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A musical film that takes viewers on a journey to the heart of the Rasta movement and shows us how, against great odds, a message of salvation and redemption was born.

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 Holding
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FILMMAKERS

Holding on to Jah is a collaboration of

Roger Landon Hall, Harrison Stafford

and countless others.

 

Roger Landon Hall

Biographical Summary

Writer/Director/Editor/

Cinematography

 

Holding on to Jah is Roger’s first full-length feature film. While enrolled in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Roger worked as videographer at KPST San Francisco, one of the leading Chinese television stations in California. As a non-Asian, non-Mandarin speaker, Roger found a common language with the largely Chinese staff and audience in his striking visual images.

 

After graduation he worked as a freelance producer/editor producing music videos and independent film shorts. His innovative editing style caught the attention of CNET where he was hired as a Producer/Editor to develop original video content for TV.COM. Roger co-produced TurboVision, Burning Questions and Back Story which received honorable mention at the 2008 Webbys. Roger has since gone on to produce several music videos, and documentaries including  "Throw Down your Arms," and, "Thr Story of Bitcoin."

 

Born in Reno, Nevada on November 10, 1977, Roger’s early childhood was spent on cattle ranches and dairy farms. These childhood experiences came to define Rogers’s deep sense of connection to the natural cycles of life and the importance of our individual roots.

 

A defining moment came at the age of thirteen, when he casually picked up his great aunt’s classic Gibson guitar. As his fingers found their way over the strings he discovered that the sound they made resonated deep within. The more he played the more he enjoyed music. He found that to him music could be an individual meditation, a collaborative expression and a celebration. Roger’s passion for music connected him into a group of fellow students at Amador High School in Pleasanton California. There he became good friends with Holding on to Jah co-producer Harrison Stafford.

 

Roger’s interest in film as a profession came while attending college in Santa Barbara, California. He later transferred to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he graduated in 2005 with a degree in film production with a focus on editing.

The genesis of Holding on to Jah can be traced back to when Roger returned to the Bay Area, and reconnected with his Amador High friend Harrison Stafford in 1999. Harrison had by this time founded the Reggae band Groundation. Harrison and Roger realized that they shared a mutual interest in Reggae music. For the two friends, Reggae was not merely a style of music but a deeply felt expression of the human spirit.

 

Out of this shared passion was born the idea to merge their talents, and to bring the essence of Reggae to the world in a format that combines the sights, sounds and faces of Reggae. It is Roger’s belief that the there is no better time than now for the world to hear the messages of hope, heart and humanity that are the Roots of Reggae.

 

Harrison Stafford

Biographical Summary

Writer/Producer

 

Harrison Todd Stafford was born in 1977 and grew up

in the town of Pleasanton, an east bay suburb of San

Francisco. He attended regular public schools and

also spent time in Synagogue studying the Torah and

learning Hebrew. His parents have a deep appreciation

for the love of music and music played an important role in the daily life of the family.

 

For reasons even he can’t fully explain, Reggae music and its’ history touched him at a very young age and sparked a love of the rhythm and culture of the African Diaspora. Still in high school he began to wonder why Reggae music, coming from a relatively small group of poor black people, was such a powerful voice for equal rights and justice, and he longed to be a part of that worldwide struggle.

 

After graduating from high school, Harrison studied jazz at Sonoma State University where he met fellow jazz students Marcus Urani (keyboards) and Ryan Newman (bass). Together they formed the fusion Reggae group Groundation in 1998. Groundation has since become one of the leading conscious bands of the underground music scene having released seven albums of original music and participated in countless world tours. Harrison continues to be a driving force behind Groundation both in his role as lead vocalist and in his creative ability to develop exciting new music.

 

Drawing on his personal research and his travel experiences in Jamaica and Africa, Harrison created a college level course titled “the History of Reggae Music”, which he taught at Sonoma State University from 1999-2001. The course was unique in that it took students who maybe just recently heard of Reggae music or only knew it from the popularity of Bob Marley and helped them appreciate the music on a deeper level; helped them understand how the music and message really defines who we are and where we stand in this time.

 

Today Harrison continues to write music and tour with Groundation and to get involved in other projects that help spread the music and the message. He recently released a jazz influenced album call “Rockamovya” and currently, he is collaborating on a documentary film on the history of the Rastafarian movement and Reggae music; entitled “Holding on to Jah”.

 

For more information on Harrison Stafford and Groundation visit website: www.groundation.com.

 

Director: Roger Landon Hall

Producer: Harrison Stafford

Writers: Roger Landon Hall &
Harrison Stafford

Cinematography: Daniel Esser
& Roger Landon Hall

Editor: Roger Landon Hall

Sound Mixing and Editing: Robert Vance Cross III

 

Starring In Alphabetical Order

Prince Allah
Bridget Anderson
Allen "Rocky" Bailey
Bluesy
Lascelle "Wiss" Bulgin
Watty Burnett
Daniel Campbell
Don Carlos
Brother Samuel Clayton
Bernard Collins
Countryman
Kenroy "Talash" Fyffe
Apple Gabriel
Joseph Hill
Winston Jarrett
Ashanti Roy Johnson
IJahman Levi
Lindberg Lewis
Winston McAnuff
Abba Melchizedek
Ras Michael
Sugar Minott
Pablo Moses
Cedric Myton
Thomas "Jah T" Myton
Cecil "Skelly" Spence
Roger Steffens
U-Roy
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace

Associate Producers
Maurie O'Dea
Rebecca Colson
Joseph DiPietro
Dr Bru S Dahl-Meadows
Eva Eleonore Sachs

Music Supervisor
Harrison Stafford

Production Manager
Andrew Joseph Campbell aka Andrew "Bassie

Additional Videography
Michael Lomino
Mitch Eason
Harrison Stafford

Artwork
Robert Trujillo

Motion Graphics
Justin Porter

Voice Over
Roger Steffens

Transportation Department
Steve Tulloch....................Driver
Harrison Stafford.............Driver
Lenky Lugg.......................Driver
Stanley "Simeon" Heron............Car Provider

Accomodations
Gloria Hamilton-Brown
Sherly Retreat
Leighton Lugg and the Lugg Family

Craft Services
Omar Miller
Ozzie's Ital

Business Consultant
Emiel Martens

Web Design
Rick Burke

Publicity
Patricia Kelly

Subtitles
Portuguese - Rafael Costa
German - Helmut Philipps
French - Antoine Baillet
Spanish - Silvia Rada & Estuardo Alvarado

SPECIAL THANKS

Debra Shaw
Garry Shaw
Roberta Stafford
Richard Stafford
Jonathan Demme
Juliana Hall
Stacy Diego
Jon Stafford
Marcus Urani
Brian Diego
Jason Howland
Ryan Newman
Kris Dilbeck
Blair Franklin
The Armanasco Family
Bob Slayton
Nick Harris

 



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Göran Eriksson

Gina Samsel Henderson

Hervé Benjamin

Jean-Baptiste Raina

Joshua Silvester

Leonidas Michalis

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THE COUNCIL

 

Jared "the Tao" Rowe
Michael "Pope" Carlson
Bourke "Sloth" MacDonald
Brian "Doctor" Moyers

Daniel "Umku" Esser
Jahan Donesh
Mark Compton Palmer
John "Baby-kel kel" Kellett

Robert "Frost" Cross
Daniel "Lye-Tye" Lyon
Giovanni "Johnny" Maki

 

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