Chicago premiere! Michael Rubenstone in person! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2017

On The Sly: In Search of the Family Stone

2017, Michael Rubenstone, USA, 82 min.

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Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 25th 8:30pm
  • Sat, Aug 26th 6:00pm

In the early 2000s, out-of-work actor Rubenstone became obsessed with the music of Sly and the Family Stone. He also became curious about the whereabouts of the group's charismatic front man Sly Stone, who had last been seen in public in 1993 and whose seclusion had long been the subject of speculation and dark rumors. Rubenstone's twelve-year quest to track down and interview the elusive Sly is the subject of this entertaining film, which is part autobiography, part history of the legendary funk group, and part detective story, filled with dead ends, near sightings, and tantalizing clues. Michael Wadleigh (who captured the group's epochal Woodstock performance), Bobby Womack, Clive Davis, Paul Shaffer, Dick Cavett, Cornel West, manager David Kapralik, and original Family members are among the witnesses and admirers whom the filmmaker encounters as he follows the trail. DCP digital. (MR)

Friday, August 25 at 8:30 PM: Director Michael Rubenstone is scheduled to appear for audience discussion. PLUS: Post-screening dance party with DJ I.N.C. (included in ticket price). DJ I.N.C is one of the most respected and sought after Disc Jockeys in Chicago. His talents and understanding of music and sound have helped produce over six solo CDs. These soulful and mesmerizing beats and vocals has been labeled "Soulful Cool." And his latest release, Tha Afterset: Jazzy Soulful Intelligent Movement, is just as coooool.

Saturday, August 26 at 6 PM: Director Michael Rubenstone is scheduled to appear for audience discussion moderated by radio legend Richard Steele.