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Published on Oct 6, 2010
Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world's largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than a Bomb is not about "high school poetry" as we often think of it. It's about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one's voice.
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"One of the most inspiring and exhilarating documentaries in years... Now that it has qualified for the Oscar via the DocuWeeks showings, I find it hard to rule out a film this vibrant and this moving." - Steve Pond, The Wrap
"Four Chicago high-school poetry teams dazzle, inspire and kick serious ass with words as they prep for the world's biggest youth poetry slam. Thankfully their journey is never saccharine. What it is: powerful and exhilarating." - Liz Plosser, TimeOut Chicago
"An affecting and superbly paced celebration of American youth at their creative best..." - Robert Koehler, Variety
"Fascinating...Inspiring..." - Susan King, LA Times
"What bowls you over in this film is the depth and intelligence and passion of these young poets, how they throw themselves so completely into this form of expression, not only in the way they perform (explosively...louder than a bomb) but in how they open up about their lives and create something of extraordinary beauty. I can't imagine someone watching this film and not getting choked up. It's inspiring and life-affirming." - Tim Miller, Cape Cod Online
"Calling 'Louder Than a Bomb' a documentary is doing it a disservice. It is an important film acted by real-life kids with real-life issues. It has drama and an arc that most dramatic films struggle to achieve. The soundtrack is powerful and engaging. This movie explodes off the screen and into your heart." - Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Founder and New Music Seminar Co-Founder/Co-Director