Louder Than a Bomb is a film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. It’s about the joy of being young, and the pain of growing up. It’s about speaking out, making noise, and finding your voice. It also just happens to be about poetry. Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from over 60 Chicago area schools gather for the world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as "Louder Than a Bomb".
By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. This is not "high school poetry" as we often think of it. This is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. How and why they do it—and the community they create along the way—is the story at the heart of this inspiring film.
Louder Than a Bomb
May 6 - 12
Director Jon Siskel and Poet Lamar Jorden are expected to attend Friday and Saturday screenings. There will also be local poets with Lamar Jorden performing at 7:15pm before the 7:30pm screenings:
May 6 will feature Lamar Jorden, Donte Johnson, and Raven
May 7 will feature Lamar Jorden, Devin McDonald, and Raven