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
USA/Caribbean/Asia: Lloyd Stanbury