Paris Blues In Harlem

by Nadhege Ptah
in Shorts

Friday Buriel Clay Theater 2pm

Paris Blues in Harlem is the story of a young woman and her attempts to save her grandfather’s insolvent Harlem jazz nightclub. She has a few hours to convince her rigid elder to accept a realtor’s briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his nightclub. But, as time runs out, he struggles to let go. With only a few seconds left, she is faced with a choice between legacy and money.

Director Biography – Nadhege Ptah
NADHEGE PTAH is an actor/writer/producer/dancer/director of film, stage, and theater. She began her artistic journey dancing in her mother’s womb and made good on that promise – winning awards for choreography and dance with various modern dance ensembles and garnering acknowledgment from The United Nations for her work. She has starred in several leading and supporting roles and has worn many hats for various productions. Huffington Post, Backstage, Harlem Times and Off-Off Broadway Review have acknowledged Ptah with rave reviews for her performances and writing skills. In 2017, she was selected to participate in the CBS diversity actor’s workshop. Ptah is the founder and CEO of the Harlem-based production company MAAT Films. Her work attempts to shed light on social injustices while igniting change in many American communities. The award-winning short film Harlem Love, she starred, produced, guided and supervised the direction in post-production. It premiered privately in February 2017 to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance with Sonia Sanchez whose voice and poem are featured in the film. Her past projects include the award-winning short film DoDo TiTi as producer, writer, and actress, guided and supervised the direction in post-production. It continues to screen at various festivals, received two nominations for best actress and cinematography. She directed She Loves’ music video currently in post-production, co-writing a pilot for a South African-American TV drama, and wrote and directed the short film Paris Blues in Harlem starring Tony award-winning actress, Scandal, Gotham, Tonya Pinkins and the artistic director of the Negro Ensemble, Stir Crazy, Sanford And Son, Charles Weldon which completed principal photography in November 2017. Ptah is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, Black Documentary Collective, Frank Silvera Writers Workshop, and NYWIFT.

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