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Keeling's Caribbean Showcase
 

The first Sunday every other month, Keeling Beckford of Keeling's Reggae Music and Video shares his vast library of films, concerts and vintage dancehall parties.

The box office is open for advance ticket purchases Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 12 - 6 pm, and one hour before the start of all events until they end. If the door is locked during these hours, knock on the store front window. Ticket-holders arriving 15 minutes before showtime are guaranteed a seat inside the theater. Overflow seating available for sold out shows.
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Past Screenings

NOVEMBER 2008
 
Nov. 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 23rd

at
5:00 pm
&
7:30 pm
  Black Joy
Dir. Anthony Simmons,1977, 97 mins.
An early example of black British cinema, Black Joy is a fast paced comic portrait of the lives of West Indians who immigrated to Brixton, London. It is considered the only example of British blaxploitation and captures the mood of the late seventies in London. The warm cast is complimented by a classic Roots soundtrack (Junior Marvin, the Heptones, Toots and the Maytals).

Black Joy Trailer >

 
 
DECEMBER 2008
 

Dec. 7th, 14th, 21th & 28th

 

Double Feature

Ticket buys admittance to both screenings - come to either or both!

6:00 pm
Reggae Groove: Mighty Diamonds, Inner Circle, & Third World in Concert
Dir. Keeling Beckford, 90 mins.

Never released footage of three top reggae bands at the height of their powers, direct from the vaults of Keeling Reggae Video.

8:00 pm
Pressure
Dir. Horace Ové, 1975, 120 mins.
Hailed as Britain's first black feature film, Horace Ové's Pressure is a hard-hitting and honest document of the struggle and disenchantment faced by British born black youths. Set in 1970's London, it tells the story of Tony, son of West Indian immigrants, who finds himself torn between his parents church-going conformity and his brother's Black Power Militancy. The acts of open discrimination he encounters bring home to him the harsh reality of survival in a country where he is treated as an outsider despite him having roots there. An angry but sincere and balanced film, Pressure deals with the identity struggles that children of immigrants have to face.

 



Pressure

 
JANUARY 2009
 

Jan. 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

  Booyaka
Dir. Denise Iris, 1995, 26 min.
A captivating look at the people, music and culture behind the New York Jamaican dance hall scene, this story is told from the point of view of an aspiring female artist.

Made in Jamaica
Dir. Jérôme Laperrousaz, 2006, 120 min.
Made in Jamaica is a powerful portrait of the leaders of the reggae music movement, and how Reggae has become a worldwide phenomenon.

 

Made in Jamaica
 
FEBRUARY 2009
 

Feb. 1st, 8th &15th


 

Double Feature

Ticket buys admittance to both screenings - come to either or both!

6:00 pm
Bob Marley: Uprising Tour
Exclusive Footage of Bob Marley's Final Tour Live in Japan.

8:00 pm
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music
Dir. Mike Connolly, 2002
Documentary special which uses clips, interviews, and musical performances to examine the evolution of reggae music, which was born on the streets of Jamaica and spread through America, Europe, and eventually the world. The popular artists of reggae, whose presence is still felt today, ultimately created a lasting impression and went on to influence a wide variety of musical styles including rock and hip hop.

 

 
MARCH 2009
 

Mar. 22th & 29th

 

Double Feature

Ticket buys admittance to both screenings - come to either or both!

6:00 pm
Prince of Peace: Prince Buster with Determinations Live in Japan
2003, 90 min.
A rarely screened film, Prince Buster, long regarded as one of the most important figures in ska and rocksteady, performs all of his classics, backed by the highly skilled band, Determinations. Recorded over two nights during Prince Buster's 2003 tour of Japan.

8:00 pm
Burning an Illusion
Dir. Menelik Shabazz, 1981, 101 min.
Following previous screenings of landmark black British films Black Joy and Pressure, Keeling Beckford presents this pioneering first feature from Menelik Shabazz. Burning an Illusion traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher's London.

  Prince of Peace: Prince Buster with Determinations Live in Japan
 
APRIL 2009
 

April 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th

 

Double Feature

Ticket buys admittance to both screenings - come to either or both!

6:30 pm
A Reggae Session
Dir. Stephanie Bennet and Albert Spevak, 1998, 59 min.
Gathered together for one night in a lifetime, legendary names of reggae music and more met at Fort Charles, Jamaica in a musical event that would reverberate around the world. On stage: JIMMY CLIFF, TOOTS HIBBERT, CHRISSIE HYNDE, GRACE JONES, THE I-THREE, ZIGGY MARLEY & THE MELODY MAKERS, THE NEVILLE BROTHERS, CARLOS SANTANA, SLY & ROBBIE & BUNNY WAILER. Introduced by Neville Garrick.

