About the team

Keisha Rae Witherspoon (Director, Co-Writer) Keisha Rae Witherspoon is a Jamaican-American filmmaker from Miami. Her work is driven by interests in science, speculative fiction and fantasy, as well as documenting the unseen and unheralded nuances of Diasporic peoples. Her most recent short film T screened at Sundance Film Festival 2020 and won the Golden Bear at Berlinale 2020. It world premiered at BlackStar Film Festival 2019 where it won the audience award for Favorite Narrative Short, and later screened at New Orleans Film Festival where it received the audience award for Best Narrative Short, and a Special Jury Mention for Breakthrough in Filmmaking. She also was producer and writer of the short film Papa Machete which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Keisha is the Creative Director of the Caribbean creative collective Third Horizon.

Jason Fitzroy Jeffers (Co-Writer, Producer) Jason Fitzroy Jeffers is a Miami-based writer and filmmaker from Barbados whose work focuses on giving voice to the often-marginalized stories of the tropics. As a journalist, he has directed work for The Intercept and written for publications such as The Miami Herald and American Way. As a filmmaker, he produced award-winning short films such as Papa Machete, which world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2014 and had its U.S. premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2015, and T, which won the Golden Bear at Berlinale 2020. Jason is also co-founder and co-executive director of Third Horizon, a Caribbean filmmaking and arts collective. Its annual Third Horizon Film Festival celebrates and empowers creatives emerging from the region and its diaspora and was recently named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker magazine. He is also cinematic arts senior manager at Oolite Arts, one of Miami’s largest support organizations for visual artists.

Jonathan David Kane (Producer) Jonathan David Kane is a Miami-based filmmaker and artist who focuses a lens on stories from the Caribbean, Latin America, and the American South. His work has been exhibited at film festivals, museums, and performing arts venues worldwide including Sundance, SXSW, TIFF, Berlinale, Sheffield Doc Fest, the Brooklyn Museum, the Perez Art Museum Miami, and the New World Symphony. JDK’s directorial debut entitled Papa Machete “boasts lush cinematography” (OkayAfrica) and “resembles a graceful dance” (NPR). The award-winning documentary short was released digitally via National Geographic and The Atlantic Selects, garnering over 2 million online views. More recently, JDK edited Keisha Rae Witherspoon’s short film T, which won the Golden Bear at Berlinale 2020. JDK has produced projects for acclaimed filmmakers such as Terence Nance, Celia Rowlson-Hall, and Amy Seimetz.

Untitled Opa-locka Project is a Cinereach grantee.

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