Written, directed and starring Primus, City Sway premiered on Sept. 15th as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2023 where it won the Fan-favorite Award in the "Film" category.
Led by a cast of young black & queer women, this short film showcases the modern mindset and issues of a younger generation within the city; it also celebrates Primus’s Trinidadian roots.
The film has been featured in the Bicycle Shorts Film Festival, Film Collective Short Film Festival and Lift-off Global Network's Hollywood First-Time Filmmakers Showcase.
Imani and her friends Prez and Doni are young black queer women who are struggling to make ends meet. When they decide to embark on a business venture with a local drug dealer, the situation proves to be an troubling experience for the trio
Cast: Nia Primus, Jessa Jordan, Korin 'Skoop' Pridgeon, Tina Kortland, Adrian Espinal, and more
NIA is a Philadelphia-based Alternative R&B artist and creative entrepreneur.
She was born in Queens, New York to Trinidadian parents. She started songwriting at the age of 7 under the influence of artists such as Sade, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder & Donny Hathaway. Other influences includes musical roots, Calypso and Soca. By her junior year of high school, she was already cutting her teeth as a music producer; this was the time she began to find her authentic voice.
After spending her early childhood in Trinidad & Tobago, she relocated to Brooklyn, then to Pennsylvania. She would later attend Shippensburg University, where she received a B.A in English and Womens & Gender Studies. During her time there, NIA began to perform and collaborate with other artists. In her senior year, she formed her production company, Chill Room Records.
After moving to Philadelphia, she assembled her live band, The Chill Room Band. With her 4-piece band, she has graced many stages displaying somber sounds accompanied by enchanting arrangements.