Jonathan David Kane
Haiti | 2014 | 11 mins
PAPA MACHETE – 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.
The film premiered had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (’14) and it’s US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (’15).
The film was produced by Jason Fitzroy Jeffers (Barbados) and Keisha Rae Witherspoon (Jamaica), of Third Horizon Media.
Jonathan David Kane is an artist and filmmaker from Miami, FL. His work has been exhibited at festivals, museums, and venues worldwide including Sundance, TIFF, Sheffield Doc Fest, Clermont-Ferrand, the New World Symphony, Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Lowe Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum.
“Through journalism, music, and film, Jason aims to channel the spirit and stories of Miami and the Caribbean.”
Miami-based filmmaker Keisha Rae Witherspoon has served as producer for short films “Papa Machete” (14) and “Swimming In Your Skin Again” (15) each garnering worldwide attention at international film festivals such as Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, among many others.