Caribbean Filmmaker Paul Pryce’s Original TV Series ‘Serpents Mouth’ Wins ‘Big Pitch’ Awards At Toronto Film Festival

Trinidadian-born, New York based actor/filmmaker Paul Pryce has won two major awards for his original television series Serpents Mouth from the Caribbean Tales Incubator Film Lab, ‘The Big Pitch’ at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The Caribbean Tales Incubator Film Lab allows Caribbean producers to pitch their prospective television projects to industry insiders during the Breakfast at TIFF series at the TIFF Lightbox, held this year on Sunday, September 9.

Pryce’s pitch for Serpents Mouth was voted Best Pitch by a panel of judges and received the People’s Choice Award from an audience of media and industry professionals at the event.

Serpents Mouth is a television adaptation of Pryce’s 14-minute proof of concept film The Deliverer which will have its World Premiere on Saturday, September 15 at 9pm at The Royal Cinema, downtown Toronto. The Deliverer is part of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, a showcase for Caribbean films presented during TIFF from September 5 through 20.

The Deliverer was written and produced by Pryce who also appears in the leading role. His longtime collaborator, Ron Morales directs. Their last film Come Out, Come Out, had its World Premiere at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Pryce holds an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama. He appeared in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, A+E’s Unforgettable as well as in plays across the United States, before launching Paul Pryce Entertainment to produce his own content.

The Deliverer is inspired by real events. Set in Trinidad, it tells the story of a fisherman who fails to stop a corrupt Government from destroying his village to make way for an oil refinery. He eventually brokers a deal with a drug runner to traffic cocaine and raise the funds to bribe the government into aborting their plan.

Also, in development for Pryce is a romantic-drama titled Between Us, a feature film set in New York City and Korea, which is a collaboration with actor/filmmaker Hyojin Park.

Following Toronto, The Deliverer will have its Caribbean premiere at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, followed by its Ontario premiere at the Montreal International Black Film Festival, both later in September.

The Royal Cinema is located at 608 College Street, Toronto, Ontario.

See also – www.thedeliverermovie.com.

Paul Pryce’s ‘Serpents Mouth’ Wins At Toronto Film Festival

Trinidadian-born, New York based actor/filmmaker Paul Pryce has won two major awards for his original television series Serpents Mouth from the Caribbean Tales Incubator Film Lab, ‘The Big Pitch’ at the TorontoInternational Film Festival (TIFF).

The Caribbean Tales Incubator Film Lab allows Caribbean producers to pitch their prospective television projects to industry insiders during the Breakfast at TIFF series at the TIFF Lightbox, held this year on Sunday, September 9.

Pryce’s pitch for Serpents Mouth was voted Best Pitch by a panel of judges and received the People’s Choice Award from an audience of media and industry professionals at the event.

Serpents Mouth is a television adaptation of Pryce’s 14-minute proof of concept film The Deliverer which will have its World Premiere on Saturday, September 15 at 9pm at The Royal Cinema, downtown Toronto. The Deliverer is part of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, a showcase for Caribbean films presented during TIFF from September 5 through 20.

The Deliverer was written and produced by Pryce who also appears in the leading role. His longtime collaborator, Ron Morales directs. Their last film Come Out, Come Out, had its World Premiere at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Pryce holds an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama. He appeared in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, A+E’s Unforgettable as well as in plays across the United States, before launching Paul Pryce Entertainment to produce his own content.

The Deliverer is inspired by real events. Set in Trinidad, it tells the story of a fisherman who fails to stop a corrupt Government from destroying his village to make way for an oil refinery. He eventually brokers a deal with a drug runner to traffic cocaine and raise the funds to bribe the government into aborting their plan.

Also, in development for Pryce is a romantic-drama titled Between Us, a feature film set in New York City and Korea, which is a collaboration with actor/filmmaker Hyojin Park.

Following Toronto, The Deliverer will have its Caribbean premiere at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, followed by its Ontario premiere at the Montreal International Black Film Festival, both later in September.

The Royal Cinema is located at 608 College Street, Toronto, Ontario.

See also – www.thedeliverermovie.com.

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MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES ACTOR TO PREMIERE NEW FILM AT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

New York- September 6, 2018

Trinidadian-born, New York based actor/filmmaker Paul Pryce is heading to the Caribbean Tales Film Festival at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will host the World Premiere screening of his latest film, The Deliverer.

Pryce’s The Deliverer is a proof of concept film and will be screened on Saturday September 15 at 9pm at The Royal Cinema, downtown Toronto. The Caribbean Tales Film Festival is a showcase for Caribbean films presented during TIFF from September 5 through 20.

The Deliverer was written and produced by Pryce who also appears in the leading role. His longtime collaborator, Ron Morales directs. Their last film Come Out, Come Out, had its World Premiere at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Pryce is a former model who shot to international attention on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1999 where he won the title “Oprah’s Sexiest Caribbean Man” in a competition judged by Winfrey and other celebrities.  

