Slam

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1998
  • Running time: 100 min
The unanimous winner of the 1998 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, SLAM is a "coming to life" ghetto tale of a streetpharmacist/aspiring rapper who finds salvation in his rhymes. Trapped in Dodge City, a drug-infested war zone in southeast... read more
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The unanimous winner of the 1998 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, SLAM is a "coming to life" ghetto tale of a streetpharmacist/aspiring rapper who finds salvation in his rhymes. Trapped in Dodge City, a drug-infested war zone in southeast Washington D.C., Ray Joshua (Saul Williams) gets caught up in a drug deal gone bad and is sucked into the criminal justice system. In jailhe finds truth in himself and his craft through Lauren Bell (Sonja Sohn), a beautiful and charismatic writing teacher who leads himto the path of salvation. Using his talent for poetic rap, Ray learns to survive and rise above the pain of his lost generation.

Original Release

10/07/1998

US Release

10/07/1998

Cast

Saul Williams Ray Joshua
Bonz Malone Hopha
Sonja Sohn Lauren Bell
Beau Sia Jimmy Huang
Lawrence Wilson Big Mike
Andre Taylor China
Momolu Stewart Bay (Jail Rapper)
Ron Jones Do Wop Cop
Reamer Shedrick Do Wop Cop
Allan E. Lucas Chief C.O.
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Marc Levin

Writers

Saul Williams, Marc Levin, Richard Stratton, Sonja Sohn, Bonz Malone

Cast

Saul Williams Ray Joshua
Bonz Malone Hopha
Sonja Sohn Lauren Bell
Beau Sia Jimmy Huang
Lawrence Wilson Big Mike
Andre Taylor China
Momolu Stewart Bay (Jail Rapper)
Ron Jones Do Wop Cop
Reamer Shedrick Do Wop Cop
Allan E. Lucas Chief C.O.
Dominic Chianese Jr. Officer Dom
Jerome Goldman Jail Class Poet 'Why'
DJ Renegade Party Poet 'Diminuendo in Blue'
Liza Jessie Peterson Slam Poet 'Ice Cream'
Taylor Mali Slam Poet 'Like'
Bob Holman Slam M.C.
Rhozier Brown Public Defender
Richard Stratton Prosecutor
Marion Barry Jr. Judge
Weusi Baraka Weed Buyer

Producers

Henri M. Kessler Executive Producer
David Peipers Executive Producer
Marc Levin Producer
Daphne Pinkerson Producer
Richard Stratton Producer

Editors

Emir Lewis

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