Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival
This fall, Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival returns to Miami, bringing the best in film from the Caribbean and its diaspora to South Florida. The festival will take place from September 28 to October 1 at O Cinema Wynwood and Pérez Art Museum Miami.
For centuries, the Caribbean has been a place where people from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia have converged, and its stories are far richer and more nuanced than the tourist brochures would have you believe. As film production becomes less prohibitive and more democratic, a new generation of Caribbean filmmakers are seizing the moment to bring these stories to the screen. And with the current drive for diversity in film, the time has never been more ripe to share these stories with the world. The Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival aims to celebrate and empower the filmmakers leading this charge and promote films which tell the stories of the region, its people and their diaspora.
The festival was founded by Third Horizon, a Miami-based collective of Caribbean creatives whose first short film, Papa Machete, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and had its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, before going on to screen at more than 30 film festivals worldwide. It is being staged in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy, a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization whose core mission is to support and distribute the work of Caribbean filmmakers.
This year's branding draws on the work of Kwesi Abbensetts, a New York-based photographer, self-taught visual artist and 2016 NYFA Fellow. Abbensetts hails from South America off the Corentyne coast of Guyana.
"I am an Intuitionist.
My process of creating is led by an intuitive and unconscious calling. It relies on waiting, spontaneous inspiration and feelings. My process places trust in randomness, moments and happenstance instead of trained formalities of art making and practice. My work relies on memory information and the influence of space/environment to create and influence my work, a call and response.
My work is tightly bound to my identity and consequently the work and subjects become a rendered celebration of my culture. My work is concerned with I call “Revisionary Self Appropriation.” It is a work that seeks to build new context and representation of self and not relying on direct posited contemporary references. It relies on “blood” memory, invention and experimentation via the process of intuitive force performance."
The Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival is produced by:
Co-Founder and Festival Director
Jason Fitzroy Jeffers
Keisha Rae Witherspoon
Director of Programming
Social Media Supervisor