Miami, FL, November 25, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- A testament of pure perseverance, Jamaican actor Paul Campbell has endured the heights of fame and the depths of despair. Fresh off his battle with cancer, Campbell is ready to take audiences on a journey of his life, a journey that included stardom and homelessness.
Premiering 8pm, December 11, 2010, at the Miramar Cultural Center, “Paul Campbell: The Life and Times of a Jamaican Movie Star,” is a first-hand, honest and compelling story that delineates aspects of Campbell’s life as he develops as a person and an actor. Along the way, it also offers a gritty and humorous perspective of Jamaican life and culture that many will find astounding, enlightening, or simply just jaw dropping.
Campbell earned acclaim in his debut title role in the film The Lunatic, a film that has now become a comedic classic. His next big role was as the notorious and unforgettable villain Priest, in Dancehall Queen (1997). Two years later he portrayed the larger-than-life heroic cop Capone in the highest grossing film out of Jamaica, Third World Cop.
Yet, Paul Campbell: The Life and Times of a Jamaican Movie Star is one of Campbell’s most gratifying roles.
“We are very excited about this project, because it’s surreal in the sense that I get to connect with the audience in a real-life setting, and take them on my personal journey by fusing live theater and hi-def interactive segments,” says the venerable Campbell.
“Most importantly,” he adds, “it is a platform that has helped me launch Stretch, whose mission is quite simple: take the guns out the hands of today’s youths and replace them with cameras and encourage them to ‘shoot with the camera not with the gun!’”
Call it payback, but for the actor so readily identified with violent characters, Campbell is determined to encourage young people to explore alternatives to violence, and insists on engaging teens on every leg of the 25-city tour of “Paul Campbell: The Life and Times of a Jamaican Movie Star.”
Tickets for Paul Campbell: The Life and Times of a Jamaican Movie Star are $32.00 and are available at the Miramar Cultural Center Box Office, 2400 Civic Center Place, (Red Road, North of Miramar Parkway), online at MiramarCulturalCenter.org or by calling 954-602-4500. The show is a presentation of Campbell’s production company Cine Enigma, The Miramar Cultural Center and Riddims Marketing.
The Stretch Program is Campbell’s outreach to teens, encouraging them to develop and hone productive skills while also persevering through obstacles that may come their way. Stretch participants will be given video cameras which will be used to document and capture their stories and which will then be posted on cineenigma.com.
Campbell’s stage credits include leading roles in Intermission, Flame Heart, Checkers, Redemption, The Mikado, White Witch of Rose Hall, Foreign Mind, Masquerade and Manson for various prestigious theaters companies. Campbell has also worked in the United Kingdom and the United States; his New York credits include the world premiere of the Stage Production, Christopher Columbus by Nikos Kazantzakis (Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ) directed by Tony Award winner, Lloyd Richards.
Media Contact: Mark Parris at 954-990-3463, e-mail Cineenigma@gmail.com or Edna LaRoche at 954-602-4514 email elaroche@MiramarCulturalCenter.org
Who: Paul Campbell, Cine Enigma, The Miramar Cultural Center and Riddims Marketing
What: World premiere, Paul Campbell: The Life and Times of a Jamaican Movie Star
When: 8pm, December 11, 2010
Where: The Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025
Why: Having lived and lost the Hollywood life, surviving cancer and homelessness along the way, Paul Campbell emerged as one of Jamaica’s most enduring and celebrated actors. Through Paul Campbell: The Life and Times of a Jamaican Movie Star the actor shares the highs and lows of his life, a story peppered with laughter and tears, triumph and failure, perseverance and endurance. Campbell also uses the launch of the show to give back through his STRETCH program, teaching and encouraging teens to shoot with the camera, not with the gun.
Next City: Kingston, Jamaica –December 15-19th, 2010 @ The Theater Place, 8 Haining Rd