A film crew follows three grieving participants of Miami’s annual T Ball, where folks assemble to model R.I.P. T-shirts and innovative costumes designed in honor of their dead.
Keisha Rae Witherspoon is a Jamaican-American independent filmmaker currently based in South Florida.
Her work is driven by interests in science, speculative fiction and fantasy, as well as documenting the unseen and unheralded nuances of diasporic peoples. Her 2019 short film, T, a doc-style narrative about the participants of a memorial costume ball in Liberty City, Florida, screened at festivals such as BlackStar Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win the Golden Bear for best short at Berlinale 2020. She previously wrote and produced the award-winning film Papa Machete, a short documentary about the esoteric martial art of Haitian machete fencing. It had its world premiere at TIFF 2014 and its U.S. premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2015, and is currently featured on platforms such as National Geographic and The Atlantic. She is co-founder of Third Horizon, a Caribbean filmmaking collective that produced her previous work, and which hosts a flagship film festival annually in Miami. Her current untitled project, a black alien-cult sci-fi set in Opa-locka, Florida, of which she is co-writer, has received early development support from SFFilm/Westridge and Cinereach. This will be Keisha’s feature film directorial debut.
– BlackStar Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Short Narrative
– New Orleans Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Short Narrative & Jury Honorable Mention for Breakthrough in Filmmaking
– Berlinale, Golden Bear for Best Short Film
– Miami Film Festival, Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award
– Indie Grits, Narrative Short Grit (Best Short)
– BlackStar Film Festival, 2019
– Black Harvest Film Festival, 2019
– Afrikana Independent Film Festival, 2019
– New Orleans Film Festival, 2019
– Virginia Film Festival, 2019
– Sundance Film Festival, 2020
– Berlinale, 2020
– Miami Film Festival, 2020
– Festival Regard, 2020
– Indie Grits Film Festival, 2020
– Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2020
– Norwegian Short Film Festival, 2020
– Maryland Film Fest, 2020
– Guanajuato International Film Festival, 2020