Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Perry Henzell Tribute in LA..........
Howard Campbell, Gleaner Writer
A full house reportedly turned out at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles last Friday, to pay tribute to Jamaican film-maker Perry Henzell.
The event was co-produced by American Cinematheque and Wild Indigo, a multimedia company based in Los Angeles. Arthur Gorson, a director at Wild Indigo, said the turnout reflected the respect the film industry has for Henzell who died from cancer in 2006.
Photo from L to R: Arthur Gorson, Wayne Jobson, Roger Steffens, Justine Henzell, P.J.Soles, David Garonzik
Jamaican pop culture
The movie is largely credited with introducing Jamaican pop culture to an international audience. Gorson was a photographer with Rolling Stone magazine in 1972 when he came to Jamaica and did a feature story on the country's emerging music scene.
During his visit, Gorson and Henzell developed a friendship that lasted until the latter's death.
Henzell's wife, Sally, and their daughter, Justine, attended the event which followed a panel discussion on Henzell's contribution to Jamaican pop culture.
Jamaica's culture minister Olivia Grange, and Michelle Haynes, special projects manager at Jamaica Trade and Invest, also made the trip.
Music industry veteran Wayne Jobson, bass player Phil Chen and Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald of roots-reggae group the Wailing Souls, were some of the Los Angeles-based Jamaicans in attendance.