As part of a project to inspire literacy through art, Jeffersontown high school will hold the Kentucky premiere of the new documentary from filmmakers Greg Jacobs and John Siskel. Louder than a Bomb follows four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the largest known slam in the world. Debuting earlier this year at the Chicago Film Festival, the documentary has already been picked up by the Oprah Winfrey Network to air as part of the "OWN Documentary Club." It wouldn't be surprising to see the Baxter pick this one up eventually, however, it doesn't compare to the VIP treatment J-town's students will receive.
The screenings are arranged over the course of three days where every student will see the film starting this week. J-town's English department plans to follow it up with a lesson in poetry and hold a competition similar to slams in the film. Louisville.com also plans to cover the outcome of this project, review a screening and even speak with one of the movie's main subjects, Nate Marshall, who is being flown in from Chicago to work with their writing students. Stay tuned...
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