Special screening of 3-Minute Activists: The Soul of the Slam during Roswell’s 13th Annual Roswell Roots Festival

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ROSWELL, Ga. — Atlanta-based Cogitate Productions, in association with Mad Mouth Media, is proud to present a special, free screening of 3-Minute Activists:

The Soul of Slam, a new feature-length documentary filmed entirely on location during 2013’s Roswell Roots Festival.

The screening, part of this year’s festival—which features 24 exhibits, concerts, workshops and competitions—is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Aurora Cineplex, 5100 Commerce Pkwy., Roswell. (Event was originally scheduled for Feb. 12, but postponed due to snow).

A question-and-answer session with selected filmmakers and featured poets will immediately follow the film.

The documentary includes performance pieces from the 2013 “Slammin’ in the Suburbs” poetry event, as well as in-depth interviews with and discussion among some of the Southeast’s premier spoken-word poets, including Jonida “Gypsee Yo” Beqo, Theresa Davis, Ashlee “Miss Haze” Haze, M. Ayodele Heath, Gabe Moses, and long-time political poet and spoken-word legend Alice Lovelace.

3-Minute Activists: The Soul of Slam is a thought-provoking conversation regarding the activist roots of spoken-word poetry. It’s also a collection of emotional contemporary performances—some funny, some infuriating, some tear-inducing, all heart-felt and real— underlining the continued social commentary indicative of the artform.

The film was produced by Gabrielle Pickle and Lee Walker. Executive producers were Lee Walker and Dawn Walker. The film was written, produced, and directed by Michael H. Harper.

A trailer for the documentary is available at http://vimeo.com/84711239.

2014 is the 13th year for Roswell Roots, a festival throughout the month of February in celebration of African American History Month. Roswell Roots is one of the largest and most comprehensive African American History celebrations in Georgia and features a variety of exhibits, cultural events and music performances.

For a full listing of Roswell Roots events, visit www.roswellroots.com.