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Feature-length documentary about Jamaican ska pioneer, rocksteady hit-maker and reggae legend Winston "Flames" Jarrett.
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This film is being made by:

Executive Producers:  Perpetual Nakis, Empress Irie Dawta, Herman "Ta' Zayah" Hendricks, Meghan Moore, Debbie Tucker Markezich, Kapua, Elinor Nakis, Arty Nakis, Connie Schauer, Shirley C. Jenkins, Ras Marcus Benjamin, Sheila Edgin, Diana Wright, Luc Hale, Troy Mabry, Isaac Kaplan-Woolner, Scott Bickford, Jonny Lagat Saragena, Liz, Angela Devlin, Paris Treantafeles, Culture Yard, Outpt, James McEwan, Brian McKillop, Mike, BobJr94, Marion Adams Sai, Krk Nordenstrom, Pierre MacKay, Chani Hines, Travis Leva, Nathan Moody, Garrett Anderson, Antonio de la Torre, Jerica Green, Ben Rapson, and Katie Johnson

Starring: Winston "Flames" Jarrett

Producer/Director: Nicholas John Nakis

Producer/Photographer/Videographer: Patsy Jarrett

Camera Operator: Anthony Tackett

Associate Producers: Patrick S. Poplin & Raynard Eskeets

...And many more people who will soon add their names to this list.  

Our project is a feature-length documentary film about Winston "Flames" Jarrett. As a backing vocalist for Alton Ellis & The Flames, Winston's voice graced several number-1 Ska hits in Jamaica.  He was also one of the first to record Rocksteady and Reggae in the 1960s and appeared as a background player in the breakthrough Jamaican film The Harder They Come.  Flames became leader of the band after Alton Ellis migrated to England.  As frontman of Winston Jarrett & the Righteous Flames, he was a mentor to the next generation of reggae musicians who took Jamaican music to worldwide popularity in the 1970s. He has recorded 20 albums in a music career spanning 6 decades. Flames now lives in Seattle, Washington, USA.

In addition to uncovering the story of Winston's life in the Jamaican music scene, this film addresses his experience as an impoverished Trenchtown youth who rose to success and travelled around the world.  Now in his 70s, Winston "Flames" Jarrett is an elder of the Rastafari movement, a student of Nyahbinghi elder Mortimer Planno.  He discusses meeting H.I.M. Haile Selassie I in Jamaica in 1966, and describes the Ethiopian Emperor's lifelong influence upon him.   

We are raising money to fund a series of interviews with Winston's friends and peers in Jamaica at the end of March, while he records his new album at Sly & Robbie's Sonic Sounds Studio. This footage will accompany existing interviews with Winston in Seattle, footage of his 70th birthday performance, and archival material. We plan to release the completed film around his 72nd birthday in September 2012.  

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