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Vybz Kartel set to unveil documentary later this year

Vybz KartelEmbattled Dancehall megastar, Vybz Kartel continues to let his voice be heard despite being silenced in a Spanish Town jailhouse.

Days after his Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto co-author, Michael Dawson tweeted several fan messages on his behalf, Kartel will reportedly be unveiling a documentary based on his life and work. According to Urban Islandz, a close associate of the ‘Worl’ Boss’ confirmed that a deal has been agreed with a well-known filmmaker who has acquired rights to the biopic documentary.

“Fans can look out for Vybz Kartel documentary by year end,” the associate said. “Vybz feel now is the right time for his documentary because of his currently legal troubles and as we all see how the justice system is treating him unfair.”

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Video:REINCARNATED (ft. Snoop Dogg): Official Documentary Trailer

VICE Films, in partnership with Snoopadelic Films, presents REINCARNATED. The documentary follows Snoop Dogg as he journeys to Jamaica to record an album with Diplo. While there, Snoop finds himself embraced by the Jamaican people, is positively impacted by Rastafarian culture, and becomes reincarnated as Snoop Lion.

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival September 7th

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Benicio Del Toro Narrates Doc on Reggae Legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

The storied life of Jamaican reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry is the subject of The Upsetter, a new documentary directed by independent filmmakers Ethan Higbee (Red Apples Falling, The Anti-Fascist) and Adam Bhala Lough (The Carter, Bomb The System). Actor Benicio Del Toro, who’s described by Lough as a Perry “fanatic,” narrates. The project has been in the works for seven years and is set to premiere on March 25 at Los Angeles’ Downtown Independent.

A vital influence on the music of Bob Marley, The Clash and the Beastie Boys, all of whom Perry produced, the sounds Perry created over 40-plus years helped set the stage for the advent of hip hop, dub and electronic music. “Besides just being an eccentric character, what hooked me was that through his life, you can really chart the birth and growth of reggae,” says Lough, who shadowed Lil Wayne for the much-buzzed about 2009 doc The Carter.
Adds Higbee, who’s currently directing Basedworld, a doc about up-and-coming rapper Lil B: “Lee is just real. He loved looking at old footage of himself. We played him 50 of his greatest songs and he remembered who played drums on what track, who was in the studio, what was going on in Jamaica at the time… I  felt really lucky to get to spend this time with Lee and learn about what a great, hilarious, spiritual dude he really is. “
Getting Del Toro involved was a matter of persistence, the directors tell THR. “I have to credit Ethan, who never gave up on getting through the barriers to reach him,” says Lough. “We kept pursuing him, and when we finally did get through, he loved the idea… Benicio is such a professional and a perfectionist that he actually did a couple different sessions. It was a distinct pleasure working with him. He’s one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met.”
Higbee, as it turns out, first came to know Del Toro as a Perry fan while on the set of Oscar-winning movie Crash, where Higbee was a driver. “I was driving Ryan Phillipe around and playing a lot of reggae in the car. We kind of vibed on the music and he told me, ‘I came into Lee Perry through Benicio Del Toro, we were shooting a movie and we used to listen to him all the time.’ I just kind of stored that in the back of my brain. Like, ‘Benicio, he’d be a good guy to do the voice over…’ And about six years later, I was finally in a position to reach out to him. As soon as we met Benicio he was down. He’s been a big fan and supporter. We’re actuallly going to do some screenings and Q&As with him.”
For his part, the film’s star couldn’t be happier with how the project turned out. Says Perry: “This is my movie and this is the truth.”
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Documentary: Rent A Rasta

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International film award for ‘Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast’

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image002Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast, the one-hour documentary film by Jamaican/Spanish film and music company Nice Time Productions, has won a major international award.

Producer Fernando Garcia-Guereta and director Miguel Galofre received the Garland of Honour in the category of “Olympic Spirit” at the Sport Movies & Tv 2009 – 27th Milano International FICTS Festival on November 4 in Italy.

‘Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast’ is Garcia-Guereta’s first film production. He knew something ‘big’ was going to happen at last summer’s Beijing Olympics. Garcia-Guereta therefore captured the reactions and emotions of his adopted country – Jamaica – as it witnessed history.

The documentary also contains interviews with athletes and gold-medal winners such as Usain Bolt, Shelly Anne Fraser, and Melanie Walker at home in Jamaica. The natural environment oriented images of the film are reinforced and supported with classic and new reggae songs, partly produced by Nice Time Productions music division, which makes the documentary film a work of significant historical value.

The film premiered in February 2009 at the CPTC in Jamaica as part of the Reggae Film Festival, and was selected as the opening night feature of the Kingston On The Edge arts week. The Jamaican production was also nominated in the best documentary category at the American Black Film Festival held in Miami, USA June 2009.

Nice Time Productions is currently working on their second documentary “Hit Me With Music”. This film captures all ingredients of reggae and dancehall culture in Jamaica, again illustrated with leading Jamaicans commenting on this popular topic and supported by old and new recordings as the appropriate backdrop.

Photo: Producer Fernando Garcia-Guereta (left) and director Miguel Galofre receive the award

For more information about ‘Why do Jamaican run so fast’, photographs of the award night, screenshots of the film and interview requests for Fernando Guereta, please contact:

Europe: Elvira Westervaarder
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USA/Caribbean/Asia: Lloyd Stanbury
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Reggae Dancehall Wars Documentary

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Corrupt Cops In Jamaica Exposed And Under Fire

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