Don't Be Nice


The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five young African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets, prepares for the national championships. Mentored by a demanding coach who pushes them past their personal boundaries to write from a painfully honest place, the poets break down, break through, and compose their best work ever. Will their soul-searching pieces about police violence and the whitewashing of Black culture be able to compete against choreographed crowd-pleasers for the title?

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Lauren Whitehead
Ashley August
Timothy DuWhite
Noel Quinones
Sean "Mega" DesVignes
Joel Francois
Jon Sands

Director: Max Powers
: Nikhil Melnechuk, Cora Atkinson
Cinematographer: Peter Eliot Buntaine