CaFA is a non-profit organization, started in January 2012, by Justen Blaize and Romola Lucas. One day, we were sitting around talking and lamenting the dearth of information on Caribbean films and filmmakers and just decided to embark on our own journey of discovering Caribbean films and filmmakers. We started off by just educating ourselves on the industry’s landscape in the Caribbean and the diaspora. Turns out, filmmaking in the Caribbean is vibrant and dynamic industry, with an explosion of films in the market. All very exciting to us. Since then, we have started making connections that would allow us to share information on the wonderful films and talented filmmakers we produce.
Our mission is to increase the visibility of Caribbean films and filmmakers in the Caribbean as well as the global community and to provide tangible support for their efforts.
Our activities include monthly film screenings here in Brooklyn. We also provide fundraising, promotional, legal, and production support for filmmakers both here and in the Caribbean.
Longterm, we hope to continue to support the industry in the Caribbean, by mobilizing audience support in the Caribbean and the diaspora; providing education and training to filmmakers and actors; providing access to equipment; supporting and encouraging filmmaking by the next generation of Caribbean filmmakers, ie, the youth; preserving and sharing Caribbean culture and stories with the world; assisting our filmmakers in their marketing and distribution efforts; creating opportunities for Caribbean filmmakers to share their craft with the community; and providing opportunities for Caribbean filmmakers to work with the industry’s leading filmmakers.
Born in Guyana, Romola Lucas, is an attorney and budding entrepreneur. Romola’s practice focuses on providing legal services to artists and non-profits. She is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
She is also, an indie film enthusiast.
Justen Blaize, grew up on the island of Carriacou, a part of the Grenadian islands. Carriacou is 13sq miles in area, has a population of 5800 and is 2102.024 miles SE of his birth place, Brooklyn, NY. He spent about 13 years there, becoming the man he is today: creative, humble, and determined. Besides being a big thinker, he enjoys outdoor activities.
Justen is film artist, with a focus is on direction and cinematography. He has worked with the Griot at NBC, on the Barbershop and Beautyshop Buzz webisodes.
The short film, “I’ll Be There,” which he directed, was selected to compete at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the Short’s Corner and the Marche du Film.
He is very passionate about participating in the growth and development of children.
For more information on I’ll Be There, check out the film’s FB page.
Come join us!