Press Release: “Joy Road” starring Wood Harris- Rel​ease Date: 10/20/11


DETROIT, October 7, 2011-Hearts and minds around the United States stood still when Troy Davis was executed on Sept. 21, 2001. For many African Americans, the story was heartbreaking but not surprising; the American justice system has made many an enemy in the black community.

But, a new film asks hard questions of that same community. What happens when there is no one else to blame but us?

This urban street drama, JOY ROAD, stars Wood Harris, star of the critically-acclaimed television drama “The Wire,” as a defense attorney forced to take on a client that he doesn’t want, his sister’s thug boyfriend, Big Boy who stands accused of murder. Played cleverly by rapper, Christian “Trick Trick” Mathis, Big Boy challenges everything that Harris’ character, Tony Small, thinks about himself, his comfortable middle class life, and the rough neighborhood that he left behind.

“JOY ROAD. Is one of the most important films of these times with the many layered messages vital to the future of African Americans.” -Director, Harry Davis

JOY ROAD. Opens our eyes to today’s private prison structure, where global corporations operate prisons for profit. How far might they go to make their prison business a success? JOY RD. explores this question and offers a plausible but unsettling scenario. Today, with African-Americans making up a disproportionate share of the prison population, JOY RD., is indeed food for thought.

JOY ROAD will premiere on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Star Theatre in Southfield, MI, followed by October 21, 2011 openings in selected cities ( Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, DC, Philadelphia, Cleveland and St. Louis).

JOY ROAD. Was a winner at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, The Hamptons’ Black International Film Festival, was selected as one of, “5 Films to See in 2011.”

“JOY ROAD’s theme of the price that must be paid when a family is divided – is universal.” – Actor, Wood Harris


A gritty crime urban drama, JOY ROAD, stars Wood Harris (The Wire) as Tony Small, an attorney who is a happy part of the emerging urban middle class in Detroit.

But then his sister, Nia’s (Ne’Bushe Wright, “Blade”), boyfriend, Big Boy (Christian “Trick-Trick” Mathis) is arrested for murder; Tony’s comfortable life seems to unravel.

Forced to return to the streets that he fought so hard to escape, Tony has to deal with an old neighborhood nemesis, Flip (Jamie Hector, “The Wire”) who causes him to ask who really runs the streets.

More than just a crime drama, JOY ROAD,explores important questions for Black America. Such as, the concept of the prison industrial complex and asks how far will global corporations go to make their prison businesses a success?

Or, in a city like Detroit, where the wealthy, working class and street thugs are all black, what happens when there is no one to blame when things go wrong but us?

Or, as is said in the film, “our leaders used to come from the school, not it’s the streets-that’s because those who went to school… never came back.” What happens when young urban professionals abandon the neighborhoods of their birth?

JOY ROAD explores what happens when Tony Smalls has to go back to the streets where he was raised to learn how to truly be his own man.

Movie Premiere:
October 20th, 2011
AMC Star Southfield

Southfield, Michigan
Time: 8pm
Location: 25333 West 12 Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48034

Official Debut Dates:
October 21st, 2011

Atlanta Location:
Regal Hollywood Stadium 24

3265 Northeast Expressway
Chamblee, GA 30341-5348

St. Louis Location:
Regal St. Louis Mills Stadium

5555 St.Louis Mills Boulevard #525
Hazelwood, MO 63042

Philadelphia Location:
Review Plaza Stadium

1400 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19147-5526

Chicago Location:
AMC Loews Country Club

4201 West 167th Street
Country Club Hills, IL 60478

Washington DC Location:
Regal Majestic 20

900 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Cleveland Location:
Richmond Town Center Stadium

631 Richmond Road
Richmond Heights, OH 44143

Attention Media,
If you are interested in covering the Detroit film premiere, ticket giveaways for radio callers or interview the film cast, please contact ReinChild at 678-592-4848 to coordinate.

ReinChild PR

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