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Exclusive: Poster For Terrific Festival Documentary 'To Be Heard'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 10, 2011 4:00 AM
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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 frustrations into powerful, radical poetry; a platform they use to overcome the streets. It's a premise ripe for a low-budget movie starring any given former Oscar winner, but thankfully the filmmakers cut the bullshit and go right to the heart.

DOC NY '10 Review: 'To Be Heard' Is An Absorbing Look At Urban Life Through Beat Poetry

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 26, 2010 10:03 AM
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Doc NY, New York's Documentary Film Festival, runs November 3-9. We've got an early peek at a few films.

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