Trinidadian-born, New York based actor/filmmaker Paul Pryce- who was once voted The Oprah Winfrey Show’s ‘Sexiest Caribbean Man’- has won two major awards for his original television series Serpents Mouth from the Caribbean Tales Incubator Film Lab, ‘The Big Pitch,’ at the recently concluded 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, 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 had its World Premiere on Saturday September 15 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 the Cannes Film Festival last year.
The former model came to international attention on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1999 when won the title of “Oprah’s Sexiest Caribbean Man” in a competition judged by Winfrey herself along with other celebrities.
He later moved to New York to pursue an acting career and holds an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama. He appeared in season one of Marvel’s Jessica Jones and 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 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 film’s U.S. premiere will be at the 21st Annual ARPA International Film Festival in Los Angeles, California in November.
See also –www.thedeliverermovie.com.