Palm’s Blackwell and Koh Announce Goldeneye Film Fest in Jamaica
by Brian Brooks
Palm Pictures founder Chris Blackwell and David Koh, head of acquisitions & production for Palm and Arthouse Films, have announced the launch of the Goldeneye Film Festival, which will take place December 8-13 at Blackwell’s Island Outpost property, Goldeneye in Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica. The event, which is billed by the organizers as a “hybrid event [serving] as a film festival, a retreat, a conference, [and] a music event” will include 150 films available to invited guests mostly on the DVD format in their hotel rooms. Screenings will also be offered at a nearby cinema and at an outdoor screen mounted in the ocean.
Also on tap for the six-day festival are retrospectives of Jamaican film, James Bond films, a history of Hong Kong cinema, a collection of Bruce Lee films, and a retrospective of Bob Marley, in addition to a panel discussion focusing on the film “The Harder They Come” by Perry Henzel.
Music is a prevalent theme throughout the Goldeneye festival. Planned sidebars include “Music Driven” films, “Doc Mix,” which will feature a “best of survey of music films, midnight movies, and documentaries. Also to be programmed is a section devoted to Arthouse Films, featuring a “best of” survey of docs and films about fine artists.
“I think that this event could be really great and is truly unique and it’s a privilege to work with Chris on this new venture,” commented Koh in a statement. “Imagine going to this incredible place, Goldeneye, having all of these incredible movies at your disposal in your room, and you can choose depending on your mood if you ant to be private or public to whatever degree and come away with an incredibly rich viewing experience. It’s a festival on your own terms and in the most unique setting — a place to relax, rejuvenate, recuperate and feel inspired.”
Blackwell is the founder of Island Records, Island Pictures, Island Outpost, and Palm Pictures and was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is credited with having discovered and worked with an extensive roster of artists, including Steven Winwood, Bob Marley, U2, Cat Stevens, Rox Muxic, B52s, Melissa Etheridge, The Cranberries, Nick Drake, Tom Waits, Marianne Faithfull and others.