After thrilling audiences in Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta, the urban action feature film “Out the Gate” starring Jamaican favorites Paul Campbell and Oliver Samuels is announced to open island-wide in Jamaica October 19th, 2011. A red carpet premiere, launch party, after party, and other promotional events are being planned for the movie the week of its highly anticipated opening.
Also starring Shelli Boone (Holla, Saints and Sinners, BET) and rising dancehall artitst Everton (E-Dee) Dennis, the film boasts appearances from other notable dancehall and reggae artists 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, faced with tragedy in Jamaica, gets the opportunity to go to America and 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.
Delighted by strong performances from its cast, rave reviews for the picture continue to roll in. KeeTV called Dennis’s breakout performance “mesmerizing.” Paul Campbell, best known for his disturbingly wicked roles in Shottas, Dancehall Queen, and Third World
Cop, delivers a chilling and un-nerving portrayal of Mr. Graves aka Badz, the Don of LA. 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 their own twist on the rags to riches theme in a well rounded protrayal of the immigrant experience. Far I Films, the company that produced the movie, originally hoped to open the movie in Jamaica early summer, but after meeting with Palace Amusements, discovered that Jamaican theaters were booked solid all summer and that October would be the earliest opening available on the island. So they continued to play the movie in select markets in America building fans and followers as Jamaican film continues its rise to its rightful place in entertainment.
See photos from the Hollywood premiere below.