HOUSE OF STONES
A feature film written and produced by Pittsburgh Black artists.
House of Stones is a dramatic comedy about four brothers who are forced to confront their true identities after meeting at their father’s funeral. Not knowing that they are brothers and meeting for the first time, they are shocked to learn that their father, Earl, has included each of them in his will, leaving them $25,000 each. However, the only way to receive the money is that they adhere to their father’s one condition — they must live together for a month. Naturally, their personalities and lifestyles provide a variety of laughs, emotions and confrontations as chaos ensues and leaves them all questioning their own lives as well as figuring out how to move forward as a family.
What happens when four actors engage in conversation about the power of creating stories and characters based on the diverse artistic community in their city? The answer, an original feature film, from the African-American perspective, about a topic that is all too familiar in our community...the relationships between Black men and their fathers.
The goal of this project is to provide creative opportunities for the Black arts community in Pittsburgh, more specifically Pittsburgh’s Black film community. The film’s artistry, authentic voice and film collaboration are essential to creating a project for us and produced by us, and also creates jobs and employment opportunities for local artists, while strengthening artists’ networks and relationships with Black artists in diverse artistic genres. Your support will not only help us to produce this film, but It will also demonstrate your encouragement for community artists and the growth of our artistic community.
HOUSE OF STONES TEASER
CAST & CREW
Marcus Stone is the oldest son of Earl. He is a dedicated family man and hard working businessman who chooses to look forward in life instead of back at his past. The passing of his father stirs up emotions he has buried for years and those emotions will ultimately make their way to the surface. Not wanting or needing any new family members, how will he adjust to the new meaning of “family”?
Montell is the in-your-face and inherently sarcastic second-oldest son of Earl. His mother, Lisa, is his rock and has no filter. Not having as good of a relationship as he would have hoped with his father, because of his on-the-road musician lifestyle, his childhood was overshadowed by the spontaneous and troublesome decisions made by Earl. What ghosts may come to light when he finds out he isn’t his only son?
Malik is the third oldest and rebel of the Stone family. Family is a distorted concept to him since he spent most of his childhood in the foster care system. His life has been a journey of ups and downs on his path to discovering himself. He is a self proclaimed renaissance man., which is a product of him having to survive and provide for himself his whole life. But his passion is food and he aspires to be a chef. With this new unexpected development in his life, will he find a way to push through it or will the heat be too hot for him?
Brandon is the youngest son of Earl Stone and the rising basketball star at his high school. He lives with his mother, Kelly, Earl’s ex-wife. He is a typical high school student juggling the pressures of school, basketball and his social life. Earl passing hits him harder than anybody but he has enough outlets to keep his emotions in check…for the most part. Although this is an opportunity to expand his family, he seems to be the only one excited about the new family dynamics.