Release Date: October 21, 2011
Director: Harry Davis
Screenwriter: Harry Davis
Producer: Harry Davis
Executive Producers: Charles Oakley, Antoine Walker
Cast: Wood Harris, N’Bushe Wright, Jamie Hector, Roger Guenveur Smith, Obba Babatunde, Christian “Trick Trick” Mathis, LaDonna Graham, Jai Fears, Christopher Ponds, Kevin Jackson
‘Joy Road,’ which was filmed back in 2003 under the title ‘MVP,’ is the story of Public Defender Tony Smalls (Harris) who has to defend his sister Nia’s (Wright) boyfriend Big Boy (rapper Trick Trick) leader of Detroit’s notorious MVP gang who is jail charged with murder. Tony is pulled back into a neighborhood he worked so hard to escape.
Believing in the system and its minions would only work against Tony as he faces off against an old neighborhood nemesis, Flip (Jamie Hector, The Wire), who is all too clear about who he is and what he stands for. But who really controls the Criminal Justice System in Detroit? Are the Gods Tony pray to who he thinks they are? And who really runs the streets? Tony must find answers to these questions as he navigates a spellbinding and emotionally charged journey back to his old neighborhood, Joy Road.