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Our Song (2000)

R | | 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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Jim McKay

Writer:

Jim McKay
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Martinez Melissa Martinez ... Maria Hernandez
Anna Simpson ... Joycelyn Clifton
Kerry Washington ... Lanisha Brown
The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band ... Themselves
Marlene Forte ... Pilar Brown
Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Carl Brown (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Rosalyn Coleman ... Dawn Clifton
Carmen López ... Rita Hernandez (as Carmen Lopez)
Tyrone Brown Tyrone Brown ... Mr. Miller
Lorraine Berry Lorraine Berry ... Kim
Natasha Frith Natasha Frith ... Keisha
Chuck Cooper ... Benjamin
Iris Little Thomas ... Clinic Counselor
Kim Howard Kim Howard ... Eleanor
Juan Romero Jr. 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

C-Hundred Film Corp

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 April 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

To tragoudi mas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,267, 27 May 2001

Gross USA:

$254,199
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Trivia

Film debut of Kerry Washington. See more »

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References Curly Sue (1991) See more »

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Sun Has Set
Written and Performed by Ivanna Santilli
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Produced by Dahoud Darien for the Drunk Funk
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Super realism
25 April 2000 | by jro-2See 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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