Over the last five years, I've made the leap into film production. It started with field producing segments and programs for channels such as ESPN, Bravo and ARTE, and eventually led to me co-founding Third Horizon, an initiative to explore the stories of the Caribbean and its diaspora. Our projects have screened at festivals such as Sundance and TIFF, and we eventually formed a film festival of our own. Here are a few highlights from the journey thus far.
Executive Producer | Producer | Writer
Two hundred years ago, the slaves of Haiti defeated Napoleon's armies in the historic revolution of 1791-1804. One of their weapons was the very tool they used to work the land: the machete. Papa Machete explores the esoteric martial art through the practice and life of a farmer named Alfred Avril. The short film documents his proud devotion to his heritage in the face of increased globalization, and his efforts to keep this mysterious art alive.
Papa Machete world-premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and had its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. It would go on to screen at more than 30 film festivals worldwide, winning Best Documentary Short at Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and Best Documentary at Zanzibar Film Festival. It has been covered by NPR, the Associated Press, and Gawker among others, and was selected as Vimeo's Pick of the Day and as short of the week on ShortOfTheWeek.com. It has been viewed more than 1 million times since its online premiere and can currently be screened at National Geographic and The Atlantic.
For more information, please visit PapaMachete.com
2014 - present
Festival Director | Co-Founder
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.
In 2013, as we wrapped production on Papa Machete and prepared it to screen internationally, the team and I noticed there were few, if any, of these Caribbean films at the festivals we would soon be traveling to. This realization led to us founding Third Horizon, a collective which would focus and creating films in this vein, in addition to Third Horizon Film Festival, which aims to celebrate and showcase the most adventurous creatives in film, art and music who are emerging from the Caribbean and its sprawling diaspora.
Swimming In Your Skin Again
A film about motherhood, banality, Miami, the water, the divine feminine, and how to sing in church in a way that calls forth your own adulthood.
In 2015, Third Horizon was honored to be brought on board as the co-producers of acclaimed director Terence Nance's Swimming in Your Skin Again, which was commissioned and produced by Borscht Corporation for the 2014 Borscht Film Festival. The film later had its world premiere at the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam, screened at Sundance 2016, and won high praise from various critics, including The New Yorker's Richard Brody:
"Beginning with a lyrical view of a young man and woman who turn up as apparitions at a stirring musical service in a small church, Nance expands his vision to a sort of artistic cosmogony; by way of ecstatic imagery, thrillingly balletic performances, and a mighty sense of humor, he sketches a personal mythology of black American history and culture."
In 2015, I also produced another short film commissioned by Borscht Corporation: Dolfun, directed by Sebastian Silva. In this absurdist "documentary", what begins as a love story becomes an existential crisis when filmmaker noted director Silva flies to Miami to fulfill his lifelong dream of swimming with a dolphin. The film world premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2015