The 2016 Sundance Film Festival was a win for African American talent with Nate Parker’s interpretation of Nat Turner’s revolt leading the charge. Virgin Islands-born brothers Timothy and Theron Thomas, who perform as R. City, and are also known as Rock City, debuted their biographical “rockumentary” titled, What Dreams are Made Of for a packed house at the Toyota Mirai Music Lodge. The documentary was introduced by the group’s manager and VP of A&R at Interscope Records, Ray Daniels.
“It’s been a long road for us, but I can’t think of anyone who deserves the success as much as Timothy and Theron,” said Daniels, who has the managed the group for more than 10 years.
R. City immediately captured the audience by performing acoustic versions of their newly released songs “Lockedaway”, Make Up” and “Don’t You Worry” from their album What Dreams Are Made Of. The premiere was sponsored by Unreel.co. Co-founder Dan Goikhman was excited to bring R. City’s documentary to Sundance. The company looks forward to distributing the documentary.
Director Tory Edwards believed the audience thoroughly enjoyed the piece, which chronicles the groups journey from humble beginnings in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and follows them through earning critical acclaim as songwriters for some of the music industry’s biggest artists. After scoring hit records for Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Fergie, etc, the brothers partnered with producer Dr. Luke to producer their first official project, What Dreams Are Made Of. The single from their LP titled, “Locked Away” featured Adam Levine and was platinum within 90 days of its radio release.
“It felt great seeing people glued to the screen and so engaged with the story. So many people came up to us afterward saying they are rooting for the guys. When you see someone overcome so many obstacles and stay positive, you can’t help but root for them. Everyone wants them to win,” Edwards says.