Joy Road


Joy Road

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.

  1. EntertainMe says:

    This film represents the sad state of filmmaking in Black America. It is well known that this film was shot darn near 10 years ago and all of the technology within the film dates it as such. It wasn’t completed and then, once they figured out how to complete it, it was pieced together with re-shoots. This movie has like 9 lives and now, it’s being released? Why? The story was good and the intention of the director is obvious but why wasn’t it completed in a timely manner and distributed in 2003/2004?

    This bothers me. It really, really bothers me.

  2. @ EntertainME Why does that matter which year it’s being released? DO you know why it took a long time to get released? Maybe you should try to do some research and find out how things work in the Entertainment industry. Did you know that “Ray Charles” was shot over a 20 year period I bet you didn’t with that idiotic comment you just wrote.

    You sound like a complete fool for even mentioning “filmmaking in Black America”. Don’t you think if America was pushing black filmmakers, the movie could have been released already? You should take some notes from this filmmaker who, despite shooting the movie however long, he still completed what he started! Why don’t you focus on that? Can you say the same for yourself?

    And that is what’s wrong with Blacks in America, always talking crap about your own, but I bet you be kissing Hollywood’s ass. (Since I’m Black), the only thing WE good for is criticize. WHy don’t you wait til the movie comes out, GO SEE IT, then leave comments. You might learn a thing or two from the movie.

  3. Not true. In fact, this film actually finished shooting in 2009. And the bulk of it was shot between 2006 and 2009. And the fact that it takes time to make a film is typical to all films – not just independents or Black films. Matrix, Terminator and others took nearly 20 years from soup to nuts. “Ray” took 15 years. The Heart Specialist was released after 7 years. G took 7 years. You just don’t know the story behind these films so you think they were done in what you deem to be a timely matter.

    Further, if the story is good, people will watch. Depicting time periods of prior years does not disqualify a film. Remember there are period pieces from all sorts of time periods depicting all forms of technology. Even old films are re-released.

    Moreover, why is this sad to you? It is actually the story of the passion of a filmmaker who was determined to tell the story. If there were more film companies like 99 Ways, we would have more Black film. Because it’s nobody’s responsibility to tell our story but us.

    So don’t be negative about where we are with Black film. Admittedly, we have a long way to go – but relish in our victories rather than drown yourself in our problems.