5 items from 2011
26 October 2011 1:31 PM, PDT | International Documentary Association | See recent International Documentary Association news »
If you don’t learn how to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you.Can language change our lives? Three Bronx teens balanced on the edge of hardship use their words to try to answer this question in To Be Heard, a feature documentary directed and produced by Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, Deborah Shaffer, and Amy Sultan. Inspired by three teachers in a radical poetry workshop, teenagers Karina, Pearl and Anthony write their own life stories in which their goals aren’t just dreams.Fresh off a New York »
- IDA Editorial Staff
It’s an ugly day outside, so let’s look ahead to some future rainy day distractions, shall we? Today we’ve got the first posters for: To Be Heard, the beat poetry documentary that’s gaining momentum on the film festival circuit, the inevitable sequel Despicable Me 2, and the Sundance hit comedy Our Idiot Brother.
First up is To Be Heard, a passion project created by Amy Sultan, Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, and Deborah Shaffer. Shot over a four year period, this documentary follows the trials and travails of three teenagers trying to survive their soul-crushing surroundings through the power of spoken word.
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To Be Heard is the story of three teens from the South Bronx whose struggle to change their lives begins when they start to write poetry. As writing and reciting become vehicles for their expressions of love, friendship, frustration, and hope, we watch these three »
- Kristy Puchko
One of the most pleasant surprises of the 2010 festival circuit was the beat-poetry verite documentary "To Be Heard," a movie we went into blind and reemerged with intense adoration, calling it "damned genuine" and praising its avoidance in being an overwrought and cliche “inspirational feel good story." Directed by a posse consisting of Amy Sultan, Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, and Deborah Shaffer, while also being produced by Dialogue Pictures, it follows three Bronx high-schoolers (Anthony, Pearl, and Karina) who struggle with their city life. In order to avoid falling into dangerous lifestyles and pessimistic outlooks, they channel their personal… »
5 items from 2011
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