Jamaican film maker debuts her own Bob Marley documentary

With the highly anticipated debut of Marley set for next month, a Jamaican filmmaker has decided to unveil her own film about the iconic Reggae superstar.

Long time actress and photographer, Esther Anderson has unveiled her own movie, The Musical Documentary – Bob Marley: The Making Of A Legend.  The film, which she’s currently promoting in Barbados, features never-before-seen footage, in black and white, of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Anderson hailed as a minority shareholder and co-founder of Island Records, the label where Bob Marley established himself as a dominant force in Reggae music. In the 1960s, Anderson helped to launch the international careers of local singers such as Millie Small and Jimmy Cliff.

In 1972, Anderson met Bob Marley in New York after she starred in the film, A Warm December alongside prominent Bahamian-American actor, Sidney Pottier. Marley then asked Anderson to help promote him and his band as they looked to establish themselves as household names. Anderson agreed and returned to Jamaica where she helped launch Bob Marley and the Wailers, rehearsed them, photographed them and filmed their early progress.

Reportedly, Anderson also collaborated with Marley on his internationally acclaimed hits, Get Up, Stand Up and I Shot The Sheriff. Furthermore, her picture of Bob Marley smoking marijuana became the cover for the Bob Marley and the Wailers album, Catch A Fire.



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DVD, soundtrack to accompany Marley documentary

Academy Award winning director, Kevin Macdonald continues to pull out all the stops as he’s set to unveil additional material which will accompany his highly anticipated documentary on Reggae icon, Bob Marley.

Marley, a two hour and 24 minute film featuring never before seen footage of the legendary Jamaican artiste, will premiereworldwide on April 20. A day prior to its international release, Jamaican fans will get the opportunity to see the critically-acclaimed documentary as it will premiere at Emancipation Park in Kingston.

Marley includes interviews with Bob Marley’s widow, Rita Marley, his daughter, Cedella Marley and his eldest son, Ziggy Marley who’s a co-producer for the film. Additionally, it contains raw footage and images exploring Bob Marley’s personal and professional lives as Macdonald aims to portray the prominent singer in the most realistic of fashions through loved ones, friends and fans who knew him best.

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Bob Marley documentary unveiled in Berlin, reveals unknown facts

The first official documentary on legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley has finally been introduced to the masses as it delves into different, unknown aspects of the Jamaican star.

Marley debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany this past Sunday as fans and various members of the film industry gained a first look at the most anticipated music documentary of its time.  The feature film, directed by Academy Award winning director, Kevin Macdonald features never before seen clips of Marley, on and off-stage, turning a 13 month long shoot into a 2 ½ hour long documentary. It features several interview with Marley’s family, friends, fans and over 50 hours of the iconic singer’s music, as well as 10 hours from other Reggae artistes.

Many surprising facts about the Reggae icon are unveiled in Marley. For instance, it’s revealed that Bob Marley used to work in a Delaware-based hotel and factory in the United States, during his younger days. Additionally, the movie touches on Marley’s rocky relationship with his white father’s family; exhibiting emotional pain caused as a result of their undermining him.

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First official Bob Marley documentary to debut this month

The life of Jamaica’s greatest ever musician will be encapsulated in film for the first time ever for the world to see later this month.

On Monday, which would have been Marley’s 67th birthday, it was announced by his family that the first ever documentary on the legendary singer’s life, entitled Marley, will premiere later this month at the 62nd annual Berlin International Film Festival. Marley was directed by Academy Award winning director, Kevin MacDonald. Additionally, the movie was produced by Magnolia Pictures and executive produced by Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell as well as Bob Marley’s eldest son and fellow Reggae artiste, Ziggy Marley.

According to Ziggy Marley, this documentary will take an in-depth look into Bob Marley’s life as a musician, father and social activist.

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Bob Marley Documentary Still On Track

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The authorised Bob Marley documentary will still premiere in Germany for Marley’s 65th birthday amidst reports that production was stalled due to changes in directors.

“It is in the post-production stages and shall premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next February,” Janice Allen, film manager at Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI), told the Observer. “We are still in discussion as to when it will be premiered in Jamaica.”

JTI had facilitated the acquisition of documentation needed to commence filming on the island, including licences, and permits Allen said.

The Berlin Festival is one of the world’s leading film festivals. Founded in 1951, the festival has been celebrated annually in February since 1978.

US media reports last month stated that Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme was the second major director to leave the project, following Martin Scorsese. Scorsese directed the iconic Bob Dylan documentary.

“I am not aware of that,” stated Allen, who was briefed by Cinecom, the local arm of the production team.

US producer Steve Bing has been working closely with the Marley family in order to portray the life of the reggae legend, who is referred to as the Che Guevara of music.

Allen said that the documentary was important not only to the Marley family but to Jamaica as it would “tell how he impacted the world”.

JTI helped facilitate the 99 films made in Jamaica over the 2008/9 fiscal year, which was a 20 per cent decrease over the previous year. Even with the reduction, these projects earned six per cent more at $480 million. Indeed, more money was made from fewer films but many projects were foreign-based and their profits would have been repatriated. The number of persons employed remained stable at some 2,000 persons.

Film projects include feature films, television commercials, television productions, music videos, documentaries, television series, concerts, festivals and special events.


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Production is held up on Bob’s New film “Marley”

bobmarleyMarley, a new documentary about the iconic Jamaican reggae singer, just can’t keep a director attached. Last May, Martin Scorsese dropped out of the project sighting a “scheduling conflict”. Today, The New York Post’s Page Six is reporting that Jonathan Demme, the director that took over for Scorsese, has also left the film, which is scheduled for a February 6th, 2010 release date (what would have been the singer’s 65th birthday).

The reason for Demme’s departure stems from producer Steve Bing not being happy with the first round of editing the director turned in. At this time, it’s unclear if Demme’s departure will affect the film’s planned release date. The documentary has been authorized by the Marley family, and son Ziggy Marley expressed that he was “very excited” when Demme came onto the unfinished project.

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