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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lee "Scratch" Perry is The Upsetter

A documentary depicting Lee "Scratch" Perry's work and influence in reggae music and how he got started will be released on March 25th at Downtown Independent, in Los Angeles, CA. The film titled The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee "Scratch" Perry was narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro for that extra gravitas.

The film begins in rural Jamaica, probing into Perry's mysterious youth as well as the notorious events of his peak production years in Kingston, in which Scratch mentored a young Bob Marley, created the sound of Reggae as we now know it, pioneered a new genre of music he called Dub, invented what was to become the remix and produced international hit songs for artists from Junior Murvin to The Congos to Paul McCartney to The Clash all while working out of the infamous Black Ark Studio, a shack that he built with his hands then later burned to the ground in a fit of drug addled rage.

Equally a documentation of a musical culture and a fascinating character study of genius and madness, The Upsetter is a sight and sound clash of visual and aural styles, utilizing ancient stock footage, photographs, concert video, audio clips, music video clips both old and new, and an exclusive, candid interview with the mastermind himself at his home in Switzerland. Filmed in Jamaica, London, Switzerland, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Colorado, the Upsetter charts Perry's influence on all reaches of the globe.

Screening Dates For The Upsetter

03/25-04/01 – Los Angeles, CA – Downtown Independent
04/01-04/08 – Portland, OR – Clinton St. Theatre
04/02 – Long Beach, CA – Art Theatre
04/03 – New York, NY – Maysles Cinema
04/05-04/06 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
04/08-04/10 – Columbia, MO – Rag Tag Cinema
04/10 – Taos, NM – Taos Center for The Arts
04/13 – Houston TX – Alamo Draft House
04/13-04/14 – Boston, MA – Regent Theatre
04/15-04/17 – Detroit, MI – Burton Theatre
04/15-04/17 – Eugene, OR – Bijou Art Cinema
04/15 – Sante Fe, NM – Center for Contemporary Arts
04/16 – Providence, RI – Cable Car Cinema
04/20 – Portland, ME – Space Gallery
04/22-04/23 – -West Hollywood, CA – Dem Passwords Gallery
05/13-05/14 – San Francisco, CA – Red Vic Movie House


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