THREE'S COMPANY: McDonald, with Karen and Ziggy Marley inside the IFC Studios at the Marley premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Texas.
Sure to be long considered one of the indelible highlights of this year’s Jamaica 50 activities, the free-to-the-public Kingston premiere of the acclaimed new documentary, Marley, will unfold in true red, green and gold carpet fashion inside Emancipation Park come April 19 – ahead of its official international release the following day.
Considered the definitive film project on the life, music and legacy of reggae legend Bob Marley, Marley clocks in at 2 hours and 24 minutes and was directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin MacDonald, who blended numerous interviews from family members, friends and former band members with historical concert footage and rare recordings.
“The most important audience for Marley is obviously the Jamaican one,” notes MacDonald, “so I'm absolutely thrilled that we are able to give the film a free public premiere. I hope that even Bob's home audience – the people who know him best – learn something new from the film and come away with a renewed love for the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers.”
For her part, Bob’s widow, Rita, says the Marley clan is pleased to provide Jamaicans with the first opportunity to view the film before it is officially released. “Bob Marley is a son of the Jamaican soil, and now Jamaicans along with the rest of the world, will have an opportunity to experience and see the reality not fantasy that chronicles his journey through stardom. They will see the true story of Bob Marley.”
According to the organizing team, April 19 will be nothing short of a spectacular night filled with local and international celebrities, members of the reggae music fraternity and Jamaicans from all walks of life coming together to celebrate the life of a legend.
Magnolia Pictures will release Marley (recently premiered at South by Southwest in Texas) theatrically, digitally and through Video on Demand on April 20. The film was produced by Steve Bing of Shangri-La Entertainment and Charles Steel of Cowboy Films. Ziggy Marley and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell served as executive producers in conjunction with Tuff Gong Pictures.