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Rae Dawn Chong,
STONY ISLAND tells the story of Richie Bloom (Richie Davis), the only white kid on the block, as he forms an R&B band with his best friend, Kevin (Edward Stoney Robinson). With the help of their mentor, aging sax legend Percy (Gene Daddy G Barge), they pull together a funky supergroup. Despite few resources and heavy losses this resilient group of dedicated musicians, armed only with wit, sleight of hand and outrageous Chicago bravado must come together to finally make their smash debut. Written by
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Ok, L. Matlin, I'll grant you sub-par character development and story. But the 20+ R/B numbers either woven into story, or as background, make this worth seeing twice as a MUSICAL. The portrayal of "true grit" of getting anything LIKE what you'd want, as a musician, is TRUE. City scenes show Chicago as an early "location" (and this could be an historical piece on Hollywood moving to the inner city. Anyways, Stony Island first screened (I guess) at the Chicago Film Fest, & I've been looking for it since. Found it w/ help from Facets Multimedia in Chi-town. Plan to show it to groups involved with "de-constructing racism (Unitarian Universalists), homeless providers, & other "closer to the street than most" types.
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