Film

Rockers

 
 
Thu, Aug 2, 2012
  • 4:30PM
  • 6:50PM
  • 9:15PM
 
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
 
BAM Rose Cinemas
RUN TIME: 100min
FORMAT: DCP
GENERAL ADMISSION: $12
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $7
STUDENTS/SENIORS:  $9 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
 
+  The 6:50pm screening will be followed by a party at BAMcafé with live performances.
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Ted Bafaloukos

With Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Richard “Dirty Harry” Hall, Monica Craig, Marjorie Norman, Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs

“Between the nearly nonstop soundtrack, the rhythmic footage of vinyl records being pressed, and the mountaintop prophesies that reveal the spiritual roots of reggae, Bafaloukos establishes what the music business means to impoverished islanders, and how the drug-fueled religious ceremony behind the music matters even more than money.”
—Noel Murray, The Onion AV Club

The Bicycle Thief in a tenement yard. Rockers is a loose, revelatory, eye-opening document of the hand-to-mouth life of musicians (“sufferahs”) scraping by in the shantytown, featuring drumming legend Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace (playing himself) in the only feature ever directed by Bafaloukos (Errol Morris’ longtime production designer). The film opens with a Rasta leader addressing the camera directly over a chant of the Rastafarian anthempar excellence, “Satta Massagana,” then unfolds as a celebration of reggae culture, with cameos by such luminaries as sax legends Richard “Dirty Harry” Hall and Tommy McCook, famed producer Joe Gibbs, singers Gregory Isaacs and Jacob Miller, DJs Big Youth, Dr. Alimantado, and Dillinger, and a young Burning Spear singing acapella on a moonlit beach. A new DCP restoration!

The 6:50pm screening will be followed by “Downtown Top Ranking in a BAMstyle,” a party at BAMcafé with Deadly Dragon Sound System and featuring legendary DJ Ranking Joe on the mic. Free Red Stripe beer!