After thrilling audiences in Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta, the urban-action feature film Out the Gate, starring Jamaican favourites Paul Campbell and Oliver Samuels, is to open across Jamaica on October 19.
A red-carpet premiere, launch party, after party, and other promotional events are being planned for the movie on the week of its opening.
Also starring Shelli Boone, (Holla, Saints and Sinners, BET), and rising dancehall artiste Everton (E-Dee) Dennis, the film boasts appearances from notable dancehall and reggae artistes including Lady G, Mr Lexx, Edley Shine from Born Jamericans, Ms Triniti, and Kashu Man.
The film tells the story of a youth, Everton Dennis, who is faced with tragedy in Jamaica and gets the opportunity to go to the United States to pursue his dream of making it big in the music business.
Trials and tribulations ensue, yet Everton perseveres only to have it all threatened when the Don (Campbell) demands his dues.
Described as a 'believe in your dreams' picture, the triumphant story is winning over audiences everywhere it is screened.
Strong performances from its cast mean rave reviews for the picture continue to roll in.
KeeTV called Dennis' breakout performance "mesmerising". Paul Campbell, best known for his disturbingly wicked roles in Shottas, Dancehall Queen, and Third World Cop, delivers a chilling and unnerving portrayal of Mr Graves, aka Badz, the Don of LA.
Good supporting cast
Karibbean Expression Magazine praised the "energetic performances" by the supporting cast. Reggae historian Roger Steffens called the film " … vivid and moving". Atlanta Daily World Newspaper wrote, the movie appears to be "on its way to becoming a classic". Jamaican audiences will soon have the chance to see the movie for themselves.
Driven by a pulsing soundtrack that includes music from Beenie Man, Jadakiss, Styles P, Busy Signal, Turbulance, and more, Carib Press said the musical numbers were a "highlight" of the film.
The Village Brothers-directed movie offers a twist on the rags-to-riches theme in a well-rounded portrayal of the immigrant experience.
Far I Films, the company that produced the flick, originally hoped to open the movie in Jamaica early summer but, after meeting with Palace Amusement, discovered Jamaican cinemas were booked solid all summer and that October would be the earliest opening available. So the producers continued to play the movie in select markets in the United States, building fans and followers as Jamaican film continues its rise to its rightful place in entertainment.
More international showings of the movie are being planned for London, Toronto and European markets in 2012.
To see the film's trailer and for more information, visit www.outthegatemovie.com.