8:00 pm
Rocky Road
Dir. Geoff Cunningham, 2001, 90 min.
Caught in the layers of black and white prejudice, Talia (Pan-African Award winning Nicole A. Smith) and John (WIll Wallce) Struggle with issues of famil, commitment, and marriage. Adding tension to the mix is Talia's militant sister (Natasha Pearce) who sabotages the relationship because she questions Talia's blackness.

 
 
MAY 2009
 

May 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

at 6:00 pm

  Gangsta's Paradise
Dir. Trenton Gumbs, 2004, 90 min.
A slice of violence, betrayal and murderous retribution from the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica to the streets of Downtown L.A. Gangsta's Paradise boasts a star-studded cast of today's hottest talent, including Beenie Man, Ninja Man and John "Ras Kidus" Cornelius as Shotta.
 
 
OCTOBER 2009
 

Oct. 4th, 11th & 25th

at 7:30 pm






 

Double Feature

Ticket buys admittance to both screenings - come to either or both!

Life & Debt
Stephanie Black, 2001, 86 min.

Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text "A Small Place" by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas.

Rollin' with the Nines
Julian Gilbey (2006), 96 min.

Rollin' with the Nines is a gritty urban action film made by and about West Indians living in England. Too Fine and his friends Finny, Pushy and Rage hope to set up a successful urban underground garage act and escape the lives they're trying to leave behind. Things go tragically wrong and 90 minutes of murder, money, drugs and payback ensue.

 
 
NOVEMBER 2009
 

Nov. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

 

Double Feature

Ticket buys admittance to both screenings - come to either or both!

7:00 pm
Pressure
Dir. Horace Ové, 1975, 120 mins.
Hailed as Britain's first black feature film, Horace Ové's Pressure is a hard-hitting and honest document of the struggle and disenchantment faced by British born black youths. Set in 1970's London, it tells the story of Tony, son of West Indian immigrants, who finds himself torn between his parents church-going conformity and his brother's Black Power Militancy. The acts of open discrimination he encounters bring home to him the harsh reality of survival in a country where he is treated as an outsider despite him having roots there. An angry but sincere and balanced film, Pressure deals with the identity struggles that children of immigrants have to face.

9:00 pm
Portraits of Jamaican Music
Dir. Pierre Marc Simonin, 2003, 52 min.
Limiting Jamaican music to just reggae would be most unfair. Within a forty year period jamaicans have invented mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub music, dancehall, and hardcore dancehall (sometimes known in the west as ragga). Take a visual trip down memory lane and relive several great episodes with Johnny Moore and The Skatalites, Toots and the Maytals, and Bunny Wailer.

 

Pressure

 
DECEMBER 2009
 

Dec. 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

at 7:30 pm

 

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae
Dir. Stascha Bader, 2009, 95 min.
This documentary chronicles the short history of Jamaican Rocksteady music while highlighting its influences on modern Jamaican tunes. Considered a transitional genre between ska and reggae music, Rocksteady enjoyed a short period of popularity from 1966 until 1970 when it was overshadowed by reggae's similar heavy bass sound.

 

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

 
JANUARY 2010
 

Jan. 3rd

Starts at 7:30 pm

 

Double Feature

Ticket buys admittance to both screenings - come to either or both!

Babylon
Dir. Franco Rosso, 1980, 91 min.
"Criminally Underrated!"
Babylon is set in South London at the start of the '80s, a time when reggae music was at its peak, along with a distinctively British brand of xenophobia and racism that saw American boxer Marvin Hagler pelted with bottles at Wembley after beating Alan ‘I'll never lose to a black man' Minter. The plot concerns Blue, lead chanter for Ital Lion Sound (played by Aswad singer and former Double Decker Brinsley Forde), in the run-up to a competition with a rival crew led by Jah Shaka (who appears as himself). Over the course of the film Blue socialises with his friends and clashes with his family, employer, and a local clan of racists, before going on a spiritual and physical journey through small hours London where he encounters a series of trials and temptations that set up the film's violent climax.

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae
*** Back by Popular Demand! ***
Dir. Stascha Bader, 2009, 95 min.

This documentary chronicles the short history of Jamaican Rocksteady music while highlighting its influences on modern Jamaican tunes. Considered a transitional genre between ska and reggae music, Rocksteady enjoyed a short period of popularity from 1966 until 1970 when it was overshadowed by reggae's similar heavy bass sound.

 


Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

 

Jan 17th, 31st

at 7:30 pm

 

Babylon
Dir. Franco Rosso, 1980, 91 min.
"Criminally Underrated!"
Babylon is set in South London at the start of the '80s, a time when reggae music was at its peak, along with a distinctively British brand of xenophobia and racism that saw American boxer Marvin Hagler pelted with bottles at Wembley after beating Alan ‘I'll never lose to a black man' Minter. The plot concerns Blue, lead chanter for Ital Lion Sound (played by Aswad singer and former Double Decker Brinsley Forde), in the run-up to a competition with a rival crew led by Jah Shaka (who appears as himself). Over the course of the film Blue socialises with his friends and clashes with his family, employer, and a local clan of racists, before going on a spiritual and physical journey through small hours London where he encounters a series of trials and temptations that set up the film's violent climax.

