STONY ISLAND
1978, 97 min, USA, Dir: Andrew Davis

A tribute to Chicago’s South Side with: Saxophone legend Gene Barge, Richard Davis, Edward 'Stoney' Robinson, George Englund, Ronnie Barron, Rae Dawn Chong, Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles), Dennis Franz, Meshach Taylor, Oscar Brown Jr. and many more of Chicago’s finest musicians and actors. Original score by David Matthews featuring David Sanborn. Filmed on the gritty streets of Chicago’s south side, 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, stealing practice time at night in the local funeral home. 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.


BETTER THAN SOMETHING: JAY REATARD
2011, 89 min, USA, Dir: Alex Hammond, Ian Markiewicz.

This intimate documentary portrait of the controversial and prolific garage rock icon Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., better known to the world as Jay Reatard, shines a light on Jay's complicated punk-rock world in Memphis, Tennessee. Shot just months before his untimely death, BETTER THAN SOMETHING eloquently interweaves cinéma vérité, interviews, archival concert performances and scenes from an insightful and candid week spent with Jay, who reveals personal childhood stories and the struggles of life in Memphis.


TOMMY
1975, Sony Repertory, 111 min, UK, Dir: Ken Russell

Having already brought an outlandish, hellzapoppin’ quality to such films as THE DEVILS, director Ken Russell was the perfect choice to helm The Who’s landmark rock opera TOMMY, transforming it into a stream-of-consciousness catalog of wild performances from Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, Elton John, Keith Moon, Jack Nicholson and others.


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