"made in JAMAICA" Feature Film Location Shooting Completed

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The feature film "made in JAMAICA" featuring present leaders of the Reggae Music Movement has completed location shooting, and is proceeding on schedule towards a Theatrical Opening soon.

Recorded live, and shot entirely on location in Jamaica, “made in JAMAICA” is now in post-production, and on schedule for completion by September of 2006. Executive producer Charlotte Lawrence, CEO of Lawrence Pictures, LLC, American production partner with Herold & Family, (Paris,) is currently in discussion with several major American distributors.

Commenting on completion of shooting, executive producer Pascal Herold of Herold & Family observes: “Our challenge with ‘made in JAMAICA’ was bringing so many different talents and stars together to the same ‘stage.’ Today we have a success story. We are starting the post production with over 160 hours of extraordinary images and sound. We are also very gratified by the warm welcome our film has received by the film industry, both in Europe and the US.”

“made in JAMAICA” is a powerful film portrait of the leaders of the reggae music movement, and how reggae has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film presents the candid life stories of these unique artists, captured in frank, personal interviews, strengthened by their extraordinary musical performances, filmed entirely live in the authentic backdrop of Jamaica. This is the genuine story of how a small island nation of only three million people took their pain and misery and translated their emotions into music that now resonates around the world. From their native ghetto to international fame, "made in JAMAICA" presents the individual stories of these artists who represent the Jamaican Dream.

Reggae music sprang into life in the 70’s. It is Jamaica’s blues: a music of both desperation and hope. The 70’s were the first time that a third world country had made its voice heard on such a large scale. Instantly recognizable, the reggae sound is a celebration of life itself. Now a new generation of reggae artists has emerged and its fathers are still in Jamaica.

The Dance Hall, emerging from reggae, is drawing large crowds across the globe. At its origin, the Dance Hall concept is heavily influenced by religious overtones. Like rap music, Dance Hall’s message is powerful and straightforward, with lyrics about sex, violence, and social issues, including much on women’s rights.

“made in Jamaica” Director Jerome Laperrousaz

Past films include:

  • "Prisoners in the Street, Third World" 1980 (Cannes Festival Selection)
  • "Human" casting Terence Stamp and Jeanne Moreau, 1975
  • "Continental Circus", 1972

     (Jean Vigo Award and Academy Award selection for foreign production)

Jerome Laperrousaz has twenty-five years of family history in Jamaica. In 1980 he directed "Prisoners in the Street: ‘Third World’ ". The film highlights Jamaican reggae through the experience of the group "Third World"

Jerome has a special talent for exposing the sensitive and personal. In "made in JAMAICA", Jerome shows the magnificent beauty which is the Jamaican landscape, from the renowned recording studios of Kingston, the pulsing sounds of Ocho-Rios, the morning light of the Blue Mountains, the vendors lining the narrows streets, the ghettos, and the creativity of Rasta and its inspired fashions.

What has reggae become today? "made in JAMAICA" will expose two main themes present in reggae: the old school reggae of the founders and that of the new generation.

"made in JAMAICA" Cast

Grammy Award winner Toots; Gregory Isaacs; Bunny Wailer; Third World; Beres Hammond; Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare; Alaine; Tanya Stephens; Bounty Killer; Elephant Man; Lady Saw; Joseph Current; Vybz Kartel; Brick and Lace; Dr. Marshall; Capleton; Koolant

"made in JAMAICA" Production Company: Lawrence Pictures, LLC

Lawrence Pictures is an entertainment company that produces and acquires innovative film projects. The company focuses on marketing and domestic distribution of independent films.

Lawrence Pictures is the creation of Charlotte Lawrence. The two inaugural projects are "made in JAMAICA" and a 3D animated film. Lawrence Pictures works in close collaboration with the top 3D animation Studios in Paris, France. Charlotte Lawrence is the CEO of Lawrence Pictures, LLC. On "made in JAMAICA" Charlotte Lawrence comments: “Our intention with ‘made in JAMAICA’ is to reach an entirely new generation with the philosophies, the people, and of course the music of the reggae movement. ‘made in JAMAICA’ is a great project for Lawrence Pictures, as well as all of our participating partners.”

HEROLD & FAMILY

Pascal Herold

Pascal Herold founded DURAN-DUBOI in 1984. In 1997 DURAN-DUBOI became a publicly traded company on the French stock exchange. Under his dedicated and relentless leadership, DURAN-DUBOI became the unchallenged leader in France in 3D animation. The company’s spectacular R&D department lead DURAN-DUBOI to win first class international producers' trust and loyalties. DURAN-DUBOI also became a leader in the TV post production market in Europe. Its "virtual effects" artists, "CGI" animators and "sound designers" developed technical and artistic internationally recognized expertise in digital special effects image and sound. DURAN-DUBOI's abilities in the creation of SFX (“Amelie of Montmatre,” “Joan of Arc”, “Alien, the Resurrection”), production of music video and films are now recognized throughout Europe.

After founding and leading DURAN-DUBOI for over twenty years, Pascal Herold recently decided to focus all of his his energy on his personal passion for producing and directing feature films, through Herold & Family.

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