. Real-life poets Williams and Sohn wrote their own material. Of the film, Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Brace yourself for a slam-dunk of a movie, in an in-your-face cinema verite-style that makes Godard's 'Breathless' seem like a cartoon." Slam was produced by Levin, New York nightclub owner Henri Kessler, and Prison Life magazine founder Richard Stratton, who spent eight years in prison on marijuana charges. Levin first encountered Williams during a 1996 poetry reading at New York's Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
9:15pm Q&A with Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn, Bonz Malone, Bob Holman, Richard Stratton, Liza Jessie Peterson, Marc Levin and moderated by DJ Spooky.
PART OF: Masterclass: Marc Levin Thursday, December 5th-Sunday, December 8th (Identifying and surveying exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens.) More info TBA.
The Dempsey Auditorium (View)
127 West 127th Street
New York, NY 10027