HBP: S08EP21: “A New York Christmas Wedding” with filmmaker Otoja Abit
OTOJA ABIT, is a film maker and actor, best known for his award-winning debut short, Jitters in which he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in. Otoja expands on the theme of his short Jitters with his first-of-its-kind urban-leaning holiday film A New York Christmas Wedding that touches on some of the themes involving the LGBTQIA community and religion. MarVista Entertainment has entered the film festival circuit with runs at the American Black Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard African among many others.A New York Christmas Story follows the life of Jennifer Ortiz (Nia Fairweather) as her Christmas wedding to handsome, successful fiancé, David (Otoja Abit) approaches. Feeling overwhelmed by a dinner with her soon to be in-laws, Jennifer goes out for a jog to clear her mind. While on her run, she meets an angel Azrael who gives her the chance to experience another version of her life with everything she truly wants. In her alternate life, Jennifer sees the way her life could have been if she had only had the courage to listen to her heart and pursued the feelings for her childhood best friend, Gabrielle Vernaci (Adrina DeMeo). As Jennifer begins to embrace this alternate reality, Azrael reminds her she only has a limited amount of time to decide which life she wants to live. Torn between the safe life she is currently living and the life of her dreams, Jennifer learns to take a risk and follow her heart.Otoja’s past credits include HBO’s The Night of, NBC’s Blackish, Marvel’s Netflix The Defenders, directed by SJ Clarkson, and acting opposite Krysten Ritter; co-creator, producer, and star of the New York Television Festival’s Official Selection, Harlem Knights.
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