The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee Scratch Perry

Sunday, April 3rd, 7:30pm

Keeling's Caribbean Showcase

Curated by Keeling Beckford of Keeling's Reggae Music and Videos

The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee Scratch Perry

Dir. Ethan Higbee & Adam Bhala Lough, 2008, 90 min.

An in depth exploration of one of the most fascinating and influential artists of our times, Lee Scratch Perry. This documentary probes into Perry's mysterious youth as well as the notorious events of his peak production years in Kingston. Scratch mentored a young Bob Marley, created the sound of Reggae as we now know it, pioneered a new genre of music 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 archival 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.


After the Movie: Q&A with co-director Adam Bhala Lough


Reception Sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale

The Cool Ruler: Gregory Isaacs (1951-2010)

Sunday, March 6th, 7:30pm

Keeling’s Caribbean Showcase


The Cool Ruler: Gregory Isaacs (1951-2010)

Prod. Keeling Beckford, 1985-89, 90 min.

Vintage Dancehall & Concert Video Mix from the Vaults of Keeling Reggae Video.

Nothing defines Lover’s Rock better than the velvet smooth voice of Gregory Isaacs. This month, Keeling shares concert footage of Mr Isaacs at the height of his powers that has long been unavailable.


Bongo Man

Dir. Stefan Paul, 1981, 95 min.

This documentary follows Jimmy Cliff on an international tour in 1980, a year of violence leading up to the replacement of Michael Manley with Edward Seaga as Jamaica’s prime minister. Cliff returns to Jamaica as a “roots man” - and explores Jamaican history, society and culture from a deep Rastafari perspective,  disengaged with “politricks”. While his visit with African Maroons in the Blue Hills and his return to his hometown are memorable, Cliff’s live concert performances stand out above all.