The life of Jamaican reggae producer Lee "Scratch" Perry is the subject of a documentary screening in US theaters this spring. Narrated by Benicio Del Toro, The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry (trailer) features almost 90 minutes of interviews, rare studio film, live performances and commentary. Known for his pioneering dub music mixing as well as burning down The Black Ark, his personal studio, Perry, 74, has continued performing and recording ceaselessly.
Filmmakers Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough weave music and fittingly psychedelic film and music effects throughout the interviews, which depict chronologically Perry's early career at Studio One, through producing Bob Marley and his classic Black Ark recordings.
From the film's press release:
Seven years in the making, the film features musical tracks and iconic archival footage selected from throughout Perry’s extensive career. These video footage gems and extraordinary photographs taken span nearly five decades and feature the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Paul McCartney, The Clash and Beastie Boys, all of whom Perry produced, and speak to the breadth of his influence as a producer, artist and icon. The Upsetter is not only a fascinating character study of an artist who revolutionized music through the invention of dub, the predecessor to hip-hop, techno and modern electronic music, but a documentation of 30 years of Jamaican music and culture.
The following are the schedule US film screening dates:
March 25-April 1st Los Angeles, CA @ Downtown Independent
April 1-8th Portland, OR @ Clinton St. Theatre
April 2nd Long Beach, CA @ Art Theatre
April 3rd New York, NY @ Maysles Cinema
April 5-6th Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
April 8-10th Columbia, MO @ Rag Tag Cinema
April 10th Taos, NM @ Taos Center for The Arts
April 13th Houston TX @ Alamo Draft House
April 13-14th Boston, MA @ Regent Theatre
April 15-17th Detroit, MI @ Burton Theatre
April 15-17th Eugene, OR @ Bijou Art Cinema
April 15th Sante Fe, NM @ Center for Contemporary Arts
April 16th Providence, RI @ Cable Car Cinema
April 20th Portland, ME @ Space Gallery
April 22-23rd West Hollywood, CA @ Dem Passwords Gallery
May 13-14th San Francisco, CA @ Red Vic Movie House