 

 
FEBRUARY 2010
 

Feb. 7th & 21st

 

Double Feature

Ticket buys admittance to both screenings - come to either or both!

7:00 pm
Heartland Reggae: Bob Marley Peace Concert
1981, 60 min.
In Jamaica, 1978, Bob Marley organized a concert in the midst of intense political violence, of which he himself was victim. Following performances including Jacob Miller Dennis Brown, Bob Marley takes the stage and makes history by bringing political foes Norman Manley and Edward Seaga together on the stage. With exclusive interviews.

8:00 pm
Babylon
Dir. Franco Rosso, 1980, 91 min.
"Criminally Underrated!"
Babylon is set in South London at the start of the '80s, a time when reggae music was at its peak, along with a distinctively British brand of xenophobia and racism that saw American boxer Marvin Hagler pelted with bottles at Wembley after beating Alan ‘I'll never lose to a black man' Minter. The plot concerns Blue, lead chanter for Ital Lion Sound (played by Aswad singer and former Double Decker Brinsley Forde), in the run-up to a competition with a rival crew led by Jah Shaka (who appears as himself). Over the course of the film Blue socialises with his friends and clashes with his family, employer, and a local clan of racists, before going on a spiritual and physical journey through small hours London where he encounters a series of trials and temptations that set up the film's violent climax.

 

Heartland Reggae: Bob Marley Peace Concert

 
APRIL 2010
 

Apr. 11th & 25th

 

Best of Reggae Sunsplash
1982
Reggae Sunsplash is the brainchild of four Jamaicans, Tony Johnson, Don Green, Ronnie Burke and John Wakeling. Beginning in the summer of 1978, Sunsplash and the great reggae artists it featured is credited for generating tourism in Jamaica during the summer, traditionally a dead season. This collection of performances by The Mighty Diamonds, Yellow Man, Dean Fraser, Eek-A-Mouse and many more captures the festival at its apex.

Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music
Dir. Mike Connolly, 2004, 90 min.
This documentary uses clips, interviews, and musical performances to examine the evolution of reggae music, which was born on the streets of Jamaica and spread through America, Europe, and eventually the world. The popular artists of reggae, whose presence is still felt today, ultimately created a lasting impression and went on to influence a wide variety of musical styles including rock and hip hop.

 
 
MAY 2010
 

May 2nd & 16th

 

7:30 pm
Gregory Isaacs: Live at the Rocket
Dir. Dan Crouch, 2003, 40 min.
Gregory Isaacs, the smooth crooner of Lovers' Rock, performs a long list of classics and new hits before a capacity crowd.

8:15 pm
Rockers
Dir. Ted Bafaloukos, 1978, 100 min.
Jamaican Patois with English subtitles

In the history of Jamaican cinema Rockers is a close second to The Harder They Come as a crucial depiction of the politics and culture of its time. Legendary session drummer Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace is the main character in a plot loosely resembling De Sica's Bicycle Thief. But the story is secondary to the documentation of a political and cultural context in which a new musical form, Steppers, emerged. With the increase in political violence on the island, the Steppers or Rockers beat appeared as a more rapid, militant variation on Reggae. Peter Tosh's anthem "Stepping Razor" is characterizes the role played by the many of the all star cast (including Big Youth, Jacob Miller and Burning spear) as cultural warriors fighting for recognition, against a racial elite and for basic survival.

 

 
JUNE 2010
 

June 6th & 20th

 

7:30 pm
The Best of Shabba @ Showdown
Shabba performing at the height of his Grammy Award-winning career, working the crowd at Jamaica's famous club Showdown with his raunchy and humorous vocals. Also featuring performances from top dancehall artists Ninja Man, Papa San, Junior Demus, Risto Benjie and more.

8:30 pm
Smile Orange
Dir. Trevor Rhone, 1976, 86 min.
Smile Orange makes comedy out of an exploitative situation. From The New York Times: "the tourist is funny and crass; the native who serves and exploits him is crass and funny." Carl Bradshaw (The Harder They Come, No Place Like Home) stars as Ringo, hotel worker who has mastered the art of "getting over" - he sleeps with the guests, cons tourists and imparts dark advice to his younger co-worker: "If you're a black man and won't play a part you're going to starve to death." Beneath the humor lies serious commentary on the complex negotiations of black male subjectivity in post-colonial Jamaica.

