"An easy-going, cheerful city movie about a bunch of kids who start a rock band - and since the city is Chicago, there's a familiar feel." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Part of STONY ISLAND's charm is its ambition. It's an emotional portrait of and commentary on the musician's lifestyle at the same time that it's a gritty musical which shifts moods cockily and assuredly." - Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe

Friday, November 17, 8:00 p.m. | First released in 1978, Chicago native Andrew Davis’ (THE FUGITIVE) directorial debut STONY ISLAND is a hallmark of independent filmmaking. In this distinctly Chicago story, young musician Richie Bloom (Richie Davis) forms an R&B band with his best friend, Kevin (Edward Stoney Robinson). Armed only with determination and bravado and with the help of their mentor, aging sax legend Percy (Gene ‘Daddy G’ Barge), the musicians work together to make their smash debut. Hailed for its wit and charm, STONY ISLAND premiered 25 years ago at the Chicago International Film Festival, and is a celebratory showcase of Chicago and R&B. Director Andrew Davis in attendance.

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - Gold Hugo, Best Feature, Chicago International Film Festival (1978)

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu