Jason Fitzroy Jeffers is a Miami-based writer, filmmaker and musician from Barbados. As a writer, Jason has covered arts, lifestyle, and local politics in South Florida and the Caribbean for publications such as The Miami Herald and Ocean Drive.
As a filmmaker, he wrote and produced the award-winning short film Papa Machete, which explores the esoteric martial art of Haitian machete fencing. The film world premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and had its U.S. premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It has since screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world and has garnered coverage from NPR, Al Jazeera and the Associated Press. The film is currently featured on NationalGeographic.com and TheAtlantic.com and has been viewed more than 1 million times. He produced two short films selected to Sundance 2016: Swimming in Your Skin Again and Dolfun, and has worked as a field producer for shows and segments on networks such as ESPN and Bravo.
Jason is also one of the founders of Third Horizon, a Miami-based collective of Caribbean filmmakers, musicians and artists, and is the Festival Director of the collective's annual Third Horizon Film Festival, which aims to celebrate and empower the new creative voices emerging from the region through screenings, exhibitions and workshops.