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SlamNation - Jerry Quickley - "Door Broken"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
A young Jerry Quickley gives great energy in this hilarious outtake from SlamNation.
 
 
He went on to become one of the foremost performance poets in Los Angeles.
 

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The Front Man - Be the Turtle

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Enjoy this hilarious outtake from The Front Man.
 


Jim Wood teaches us how to be zen thanks to a friendly neighborhood turtle. We can all learn a thing or two from this little guy.

 

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SlamNation - "Words Don't Fit in My Mouth"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Jessica Care Moore delivers a poetic mouthful in this outtake from SlamNation.
 


 

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The Front Man - Ode to the Female Buttocks

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Jim Wood is all about pushing the boundary between hilarity and offense. Creating his character in The Front Man required getting as dangerously close to that line as possible without crossing it (which would lose sympathy for the character). This outtake got laughs when it appeared in early versions of the movie, but ultimately I felt it crossed the line, so I cut it. Was I right?
 
 
 

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BLAST Production Update - Nick Fraser

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
We kept our Artist Share Participants (who helped fund BLAST!) updated with these reports. Nick Fraser is the Executive Producer of BLAST! And, as the programmer of BBC’s Storyville, an important figure in the international documentary world. It was great to have his early support to get the project started, and his insight and wisdom to navigate the difficult edit. Without him, BLAST! would not exist.
 


And he’s fun to listen to. We were making a movie in Antarctica at the same time Werner Herzog was making Encounters at the End of the World.  It’s fascinating to hear Nick’s take on the two films.
 

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SLAMNATION MINI DOC

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
This outtake from SlamNation takes place at the Slammaster’s meeting at the Portland National Poetry Slam in 1996. These used to be completely democratic meetings, that anyone competing in the National Poetry Slam could participate and vote in.

The quality is rough and the original is lost, but this mini-doc captures a turning point in the poetry slam movement: the birth of the non-profit organization Poetry Slam Inc (PSi). The piece shows that the organization was born out of the fear that some big corporation would trademark the phrase “Poetry Slam” and block the poets from using it for their events. (The reality of copyright law is that “Poetry Slam” had already become part of the common language and could no longer be trademarked for performance poetry events. So the fear was unfounded, and no one, not even PSi, owns the phrase “Poetry Slam.”
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For those who have the context and know the players, this is a study of subtle power plays. Participating in the early slam poetry movement was a profound, close-up lesson in politics. The stakes may be lower, but I’m convinced the dynamics are similar to any government or big corporation.

This is the beginning of the end of what I found most fascinating about the ad-hoc national community of slam poetry – that grass-roots anarchy which managed to generate spectacular events like the National Poetry Slam. When Poetry Slam, Inc. became an official non-profit and started referring to by-laws instead of family at meetings like this, something magical about the movement was sacrificed.
 

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SlamNation - Let the Be Bee

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Back before everyone had a video camera in their pocket, SlamNation co-producer Tom Poole lent a camera to muMs da Schemer (HBO's Oz) and that gave us fresh, candid footage of his fellow Nuyorican slam team mates, Saul Williams, Jessica Care Moore, and Beau Sia during their journey to the National Poetry Slam.
 
 
Here's a little sample of them goofing off and just being themselves, before they became famous.

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Power Trip: Sandro's Boat

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
When you're making a documentary, often you don't know what is going to be important and what you're going to need. So you wind up following all sorts of characters and threads that don't lead anywhere and are dropped from the final movie. But that doesn't mean that part of the journey wasn't worthwhile. 
 
 
I still wonder if Sandro ever took his boat around the world.

INTRO TO BLAST!

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Exposition can be deadly to a story and set up in a movie is always a challenge. This is especially so when you’re trying to set up science for a general audience. It took a long time to get it right, but I think we did a decent job with set up in my movie BLAST!.
 
 
Of course it helps to have some good tools to work with. This clip has catchy music that establishes a lively pace, and it help to be able to use high-end NASA animations of space, and intriguing lines like “We want to look back in time...”  Best of luck with setting up your movies!
 

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Slam Poem: Team Austin - "Motor Red"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Here's the complete version of a classic "group piece" from Team Austin excerpted in SlamNation.

Team Austin had become masters of these ensemble poetry performances, and they were highly favored to win it all at the National Poetry Slam in Portland as a result. Group pieces generally score higher than individual performances. However, Team Austin scored poorly in the finals, and no one is quite sure why. Perhaps there was some backlash against too many group pieces, and the audience wanted to hear more individual voices?

In any case, as can be seen here, Team Austin was great at group pieces, a genre of performance poetry unique to the National Poetry Slam.

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