Written and directed by Chicago native Andrew Davis in 1976, Stony Island is a film about youthful dreams, race, and class, and captures a moment in Chicago's history when music served as a transcendent force. A smart and refreshing look at the lives of a group of aspiring musicians, Stony Island, Davis' directorial debut, is populated with characters that represent the diversity of Chicago. First released in 1979, this hallmark of the American independent filmmaking movement was hailed for its wit and charm at the US Film Festival (the forerunner of Sundance), but soon fell out of distribution. Twenty years later, Stony Island is being re-released with a restored picture and digitally re-mastered soundtrack. Andrew Davis, various members of the cast and crew, as well as musicians featured in the film are present at the screening.
A panel discussion featuring Andrew Davis, Jacqueline Stewart (author of Migrating to the Movies and Associate Professor of Radio, Film, and Television at Northwester University), Gene Barge (Percy Price in the film, performer, producer at Chess Records) and Richard Davis (Richie Bloom in the film, performer, and studio musician) and reception follow the screening.
Co-sponsored by Franke Institute, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and WHPK.