Published Dec 28, 2018A long-in-the-works feature documentary about Sly and the Family Stone is at last about to see the light of day. After working on the doc for a decade, indie filmmaker Brady Spensor is set to release his film on the iconic funk band and their impact in 2019.
The news comes via Deadline, which reports the film Dance to the Streaming Music will arrive via Winter State Entertainment. The documentary will include exclusive interviews and footage of Sly and the Family Stone, as well as other artists.
The doc will also shine a light on the Music Modernization Act, which has granted Sly Stone a steady stream of royalties income in his later years.
"It took months before Sly even remembered my name," Spensor told Deadline of his film. "But soon after, I would get called at all hours, day or night. This was at a time in his life when things were really difficult for Sly. I became his friend at his most down and out, most financially broke and feel incredibly grateful for Sly's trust and participation allowing me to document the end of a tragic spiral, then the transition and the outcome of Sly winning a significant lawsuit that may have influenced the Music Modernization Act."
He added, "When Sly finally collected his royalties after years of being financially strapped and homeless, it warmed my heart."
As previously reported, Sly Stone was awarded $5 million USD in a breach-of-contract lawsuit in 2015 that had the musician claiming his business partners had been cheating him out of royalties — a move that led the musician to extreme poverty and even homeless in the lead-up to the trial.
While Dance to the Streaming Music does not yet have a firm release date, it is expected out in 2019.