 

 
JULY 2010
 

July 11th & 25th

 

7:30 pm
**Never before seen footage from the vaults of Keeling Beckford**

Reggae Heroes on Parade '93
Dir. Keeling Beckford, 1993, 58 min.
Tappa Zukie gathered a lineup of reggae heroes to perform at Jamaica's famous dancehall, Coney Park, and Keeling was there, as always, to catch it on film. Only the greatest on this one: Sugar Minott, Johnnie Clark, Brigadiere Jerry, Melodians, U-Roy, Big Youth, Mykal Rose, and Tappa Zukie.

8:30 pm
Classic Film of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora:

Babylon
Dir. Franco Rosso, 1980, 91 min.
"Criminally Underrated!"
Babylon is set in South London at the start of the '80s, a time when reggae music was at its peak, along with a distinctively British brand of xenophobia and racism that saw American boxer Marvin Hagler pelted with bottles at Wembley after beating Alan ‘I'll never lose to a black man' Minter. The plot concerns Blue, lead chanter for Ital Lion Sound (played by Aswad singer and former Double Decker Brinsley Forde), in the run-up to a competition with a rival crew led by Jah Shaka (who appears as himself). Over the course of the film Blue socialises with his friends and clashes with his family, employer, and a local clan of racists, before going on a spiritual and physical journey through small hours London where he encounters a series of trials and temptations that set up the film's violent climax.

 

Reggae Heroes on Parade '93

 
AUGUST 2010
 

Aug. 15th



 

Sugar Minott: Early Days of Dancehall
Two of the earliest dancehall videos made with a taste of Sugar!

In the Theater at 8:00 pm; Downstairs Lounge at 9:00 pm
Marcus Garvey Syndicate Presents: Dancehall Stage Show 1986
Recorded live at the Pool Club, Brentford Road, Kingston Jamaica, featuring Youthman Promotion, MC Barry Zaro.

In Downstairs Lounge at 8:00 pm; in the Theater at 9:00 pm
Louise and Tony Owens Present: Highlights of Youthman Promotion Dance
Featuring Thrilla, Joe Lickshot, Yammy Bolo, Squiddly Ranks, Selector Stich, Colorman, Tippa Lee.

Sugar Minott, Jamaican singer, producer, and godfather of Dancehall music, passed on July 10th, 2010 at the age of 54. He formed the “Black Roots” label in 1979 which soon led to foundation of Youthman Promotion Soundsytem which the first dancehall crew. Minott led this crew of young singers, producers and DJ's including Yami Bolo, Junior Reid, Barry Brown, Triston Palmer and Tony Tuff. Minott's passing is particularly significant to New York, where he produced many Youthman promotion events and recordings with North Bronx producer Bullwackie among others.

 
 
SEPTEMBER 2010
 

Sunday
Sept. 12


Screenings at
8:00 pm
&
9:00 pm










10pm - 12am


 

Sugar Minott and the Birth of Dancehall
Two of the earliest dancehall videos made with a taste of Sugar!

In the Theater at 8:00 pm; Downstairs Lounge at 9:00 pm
Marcus Garvey Syndicate Presents: Dancehall Stage Show 1986
Recorded live at the Pool Club, Brentford Road, Kingston Jamaica, featuring Youthman Promotion, MC Barry Zaro.

In Downstairs Lounge at 8:00 pm; in the Theater at 9:00 pm
Louise and Tony Owens Present: Highlights of Youthman Promotion Dance
Featuring Thrilla, Joe Lickshot, Yammy Bolo, Squiddly Ranks, Selector Stich, Colorman, Tippa Lee.

AFTER THE SCREENINGS: Listening Party from 10pm-12am
Sweet Sound of Sugar listening party featuring Lady Ann and More!


Sugar Minott, Jamaican singer, producer, and godfather of Dancehall music, passed on July 10th, 2010 at the age of 54. He formed the “Black Roots” label in 1979 which soon led to foundation of Youthman Promotion Soundsytem which the first dancehall crew. Minott led this crew of young singers, producers and DJ's including Yami Bolo, Junior Reid, Barry Brown, Triston Palmer and Tony Tuff. Minott's passing is particularly significant to New York, where he produced many Youthman promotion events and recordings with North Bronx producer Bullwackie among others.

 
 
OCTOBER 2010
 

Oct. 24th
at 7:30 pm



 

Cop and a Badman
Dir. Trenten W. Gumbs, 2010, 73 min.
The Jamaican government sends Detective Colonel Stevens (Leo Wilson) to Oakland, California to locate, capture and return three escaped criminals and return the Queen's stolen jewels... From the producers of Rude Boy and Gangsta's Paradise, comes the greatest Jamaican action comedy of all-time! Directed by Trenten W. Gumbs, Cop and a Badman is sure to have you rolling with laughter one minute and clutching your seat the next.

