The story of CANAL STREET centers on a father and his teenage son who uproot from the South Side of Chicago and move to Winnetka after a death in the family. The fish-out-of-water lead-up in Canal Street — moving from the South Side and readjusting to life in Winnetka — is something of a fake-out, and the story soon takes an entirely different turn. Writer-director Rhyan LaMarr states, “The son, his name is Kholi, eventually befriends Brian, a jock at the school. They end up getting invited to a homecoming party, and Kholi brings some of his friends from the old neighborhood. At the end of the night, kids being kids, they’ve been drinking, Kholi gives Brian a ride home, and then he’s going to drop his friends from the South Side off at the Red Line.
Halfway to the train, he realizes Brian has left his wallet in the car, so he heads back to drop the wallet off when he sees a body lying in front of the house — and it’s Brian. Kholi’s friends are like, ‘It’s 3 o’clock in the morning and we’re in the wrong neighborhood — we need to leave.’ But Kholi, bold and brave, says, ‘I’m not going to leave him like this’ … and in a matter of minutes, Kholi is pinned for the murder.” Kholi’s father is an attorney and takes up his son’s case.
An all to familiar story involving Black youth. The twist here, is that Kholi’s father is an attorney. Let’s see how the story ends; especially with an attorney on the boy’s side.
Mykelti Williamson (Jackie Styles), Bryshere Y. Gray (Kholi Styles), Clayne Crawford (Brian), Yancey Arias (D. J. Wado), Lance Reddick (Jerry Shaw), Mekhi Phifer (Prosecutor A.J. Canton), Michael Beach (Ronald Morgan), Harry Lennix (DJ Terrance Palmer).
Check out the first trailer below: