The unforgettable new music documentary film ISHues, featuring performances and scenes with Darryl McDaniels (DMC of RunDMC), Grammy winning Blind Boys of Alabama and 60’s pop star Brenton Wood, as well as arrange an interview with its director and star PM Romero, who challenges stereotypes and the idea of opportunity in America by featuring a talented singer, convinced he is destined for greatness. Homeless for seven years in Hollywood, Ish Herring is a gifted vocalist with a raw, smoky style as unforgettable and haunted as his childhood. Filmed over six years, Ish joins songwriter and activist PM Romero to form the band William Pilgrim. Together they record 40 original songs, three of which chart nationally. As the newly formed band William Pilgrim, the pair go on to write and record, but the group struggles under Ish’s inability to cope. He remains unable to shake the effects of his horrifying childhood, including abuse in several foster homes. The documentary covers the journey of William Pilgrim and explores if the concern and action of a new friend can provide the path to a better life for Ish. Please view the new film trailer here.
Bluesy, raw singer Ish, fresh out of Kansas City foster care, jumps off the Greyhound bus in Hollywood ready to become a star. With only a backpack and a few bucks, he lives on the streets. While Ish believes in his own exceptional vocal talent, the skill to manage daily life eludes him. Ish’s Cinderella story starts when he answers a Craigslist ad for a singer, and musician PM Romero immediately wants to collaborate with this extraordinary performer. Romero takes him under his wing to create music together. Once he discovers that Ish is homeless, Romero’s role evolves from bandmate to mentor, teacher, and father figure. Their song and lyrics also bring awareness to conditions people face while living on the streets. Ish Herring gets off the street, but the street is never very far away. He is aware that flaws don’t change, even when conditions improve.
In addition to the upcoming feature film, PM Romero is producing a series of webisodes called The ISHUES Project, as a means to promote those who wish to improve our world with their activism and heart. The ISHUES Project profiles both individuals and organizations that strive to make positive change in our neighborhoods. This webisode series can be viewed at their website.