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Popular Dancehall film to be screened in Trinidad and Tobago

A popular Dancehall film, which has already made waves in North America and Europe, will look to make a similar impact in the Caribbean as Trinidad and Tobago prepares to unveil it in the coming days at a popular film festival.

Hit Me With Music, a film featuring many of Dancehall’s pioneers, will be featured at the annual WeBeat Festival, which will take place between June 2 and June 7 in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, the film hails as a part of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival as well as the BPTT Community Cinergy series of film screenings.

Directed by Spanish filmmaker, Miquel Galofre, Hit Me With Music features a plethora of elite Dancehall acts credited with making the genre a global phenomenon while highlighting elements of Jamaica’s music that form an integral part of the island’s nightlife.

Additionally, the Dancehall documentary, which was originally screened last year, takes notice of many controversial trends that have greatly impacted Jamaican culture including skin bleaching, feuds between prominent Dancehall acts as well as the ‘Daggering’ dance which became popular between 2007 and 2009.

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall acts that feature in the film include Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, pioneering deejay, Yellow Man and late great dancing sensation, Bogle. Hit Me With Music has been screened at North American and European film festivals to positive responses. However, it remains unknown when the movie will be screened in Jamaica.

This isn’t the first documentary featuring Jamaicans for Galofre, as he’s also renowned for the award-winning film, Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast which took an in-depth look into the ‘formula’ that develops Jamaican runners into world class, record-breaking athletes.

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Why 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.

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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With a 'little feeling' that something big was going to happen at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Spanish music producer Fernando Garcia-Guereta shifted gears from the studio and on to the track with his debut documentary Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast?

Why do Jamaicans run so fast?

81973351WJ178_Olympics_Day_Filming months before the Olympics and continuing the journey from Beijing and back, the 61-minute documentary is the only non-American film nominated at this year’s American Black Film Festival.

It is one of three films nominated in the documentary category at the festival, which is slated from June 24-27 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Garcia-Guereta strives to find the answer to Jamaican athletes’ speed in the film and in the process, beautifully captures the spirit and zeal of Jamaicans.

The owner of Nice Time Productions, a music label and film production company in Portland, Garcia-Guereta said he fell in love with Jamaica at the tender age of 15 when he heard reggae legend Bob Marley for the first time. His love for his second home and its people drove him to document one of the nation’s greatest achieve-ments – a record 13 Olympic medals, including six golds.

After making an overseas call to director Miquel Galofré, the two followed the sport from July of last year with the National Trials, through to the Olympics while in Jamaica and awaiting the athletes as they returned to the Norman Manley International Airport.

As the athletes wowed audiences each week, the two filmmakers hit the streets, capturing the reaction of the public and interviewing a wide array of persons, including Yendi Phillipps, Lisa Hannah, Big Youth, Etana, Vybz Kartel, LA Lewis, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt and his family, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Melaine Walker and her family, Shericka Williams, as well as Bruce James and Glen Mills.

“Everybody is asking why Jamaica, as such a little country and reach so far, unlike America where they have their big stadiums and fancy doctors,” he said. “But I think the main answer is from school competitions. We looked at how the athletes started running, how difficult it was for them and how some had to walk to training each day to try to make it into a big track star. How strong the culture in schools is and the competition among students of who is better than who and the readiness to compete.”

Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? premiered on Spanish television station Canal (plus) in January.


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