  A Cop and a Badman
 
NOVEMBER 2010
 

Nov 7th
at 7:30 pm



 

Cop and a Badman
Dir. Trenten W. Gumbs, 2010, 73 min.
The Jamaican government sends Detective Colonel Stevens (Leo Wilson) to Oakland, California to locate, capture and return three escaped criminals and return the Queen's stolen jewels... From the producers of Rude Boy and Gangsta's Paradise, comes the greatest Jamaican action comedy of all-time! Directed by Trenten W. Gumbs, Cop and a Badman is sure to have you rolling with laughter one minute and clutching your seat the next.

  A Cop and a Badman
 
DECEMBER 2010
 

Sunday,  
Dec. 19,
at 8:00 pm


 

One Day
Penny Woodlock, 2010
Considered Britain's first Hip Hop musical, this film draws heavily on the Afro-Carribean British film tradition that Keeling Beckford specialized in this year. But here, Reggae and Rub-a-Dub have been replaced with Grime and the "non-professional" actors deliver high powered lyrics along with their dramatic performances. One Day brings attention to daily hardship of Caribbean life in England like the films Pressure and Babylon, but with the nihilistic gangsterism of films like Boyz in the Hood and Training Day. Rated R for language & violence.

   
 
MARCH 2011
 

Sunday,   
Mar. 6th

  Gregory Isaacs and Jimmy Cliff Double Feature

Ticket buys admittance to both screenings - come to either or both!

7:30 pm
The Cool Ruler: Gregory Isaacs (1951-2010)
Vintage Dancehall & Concert Video Mix from the Vaults of Keeling Reggae Video
Prod. Keeling Beckford, 1985-89, 90 min.
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.


9:00 pm
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.

  Gregory Isaacs

Bongo ManBongo Man
 
APRIL 2011
 

Sunday,   
Apr. 3rd
7:30 pm*

Added by popular demand:
Sunday,
Apr. 3rd, 10:00 pm

  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, 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.
Film Website>

*AFTER THE 7:30 SCREENING: Q&A with co-director Adam Bhala Lough

  The Upsetter


*Online Tickets sold out for the 7:30pm screening with Q&A. Overflow seats available with a simulcast of film and Q&A on the big screen downstairs.
 
MAY 2011
 

Sunday,   
May 8th, 15th, & 22nd
at 7:30 pm

 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

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.
Film Website>

  The Upsetter

 

 
JUNE 2011
 

Sunday,   
June 5th
7:30 pm

  Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska
Dir. Gus Berger, 2008
London in the 1950's was a cold place in more ways than the obvious. Or so it appeared if you were one of the thousands of newly arrived Jamaicans. Many were overqualified for their menial jobs. Thousands of others quite simply could not get work. Discrimination and racial tensions culminated in fierce riots in both Nottingham and Notting Hill Gate. It was in this environment that the Jamaican soundmen; Duke Vin and Count Suckle arrived in the UK. They both stowed away on a boat from Kingston and brought with them a sound that was sweeping across the small Caribbean island and would later change the face of music in the UK. This was the sound of ska!

  Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska
 
 
JULY 2011
 
Sunday,   
July 10th
  Double Feature
 

Louise Bennett
Louise Bennett of Revival

Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska

7:30 pm

 

 

Revival
Dir. Howard Johnson, 1980, 50 min.
This BBC produced documentary presents the origins and early days of Jamaican popular music with attention to history, ethnomusicology and religious practices. Poetess and historian Louise Bennett traces the development of Jamaican music from the days of slavery through religious revival, mento and R&B, to Ska and Reggae. The film closes with the birth of Ska, with interviews and performances by members of the Skatalites, setting up nicely for our evening's second feature which covers the birth of Ska in Great Britain.

    

8:30 pm

 

Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska
Dir. Gus Berger, 2008
London in the 1950's was a cold place in more ways than the obvious. Or so it appeared if you were one of the thousands of newly arrived Jamaicans. Many were overqualified for their menial jobs. Thousands of others quite simply could not get work. Discrimination and racial tensions culminated in fierce riots in both Nottingham and Notting Hill Gate. It was in this environment that the Jamaican soundmen; Duke Vin and Count Suckle arrived in the UK. They both stowed away on a boat from Kingston and brought with them a sound that was sweeping across the small Caribbean island and would later change the face of music in the UK. This was the sound of ska!

 
OCTOBER 2011
 

Sunday,   
Oct. 2nd
7:30 pm

  W.A.R. Stories
Clairmont Chung, 2010, 88min.
This documentary looks at the life of Dr Walter Rodney, one of the region's great intellectuals and activists whose reach extended far beyond his native Guyana. Author of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Rodney was a fearless champion of justice all over the world. His assassination in 1980 shocked the Caribbean and brought into focus the work he was doing. The story is told through archival footage and interviews with contemporaries and family members. It's a story of a man who dedicated his life, and ultimately, gave his life in the struggle for equal rights and justice. He did so through his considerable intellectual gifts and actual grassroots involvement everywhere he went. The people who knew him weave a tale of how they related to him and him them. In the process we see the growth of their friend, brother, father, husband, his ideology and how that changed over the years from his coming of age in racially divided Guyana through the cold war, the Black Power Movement, Pan-Africanism, Caribbean independence, and the idea of self emancipation.

