A team of young New York City Slam Poets finds its voice as it competes for the National Championship.

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The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets in their 20s, prepares for the national championships. As their coach pushes them past their personal boundaries to write from a painfully honest place, the poets break down, break through, and ultimately write their masterpiece.

An emotional and inspiring film that gives insightful commentary on race, gender, identity and sexual politics in America today, Don't Be Nice is both an absorbing competition doc and a vital writer's workshop that proves once and for all that winning hearts and minds is the ultimate prize.

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY (2018), rt: 1:36:23

Radio Drama Network & Juno Films Present
A Nikhil Melnechuk Production
Directed by Max Powers
Produced by Nikhil Melnechuk, Cora Atkinson
Story Producer David Lieberman
Executive Producers Melina Brown, Judd Ehrlich
With Ashley August, Timothy DuWhite, Joel Francois
Sean MEGA Desvignes, Noel Quińońes,
Jon Sands, Lauren Whitehead
Music by Khari Mateen
Cinematography by Peter Eliot Buntaine
Edited by David Lieberman, Nathan Punwar
Sound by Max Powers

"[T]he poets slam truth to power and demand audiences to wake up…this film will take you to places you never expected."

–Pat Mullen, POV Magazine  (full review)

"[F]ull of ideas, riffs on current events and so much tension you'll occasionally be holding your breath."

–Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto, ***** Top Ten Film of the Year  (full review)



"FANTASTIC Documentary! It educates, inspires, and shows us that we’re all in this sometimes crazy world, together."

–IMDb User Review by stratosfear-14684 (full review)

"EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS. It is funny. It is beautiful. It is in your face in the best way. It is necessary."

–IMDb User Review by cdelre-82658  (full review)