Royal Stompbox Presents: Lee "Scratch" Perry's Vision Of Paradise!

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The Royal Cinema - Toronto says
Sunday, May 15th @ 7:30pm

With a specially recorded intro from Lee “Scratch” Perry!
And if we’re lucky, a personal visit from “The Upsetter” himself!


Lee “Scratch” Perry is an enigma, wrapped in cannabis smoke, hidden inside a hat with CDs stuck to it and a boot with a picture of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie in the sole (or should that be soul?).

Bob Marley’s former producer and the inventor of dub reggae, Lee 'Scratch' Perry at 80 years old still personifies everything the movement stands for. A man half rooted in Earth, the other in outer space, this new film about his life and work gives a rare insight into one of the most unique, righteous, creative, funny and puzzlingly bizarre personalities in music.

Filmed over 15 years, the pioneering accomplishments of dub’s most eccentric vampire-hunting producer-vocalist mystic are also re-imagined as an animated superhero fighting evil with musical instruments of mass destruction. Amidst oblique, humorous interviews with Perry, and grounded with words of praise from fellow producers, the film whirlwinds among the icon's Switzerland home, the Ethiopian birthplace of Rastafarian deity Haile Selassie and the rebuilt Black Ark Studio in Kingston, Jamaica – the legendary studio where Perry produced transformative hits for Bob Marley & The Wailers and others, creating the murky, smoky sounds of dub, influencing countless subsequent musicians and giving birth to entire genres of music.

Perry today is part artist, part poet, part singer, part village odd man. This documentary attempts to get to the bottom of Perry’s split with Marley, his life and religious views, creation, the universe, power structures and everything else, placing Perry’s career and its oddities into a compelling, timeless context. The Perry philosophy involves banishing demons, fighting the good fight, and taking the edge off with a nice big spliff come sundown. Schaner's film finds, if not the grand vision of paradise promised by its title, then at least one of attainable, earthly happiness.
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By: The Royal Cinema - Toronto