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FILM OPENS: June 10, 2011

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The inspirational story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than a Bomb is not about “high school poetry” as we often think of it. It’s about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one’s voice.

  • Director: Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Year: 2011
  • Run Time: 01:39:55
  • imdb Score: 6.5/10 (48 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast:
"An affecting and superbly paced celebration of American youth at their creative best..."
Robert Koehler - VARIETY

"Four Chicago high-school poetry teams dazzle, inspire and kick serious ass with words... What it is: powerful and exhilarating."
Liz Plosser - TIMEOUT CHICAGO

"What 2002's hit "Spellbound" did for spelling bees, this inspiring documentary does doubly well for high school spoken-word poetry slams."
- ORLANDO WEEKLY

AWARDS

Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival 2011
Audience Award

Portland Int'l Film Festival 2011
Best New Director

Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2010
Special Jury Prize and Audience Choice Award

Cleveland Int'l Film Festival 2010
Audience Award

Austin Film Festival 2010
Best Documentary Feature

Philadelphia Film Festival 2010
Audience Award

Woods Hole Film Festival 2010
Best of the Fest Audience Award and Jury Award Best Documentary