LATE FILM SUBMISSION DEADLINE ENDS MARCH 3RD FOR THE PEOPLE'S FILM FESTIVAL 2014 NYC MAY 29-JUNE 1
Film submissions are open for The People's Film Festival 2014 taking place May 29th to June 1st in New York City. We are looking for quality films in all genres and lengths from horror, drama and documentaries to shorts and full features.
Late Submission Deadline: March 3rd.
Go to www.thepeoplesfilmfestival.com for more information.
[New York, NY – April 25, 2015] The People’s Media, Music & Arts Foundation (TPMMAF) today announced its lineup for The 4th Annual People’s Film Festival (TPFF), which will be held May 28– May 31, 2015, at the AMC Magic Johnson Theater and Maysles Cinema in Harlem. The festival will feature 52 films, including live music performances presented by legendary Bea Montgomery, beginning with the opening night film—"THEY DIE BY DAWN," a film directed by Jeymes Samuels, along with 9 additional action packed shorts films.
THEY DIE BY DAWN, is a black western film set in 1890, in Langston, Oklahoma. It depicts a fictional showdown between real Black historic cowboys, Nat Love, Ben Hodges, Bill Pickett and Jim Beckwourth who meet up in the saloon owned by the gun toting Stagecoach Mary. A tense card game leads each man to reveal his hand - a bounty on each of their heads. The all-star cast includes Erykah Badu, Giancarlo Esposito, Michael K Williams, Nate Parker, Jesse Williams, Rosario Dawson, Isaiah Washington, Bokeem Woodbine and Harry Lennix, Kelly Hu, Roger Guenveur Smith, Denzel Whitaker, Clifton Powell, Shanola Hampton.
Opening Night will also feature nine independent short films in celebration of TPFF’s 4th year. These films include, A GLIMPSE directed by Sandra Nixon - Drama, BLACK SALT directed by Owen Ratcliff/Ben Ramsey - Action / Thriller, CONVERSATION WITH A CIGARETTE directed by Russell Brown - Comedy, GOMMI ARCADE: INTRODUCING S.T.A.R. ACADEMY- EPISODE II directed by Zak Hoke - Animation, IN PASSING directed by Alan Miller- Comedy, KUNG-FU BUM directed by Peter Lawton - Action, MIKE TYSON" MR TWO OH FT. J-VIDA directed by Cory A. Kadamani- Action Music, THE DEVIL GOES DOWN directed by Nicholas Julius - Drama, and THE JONESES directed by Alejandro Montoya Marin Action-Comedy. This event will be hosted by supermodel & top runway coach Lu Celenia Sierra, followed by an after party at ALOFT HARLEM, with live music performances and special guests DJs.
Highlights of the People’s Film Festival 2015 include; ALTHEA, directed by Rex Miller—Harlem’s very own tennis queen. It tells the life and achievements of Althea Gibson and how a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. DIVIDED TIME, directed by W. Feagins, Jr. This film captures the lives of nine fathers who share their experiences in parenthood and their pursuit of success in the music industry while being accountable to their families. 10 SECOND BARRIER directed by Alfonso M. Rodriguez which highlights the negative effects of performance drugs in young athletes and THE CART, directed by Md. Ashraful Alam (Ashraf Shishir). This is the story of the indomitable dream of two young brothers, Habil and Kabil, and their cart that has never been defeated. TPFF also welcomes the return of filmmaker and TPFF Alumnus Michael Garcia who took us on a journey inside the world of hip-hop in Cuba and now he takes us to Peru with his latest documentary COMING HOME: PERU.
Special Screenings and Panels
TPFF is honored to get a sneak preview of the soon to be release BLACK SALT directed by Owen Ratliff/Ben Ramsey. It’s an epic thriller merging the world of modern-day espionage and political intrigue with the ancient world of martial arts. With time winding down towards world-ending devastation, the fate of mankind rests in the hands of Samuel Tharpe, Interpol’s deadliest black-ops agent. Friday opens up with “AN INTERVIEW WITH MARTIN LIGHT” a film directed by Digger Kohler about a college professor accused of assassinating a Supreme Court Justice is interviewed in prison. On Saturday, TPFF will revisit AMERICAN BEATBOXER: the Docu-Series directed by TPFF Alumni—Manauvaskar Kublall, which has been accepted into the Harvard Hip Hop Archive and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. This screening will be followed with a special Q & A and Beatbox presentation. Sunday presents the groundbreaking film POVERTY INC. directed by Gary Null and Valerie Van Cleve, which examines the influence of corporate globalization and exposing the destructive nature of our modern financial system. Poverty, Inc. offers a sobering look into how the predatory economic policies instituted by America’s new elite class have contributed to the nation’s descent into Third World status.
The Closing Night Film “LAST, LOVE, LOST”, directed by Jahmar Hill, addresses the issue of domestic violence. It tells of a young man, Antonio (Jahmar Hill) who is awakened from a 1 ½ yearlong coma after being shot by his father while trying to break up a domestic dispute between him and his mother. He learns that his father committed suicide after murdering his mother. Antonio later becomes the night in shining armor to a stranger, Vanessa (Toni Belafonte) when he steps in to defend her from her abusive boyfriend. The festival will conclude with “The People’s Awards at The Maysles Cinema and After Party @ Lenox Sapphire.
For more information about full festival line up, tickets, schedule and after party events, please visit: http://thepeoplesfilmfestival.com
Tickets Are ON SALE NOW at TICKETBUD, or http://bit.ly/tpff2015tickets
• Tickets for Opening Night & Reception at the AMC Magic Johnson Theater (2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd) May 28, 2015, MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE THROUGH TICKETBUD, or http://bit.ly/tpff2015tickets
• Doors open at 5:30pm. Films starts at 6pm sharp. *You must have an OPENING NIGHT TICKET in order to get into the after party event. (ticket holders will be given priority entrance to all after party venues)
• Tickets for ALL Other Screenings - May 29 – May 31, 2015 at the Maysles Cinema (343 Malcolm X Blvd. /Lenox Avenue at 127th Street).
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