DON’T BE NICE, from producers Nikhil Melnechuk and Cora Atkinson and director Max Powers, qualified for the 92nd Academy Awards Best Documentary category after successful limited theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles.
Challenged by their coaches to compete for the National Poetry Slam championship, the team breaks through personal boundaries and explores issues such as race, police violence, gender, identity, and sexual politics and creates its most vulnerable and honest work yet. DON’T BE NICE shows the risks artists take to find their voices, and the power those voices have to open hearts and minds.
Per his IMDB Bio, “David Lieberman was born on August 4, 1983 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an editor and actor, known for Don’t Be Nice (2018), We Could Be King (2014) and Keepers of the Game (2016).”
DON’T BE NICE cast includes: Lauren Whitehead, Ashley August, Sean DesVignes, Timothy DuWhite, Joël François, Noel Quiñones, Jon Sands, Caroline Sinclair, and Oiutayo Bosede.
DON’T BE NICE is from Radio Drama Network and is distributed by Juno Films. The film is a Nikhil Melnechuk Production from producers Nikhil Melnechuk and Cora Atkinson, executive producers Melina Brown and Judd Ehrlich, consulting producers Caitlin Mae Burke, Katy Chevigny, and Melissa Jackson, and story producer David Lieberman. Peter Buntaine is the cinematographer with editing by David Lieberman and Nathan Punwar and music by Khari Mateen.
DON’T BE NICE first premiered at Toronto’s documentary festival, Hot Docs, made it’s U.S. debut at AFI Docs and went on to play at 27 others festivals around the world. The film picked up seven awards including “Best Documentary” at Macon Film Festival, Atlanta DocuFest, Vail Film Festival, and Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, the “Audience Favorite” at Roxbury International Film Festival, “Best Director” at River Bend Film Festival as well as the “Jim Ewing Young Director Award” at Port Townsend Film Festival. The film was honored with the “Best Social Issue Documentary” award at Film Threat’s Award This! 2020.
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