CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - This past weekend Bone Thugs N Harmony made an appearance at the Cleveland International Film Festival.
The Cleveland-bred rap group aired their full feature documentary "Sons of St. Clair" at the 42nd annual festival.
Tying in elements of sports and hip-hop with the city that started it all is what this project is all about.
The filming took place over a span of two years while the Cleveland Cavaliers were in the middle of their NBA Championship run.
A Letter To Cleveland
Everyone involved in the project pushed a message of redemption for a city that had seen hard times.
Director Tim Newfang had this to say about the project:
"It's a film about Bone Thugs, but it's a film about Cleveland as well. - Cleveland is so important to those guys, it's where they're from, and they have so much love for the city. It was important to make Cleveland a character in the film, rather than a backdrop."
At the very root, it is a film about acknowledging a group that often plays the underdog. Cleveland sports teams, the face of ridicule with a wave of ups and downs, and Bone - legends who feel they still don't get the respect they deserve.
23 years in the game and they're still selling out shows. Still creating at a high level. - I think that alone exemplifies the resilience of Cleveland and the people in the city.
Watch the trailer below