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A short film about the relationship between truth and art, embodied in a turbulent love affair between two slam poets.

The Story

Poets is a story about the relationship between truth and art, how they attempt to co-exist and how they clash. Truth and art are embodied respectively in the characters of Arthur and Elle, two passionate slam poets who fall in love in the world of Slam in San Francisco. 

While Arthur yearns to tell the truth, to reveal his repressed traumas, Elle yearns to create art, regardless of the truth. This complicates their chemistry and forces the question: can truth and art ever truly be reconciled?

Through the deeply personal words of their poems to their intimate moments together, Arthur and Elle wrestle with this question, changing each others’ lives in the process. For good or bad, truth and art are forever intertwined.

The Backstory

Ilan Benjamin, the writer/director, has been performing at poetry slams since he was 16 years old. He first discovered the world of spoken word at the legendary Berkeley Slam, hosted every week at the Starry Plough. 

As a Screen Writing major at USC, surrounded by collaborative filmmakers as equally passionate about making films with characters born in the real world, Ilan spent three months developing and perfecting the screenplay. 

Despite the difficulties of shooting outside Los Angeles, Producers Asher Genoot and Kyle Wasserman decided that Poets must be told where it was born: in the Bay Area. 

The Process

With $4,000, Poets can be independently produced. But $4,000 is not the limit. It is a great start. Every dollar past our goal counts. 

With our 2 STRETCH GOALS of $4,500 and $5,000 we may upgrade our locations, equipment and set design. 

Poets will be a five-day intensive shoot in mid-August, made by a seasoned crew of USC students and alumni. 

The Crew

Producers: Kyle Wasserman and Asher Genoot

Director of Photography: Jack Martin

Gaffer: Niko Gutierrez

1st AC: Arjan Sudick

Assistant Director: Connor Hall

Casting Director: Adriana Ridings

Production Designer: Kendra Bradanini

How You Can Help

Every dollar counts! This is a completely independent passion project, made for the love of poetry and film and the bay area. Your contribution will go to:

Lighting and camera equipment, locations, set design, catering, transportation, and film festival submissions. 

Why?

Poets is a film about love and loss, about truth and art, about every passion we harbor within our hearts. It immerses the audience into a world unlike any other, Slam, while telling the story of two very raw real people. At once, entertaining and challenging, funny and moving, Poets is a story that must be shared with the world.

Thank You

Thank you for the support! For more information, go to: facebook.com/poetsfilm

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

All of the crew members involved in this production are experienced, talented, and hardworking individuals. With a large goal comes large risks and challenges, especially after our project becomes successfully funded. Such challenges may include securing locations, organizing schedules, permits falling through, and attaining equipment rentals. Because our crew has many years of film experience, we already know how to prevent most problems from arising and how to solve them when they do. Although we are positive that we will adjust and overcome every obstacle, we still plan to minimize if not entirely eliminate the potential risks that occur during the production of a film. We are excited to continue with this venture and have the opportunity to bring you a finished product.

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