The Jamaica International REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL that runs August 1-5 at Island Village, Ocho Rios will present a five-night programme of films that celebrate Jamaica’s music culture. Films by Jamaican-based film makers include the first Jamaican horror film ‘THE CROFT’ by director Wayne Benjamin, and the gospel feature ‘JUST ANOTHER FRDAY’ by author/director Judith Faloon-Reid, films in the new animation genre including ‘THE LOGO DESIGNER’ by Stephen ‘Bigbomb” Williamson and a special showcase documentary about dancehall ‘LOSING PARADISE & MUSIC’ by Claudja Barry of the internationally famous group BoneyM.
This year films by Jamaicans abroad dominate the programme, beginning with the new feature ‘HILL & GULLY’, written directed and acted by US-based Patrice Johnson, whose love story is set in the New York Jamaican community of Brooklyn. Roy Anderson, Hollywood stunt man, goes in search of his Maroon roots in the documentary ‘AKWANTU’, while 24-year-old Danielle Scott-Haughton presents ‘DEAR JESUS’, a Black-British TV comedy series set in her Jamaican family’s London neighborhood. All three directors will be coming to Jamaica to present their films. Jamaican-born director Sharon LaCruise’s documentary on ‘DAISY BATES: FIRST LADY OF LITTLE ROCK’ who led the historic integration of Arkansas schools, is also among the feature documentaries, in a year when the Reggae Film Festival honours Jamaican Women in Film.
On Thursday 1st August will show American film maker, Alan Greenberg’s legendary film ‘LAND OF LOOK BEHIND’. Other international films include a new documentary from France on Usain Bolt, THE FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD.
From Israel showing on the 2nd August we have ‘KEEPER OF ZION GATE’ which is a wonderful tribute to the late Joseph ‘Culture’ Hill following his trip to Israel in 1996 produced by Guil “Rasta” Bonstein and Ronen “Mr Vibes “Davidesco .
The Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival presents the WORLD PREMIERE of ‘TRUE BORN AFRICAN – THE WINSTON JARRETT STORY’ on Sunday 4th August, a film made by American film maker Nicolas Nakis.
A surprise short feature from the USA is ‘THE COTTON HOUSE’, that turns racism on its head, while the feature ‘LOST IN DANGRIGA’ from Belize tells a funny story about what happens when a man tries to impress a visiting DJ and nearly loses his wife. Mildly X-rated, this film is scheduled for the Midnight Movies screening on Saturday, August 3. Sure to please young fans is ‘RISE ABOVE PROFANITY’ the documentary on acoustic group Nomaddz, while reggae historians will enjoy ‘LIVE WIRE’ – a TV programme on the early dancehall scene of 1992 that praises and presents Super Cat, Ninja Man and Shabba Ranks, with some very enlightened comments by Cindy Breakspeare.
This year the RFF partners with the Peachtree Village International Film Festival of Atlanta to present ‘FIRST IMPRESSION’, a Black Hollywood feature film starring Lamman Rucker and Lisa Arrindell Anderson. A bright, modern, refreshing and romantic comedy written by Regis Le’Bron Brown, the film will be screened on Opening Night in the presence of its director and stars.
Other aspects of this year’s Reggae Film Festival include Seminars on Acting, Animation and Marketing; the launch of the JIRFF 2014 Script-Writing Competition, a Sunday book fair and the Awards Night August 5.
The Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival is endorsed by EUROCHANNEL, IRIE-FM, Marley Coffee, ISLAND COFFEES and the Jamaica Tourist Board.
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