JOY ROAD Debuts in New York, 11/18


Approximately 150 of the nation's leading critics, celebrities, media, film makers, and investment firms will be brought together by Blazar Media Group for a special screening and to share in producers Kevin Edwards, Karin Chien, Charles A. Murphy III, George N'Namdi, Steven Traylor, Michael Phillips and Harry Davis' 'JOY ROAD' opening on Friday, November 18, 2011, two movie showings per day, at the AMC Empire, 234 West 42nd Street, NY, NY 10036-0000, tickets: At heart of the film and more pertinent today than ever, we discover "What happens when there is no one else to blame but us?"

Written by Jack Haigis, Harry Davis and Greg Pak, co-staring Roger Guenveur Smith, N'Bushe Wright and Obba Babatundé, this urban drama, JOY ROAD, stars Wood Harris, star of the critically-acclaimed television drama "The Wire," as a defense attorney forced to take on a client that he doesn't want, his sister's thug boyfriend, Big Boy, who stands accused of murder. Played cleverly by rapper Christian "Trick Trick" Mathis, Big Boy challenges everything that Harris' character, Tony Small, thinks about himself, his comfortable middle class life, and the rough neighborhood that he left behind. The film is named after the long-stretching Wayne County thoroughfare and is set on Detroit's west side, Joy Road.

Harris' character, Tony Small, is pulled back into the neighborhood he worked so hard to escape. Believing in the system and its minions would only work against Tony as he faces off against an old neighborhood nemesis.

Flip (Jamie Hector, The Wire), who is all too clear about who he is and what he stands for. But who really controls the Criminal Justice System in Detroit? Are the gods Tony prays to who he thinks they are? And who really runs the streets? Tony must find answers to these questions as he navigates a spellbinding and emotionally charged journey back to his old neighborhood, Joy Road.

JOY ROAD was a winner at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, The Hamptons' Black International Film Festival and was selected as one of's "5 Films to See in 2011."

"JOY ROAD's theme of the price that must be paid when a family is divided – is universal." – Actor, Wood Harris

JOY ROAD will debut in New York on Friday, November 18, 2011, two movie showings per day, at the AMC Empire, 234 West 42nd Street, NY, NY 10036,