Paris Blues in Harlem

About the Film

When a desperate woman 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.

“Paris Blues in Harlem is squarely in the tradition of films like Amazing Grace and Do The Right Thing, which covered the struggle against gentrification with an intimate focus on members of communities beleaguered by the phenomenon. Paris contends with the conflict of whether or not to deal the family heirloom, a choice that you can almost see pinball from her brain throughout the short’s stage-like set. Ptah explores this critical moment in such a way that signals slight claustrophobia, fitting for a third-generation proprietor of a space that spurs her anxiety.” -Niela Orr, (Pleasures Perspectives) 

About the filmmaker(s) 

Nadhege Ptah is an awarding winning actress/filmmaker. She began her artistic journey dancing in her mother’s womb and made good on that promise winning awards as a teen for her choreography which lead to an invitation from The United Nations to present her dance 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 favorable reviews for her acting 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 honest universal stories while igniting and supporting change globally. 

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About the Presenting Partner

Black Public Media began as the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) in 1979. At the time, there was a need to encourage the development of films and television programs about the Black experience that involved creative risks and addressed the needs of unserved and underserved audiences. 

NBPC changed its name to Black Public Media (BPM) in 2017, but it remains dedicated to creating a pathway for funding and distribution for Black storytellers. BPM fulfills its mission by providing seed money for projects and opportunities for distribution through the Public Broadcast System (PBS). For many filmmakers, including Spike Lee, Julie Dash, Stanley Nelson, Shola Lynch and Byron Hurt, BPM became a beacon of support at the earliest stages of their careers. Inspired by a spirit of excellence in stories about the Black experience, BPM’s thoughtful and compelling approach to selecting projects has resulted in supporting a host of award-winning and nominated films. By 2006, with an expansion of funding support to include content exclusively for the web (Black Folk Don’t, Evoking the Mulatto, Ask A Muslim), BPM has been able to engage the public in necessary conversations about race, history and social issues through short narratives and online properties.  

Today after nearly 40 years of historic work, BPM continues to leverage its expertise by investing in innovative content creators and bringing the public dynamic programs about the Black experience that provoke, educate and entertain on and off the screen. 

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