If you missed the opening of Sweet Dillard at the Miami International Film Festival on Sunday, you made a big mistake.
The documentary, by a cadre of Sun
But the story is much more than awards. It profiles the band's amazing leader, Christopher Dorsey. Even more important, it describes the kids and what the music has done for them. This band, at Fort Lauderdale's most important historically black high school, has in many ways changed the paradigm in both the neighborhood and the county.
It is an amazing inspiration.
Mike and Sue Stocker, Sun Sentinel photographers, who shot much the film, have a big investment in this. Their son Ben, a sax player, was in the band when they were shooting. (He has since graduated.) Virga, a former Sun Sentinel photographer who was the director, teaches at the University of
The film moves on next to the San Luis Obispo film festival. It is unclear when it will show next locally, but filmmakers promise to keep us informed.
If you were moved by this scene in Mr. Holland's Opus, one of my favorite movies ever, you will want to find a way to watch Sweet Dillard. It is the real thing.