March 25 will see the release of The Upsetter: The Life And Music Of Lee “Scratch” Perry, a documentary about the influential reggae producer and musician. Directed by Ethan Higbee and Alan Bhala Lough, The Upsetter is a look at Perry’s life, which settled comfortably into “eccentric” and toed the line into “nuts.” The film is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro for that extra gravitas.
Perry was born in Jamaica, and was instrumental in crafting the sound of dub in the ’70s, recording artists such as Bob Marley in his home studio, the Black Ark. The musician has remained active over the years and has produced tracks by artists as diverse as Paul McCartney and the Clash.
The Upsetter will premiere on March 25 in Los Angeles’ the Downtown Independent and will travel to select American cities over the following month. Perry himself remarked coherently, “Hallo to you my Peeples out there this is my movie of the Past AND the Present….Enjoy it God Bless it Lee $cratch Perry Vi$$ions.” Higbee is also directing a documentary of controversial rapper Lil B titled Basedworld.
Screening Dates For The Upsetter
03/25-04/01 – Los Angeles, CA – Downtown Independent
04/01-04/08 – Portland, OR – Clinton St. Theatre
04/02 – Long Beach, CA – Art Theatre
04/03 – New York, NY – Maysles Cinema
04/05-04/06 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
04/08-04/10 – Columbia, MO – Rag Tag Cinema
04/10 – Taos, NM – Taos Center for The Arts
04/13 – Houston TX – Alamo Draft House
04/13-04/14 – Boston, MA – Regent Theatre
04/15-04/17 – Detroit, MI – Burton Theatre
04/15-04/17 – Eugene, OR – Bijou Art Cinema
04/15 – Sante Fe, NM – Center for Contemporary Arts
04/16 – Providence, RI – Cable Car Cinema
04/20 – Portland, ME – Space Gallery
04/22-04/23 – -West Hollywood, CA – Dem Passwords Gallery
05/13-05/14 – San Francisco, CA – Red Vic Movie House