Film POP presents:
On The Sly: In Search of the Family Stone
Director: Michael Rubenstone
Stepping in front of the camera in one’s own documentary can be a perilous gesture, but Michael Rubenstone succeeds quite remarkably with On the Sly: a forthright and genuinely DIY first feature, located somewhere between the road movie and the exhaustive biography of a cult figure of funk, soul and psychedelic rock. This tale of an obsessive quest for an elusive idol also chronicles the rise, and eventual disappearance of the mysterious frontman of the Family Stone, all the while questioning the documentary filmmaker’s role in preserving this slice of cult musical history. A sinuous journey, at the limits of perseverance, On the Sly eventually unfolds over 12 years of a filmmaker’s life, and cycles through countless formats and hours of footage; all of which is assembled here, in an attempt to solve the enigma: what happened to Sly Stone? Whether the question is answered or not, remember: it’s the road travelled, rather than the destination, that often matters most.