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Directed by Marc Levin

Release: 1998
Runtime: 92
Country: U.S.
Language: English

Raymond (Saul Williams) is a young Black performance poet living in Washington, D.C. who is arrested and imprisoned for a petty marijuana charge. Danger lurks around every corner, but nothing can stop him from establishing his identity, strength, and voice. In jail, Raymond meets a prison gang leader (Bonz Malone) and a writing teacher (Sonja Sohn) who inspires him to use the power of creative expression to fight for his freedom and avoid becoming another victim of the racist criminal justice system. Featuring sublime poetry and heart-wrenching realism, Slam is a testament to the importance and impact of artistic expression. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival and the Caméra d'Or (Best First Feature) at the Cannes Film Festival.

Slam has been digitally restored from the 35mm interpositive, and a new DCP created in collaboration between Sundance Institute, the Academy Film Archive, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Lionsgate.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color


Venue City Date
Austin Film Society Austin 1710648000March 17 - March 20, 2024
Circle Cinema Tulsa 1710993600March 21, 2024
Roxy Cinema New York 1714104000April 26 - April 28, 2024
SPACE Portland 1714276800April 28, 2024
The Independent Picture House (Charlotte Film Society) Charlotte 1714276800April 28, 2024
The Nightlight Cinema Akron 1712289600April 5, 2024
UCLA Film & Television Archive Los Angeles 1712376000April 6, 2024
Vidiots Los Angeles 1712894400April 12, 2024
Webster University Film Series St. Louis 1712203200April 4, 2024