"To tell a story is one thing, but to paint the picture of identity and infamy within its true reality is Arceneaux's artistry at its best." — Flaunt
Actor Alex Barlas plays Edgar, a visual artist overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, frustration and self-loathing whose unable to complete his play on the infamous pop music duo, Milli Vanilli. His freeloading brother Bro Bro decides to adapt "The Song of the South" by Disney Studios, into his own play about black liberation, while their mother, Momma, a failed pop singer, is slowly fading away with dementia. Their lives spin from pathetic to bizarre becoming strangely intertwined as each one's search for truth collides with each others'. Written and directed by interdisciplinary artist Edgar Arceneaux, Boney Manilli is a dark musical comedy in the shape of a pop music video, a puppet show and a burial ceremony.
To tell a story is one thing, but to paint the picture of identity and infamy within its true reality is Arceneaux's artistry at its best.
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Funds provided by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.
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