CaribbeanLens™ International Entertainment
Conference & Film Festival


In celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage month and due to popular demand, the Caribbean Heritage Organization is pleased to produce CaribbeanLens™, the Los Angeles/Hollywood Caribbean International Entertainment Conference & Film Festival.

The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the blending of the Caribbean and American cultures and talent to create unique and outstanding work and to raise global awareness of the new renaissance of film-making and music production that the Caribbean region is currently experiencing.

With a new breed of talented filmmakers, writers, producers, and actors who are working collectively to create films for the world to see, we will be showcasing great films from the past as well as newer films from the present to provide a glimpse of where the future of Caribbean cinema is heading.

The films chosen are an eclectic view of what we represent and offer to the world. It is an insight into the work of the diaspora and the region’s diverse culture and history.

CaribbeanLens™ also serves as a platform for international dialogue and collaboration in entertainment education, financing and production.

This week-long festival will culminate with the acclaimed black-tie optional Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood & Excellence Awards Gala.

For more information on the Caribbean Heritage Organization and Caribbean-American Heritage Month, please visit, and the official website of Caribbean-American Heritage Month,

Advisory Board

Heather Anderson

  • Vice President
  • Programming & Acquisitions
  • ESPN

Hemma Lomax

  • Sr. Corporate Counsel
  • Integrity & Compliance
  • Snap, Inc.

Marva Griffiths Herman

  • Founder, President & CEO
  • Caribbean Heritage Organization, Inc.

Carmen J. Smith

  • SVP, Creative Development
  • Walt Disney Imagineering

Dean Fenton, Sr.

  • Marketing & Sales, USA
  • Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

Dorothy McLeod

  • Founder & President
  • Jamaica Cultural Alliance

April King

  • Talent Agent
  • William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Francesca Harewood

  • SVP, Business Affairs
  • NBC Universal

Shanique & Dr. Robert Drummond

  • Shanique: Cast Member of Bravo’s Married to Medicine, Los Angeles
  • Robert: MD, PhD, Lead Urgent Care Clinician and Lab Director

Claire Nelson, Ph.D.

  • Founder & President
  • Institute of Caribbean Studies-DC

Zuri Marley

  • Actress, DJ, & Vocalist
  • Chair, Robert Nesta Marley Humanitarian Award

Yemi Adegbonmire

  • Attorney

Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Bill History

Claire A. Nelson, Ph.D. is the Founder and President of the Washington, DC-based non-profit Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS). Established in 1993, ICS is dedicated to research, policy analysis, and education with a focus on issues that impact the Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora. The purpose of the Institute is to provide a forum for scholars, the private sector, the non-government organization community and others interested in promoting a dialogue on Caribbean issues. The Institute seeks to address economic development problems facing Caribbean society, and to adopt a thorough, systematic and coordinated long-term perspective towards their resolution.
Since its inception, ICS has been on the forefront of the challenge to bring attention to the issues of critical importance to the Caribbean American community, which numbers over 3 million. ICS represents an important role in history as the first Caribbean-American community organization in the Washington DC area devoted to the successful inclusion of Caribbean-Americans in US policy making, and the economic development of the Caribbean region. ICS has built up a unique network of knowledgeable and committed individuals with expertise in a variety of sectors.