The 5th presentation of the JAMAICA REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL opens Wednesday, April 18 and continues April 20, 21,22 in the Gardens of the JAMAICA PEGASUS HOTEL, New Kingston. Proudly celebrating JAMAICA50 in Film, the festival is includes four new feature films by Jamaican film makers, six short features in the Cine Jamaica category, and several new 5-minute films in the RBC Bank-sponsored Make A Film In 24 Hours competition.
The Festival’s International Programme is headlined by the award-winning documentary about Jamaican-American actor Harry Belafonte ‘SING YOUR SONG‘, and includes ‘GOSPEL HILL’, a feature film directed and produced by noted Hollywood actor Giancarlo Esposito. “WITH FIDEL, WHATEVER HAPPENS”, an entry from Goran Radovinovic of Serbia about Cuba, and ‘THE INVITATION‘ from Iran, are two International documentaries, while in DESTINATION JAMAICA Canadian film maker George Tait, takes a non-tourist look at Jamaican history and culture.
Reggae music documentaries include STUDIO DRUMMIE ONE AND THE HISTORY OF ROCKSTEADY MUSIC from the USA, which turns the spotlight on Studio One drummer Joe “Drummie” Isaacs, with highlights of iconic guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith and his musical friends. “SHOWTIME” is a live concert documentary with interviews that joins the dots between Jamaican sound system culture and UK club music.
The REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL is also pleased to honour the work of Jamaican film maker Christopher Browne with the showing of his award-winning short feature ENTRY DENIED.
Jamaica will finally get a chance to see director/producer Diavalan Fearon‘s much-awaited comedy “BLIND SHOTTA” whose trailer has been a YouTube sensation. Jamaican film maker Karret Barclay has TWO feature films in the 2012 programme: MISTAKE, an urban crime drama, and CAUGHT WITH MI OWN EYES, a love story. UK-based Julian Henriques brings his feature WE THE RAGAMUFFIN starring reggae artist Mikey General, in a Jamaican premiere of this legend of reggae film history. US-based new director Paulette King‘s THE INCREDIBLE BANANA based on a Jamaican fable completes the Jamaican features.
Films in the Cine Jamaica category include RED, AMBER, GREEN by Christopher Byfield and CAMARIAH’S WAY by Craig ‘Amaziah The Great’ Kirkland— both of them previous winners of the 24 Hours Competition.
Award-winning animator Reinardo ‘Mental” Chung, has a new episode of his dancehall comedy series ‘DUTTY BWOY” which has a massive YouTube following. SINCE I FELL FOR YOU, by the BliP Film Collective, SURFACE LOVE by Jones Jr., and I RASTA by Canada-based Adrian Currie.
RBC Bank are once again Gold Sponsors of the REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL, in particular of the Make a Film In 24 Hours competition that begins on Monday, April 16 at 9 a.m. and ends the following day at the same time with competitors handing in their finished 5-minute films in an effort to win prizes. Gold Sponsors FLOW will broadcast the 10 best competition films on the cable network, and offer PPV downloads of selected films during the Film Festival.
PROPS AND MORE, Jamaica’s leading conceptulizers and creators of décor and special effects for film, theatre and events, will transform the Pegasus Gardens into an outdoor cinema. Designer Scheed Cole has also designed and created the Film Festival Awards. Solar recording studio SUGASHAK RECORDS has once again sponsored the Best Soundtrack Award. Media sponsors include IRIE-FM, Jamaica GLEANER, Jamaica OBSERVER and social media specialists JAMEDIAPRO.
The JAMAICA FILM ACADEMY presents the Reggae Film Festival 2012 as a proud tribute to Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.