Inaugural 'Reggae Film Fest' rolls today

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Lennox-Lewis_1.jpgLennox Lewis, former undisputed Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the world, is scheduled to take a quick break from NBC's Celebrity Apprentice to return to Jamaican shores for the inaugural Reggae Film Festival, which runs from February 20 to 23 in Kingston.

Since his retirement, he has also had a starring role in the UK-based thriller Johnny Was, which will be premiered at the festival's grand opening at the Emancipation Park today.

Arthur Gorson, noted producer from Hollywood, producers/directors Wayne and Dickie Jobson, as well as directors Generoso Fierro, Jep Jorba, George Tait and Bill Parker will all be traveling to Jamaica for the event.

The Reggae Film Festival, is organized as part of the Reggae Month celebrations. It will span three days, featuring approximately 30 films, which celebrate Jamaica's unique musical idiom including documentaries and music videos. The music video category has the largest number of entries.

The Courtleigh Auditorium will host day two of the event which is also open to the public and features "Surf Rasta" and the Bill Parker hit "Klash." The third and final day is reserved for guests of the gala event, which will showcase the German production "Almost Heaven," and "Africa Unite," the much anticipated Stephanie Black documentary.

The Bob Marley Museum will host a fund-raising screening of the film, "Seed - The African Safari," on February 21, while the University of the West Indies will showcase films during the Global Reggae Conference on February 22 between 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.