“A New York Christmas Wedding” Asks You to Believe in the Power of Love at Christmas
I’m a firm believer that, among us who are obsessed with All Things Christmas, there are only two camps of people: 1) there’s “Christmas Begins The Day After Halloween” people, and 2) there’s “Christmas Begins The Day After Thanksgiving” people. And I am strongly the latter. I have never listened to a single note of Mariah Carey nor dusted off my Christmas movie collection out of the streaming queue until the turkey has been stuffed, then stuffed into my belly and the last slice of pecan pie has been served cold with annual Day After Thanksgiving coffee. That was, until I saw the trailer for Netflix’s A New York Christmas Wedding.
‘A New York Christmas Wedding’ updates Hallmark holiday tropes
In December, as filmmaker Otoja Abit was editing his first feature film — a Christmas movie — a scandal was erupting around the Hallmark Channel because execs had pulled an ad that showed two brides kissing. While the network, which is known for its cheesy-romantic holiday fare, reversed its stance and put the ad back on the air, the uproar resonated with Abit.
New York Christmas Wedding is a Heartfelt Surprise
Imagine my surprise when I saw the trailer for A New York Christmas Wedding distributed by MarVista Entertainment? Far from the company’s usual fare, this film is what Hallmark and Lifetime wishes it could air with their recent push towards more inclusive fare.
2019 BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS AND PRIZES ANNOUNCED
Brooklyn, NY – October 9, 2019 – The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) celebrated its 12th anniversary this year with nearly 100 films, a dozen panels, special events, and nearly 3,500 attendees! The festival culminated with an awards ceremony at Syndicated Movie Theater where 23 films took home awards. The award winners told bold stories, featured extraordinary characters and embodied the independent spirit; reminding us of how films inspire, entertain and connect us.
As a walk-on for the St. John’s University Men’s Basketball Team, Otoja Abit ’08CPS quickly realized the importance of teamwork—which is serving him well now as he pursues an acting and directing career.
SCAD Savannah Film Fest: Jitters Writer, Director & Star Otoja Abit
Actor Otoja Abit had an idea for a short. It was a simple idea that concealed a depth of feeling; what if we got to see a young man, moments before his wedding ceremony, question whether or not he was making the right choice. Abit, who has acted on TV (The Defenders, The Night Of), film (Stonewall), and in theater in New York, wanted to take what he’d learned and make something himself. Jitters is the fruit of his labor, a 12-minute short that played in competition at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, in which Abit’s character struggles with his impending (as in minutes away) wedding.
First-time Filmmaker has ‘Jitters’ at Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown
“Jitters” might be the name of Otoja Abit’s film directorial debut, but it’s a notion he shouldn’t be feeling with big names behind his short film. “Jitters” will be shown as part of the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Historic Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, Md. The film festival runs Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29.
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The existential dread that comes right before a wedding ceremony has been explored through many movies and TV shows. But Jitters provides an unexpected twist at the end while highlighting the complexities of love and identity in a way that feels real and, most importantly, relatable. Director Otoja Abit (who also portrays the film’s unnamed main character) uses dreamlike scenes to revisit past loves, emphasizing the moment when he’s transported back to the present and walking down the aisle to marry his lover. Jitters won the Audience Award for Best Short and considering how well it told its story, it’s not surprising why it won.