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U.S.A., 2007, 90 mins, Color (Sexual Content, Adult Content, Language)



Director: Perry Santos 
Screenwriters: T. Kirk, Perry Santos, E. Smith, 
Executive Producer: Vivien Cunha, Jorge Luna, Helena H. Smith, David Tickle 
Producer: Perry Santos 
Co-Producers: Beth Elise Hawk, Elinor Jewett, Tim Kirk, Christian Stoehr
Cinematographer: Hank Baumert Jr., Andrew Parke 
Editor: Christian Stoehr
Cast: Rick James, Dave Chappelle, Janice Dickinson, George Clinton, Linda Blair, Ron Jeremy

Director Perry Santos' brother is Saugatuck resident Joey Santos

The Rick James Story comes to the screen with all the same unstoppable energy and outrageous humor that made him famous. It's an unapologetic celebration of the man and his music. The songs drive the journey, with many never before heard tracks and Rick's hits like "Give It To Me Baby," "Mary Jane," "Party All The Time" and "Superfreak." The documentary is told by the people who knew him, loved him, partied with him and slept with him --from club owners in Buffalo to Hollywood's biggest celebrities. But there's a twist: Rick narrates his own life story. From existing on-camera footage Rick literally appears in the film, providing his uncensored opinions and commentary. Quotes from magazine and newspaper interviews are his narrative voice. So when supermodel Janice Dickinson claims to be the inspiration for "Superfreak," we'll give you Rick's take on what really happened that night at Studio 54. An autobiographical chronicle from the grave.

Perry Santos
Perry has produced numerous award winning commercials, music videos and television shows.  He has worked on diverse movies such as Gone Fishin’, Casino, and  the movie Kundun. Perry began a long association with James Cameron as his Executive Assistant on the Academy Award winning movie Titanic.  He produced visual effects and art directed for several projects including the movies Inferno and Frozen in Fear and co-created and produced the reality show Family Trek with director John G. Avildsen. In 2004, he directed and produced the documentary Leonawood: A Look Behind the Wig. He produced the documentary Prophecies of The Pyramid, which was filmed on location in Egypt and New York.  He also produced the multiple, Award winning, undersea documentary, Learning to Sea.  He recently, he co-created, directed and produced the pilot for a new cooking show called Vivien Unleashed. He produced the environmental documentary, Who’s Got The Power and is currently in pre production on a new series called, Cookin' in Cali.  He is the producer, writer  and director of I’m Rick James.  He is the son of actor Joe Santos.
06/14/08 11:00 PMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street
06/15/08 11:30 AMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street


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