I just recently watched the documentary film of the same name which follows four high school teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 festival. I must say that I was quite impressed with some of the performances given. It must take a certain amount of self possession to present emotional material with such finesse. (I’m sure that I would stop, stutter, and generally trip all over my words if I attempted to do the same.)
I also found myself empathizing with certain individuals, such as the young man who agonized over each line of a poem before writing it down, as well as the teacher who sometimes had to struggle to get his phone-toting students to stay on task.
Viewers who enjoy Louder than A Bomb might like to try Mad Hot Ballroom and Spellbound, which follow young students as they prepare for a dancing competition and a spelling bee respectively.