He then moved to New York City, where he gained an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, subsequently working on season one of Marvel’s Jessica Jones before launching Paul Pryce Entertainment to produce his own content.

The Deliverer is inspired by real events. Set in Trinidad, it tells the story of a fisherman who fails to stop a corrupt Government from destroying his village to make way for an oil refinery. He eventually brokers a deal with a drug runner to traffic cocaine and raise the funds to bribe the government into aborting their plan.

This project is being developed into a feature film and television series under the title Serpents Mouth. The series is part of the Caribbean Tales Incubator film lab which allows Caribbean producers to pitch their projects to industry insiders during the Breakfast at TIFF series on Sunday September 9.

Also in development for Pryce is a romantic-drama titled Between Us, a feature film set in New York City and Korea, which is a collaboration with actor/filmmaker Hyojin Park.

Following Toronto, The Deliverer will have its Caribbean premiere at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, followed by its Montreal premiere at the Montreal International Black Film Festival, both later in September.

The Royal Cinema is located at 608 College Street, Toronto, Ontario.

See also –www.thedeliverermovie.com.

TRINIDADIAN ACTOR PAUL PRYCE NAMED ONE OF NEW YORK’S TOP CARIBBEAN ACHIEVERS FOR 2014

Trinidadian born actor Paul Pryce, who recently earned widespread critical acclaim for his performance in the leading role of Shakespeare’s Pericles at the prestigious Elm Shakespeare Company in Connecticut, has been named one of the 40 Under 40 Caribbean American Achievers of 2014 by Caribbean Life newspaper.

Pryce and 39 other Caribbean American luminaries will be feted at the publication’s Second Annual Under 40 Awards Gala, to be held at Sirico’s Hall, Brooklyn, on Thursday November 20, where they will each receive engraved  awards honoring their career achievements to date.

Caribbean Life is the largest and most popular Caribbean publication in the eastern United States.

Its  Second  Annual Under 40 Awards Gala  will recognize  forty US based  individuals of Caribbean descent who are under the age of forty and who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavor, including arts and entertainment, business , education, and entrepreneurship. Twenty individuals were honored at last year’s successful event and the number has been doubled for 2014.

In an acting career that is not yet a decade old, former model Pryce – who won the title of  Oprah Winfrey’s Sexiest Caribbean Man in a spectacular modeling competition televised on The Oprah Show in 1999- has been carving a niche for himself as one of the most promising and exciting classical actors working today.

His career highlights include appearances in such diverse Off Broadway productions as Pecong at the National Black Theater of Harlem – featuring Tony Award winner Lillias White- Harry The Hunk On His Way Out at the Cherry Lane Theater and originating the part of Rob X in John Prescod’s premiere of his play, Pre-Disposal.

His career and reputation gained considerable momentum when he enrolled at the renowned Yale School of Drama, where he was awarded the Eldon Elders Fellowship (2012) and Oliver Thorndike Award for Acting (2013). During the Yale years he earned consistently excellent notices for his work in Othello, Angels in America: Perestroika, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar among numerous other new and contemporary plays and projects.

His success in those roles lead to his appearance in The Yale Repertory Production of Hamlet,in which he played Fortinbras and The Player King opposite Oscar nominated actor Paul Giamatti.

Upon graduating in 2013, he earned high praise for his Marc Antony in Julius Caesar with Connecticut’s Elm Shakespeare Company, who then, a year later, cast him in the leading role as the title character in their magnificent, swashbuckling 2014 production of Pericles.

“I am deeply honored, humbled and tremendously excited to be recognized by Caribbean Life with this incredible honor at this point in my career,” Pryce stated.

“Having been out of grad school for such a relatively short time,  the award for me is  far less about the work I have done, but moreso encouragement towards what I have yet to accomplish. And if this in any way also inspires my fellow Caribbean actors and artists to strive to achieve their own goals, then it is a double blessing of the highest order.”

In addition to Pryce, this year’s list of honorees includes Omar Hawthorne- Director of Franchise Development for Golden Krust Restaurant,  Professor Anika Hylton- Professor at Brooklyn College and Actress/ Dancer Keisha Clarke Gray, who has appeared in  Disney’s The Lion King.

New York – October 28, 2014

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OPRAH WINFREY’S “SEXIEST CARIBBEAN MAN” RISES TO SHAKESPEAREAN CHALLENGE

The Oprah Winfrey Show once proclaimed him its “Sexiest Caribbean Man,” but Trinidadian born model turned thespian Paul Pryce is now earning accolades of a distinctly different kind- as a critically acclaimed Shakespearean actor.

Pryce is earning rave reviews for his stirring  portrayal  in  the leading role of  Shakespeare’s Pericles, produced by the renowned Elm Shakespeare  Company of Connecticut , and running  outdoors at   Edgerton Park ,  New Haven,  until August 31.

It is the latest professional triumph for the Yale Drama School alumnus, who traded the runways of New York and Paris for the floorboards of the Off Broadway stage within just a few years of his stunning international debut on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1999.

