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Slam Nation: The Sport of Spoken Word
Slam Nation The Sport of Spoken Word
Actors: Mychele Dee, Craig muMs Grant, Taylor Mali, Jessica Care Moore, Beau Sia
Director: Paul Devlin
Genres: Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 40min

Before Russell Simmons' highly acclaimed HBO series Def Poetry Jam, SLAMNATION captured the cutthroat world of spoken-word poetry with an "energy that pulses, snaps and crackles" (Chicago Tribune), Beginning in New York ...  more »


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Actors: Mychele Dee, Craig muMs Grant, Taylor Mali, Jessica Care Moore, Beau Sia
Director: Paul Devlin
Creators: John Anderson, Paul Devlin, Claire Missanelli, Tom Poole
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Art & Artists
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/29/2005
Original Release Date: 10/23/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 10/23/1998
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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