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Power Trip - Pier's Bill

Posted by Paul Devlin:

The film Power Trip showed how corruption in post-Soviet Georgia brought the capital of Tbilisi to a grinding halt because of electricity blackouts. In this bonus scene, Piers Lewis uses his own electricity bill to illustate how pervasive this corruption was in Georgia and how far the damage reached.

 
 
Keep on the look out for more extras.
 

The Loaded Poets - "The Window Guy"

Guest Post by Jim Wood of The Loaded Poets:
 

One of Loaded Poets' recent compositions, The Window Guy is, according to lead singer Jim Wood a "superhero that kicks your ass with love."

 
 
Enjoy the 80s-flavored power pop from Loaded Poets, performed live at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York to celebrate the digital release of The Front Man.
 

2000 National Poetry Slam - Team Urbana - Noel Jones - Seven Seconds

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
This poem by Noel Jones 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
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The Loaded Poets and Graham Maby - "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"

Guest Post by Jim Wood of The Loaded Poets:

Jim Wood of the band Loaded Poets and the film The Front Man experiences a Make a Wish Foundation  moment when Graham Maby  of the Joe Jackson Band (who also makes a cameo appearance in The Front Man) duets with him on one of the seminal pop masterpieces of the New Wave era.

 
 
Quite a journey for Jim, who at 16 watched in awe as Graham performed at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure.

The Front Man - Meet the Poets

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Enjoy this hilarious outtake from The Front Man.
 
 
Jim Wood and the boys talk about the band.
 

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Slamnation - Lisa King - "Lost Friends"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Lisa King performs her poem "Lost Friends" 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.
 

SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

Spin Doctors, Jimmy Olsen Blues

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Spin Doctors were one of my favorite bands in the late ‘80s early ‘90s when I had recently moved to New York City.  They played 3,4,5 times a night, often in my neighborhood in the East Village and always put on a great show. I remember one at the old Nightingale’s club on 2nd Avenue, that was so packed the audience filled the small stage and the band stood on their amps, hovering above a sea of fans as they played. Whenever friends came to town, I knew I could show them a great time by bringing them to a Spin Doctors show.
 

Then Pocket Full of Kryptonite came out and the band went huge, and didn’t play in the neighborhood as much. But when the music video for “Jimmy Olsen Blues” came Chromavision, where I was freelancing, I jumped at the chance to online edit it.

I think there are later versions out there, but this is the one we delivered.  Pocket Full of Kryptonite is celebrating its 20th anniversary and Spin Doctors are going back out on a world tour.

Slammin' Becomes SlamNation

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
I had completed my television pilot shot, Slammin’, shot at New York City’s Nuyorican Poets Café, and was shopping it to TV as a series. By then I was hooked into slam poetry in a big way. So in the summer of 1995 I went on a pilgrimage of sorts to Ann Arbor where the National Poetry Slam was happening that year.

There I met the movement’s founder Marc Smith. Man, did he give me the evil eye! He did not trust television people and he was very wary of someone appropriating and perverting the great thing that he had started. He also did not like the fact that Slammin’  was centered in New York, a place he was naturally suspicious of, being from Chicago.
 

 
So he and poets Gary Glazner and Allan Wolf sat me down, and explained their vision of where slam poetry should go and their reservations about putting it on television. I listened carefully and their interest in maintaining the integrity of the movement and keeping it inclusive to represent the diversity of slam poetry across the entire country had resonance. This meeting is the seed that germinated into SlamNation. Eventually I became good friends with all of them and part of the community myself.
 

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Slamnation - "Children of the Night"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Enjoy Saul Williams as he performs his poem "Children of the Night". This and much more is featured on SlamNation.
 


Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.
 

SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

SlamNation - Saul Williams Interview: Part 3

 
Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Part 3, Saul Williams on the influence of hip hop on poetry.
 


These series of poignant moments with Saul Williams were captured by our dear friend Gabrielle Bouliane, poet and filmmaker, who recently lost her battle with cancer.  Originally intended as DVD extras for SlamNation, we offer them now as a tribute to the talent of both Gabrielle and Saul.
 

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