Set in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City and in the infamous Washington, D.C., city jail, Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, a talented young poet and rapper who is busted on petty drug charges and sucked into the black hole of the criminal justice system. In jail, Ray meets Lauren, a volunteer teaching a writing class for prisoners. She encourages Ray m use his gift to give voice to the anguish of a generation of young men who have been thrown away.
Slam: The Book is more than just a screenplay. It also contains the poetry featured in the film, as well as behind-the-scenes filmmakers' and actors' diaries telling the story of the making of Slam in a two-week guerrilla shoot inside the walls of the D.C. jail and on the killing streets of the Anacostia housing projects in southeast Washington, D.C.
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Spoken-word performer Saul Williams, who plays the film's protagonist, provides one of the book's few highlights, riffing lyrically and unself-consciously on the task of making a movie ""in the 'hood."" (Sept.) FYI: Slam will be released simultaneously with the a Trimark movie, a soundtrack from ...| Read Full Review of Slam
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