A New York Native, Antonio Paris is a Director, Editor, Writer, Producer and Visual Storyteller.
A Computer Science Graduate of CUNY …. Attended Scribe Video School and PhillyCam. Antonio has been living in Philadelphia area for over 20 years.
He has produced films for NBC Sports, Bounce TV, Comcast and ESPN 30 for 30.Paris is currently the Director and Producer of “Democracy in Black” which will be airing soon..
“Democracy in Black” is a book written by Eddie Glaude Jr., who is the Head African American Professor at Princeton University. The film is based around the social conflict in America, Police Brutality, LBGQT Rights and Racism. Antonio became a film maker after 18 years of Coaching High School and College Basketball. Paris served as a Community Service Activist and was nominated for the Community Service Award due to his work with inner city youth.Paris created jobs and programs in his community, started youth sports, worked with the Sixers and Jr. NBA Programs. His first film was on the economic collapse of the City of Camden, New Jersey. The story was based around the factories that made Camden great and the decline that crippled the City.
Paris is the Head Coach for the ESPN/TBT Basketball Tournament. This event is held once a year during the summer months nationwide for 2 million dollars. He also trains Professional athletes, College Students and works with several organizations throughout the year in mentoring young adults. With his knowledge of Sports, Paris produced and Directed several films for NBC Sports Philadelphia, ESPN 30 for 30, Comcast and Bounce TV. The films include “The BIG 5”, which tells a compelling story of Philadelphia’s history in the NCAA Tournament.
Antonio also produced and directed “The Baker League Story”, Wilt Chamberlain (Greatest of all time), Darryl Dawkins (Chocolate Thunder), Hank Gathers (Made in Philly) and many more.
Antonio Paris is also a Hip Hop Pioneer, also known as MC Tony Tee. He was a youth in New York when the creation of the Hip Hop Culture began. During his career, Paris produced 3 singles and was the opening act for the Def Jam 2 Tour in 1987. Antonio is currently working with some Hip Hop Pioneers on his story of the Hip Hop Culture. Paris is dedicated to telling stories of Social, cultural and athletic platforms. He is the founder of Coach Tone Training, which is a non profit program, geared toward training and mentoring the youth in the community. Paris is also the owner of A.Paris Films, which is a film production company that was developed to produce compelling stories of discrimination, social change and sports history. Four of his films were released on NBC in the months of May and June….and he is currently being considered for an Emmy nomination.Many of his Films can be found on NBC Sports, ESPN and Comcast …. “Democracy in Black” will be coming to a network soon.