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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Slam

Fortnight 1998, Feature film, 1 h 32

Synopsis

A talented young man discovers himself through the love of a woman and through his extraordinary talent at « slamming »- a com-bination of poetry and rap which is exploding across America. Set in Washington, D.C., Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted rapper/poet trapped in a war zone housing project known as Dodge City. When Ray is arrested on a petty drug charge, he is sucked into the black hole of D.C.’s criminal justice system. While there, he finds his salvation in Lauren Bell, a beautiful writing teacher who helps him to understand and cultivate his skill. Using his wits and his dazzling verbal talents as weapons against the brutality of his forced surroundings, Ray learns to survive both in and out of jail while giving voice to the pain of his lost ge

Director

Marc Levin

He is afamous documentarist. He wrote and produced various films about the delinquency among young people, street gangs, prisons and american judicial system with young people. One of his works most awarded are Gang War: Bangin’ In Little Rock, Prisoners of the War on Drugs and CIA: America’s Secret Warriors. Slam, shooted in pretty documentary conditions, was his first feature film and got the Grand Prize at Sundance festival in 1998.

Beau Sia
Bonz Malone
Saul Williams
Sonja Sohn

Screenplay
Marc Levin, Richard Stratton

Image
Mark Benjamin

Sound
David Hocs

Editing
Emir Luis

Music
Paul Miller

Production : Off Line, 601 West 26th Street,17th Floor, New York NY 10001, États-Unis. Tél. : (1 212) 989 4495 Fax : (1 212) 989 6723 Vente à l’étranger : Trimark Pictures, 2644 30th Street, Santa Monica, California 90405-3009, États-Unis, Tél. : (1 310) 314 3060 Fax : (1 310) 399 1570 Distribué en France par : Mars Films, 95 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris Tél. : 01 44 94 95 00 Fax : 01 44 94 95 01

Awards

Caméra d’or,Prix Art et Essai – CICAE,Prix du Public de la ville de Cannes