On The Sly: In Search of the Family Stone


Sequoia 2 Fri, Oct 13, 2017 6:00 PM
Century Larkspur 2 Sat, Oct 14, 2017 9:00 PM
Film Info
Running Time:83 min.
Director:Michael Rubenstone
Producer:Michael Rubenstone
Patrick Sheehan
Screenwriter:Michael Rubenstone
Cinematographer:Jeremie Brilliant
Jason Blalock
Theo Hand
Editor:Michael Rubenstone
Salamo Levin
Print Source:Unreal Films
Note Writer:Laura Henneman


Part amateur sleuthing adventure, part chronicle of a legendary artist, On the Sly documents one man’s years-long quest to discover what happened to his musical hero, Sly Stone. Last seen at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993, rumors about the reclusive musician abound and become a breadcrumb trail for superfan and first-time filmmaker Michael Rubenstone. Rubenstone both directs this entertaining documentary and serves as the audience’s on-camera guide through the increasingly strange episodes of his journey. The search for Sly Stone himself is balanced by interludes recounting Stone’s progression from music theory student to charismatic performer to cultural icon. Music historians, Stone’s biographer, and original bandmates detail the history of the group and the cultural context of the times. Through it all, Sly and the Family Stone’s music, Rubenstone’s enthusiasm, and the excitement of the chase all shine through, proving, “You can make it if you try!”

Live music event to follow at Sweetwater Music Hall. Separate ticket required. Purchase tickets here.

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Additional Information

Michael Rubenstone is an actor, writer, director, and musician. He has appeared on ABC, FOX, USA, and CBS with appearances on The Goldbergs, Grandfathered, Revenge, Happy Endings, The Mentalist, Common Law, Breaking In, and Jericho, among others. An accomplished theater actor, Rubenstone has appeared at Williamstown Theater Festival, ICT Long Beach, and Pittsburgh Public Theatre, to name a few. On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone was a twelve-year journey and is his documentary directorial debut. Rubenstone is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Shannon, who is the other half of their musical duo, S+M.