Annal: 1998 Sundance Film Festival —Dramatic

Results of the Sundance Film Festival in the year 1998.



Marc Levin

A darling of the 1998 festival circuit, Marc Levin’s Slam won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance as well as the Camera d’Or (best first film) at Cannes. Despite its shortcomings, the film merits these awards—Slam offers a strong cast and compelling subject matter, a perfect setting with a killer soundtrack, and over-the-top rap poetry.

The film opens with an exterior shot of the protagonist, Raymond Joshua (played by real-life poet Saul Williams), walking away from the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The image of a young black man turning his…

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