Post screening Q& A with Director Clairmont Chung

 
Dr. Walter Rodney

W.A.R. Stories
 
NOVEMBER 2011
 
Sunday,   
Nov 6th
  Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast?
Miguel Galofrépanish, 2009, 61 min.
August, 2008. The world watches as the Jamaican sprint team becomes the sensation of the tournament Olympic games in Beijing. Team Jamaica wins six gold, three silver and two bronze medals. No superpower nation is able to keep up with Jamaica's male and female track stars - the smallest Caribbean island in population won the most medals of all the countries competing in track and field. Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? offers a unique insight into Jamaican society at large as it tells the story of the world's strongest sprinting nation. Director Miguel Galofré shows the responses and emotions of the Jamaican people during and after the victories and follows the athletes into their parental home, local sports club and favorite dancehall. The documentary features exclusive interviews with the Jamaican medal winners, their coaches and their fans, backed up by an impressive dance hall, roots and culture soundtrack.

 

Keelings Caribbean Showcase

7:30 pm
 
 
DECEMBER 2011
 
Sunday,   
Dec. 4th
  '70: Remembering a Revolution
Alex de Verteuil and Elizabeth Topp, 2010, 85 min.
How did a handful of students change the course of history in Trinidad and Tobago? Between February and April 1970, the streets of Port of Spain were filled with angry young black men and women chanting 'Power to the People'. This was the legendary Black Power revolution, which captivated the imaginations of their youthful followers and made the government of Dr. Eric Williams and the white establishment very nervous. The revolution was ended by a State of Emergency, but this in turn was threatened by a surprise mutiny among the soldiers of the Regiment. Had it succeeded (a distinct possibility) a military coup might well have ushered in a socialist revolutionary government to Trinidad and Tobago. This story is told through archival footage and photographs, members of the white business community, journalists and the revolutionaries themselves.
 

Keelings Caribbean Showcase70: Remembering a Revolution

7:30 pm

 
 
JANUARY 2012
 

Sunday,   
Jan. 8th,
22nd &
29th*

 

Hit Me With Music
Miquel Galofre, 2011, 74 min.
30 years after Bob Marley’s death Jamaica continues to be on top of the world-wide music scene. Reggae has evolved to produce a new genre, Dancehall. Hit Me With Music is the first comprehensive documentary about the Jamaican dancehall scene, giving dance, style and fashion an equal treatment to its music. Through the protagonists of this documentary we get to know Dancehall and what it is about. A diverse group of individuals - dancers, dj's, producers, artists, school children and ghetto youth talk of the context in which these songs are born and what the phenomena represents in their life and the lives of many supporters. The film doesn't shy away from the problematic aspects of dancehall culture and nightlife - violent lyrics, the Gully – Gaza clash between supporters of Vybz Kartel and Mavado, the controversial subject of “Daggering”, the exploitation of women in the Go-Go, and the reasons why people bleach their skin, are all explored in this documentary. The film remains open about the issues without coming to a didactic conclusion, inviting enjoyment and discussion.


*Sunday January 29th screening followed by a Q&A with director Miquel Galofre!

 

Keelings Caribbean Showcase

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at 7:30 pm

 

 



 
 
FEBRUARY 2012
 
Sunday,   
Feb 5th,
7:30 pm
  Keeling's Caribbean Showcase
Curated by Keeling Beckford of Keeling's Reggae Music and Videos
  Keelings Caribbean ShowcaseThe Four Aces StoryThe Four Aces Story
The Four Aces Story: Legacy in The Dust
 

The Four Aces Story: Legacy in The Dust
Winstan Whitter, 2007, 100 min.
The Four Aces in Dalston played host to some of the biggest names in music during the Sixties and Seventies: Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff, Ann Peebles, Percy Sledge, Ben E King, Billy Ocean, Bob Marley, Chrissie Hynde, The Slits, Sex Pistols and Bob Dylan to name but a few. During the Eighties the club became Labyrinth, playing an integral part in the birth of Acid House and the then nascent Rave scene - before taking Rave to an international audience, The Prodigy played their first ever show in the club on Dalston Lane. Sadly, as with so many areas of East London, Dalston succumbed to Olympic regeneration, and the club was demolished in 2007. Winstan Whitter has preserved the legacy of this hugely important venue with his documentary film The Four Aces: Legacy In The Dust, a comprehensive history of the club as told by those who played there.

