After two-sold out screenings in Atlanta, the executives of SUNRASON FILMS are continuing their Southern tour of Bashment, the highly anticipated film that digs deep into New York’s urban street culture—Jamaican style. The stirring drama again brings the streets of NY to the ‘Dirty’ South, with two special screenings on August 2nd in Charlotte, NC, and August 5th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Bashment, which according to the Jamaica Gleaner “outpaces many Jamaican-made films that have come before,” tells the tale of a group of young Jamaican men struggle with friendship, greed, tragedy, and redemption, against the backdrop of New York’s spunky Dancehall-tinged urban streets, and stars acclaimed stage actor Mykal Fax, alongside popular Dancehall soundmen Maestro from famed ‘Passa Passa’ soundsystem Swatch International, Noah Wid Di Powa, and Steelie Bashment.
Embracing the grittiness of urban street life without being the cliché ‘shotta style’ film, Bashment digs deep into the many complexities and pitfalls that Jamaican and Caribbean immigrants face on the quest for that all too often allusive ‘American Dream.’
“For Bashment, the focus was more on the story and the scripting” explains Tehut Nine, who not only was the principal writer but also directed, co-produced, edited, and starred in the film. “I wanted to make a film that was gritty, yet fun and authentic, giving the rest of the world a real slice of New York and the craziness that many young men and women often find themselves caught up in as a result of their choices. I didn’t want to fill the movie with the gory details that accompany many of the violent scenes in movies; we consciously decided to avoid using profanity. My focus as the principal writer was on having a good script well layered with interesting plots, twist and characters that had real passion, and aggressive energy.”
“It has all the elements of a great movie,” states Fax, who in addition to having the leading role and co-writing credit, also co-produced the film. “Action, comedy, drama, suspense and elements of raw reality.”
Bashment has found the perfect home in the South, an area with a growing Jamaican/Caribbean population, but limited access to quality Caribbean entertainment.
“The reaction down South has been great, people in Atlanta and South Florida love the film,” says Tehut-Nine. “I live in Charlotte, so I know that this film is definitely something that the people here will connect with. This is our second run in Florida, the people loved it so much, that they demanded that we come back!”
The Charlotte, NC screening of Bashment will be held on Thursday, August 2nd at TEMPO, 4809 Wilkinson Blvd. at 7:30pm.
The Ft. Lauderdale screening will be held on Sunday, August 5th at Sunrise Cinemas, Stadium 15 at Las Olas River Front at 300 SW 1st Avenue at 7:00pm.
For more information and to view the film trailer, log on to www.sunrason.com, or call SUNRASON FILMS at 917-531-5704.
Ms. Raine Martin, Publicist