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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 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$254,199, 30 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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Doo Wop (That Thing)
Written by Lauryn Hill (ASCAP), Vada Nobles (ASCAP), Resheem Pugh (ASCAP), Johari Newton (ASCAP),
Teyunold Newton (ASCAP)
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Performed by The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band
Special Thanks to Jason Jackson
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one of a kind, unique film about young women today
25 April 2000 | by c.h.u.d.See all my reviews

After seeing this film at the SF Independent Film Festival, I couldn't wait to hear about how to get a copy. Jim McKay gave a talk (Q&A) about the film afterward which presented his ironic situation: how to get distribution for a film which portrays minorities (women, non-whites) working on resolving controversial issues (teen pregnancy, teen motherhood, racial identity, single-mother households), and how to write a faithful script on all of these topics being a mid-thirties white male. The multi-racial, multi-gendered audience of mostly-adults raved about the film's fantastic storyline, detailed characters, and fantastic portrayal of "real teen life." Most of the teens, however, had left the building--leading me to think this is a film best seen by adults with kids, as a starting point for discussion rather than, as many adults there felt, "a film teens should see because it's about them." Hence, distribution questions--how do we get our hands on it? The Internet (retail) would be a great path--this is a film that will be buried, like "Pups" or other radical modern teen films--and McKay seemed responsive. As for his credits as a writer/director, McKay was _extremeley_ sensitive and detailed in his work--allying himself to the Crown Heights neighborhood in which the film is set, working with actors to portray characters in their own vision of what they think should be--with the results being disarmingly realistic.


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