Usain Bolt documentary, more diverse films to premiere at annual Houston Caribbean Film Festival


HOUSTON — The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas (CAHFT) has announced that “I Am Bolt,” a documentary about the life of Jamaican Olympic athlete Usain Bolt, will headline its 2nd Annual Houston Caribbean Film Festival (HCFF).

The festival, which will be held June 9-11, was conceived to observe and celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month by President George W. Bush in 2006.

An estimated 10 Caribbean films will be screened during HCFF, taking place at The Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH). Films from Barbados, Cuba, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and Saint Lucia will be screened.
The festival will feature several full-length films and several short film which are 2-20 minutes in duration.

Films scheduled to be screened includes: Barbados, H2O; Cuba, Tengo Talento; Guadeloupe,
Tourments d ’Amour; and Saint Lucia, Who Are You?. Animated and several movie shorts will be
featured at the HCFF in June.

Films will be nominated and receive awards in several categories including: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Film Short, Best Animated Film, Best Documentary, Best Spoken Word.

The HCFF is dedicated to embracing and promoting the rich Caribbean culture through the eye of the director’s lens.
The mission is to promote, support, increase and heighten interest and awareness of Caribbean films, filmmakers, screen writers, producers and directors in the Caribbean basin and the diaspora year-round, focusing particularly in June, National Caribbean American Heritage Month.

The HCFF will provide opportunities for Houston’s diverse audience to not only screen films from Caribbean nations, but to also interact with the film makers, producers, writers and directors in a series of Meet-and-Greets and interviews in Houston. It is their hope that The Festival will foster greater understanding and support of Caribbean history, and make positive contributions to the Houston Art scene, while sharing the Caribbean’s distinctive charms and unique historical and modern perspectives.