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USC Cinematic Arts presents“Third Horizon in Los Angeles”, a weekend of cinema curated by the pioneering Caribbean film festival.

LOS ANGELES, CA — The USC School of Cinematic Arts is pleased to welcome Third Horizon Film Festival to Los Angeles on July 13 and 14 with a weekend showcase of the best in Caribbean cinema.

Now in its fourth year, Third Horizon has been screening thoughtfully curated cinema from the Caribbean and its wider diaspora to audiences in Miami, New York, and London to growing acclaim. The festival now comes to the heart of the US entertainment industry, for two days of screenings at USC.

All screenings are free. Tickets can be reserved HERE.

“We’re excited to present a selection of films that expands how the Caribbean has typically been depicted in the wider world of cinema,” said Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, Co-Executive Director of Third Horizon. “These films challenge notions of the Caribbean as mere tourist paradise, and reveals a people whose identities have been shaped by yet transcend the colonial forces that shaped the region.”

The weekend of screenings will be complemented by a selection of Caribbean food trucks on the USC campus, and will climax with a closing night party at the Ace Hotel with Foreigner, the acclaimed DJ and event curator whose parties have energized L.A.’s Caribbean community.”

Still from Miriam Miente

The weekend opens with Miriam Miente, the narrative feature debut of Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada. Filmed in the Dominican Republic, Miriam Miente explores a quiet middle class world of good intentions that begins to crumble when fourteen-year-old Miriam meets her internet boyfriend. While her family and friends prepare for her a traditional fifteen birthday party, Miriam doesn’t know how to explain that her boyfriend is black.

Still from God Loves the Fighter

The weekend closes with God Loves The Fighter, director Damian Marcano’s unflinchingly gritty yet sympathetic crime fable set in contemporary urban Trinidad. It tells the story of Charlie, a young drug courier who seeks to escape the streets of Port of Spain and the underworld he finds himself trapped in. The full line-up can be found here.

“We’re looking forward to finally connecting with California’s Caribbean community as well as those in the film industry who are eager to learn more about our region’s blossoming cinema,” said Romola Lucas, Co-Executive Director of Third Horizon. “We have so much to share.”

About Third Horizon Film Festival: THFF was founded by Third Horizon, a collective of Caribbean creatives whose first short film, Papa Machete, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and had its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, before going on to screen at more than 30 film festivals worldwide. It is staged annually in Miami in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy, a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization whose core mission is to support and distribute the work of Caribbean filmmakers.

The festival was founded in 2014 when Third Horizon was one of the winners of the Knight Arts Challenge. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit