Thursday, March 11, 2010

Perry Henzell Tribute to Feature Special Guests, DJ Reggae Music, Jimmy Cliff in THE HARDER THEY COME & Premiere of Long Lost Film NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Our Perry Henzell Tribute keeps getting bigger. Arrive by 6:30 PM for a Courtyard Pre-Screening Reception. Party to celebrate Perry Henzell and ... "The Harder They Come" star Jimmy Cliff on his induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. DJ Baby Ace mixing the classics. Meet and greet. Prize give-a-ways. Brought to you by Universal Music Enterprises and Red Stripe Beer.

Perry Henzell has been called "the most important filmmaker to emerge from the Caribbean." His landmark film THE HARDER THEY COME was responsible for introducing Reggae music to the world. With unique insight, visual sense and original thinking, he forever changed the way we look at things. Through his films, stage plays, and novels, the worldwide impact of his work continues to grow. The American Cinematheque salutes the memory of Perry Henzell with an evening dedicated to his feature films.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME (see a trailer), Perry Henzell's long lost sequel to his Jamaican classic, "The Harder they Come" will screen as a double feature with a discussion between films with Justine Henzell (Perry's daughter), producer David Garonzik, P.J. Soles (actress), Arthur Gorson (friend and producer), Roger Steffens (reggae historian) and special surprise guests. Moderated by Wayne Jobson.

Lately, the Cinematheque seems to be discovering a lot of films shot in the 70s and finished in the 2000's (GONE WITH THE POPE makes its World Premiere Friday, March 12 at the Egyptian). One such incredible story of the resurrection of a film that was thought to be lost forever, is NO PLACE LIKE HOME. A print was discovered in a New Jersey warehouse that had long since been thought to have perished. Under Perry's guidance prior to his passing he outlined the changes and direction for the film to follow given the elements that re-emerged. Premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Trailer by Oliver Entertainment. Produced by Jeff Scheftel and Arthur Gorson; directed and written by Jeff Scheftel; edited by Scheftel and Desert Rock. With Grace Jones, Countryman, Carl Bradshaw, P.J. Soles (CARRIE, HALLOWEEN, ROCK 'N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL).

Read more about this event on March 19, 2010 at the Egyptian Theatre.