‘Rise Up’ is a journey into the heart of Jamaica - the island that gave birth to the worldwide cultural phenomenon of Reggae. In a society where talent abounds and opportunity is scarce, three distinct and courageous artists fight to rise up from obscurity and write themselves into the pages of history. With music and appearances by legends Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, and a slew of soon-to-be superstars, ‘Rise Up’ follows artists in the dangerous streets, back alleys and crowded dance halls of Kingston and the countryside. These artists demonstrate the raw power of hope and courage in a land which is largely unseen, but certainly not unsung.
Luciano Blotta was born in Argentina, went on to study film production at the University of Miami. He is working in Hollywood productions, assisting directors such us John Woo, Steven Soderbergh, and Steven Spielberg. He has directed the controversial documentary short ‘Nutrition Facts’, which premiered at Slamdance Film Festival to rave reviews. ‘Rise Up’ is his first feature-length film, shot over several years in Jamaica. While not directing documentaries, Luciano pours his passion into cinematography, music videos, and feature films.
Jamaica, Argentina, USA
2009, 88', color, video
Luciano Blotta, Catalina Rincon
razni glazbenici s Jamajke
Darrin Holdender, Luciano Blotta
Festivals & Awards:
SILVERDOCS - Best Music Documentary Award