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1998 World Cup Soccer Zinedine Zidane

Posted by Paul Devlin:

It was one of those great calls out of nowhere: How would you like to go to Paris for six weeks and work on World Cup Soccer with ABC/ESPN?

Are you kidding? Of course! I edited dozens of pieces like this one about soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane. It was the first time ABC/ESPN had done a joint project together. Years later, ESPN would completely absorb the ABC Sport Department. It was clear at the time where the wind was blowing: The ABC producers would come into the edit room full of defensive arrogance. One actually said, “Now you’re going to find out how a REAL feature gets made,” as if his ESPN counter-part who had just left the room didn’t know what she was doing.  The ESPN producers, on the other hand, had come from an environment of cranking out content to fill round-the-clock programming. They were courteous, talented, prepared and efficient. No fuss, and they could produce high-quality work in one-third the time of an ABC producer.



I also had a fantastic time in Paris, a city I already knew well from living there for awhile right after college. I went to a lot of exciting matches on my free time and sparked up a romance with a lovely French woman. What could be better?  Well, 1998 was the year France won at home. After the championship, Paris felt like it was V-E day – the entire city was one all-night big party. It was thrilling to have played a role.

Only one problem – the day I was packing to leave for Paris, I got another great call, except the timing was way off:
Film Forum, the prestigious repertory cinema in New York City had an unexpected gap in their summer schedule and wanted to program my film SlamNation to fill it. That meant a NYC theatrical premiere and two-week run, complete with publicist for my first feature-length movie! But it was scheduled to play very soon after my return from France. How would I prepare?  But I had no choice, it was too good to turn down. So in between edits in Paris, I found myself constantly on the phone trying to manage the premiere of SlamNation remotely...

Team Union Sq - Staceyann Chin - "Marley and me"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
This poem by Staceyann Chin is from the 2000 National Poetry Slam in Providence, Rhode Island.
 
 
The full set of the poems from that classic competition from the heyday of slam poetry is available for streaming here.
 
 

2000 National Poetry Slam Finals: Stream on VHX
SlamNation DVD
SlamNation Trailer

SlamNation - Corey Cokes - "Beneath the Surface"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Corey Cokes performs his poem "Beneath the Surface" from Paul Devlin’s SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Buy or stream digitally on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

 

The Front Man - Have a Piece of Edgar

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Enjoy this hilarious outtake from The Front Man.
 
 
Jim takes a trip down memory lane, and realizes its time to sell.
 
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Team Urbana - Celena Glenn - No One Knows

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
This poem by Celena Glenn is from the 2000 National Poetry Slam in Providence, Rhode Island.
 
 
The full set of the poems from that classic competition from the heyday of slam poetry is available for streaming here.
 
 

2000 National Poetry Slam Finals: Stream on VHX
SlamNation DVD
SlamNation Trailer

SlamNation - Floyd Jensen - "Leonard's Hill"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Floyd Jensen performs his poem "Leonard's Hill" from Paul Devlin’s SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Buy or stream digitally on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

 

 

The Front Man - PP&A

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Enjoy this hilarious outtake from The Front Man.
 
 
Jim looks into a possible future in medicine.
 
The Front Man DVD
The Front Man iTunes
The Front Man Trailer

 

Team San Antonio - Rich Perin - No Sense

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
This poem by Rich Perin is from the 2000 National Poetry Slam in Providence, Rhode Island.
 
 
The full set of the poems from that classic competition from the heyday of slam poetry is available for streaming here.
 
 

2000 National Poetry Slam Finals: Stream on VHX
SlamNation DVD
SlamNation Trailer

SlamNation - Sean Shea - "Personal"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Sean Shea performs his poem "Personal" from Paul Devlin’s SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Buy or stream digitally on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

The Front Man - Parenting Is Not Easy

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Enjoy this hilarious outtake from The Front Man.
 
 
Jim shares with us the difficuties with parenting.
 
The Front Man DVD
The Front Man iTunes
The Front Man Trailer

 

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