I first met Storm while on assignment in Kingston for Trace MagazineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jamaica issue, by the pool of the Hilton Hotel. Surrounded by cool creative people, the summer of Ã¢â‚¬â„¢05 lent its own special magic to the scene. Jah Cure had the number one song in rotation on Hot 97, and Turbulence was storming up international charts with 77KlashÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s groundbreaking punk-infused production onÃ‚ Notorious.
Storm’s casual and humble demeanor belied his talent, but such is often the case with truly gifted people. He contributed a stellar photo of then Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mark Shields for the issue. Very memorable indeed, and in hindsight a precursor of greater things to come.
Storm, who is from a well-known creative family, went to film school in NYC. However, he decided to relocate to Jamaica to hone his skills and that was a good thing. Jamaican cinema has been in need of a poignant point of view for years. Perry HenzelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚ The Harder They ComeÃ‚ came out almost 40 years ago and subsequent releases have often felt more like stage plays rather than cinema. When hanging out with friends in Negril in the summer of Ã¢â‚¬â„¢08, I had the privilege of watching the first rough-cut ofÃ‚ Better Mus ComeÃ‚ Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Storm SaulterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first feature.
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