Paris Is In Harlem


Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose Tue, Aug 23, 2022 4:30 PM
Pruneyard Cinemas #7 Sat, Aug 27, 2022 12:15 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):110
Premiere Status:SF-San Jose Bay Area Premiere
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Leon Addison Brown
Souléymane Sy Savané
Laura Pruden
Vandit Bhatt
Ellie Foumbi
Chris Veteri
Steve Vause
William "Spaceman" Patterson
Director:Christina Kallas
Executive Producer:RJ Beavers
Yan Cui
Jake Jia
Cleo Li
Producer(s):Josh Mandel
Christina Kallas
Screenwriter:Christina Kallas
Cinematography:Tibor Franklin
Music By:William "Spaceman" Patterson
Antoine Roney
Kojo Odu Roney
Tomoki Sanders
Camille Thurman
VanDarrel Woods
Jordan Young
Editor:Elwaldo Baptiste


Structured like a jazz composition, an emotionally powerful journey that uses the diverse tapestry of Harlem as the backdrop for exploring multiculturalism through the lives of several strangers who are forever changed after a shooting at a historic jazz bar in Harlem.

PARIS IS IN HARLEM is a symphonic story of several New Yorkers whose volatile lives intersect over the course of one historic day: An African American bar owner who helps a teenage drum prodigy get off the streets while inadvertently pushing a homeless African man to the edge of violence; an Indian American adjunct professor who stands to lose his job for using the "N" word while citing dialogue from a Spike Lee film in a class lecture; a white babysitter caught in the crossfire of a divorcing couple and deemed unworthy of looking after their black kids; a security officer who carelessly loses his gun caught in his fear of being perceived as sexist and racist; an esteemed Women’s Studies professor accused of sexual harassment by her younger, bisexual teaching assistant and saved from taking her own life by a gregarious, Jazz obsessed Uber driver...

They are all instrumental solos in the song which is America today—a song of separation, division and confusion. A world failed by words, a world that only music can transport to a place where ‘everything’s gonna be alright.’

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