Papa Machete is a short film exploring the esoteric martial art of Haitian machete fencing — also known as Tire Machèt — through the practice and life of 'Professor' Alfred Avril, an aging farmer in the hills of Jacmel, Haiti who is one of the art's few remaining masters.
The film documents his proud devotion to his heritage and his struggle to keep it alive in the face of Haiti's bitter poverty.
world premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and later had its U.S. premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Since its release, it has garnered coverage from NPR
, Al Jazeera and Gawker.com. papamachete.com
Swimming in Your Skin Again
In 2014, we were 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, and recently won high praise from 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."