Marcus Carl Franklin, S. Epatha Merkerson. A young boy grows up in 1960s-era Lackawanna, New York among a family of oddballs and eccentrics. While his family has crumbled and he's unable to enjoy a well-rounded education, his life in a boarding house steeps him in the richness of blues and soul music. An inspiring adaptation of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's acclaimed one-man show. 2005/color/95 min/NR.