A note from your Director: A little known fact is that I worked for Henry Stone for 10 of the 12 years I have lived in Miami. Stone was in the music business in Miami for well over sixty years. The name “Soul Of Miami” was actually inspired by the Miami Soul music from Henry Stone’s many record labels and my paychecks from HSM kept us alive while we were founding Life Is Art.
I was privileged to be involved in helping to recover thousands of lost tracks recorded in Stone’s Miami (Hialeah) studios in order to re-release them on iTunes, other popular download services and, of course, henrystonemusic.com.
Henry passed away in 2014, but leaves a worldwide legacy of amazing music. His story is the story of music business history, both in Miami and worldwide. His influence was felt throughout the world as a hit-maker and innovator, but his name is little known because he was a behind-the-scenes guy, preferring to give the credit to others.
Now, a movie documentary about Henry Stone and his place in musical history is premiering at the Miami International Film Festival! See it at Regal Cinemas South Beach on March 10th at 7:00pm. Directed by award winning, Miami-based filmmaker Mark Moormann, this is a movie that is not to be missed! BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW
– James Echols, Founding Director, Life Is Art, Inc.; Co-Founder & Publisher, Soul Of Miami
The Record Man World Premiere at Miami International Film Festival
Tuesday March 10th, 7:00pm
1100 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Before there was a music business there was Henry Stone, who shaped and catapulted the sound of 1970s Miami into the mainstream with his unique hit-breaking label TK Records and affiliates. Stone started out in the music distribution business which led him to establish his own independent music label which he ran from a warehouse in Hialeah.
TK Recordâ€™s first big international hit was George McCraeâ€™s Rock Your Baby in 1974, one of the songs credited to starting the disco revolution. The hits kept coming and by the end of the 1970s the label had several #1 songs in the Billboard Top 100 chart like Get Down Tonight and Thatâ€™s The Way (I Like It) by KC and the Sunshine Band and Anita Wardâ€™s Ring My Bell. Not long after the disco era was over TK Records went bankrupt, but Stone still had one last piece to add to the Miami music sound puzzle when he helped release what would become the first million seller freestyle hit record Fascinated by Company B and the rest is legit Miami music history.– Andres Castillo
Directed BY Mark Moormann
Running Time: 109min
Production Year: 2015
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award, Florida Focus
Mark Moormann is a Florida-based director, director of photography and producer. His documentary films include the Grammy-nominated Tom Dowd & the Language of Music, which world premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and also played 2003 Miami International Film Festival; and For Once In My Life (2010), an Audience Award winner at SXSW and Best Music Documentary winner at 2010 International Documentary Association awards.