....In this documentary we tried to capture the essence of the poetry, as well as the poets who define the streets of New York. The film made its premiere at the International IDFA festival and has screened at various film festivals since.

Spitting Ink follows eight spoken word artists as they traverse the streets, perform in situ, and talk about their motivation to write.

It was a chance encounter with a poet that led us to the streets of NY with a 16mm camera, an old DAT recorder and short-end rolls of film. We thought it would be interesting to film poets on location and cut portraits out of it. We did it without plan or budget because we're not serious filmmakers. Most of the footage was already shot 7 years ago, but without knowing what to do with it, the footage got shelved. Only later we edited the footage down to all the bits that interested us and from there a story line organically evolved.

Synopsis;
In the United States, a poetry subculture has grown up around a group of young, spoken-word artists. Although the work they produce is widely diverse, it tends to have a strong affinity with contemporary social reality and urban culture. The poets' work is not aimed at a mass audience, and they perform in small clubs. Each of them has found his or her own way to focus the power of the spoken word. Spitting Ink is a portrait of some of these artists. Interviews and live performances are interspersed with images of the streets of New York -- not the orderly, well-to-do neighborhoods, but their lively and sometimes dilapidated backstreet counterparts, with their graffiti-covered walls, subway trains, and bars. Spoken-word artist Mike Ladd speaks about this poetry's origins and background (its roots in gospel and other forms) and about how it reached a turning point with the arrival of rap. Beau Sia creates poetry both to impress the girls and to rebut prejudices about his Asiatic roots; Celena Glenn only writes once a year, when her head is full to overflowing and dozens of poems suddenly stream out.

original title:
SPITTING INK - spittingink.com

writers / directors / producers:
RALPH DE HAAN
LARS SIEMENS

production company:
HAZAZAH PICTURES - hazazahpictures.com

featuring:
ROGER BONAIR AGARD
BONAFIDE ROJAS
BEAU SIA
CELENA GLENN
MIKE LADD
BEANS
BANG BANG - astrokid.me
RAMMELLZEE - gothicfuturism.com

narration writers:
ERIC THOMAS GUERRIERI
RALPH DE HAAN

narration voice:
ERIC THOMAS GUERRIERI

lighting camera men:
WOUTER WESTENDORP
IGOR MARTINOVIC -igormartinovic.com
PIERRE COLONNA - pierrotcolonna.com
MARK SCHWARTZBARD - markschwartzbard.com
RALPH DE HAAN

editors:
ARTHUR IVENS - 21jumpcut.nl
MANUEL ROMBLEY

sound men:
RALPH DE HAAN
LARS SIEMENS
JIM TAIHUTTU

titles design:
NIELS SHOE MEULMAN - nielsshoemeulman.com

titles animation:
EAVAN AIKEN
JEROEN KRIELAARS
ERIK VERHULST
DAVE DE VAAL
LENNART VAN KRALINGEN
PAUL POSTMA

telecine & grading:
DAPHNE MAIERNA
POSTOFFICE - postoffice.nl

audio post production:
MICHIEL MULLINK
JOEP MEIJBURG
THE AMBASSADORS SOUND - theambassadors.nl

ORIGINAL MUSIC:
"music for tanks"
mike ladd
vernacular homicide

"the awakening of woman (burnout)"
cinematic orchestra
man with a movie camera

"I'll melt you"
the beans
shock city maverick

"new meaning"
the ramm:ell:zee
this is what you made me

"in perspective”
mike ladd
negrophilia

"interior street"
death comet crew featuring the ramm:ell:zee
this is riphop

"exterior street"
death comet crew featuring the ramm:ell:zee
this is riphop

"housewives at play”
mike ladd
nostalgialator

"evolution (Versao Portuense)"
cinematic orchestra
cinematic orchestra

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