Film Review “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone”

Director: Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler
Starring: Fishbone
Pale Griot Films
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr 47 minutes

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

“Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone” directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler is a documentary film chronicling the legendary black punk/ska band Fishbone. The film spans the bands entire career and is filled with performance footage both new and old. Combined with archival footage and candid interviews with both the band as and fans of the group including Gwen Stefani, Ice-T and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. To top off this already stellar production the film is packed with colorful animation and is narrated by none other than actor Laurence Fishburne.

I have been a fan of Fishbone since first being exposed to the group during their energetic appearance in the 1987 cult classic “Back to the Beach” which starred Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Upon hearing that someone was going to be brave enough to tackle the feet of telling this bands story I was instantly drawn in. Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson left no stone unturned no matter how sensitive the issue may have been. I felt this only added to the films appeal. I really enjoyed the films soundtrack which featured a slew of Fishbone staples. However I think what really impressed me the most about the film was the animation and still art which was heavily featured throughout the film. These visual elements really brought something different to the film and added a new take to documentary film making.

Even if you have no idea who Fishbone is I still highly recommend watching or picking up a copy of “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone”. It is much more than just a documentary about the career and struggles of your not so typical rock and roll band. It is a must for all music fans.

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