In a tiny after-hours club, Nina Simone finds a way, for one moment, to be free.


 SHORT | USA | Texas Premiere, 12mins.

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Adepero Oduye, who gave a breakout performance as the star of Dee Rees’ PARIAH, hails from Brooklyn, New York by way of Nigeria. Her film credits include THE BIG SHORT and TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE.

She made her Broadway debut opposite Miss Cicely Tyson in the acclaimed revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful”.
Other theater credits include “The Bluest Eye” at the Hartford Stage and Long Wharf Theatres and “Eclipsed” at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

She co-starred with Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott and Condola Rashad in Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias” for director Kenny Leon and starred alongside alongside Woodard and Gabrielle Union in Ava DuVernay’s Miu Miu Women’s Tale “The Door.” 

On television, she made guest appearances on “Louie” and two “Law & Order” series. 

In 2014, she wrote and directed her first short film, BREAKING IN, which played at various film festivals such as Athens International, St. Louis International, BlackStar, Cinema on the Bayou (Inspiration Award) and Brooklyn Girl (Best Short Film and Audience Award).


Esther de Rothschild


Adepero Oduye...Nina Simone , Vincente Archer...Bassist, Kwami Coleman...Pianist, Jonel Daphnis...Club Owner

Zumbi Nichols Daphnis...Club Owners Daughter, Eric McPherson...Drummer, Emily Nichols...Club Owner,Shakoor Sanders...Percussionist

Produced by Esther de Rothschild + co-produced by Becky Morrison

Associate producers  Adepeju Oduye and Nicole Sic-Sic

Cinematography by  Bradford Young

Film Editing by  Conor McBride

Production Design by Gino Fortebuono