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Our Song (2000)

 -  Drama  -  18 April 2001 (France)
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Focusing on the bonding between three girls in Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" and the choices the girls face once their high school closes down for asbestos removal.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Martinez ...
Maria Hernandez
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Joycelyn Clifton
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Lanisha Brown
The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band ...
Themselves
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Pilar Brown
Raymond Anthony Thomas ...
Carl Brown (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
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Dawn Clifton
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Rita Hernandez (as Carmen Lopez)
Tyrone Brown ...
Mr. Miller
Lorraine Berry ...
Kim
Natasha Frith ...
Keisha
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Benjamin
Iris Little Thomas ...
Clinic Counselor
Kim Howard ...
Eleanor
Juan Romero Jr. ...
Samson
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Focusing on the bonding between three female (an African American female, a half African American half Latino American female, and a Latino American female) high school members of Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" and the choices the girls face once their school closes down because of the need for asbestos removal. This film is about a host of topics, not least of which is the hard-work involved in maintaining friendships. Written by Len Massaar

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Drama

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Rated R for language and some teen drug use | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

$20,267 (USA) (25 May 2001)

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$254,199 (USA) (28 September 2001)
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Film debut of Kerry Washington. See more »

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References Dangerous Minds (1995) See more »

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Ooh Child
Written by Stan Vincent
Courtesy of EMI Unart Catalog Inc./BMI
Performed by Chyna
Rap by Wayne O
Produced and Arranged by Dahoud Darien
Engineered by John Weiner at Plantain Studios, NYC
Mixed by Dahoud Darien with Scott Litt
Special Thanks to Scott Litt and Troy Germano
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Super realism
25 April 2000 | by (Oakland, CA) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this amazing movie at the San Francisco International Film Festival. I didn't know what to expect, but what I saw was a revelation. From beginning to end, I felt immersed in the movie feeling that the experience I was having was not a movie, but an actual slice of real life. In the question and answer session with Jim McKay after the movie, it became clear why this was the case. McKay spent a total of about 3-4 years on this movie, including one year hanging out with the (real) marching band in the movie. Preparation like this is what gave the film its incredible authenticity, the feeling of being there along with three teenagers in Brooklyn. I also appreciate McKay taking his time with each scene, letting one scene flow organically into another, instead of the quick cuts from scene to scene you tend to see in major studio movies (and most of the indie movies I've seen--many of which just aspire to be mainstream movies). If you didn't happen to catch it at the Film Festival, I highly recommend seeing it when it starts getting distributed (McKay said that looks like either Fall 2000 or Spring 2001). Personally, I can't wait to see it again.


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