Rockstone and Fire

A tribute to the century old Spanish-wall structures that dot Jamaica’s rural landscape in St. Elizabeth. The buildings hold memory, cultural connections and significance for the place and the people. Unfortunately, it is estimated that only 40-50 of these buildings remain.

The limestone and earth building method known as Spanish walling is currently a dying art but can add aesthetic and functional value to modern buildings. The film features technical interviews with a masterbuilder, insight from community members, and the burning of an impressive traditional lime kiln. Rockstone and Fire compellingly champions Jamaica’s beautiful buildings, vistas and people.

  • Courtney Coke
    Director
  • Courtney Coke
    Writer
  • Ann Hodges
    Writer
  • Courtney Coke and Ann Hodges
    Producer
  • Film Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 14, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Jamaica
  • Country of Filming:
    Jamaica
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • University Screening
    Kingston
    Jamaica
    March 15, 2019
  • St. Mark's Anglican Church
    St. Elizabeth
    Jamaica
    March 16, 2019
    Jamaican Premiere
Director Biography - Courtney Coke

Dr. Courtney C. Coke is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, IL. USA. Dr. Coke spent his formative years on a citrus and sugar cane farm in Pennants, Clarendon, Jamaica where he was raised by his grandparents.

Dr. Coke also has a home in Potsdam, St. Elizabeth and is deeply entrenched in the community.

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