 
MARCH 2012
 
Sunday,   
March 4th, 11th, & 18th
at 7:30 pm
  The Story of Lovers Rock
Menelik Shabazz, 2011, 101 min.
The Story of Lovers Rock documents a musical movement in Britain that defined a generation in the late '70s and '80s. Lovers Rock is romantic reggae that was uniquely British. It developed from a small UK scene to become a global brand through the likes of UB40 and Maxi Priest. Lovers Rock was particularly influential to a new generation of black British young women and men who identified with this music that reflected their experiences. Female artists like Louisa Marks, Janet Kay, Brown Sugar, Carroll Thompson led a ‘girl power explosion in it's early phase. The music provided a coping mechanism against a backdrop of racial tension and riots across the UK as well as being a counterpoint to the male dominated 'roots' scene. The film combines live performances with some of the Kings and Queens of Lovers Rock with comedy sketches, interviews and archive material. Interviews include Denis Bovell, UB40, Levi Roots Linton Kwesi Johnson, Angie La Ma, Maxi Priest, Mykaell Riley. The comedy sketches are provided by the likes of Eddie Nestor, Robbie G, Wayne Rollins, Glenda Jaxson, Rudi Lickwood, John Simmit, Annette Fagon.
  Keelings Caribbean ShowcaseThe Story of Lovers Rock






 
 
APRIL 2012
 

Sunday,   
April 1st,
7:30 pm

  BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND FOR A 2ND TIME!

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.
Film Website>


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MAY 2012
 
Sunday,
May 6th
7:30 pm
  Doc Watchers and Keeling's Caribbean Showcase Present:
The African Film Festival

Curated by Hellura Lyle and the New York African Film Festival
  Doc Watchers LogoAfrican Film Festival Logo

 
Fire In Babylon

Stevan Riley, 2010, 83 min.
Throughout the Caribbean, one sport rules over all others—cricket. Comprised of players from 15 countries, the West Indies cricket team rose to preeminence throughout the 1970s despite civil unrest at home and racial prejudice abroad. When Clive Lloyd assumed the team's captaincy, he transformed a laughingstock into world champions. Fire in Babylon is the thrilling story of how the West Indies triumphed over their colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting history.
 

Monday,
May 21st
-
Sunday,
May 27th,

at 7:30pm

Week Run!

  Keeling's Caribbean Film Showcase and
the cariBBeing Film Festival Present:


Marley

Dir. Kevin Macdonald, 2012, 145 min.
Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive. Starring Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Cedella Marley, Rita Marley, Neville Bunny, Wailer, Chris Blackwell among others.
"I think what's great about the film is though there have been a lot of things done on Bob, I think this one will give people a more emotional connection to Bob's life as a man- not just as a reggae legend or a mythical figure, but his life as a man." -Ziggy Marley
Official Film website and trailer>


 
 
JUNE 2012
 

Sunday,
June 3rd,
7:30pm

  Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast?
Miguel Galofrépanish, 2009, 61 min.
August, 2008. The world watches as the Jamaican sprint team becomes the sensation of the tournament Olympic games in Beijing. Team Jamaica wins six gold, three silver and two bronze medals. No superpower nation is able to keep up with Jamaica's male and female track stars - the smallest Caribbean island in population won the most medals of all the countries competing in track and field. Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? offers a unique insight into Jamaican society at large as it tells the story of the world's strongest sprinting nation. Director Miguel Galofré shows the responses and emotions of the Jamaican people during and after the victories and follows the athletes into their parental home, local sports club and favorite dancehall. The documentary features exclusive interviews with the Jamaican medal winners, their coaches and their fans, backed up by an impressive dancehall, roots and culture soundtrack.
 
Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast?

JULY 2012
 
Sunday,
July, 8th,
7:30 pm
  Keeling's Caribbean Showcase: 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence Double Feature
Curated by Keeling Beckford
  Blood and Fire
   
Blood and Fire

A BBC Production, 2002, 57 min.
In Blood And Fire, Theologian and historian, Dr Robert Beckford presents a history of Jamaica's struggle for independence and political autonomy from the days of slavery until the present. The program places special focus on the personalities that motivated the formation of Jamaica's rival political parties, the JLP and the PNP. The story of the Jamaican people's path to independence is centered around the cousins Norman Manley and Alexander Bustamante, and how their very different ambitions for an independent Jamaica. The clash of charismatic leaders continues with Norman's son, Michael Manley's socialist agenda and Edward "CIAga" Seaga's neoliberalism. The film questions the political and philosophical basis of independence through an examination of neocolonialism. This program offers an in depth political history of Jamaica while questioning the degree to which Jamaica can be free when it continues to be subject to the designs of power brokers in multinationals and North American heads of state.


Moving Forward
A BBC Production, 2002, 57 min.
Moving Forward offers a detailed history of Ska and Rocksteady. The program traces the Ska's musical ancestors - Jamaican Mento, Calypso as well as American R&B and Jazz. It corrects the misconception that that Ska burst on the scene in the wake of independence. Rather, the energy of Ska asserted a Jamaican national identity that anticipated formal independence. Moving Forward is driven by the beat of Ska and Rocksteady as it relates the enthusiasm and prosperity of Jamaica in the early years of independence and the music's explosion onto the international scene.
 