Back then, Pryce was a working model in his native country of Trinidad and Tobago, and signed to the prestigious Coco Velvet Model Agency, when word arrived that the 1999 season premiere of  The Oprah Show would take place in the Bahamas, and include a competition for the title of “Sexiest Caribbean Man.”

Pryce was selected as his island’s representative from an elite list of Trinidad’s best known male models and journeyed to the world famous Atlantis Resort  for the finals.

After a week of competition, a judging panel including Oprah herself along with male supermodel Tyson Beckford, selected Pryce as the winner from a field of over a dozen of the Caribbean’s best male models.

“It was my first foray into the world of entertainment on a truly international level and the entire experience was fun but somewhat surreal,” Pryce recalls.

“I mean – The Oprah Winfrey Show! Just being there was unbelievable, and then I couldn’t believe it when I won. My prizes included a Ralph Lauren wardrobe, a spread in Vibe Magazine and, most fatefully, a trip to New York.”

It was while modeling in New York that Pryce  elected to pursue his dream of acting, signing up for classes at the   renowned HB Studios ,which eventually lead to his acceptance into  one of the most famous acting conservatories in the world- The Yale School of Drama – where he completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in acting.

His leading role in Pericles is an impressive addition to a stellar resume which already includes Off Broadway appearances in Harry The Hunk on His Way Out at The Cherry Lane Theater and Pecong – opposite Tony Award winner Lilias White -at The National Black Theater, as well as Angels in America, Othello (as Othello), Cymbeline and Twelfth Night, all at the Yale School of Drama, and Hamlet, opposite Oscar nominated actor Paul Giamatti at the Yale Repertory Theater.

Pericles itself is one of Shakespeare’s lesser known works and, until recent years, was rarely performed by established Shakespearean companies.

It follows the life and adventures of Pericles, The Prince of Tyre, over several decades as he experiences persecution, love, marriage, fatherhood and betrayal – events which take him on an  extended odyssey to several  major cities of the ancient world.

The  setting of  the  current production has been changed  to the  Colonial West Indies, and with its massive colorful set, swashbuckling fight scenes, cast of  pirates and  fishermen and its  distinctly  Caribbean music, there is a definite  feel  of ‘Pirates of The Caribbean ‘ in the proceedings.

It’s part of what Pryce loves about the project.

“The timelessness of Shakespeare’s words and his stories is very evident in Pericles, and transposing it to the Caribbean further highlights that point. For me it’s like returning home. I look back at  how this all started, with the Oprah Show years ago in the Bahamas, and all I’ve done  since- Off Broadway  and at Yale- and now,  here I am playing the role of a lifetime,  right back in the islands . It feels like I’ve come full circle. And it’s wonderful.”

Pericles is directed by James Andreassi and plays at Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff Street in New Haven, Tuesday through Sunday until Sunday August 31.

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Trini Paul Pryce Shares ‘Hamlet’ stage with actor paul giamatti

Local actor Paul Pryce is in a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet being presented at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Pryce has been based in the US for the past several years, pursuing an acting career, as well as working as a model from time to time. A highly motivated and hard-working young man, Pryce, in the early days of his time in New York, waited tables and did other part-time jobs to support himself as he studied his craft.

Hamlet The Prince of Denmark is “Shakespeare’s harrowing tragedy of corruption, betrayal and madness”, according to the Yale Repertory Theatre. “Haunted by a ghostly revelation that his father, the king, was murdered, Hamlet puts into motion a vengeful plan that will have devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom.”

This production of Hamlet, directed by James Bundy and starring Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti as the Prince of Denmark, plays at the University Theatre in New Haven from March 21 to April 13.

Paul Pryce stars alongside fellow Yale School of Drama alumnus Paul Giamatti in the roles of Fortinbras and Player King. Fortinbras is a resolute Norwegian prince who seeks the rightful retrieval of his father’s lands, lost to Hamlet’s father in a duel. The Player King is one of the principle actors in Hamlet’s “play within a play”.

Giamatti was nominated for the Academy Award for his work in Cinderella Man and won the Golden Globe for playing the title character in the HBO miniseries John Adams and for Barney’s Version. The award-winning cast boasts such names as Tony-nominated Marc Kudisch (Claudius), Drama Desk Award nominee Lisa Emery (Gertrude), Gerry Bamman (Polonius) and Tommy Schrider (Laertes).

Pryce has also toured the US doing Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Other notable theatre credits in New York include the world premiere of the play Pre-Disposal by John Prescod; Pecong, featuring Tony Award winner Lillias White at the National Black Theatre of Harlem; Lamp and Moth; and Harry The Hunk On His Way Out.

Roles at the Yale School of Drama include Othello, Julius Ceasar, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline and Iphigenia Among The Stars. Some of his theatre credits in Trinidad and Tobago include Carnival Messiah, Jesus Christ Superstar, MANtalk and the Caribbean classic Smile Orange. In August 2012, Pryce produced and co-directed Rum and Coca-Cola by Mustapha Matura, with his company Scarlett Project.

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