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"The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee Scratch Perry " w/ dir. Adam Bhala Lough
Maysles Cinema
New York, NY
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"The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee Scratch Perry " w/ dir. Adam Bhala Lough
One night screening of feature length documentary delving into the world of one of the most fascinating and influential musical artists of our times, Lee Scratch Perry. Narrated by Benicio Del Toro. Co-director Adam Bhala Lough attending!

Additional 10pm screening following Q&A just added due to popular demand!

"The Upsetter is not just for Reggae fans. It is a fascinating exploration of the music business, one of its most innovative periods and one of its unsung heroes." -Vanity Fair

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 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.
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AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A with co-director Adam Bhala Lough

Part of Keeling's Caribbean Showcase, a monthly screening series curated by Keeling Beckford of Keeling's Reggae Music and Videos



Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
United States


Film > Movies
Music > Reggae

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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