AUGUST 2012
 
Friday,
Aug. 3rd
through
Thursday,
Aug. 9th
  Keeling's Caribbean Showcase and Doc Watchers Present:
Marley In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence (The Monday, August 6th the Doc Watchers Screening of Marley Will Be At 7:00pm)
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Every Night at
7:30 except
Monday,
Aug. 6th
at 7:00pm


  Marley
Dir. Kevin Macdonald, 2012, 145 min.
Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive. Starring Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Cedella Marley, Rita Marley, Neville Bunny, Wailer, Chris Blackwell among others. "I think what's great about the film is though there have been a lot of things done on Bob, I think this one will give people a more emotional connection to Bob's life as a man- not just as a reggae legend or a mythical figure, but his life as a man." -Ziggy Marley. Official Film website and trailer>


Doc Watchers on Monday, August 6th will be in honor of the official 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence and will be followed by a reception as well.

 

SEPTEMBER 2012
 

Sunday,
Sept. 9th,
7:30pm


  Keeling's Caribbean Showcase
Curator Keeling Beckford, of Keeling's Reggae Music and Video, shares his vast library of films, concerts and vintage dancehall parties.

Return of the Rub-A-Dub Style
Dir. Steve Hanft, 2010, 60 min.
Reggae was the original form of microphone/turntable party music. Director Steve Hanft looks at the history and influence of this music through interviews with legendary Jamaican stars including U-Roy, King Stitt, Scientist and more. The film is centered around presents explosive performances by legend ray rub-a-dub deejays including Sister Nancy, Sugar Minott and Ranking Joe, that took place at the Dub Club party in Los Angeles over the last decade.
 
 

DECEMBER 2012
 
Sunday,
Dec. 2nd,
7:30pm


  W.A.R. Stories: Walter Anthony Rodney
Clairmont Chung, 2010, 90 mins.
W.A.R. Stories: Walter Anthony Rodney, a gripping documentary film that covers the life of this world renowned, historian, author, and revolutionary. Hear Walter Rodney as never before and see why he is as important now as ever before in the current rise of corporate greed and the need for a people's response.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion and copies of a new book, "Walter A. Rodney: A Promise of Revolution" will be available for sale. The book features interviews done in the making of the film with notables that include Issa Shivji, Amiri Baraka, and Rupert Roopnaraine.

 
Dr. Walter Rodney

W.A.R. Stories
 

FEBRUARY 2013

Sunday,
Feb. 3rd,
7:30pm

  The Story of Lover's Rock
Menelik Shabazz, 2011, 101 min.
The Story of Lovers Rock documents a musical movement in Britain that defined a generation in the late 70s and 80s. Lovers Rock is romantic reggae that was uniquely British. It developed from a small UK scene to become a global brand through the likes of UB40 and Maxi Priest. Lovers Rock was particularly influential to a new generation of black British young women and men who identified with this music that reflected their experiences. Female artists like Louisa Marks, Janet Kay, Brown Sugar, Carroll Thompson led a ‘girl power explosion in it’s early phase. The music provided a coping mechanism against a backdrop of racial tension and riots across the UK as well as being a counterpoint to the male dominated ‘roots’ scene. The film combines live performances with some of the Kings and Queens of Lovers Rock with comedy sketches, interviews and archive material. Interviews include Denis Bovell, UB40, Levi Roots Linton Kwesi Johnson, Angie La Ma, Maxi Priest, Mykaell Riley, The comedy sketches are provided by the likes of Eddie Nestor, Robbie G, Wayne Rollins, Glenda Jaxson. Rudi Lickwood, John Simmit., Annette Fagon.

 
The Story of Lover's Rock
 

APRIL 2013

Sunday,
Apr. 7th,
at 7:30pm

  Keeling's Caribbean Showcase
Curator Keeling Beckford, of Keeling's Reggae Music and Video, shares his vast library of films, concerts and vintage dancehall parties.

Roots Rock Reggae
Jeremy Marre, 1977, 60 min
Director Jeremy Marre places the viewer in the center of the Jamaican reggae scene at its pinnacle in this remarkable documentary. The film is worth it just to see The Gladiators perform a never released song, "Play on Mr. Music" with Lee Perry at the boards of his legendary Black Ark recording studio. But Roots Rock Reggae offers so much more, including performances by Jimmy Cliff, Joe Higgs, the Abyssinians and U-Roy. In addition, Roots Rock Reggae places the music in the social context from which it emerged, offering views of Jamaican life in Kingston and the countryside, Rastafarianism and political turmoil. This is a must see for any fan of conscious roots music at the height of its brilliance.

 
 
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