'Shotta' director fires at Carib

'Shotta' director fires at Carib

Howard Campbell

Monday, April 30, 2012

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THE director of a local movie has taken Carib 5 to task after Jamaica's main cinema refused to show his film.

Diavallan Fearon, whose low-budget flick, Blind Shotta, won two awards at the recent Jamaica film festival, led a protest at Carib 5 in Cross Roads, St Andrew, last Saturday.

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Members of the Blind Shotta cast, including star Ryan Walker, were part of

the demonstration.

Fearon claims Carib snubbed his film because its actors "were not established enough". He said he approached management about showing the movie in December.

"Then how so many American movies are shown with actors we don't know,?" an angry Fearon asked. "This is a Jamaican film which Jamaicans can relate to but it's being discriminated against without being given a chance."

An action comedy, Blind Shotta was filmed in sections of Kingston last summer,

mainly Fearon's hometown of Grant's Pen.

The first-time director says the project cost $5 million. It also stars Phillip Lee King and Leon Morrison.

Walker, who makes his acting debut in Blind Shotta, won a best actor award for

his portrayal at the

Jamaica Film Festival.

Fearon, who received a special award, says he is in discussion with owners of a Kingston theatre, to show

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