Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

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Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
Directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler
Starring John Norwood Fisher
Angelo Moore
Narrated by Laurence Fishburne
Music by Fishbone
Distributed by Pale Griot Film
Cinema Guild
Release date
7 October 2011
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is an award-winning[1] 2010 documentary film about the U.S. alternative rock band Fishbone.[2][3] Co-produced[4] and co-directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler,[5][6] and narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne,[7][8] Everyday Sunshine premiered during the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, on 19 June 2010.[9][10] The film was released by Pale Griot Film,[4] and was made to coincide with Fishbone's 25th anniversary.[11][12] It was released on iTunes in February 2012 to coincide with Black History Month.[12]

Synopsis[edit]

Everyday Sunshine is a rock documentary[12][13] that recounts Fishbone's near breakthrough.[14] It chronicles the birth of the band,[15] its highs and lows,[16][6] and its influence on other bands.[15] The film centers on the partnership between founding members Norwood Fisher and Angelo Moore, and their struggle to keep Fishbone going.[2][14] Everyday Sunshine features interviews with members of the band,[10][12] footage of the band performing live,[4][8][15] and incorporates interviews with their friends and colleagues,[16] including Les Claypool,[11] George Clinton,[16][13] Perry Farrell,[12][15] Flea,[10][15] Bob Forrest,[12] Eugene Hütz,[14] Ice-T,[12][13] Branford Marsalis,[10][13] Questlove,[11][14] Tim Robbins,[15] Gwen Stefani,[10][13] and Mike Watt.[10] The band's origin story is told in animated flashbacks in the visual style of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.[14]

Release[edit]

The film had its World Premiere at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival followed by a semi-acoustic performance reuniting three of Fishbone's original members Chris Dowd, Norwood Fisher, and Dirty Walt. After screening at SXSW and more than 150 film festivals around the world the film opened in select theaters on October 7th, 2011 and continued to screen theatrically throughout the United States and Canada until the Spring of 2012.

A shorter, more historically themed version of the film aired on American Public Television's AfroPoP[17] series hosted by stand-up comedian Wyatt Cenac, along with occasional broadcasts on the PBS TV station KQED documentary series Truly, CA.

In honor of Black History Month Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone debuted exclusively on iTunes on February 1st, 2012 followed by a DVD release by the home video distributor, Cinema Guild, on February 21st, 2012.

In addition to interviews on MTV and with Tavis Smiley for promotion of the film's release the band performed on ABC's late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on January 30th, 2012 and Fishbone's lead singer Angelo Moore was a musical guest on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on June 27th, 2012.

Critical reception[edit]

The film was critically acclaimed.[11] At Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 100% "certified fresh" score, with an average rating of 7.4/10, based on 43 reviews.[18] Rotten Tomatoes' critics consensus reads: "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is an entertaining, heartwarming, and balanced documentary about the influential Los Angeles band."[18] It was Rotten Tomatoes' highest scoring movie of 2011.[19] At Metacritic it has a 69/100 score, based on 16 reviews.[20]

Interviews Featured[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DCIFF Alumni Spotlight – Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson Dec 15, 2011". DC Independent Film Festival. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Morris, Wesley (11 January 2012). "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone movie review". Boston.com. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Levy, Shawn (6 January 2011). "Review: keeping the beat with 'Reel Music 28'". OregonLive.com. The Oregonian. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Webster, Andy (6 October 2011). "'Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone' — Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Hall, Stan (1 December 2011). "Indie & Arthouse films: PDX B-movies, 'The Misfits' and more". OregonLive.com. The Oregonian. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "The Q&A: Norwood Fisher: The fate of Fishbone". The Economist. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Fishbone documentary lands at Capitol Theatre". The Plain Dealer. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Hardy, Ernest (5 October 2011). "A Mash Note to Fishbone in Everyday Sunshine". The Village Voice. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Dubuisson, Denis (5 June 2010). "Fishbone news". Fishbone Live. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Olsen, Mark (21 June 2010). "'Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone' premieres at L.A. Film Festival". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d Matheson, Whitney (2 February 2012). "Fishbone returns for more". USA Today. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g King, Loren (1 January 2012). "Scene Here: Documentary 'Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone' the beat of legendary band". Boston.com. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e Roston, Tom (16 March 2011). "Doc Soup: Q&A with the Directors of 'Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone'". POV. PBS. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c d e Rosen, Jody (30 September 2011). "'Everyday Sunshine' Celebrates Ska-Punk Rockers Fishbone". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f Goodykoontz, Bill (18 November 2011). "'Sunshine' shows flash, turmoil of Fishbone". USA Today/The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c LaSalle, Mick (6 January 2012). "'Everyday Sunshine' movie review: Fishbone's tale". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  17. ^ Source: http://afropop.tv/ AfroPoP
  18. ^ a b "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "BEST OF THE BEST OFS: Movies 2011". CBC.ca. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 

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