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THE PEOPLE'S FILM FESTIVAL-Breaking All The RULES–A Filmmakers Conversation


Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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 The People’s Film Festival Announces Its 2016 Lineup


The People’s Film Festival TO OPEN WITH “THE 5 POWERS” directed by Gregory Kennedy-Salemi& “TEAR THE ROOF OFF—The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelicdirected by Bobby J. Brown”, along with 4 Independent Short Films.


The People’s Media, Music & Arts Foundation (TPMMAF)todayannounced its lineupfor The 5th Annual People’s Film Festival (TPFF), which will be held June 2 – June 5, 2016, at the AMC Magic Johnson Theater, Maysles Cinema and Julia De Burgos Performance & Arts Center in Harlem.  The festival will feature over 60 films, including live music performances and panels.  "THE 5 POWERS ", a film directed by Gregory Kennedy-Salemi along with “TEAR THE ROOF OFF—The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic” directed by Bobby J. Brownwill open the festival along with 4 independent short films.  These films include: “A WOMAN SCORNED” directed by Eriah Howard- Drama, “UNCANNY VALLEY”directed by Frederico Heller – Sci-Fi, Action,LOS ANGELES 1991” directed by Zacarías & MacgregorDrama & “HARLEM, HARLEM, HARLEM”, directed by Jinghua Tu—Documentary.  This event will be hosted by Radio & Television personality Greg Lassiter followed by a special P-Funk Tribute presented by Tina Thompson-Pope’s “SKIN” dancers and live music performances presented the legendary Bea Montgomery of the Mothership Connection at the Harlem Nights Bar Lounge. 


“We are very excited about our 5th year Opening Night celebration because it represents the eclectic mix of films that we present each year,” says Veronica Keitt, founder of The People’s Film Festival.  “Our goal is to tell stories—tell everyone’s story and by doing so we discover that each of our lives are intricately connected on some level and that the world is much smaller then we think.”  This year’s festival will also honor independent producers who produce original content on Public & Cable Access channels at The OOLEE’s- Public Media Award of Excellence.  “There has been a paradigm shift in the way we create and consume media”, says Veronica.  “Technology has made it affordable for everyone to come in to tell their stories using today’s new media—and this year we are honored to have marketing expert Chaucer Barnes - Executive Director, Context Strategy at Translation, to show filmmakers how to effectively market and sell their films.  Chaucer Barnes is a communications planner and creative who specializes in setting the proper conditions for mass adoption. He leads the Context Strategy group at Translation, which enhances creative impact through the oft-overlooked vectors of brand behavior: sequencing, targeting, posture, and payloads. 

 THE 5 POWERS directed by Gregory Kennedy-Salemi. The 5 Powers is a moving fusion of documentary footage, historic montage and vivid animation that send a powerful message of peace. Using modern technology and dramatic storytelling, the film tells the story of 3 Superheroes of Peace who use the 5 Powers and their non-violent re-solution of conflict through a mind-ful, compassionate approach, to change the course of history and inspire millions around the world, planting seeds of peace in the deep mud of war.  The 5 Powers Movie, narrated by TV star Orlando Jones, follows the interconnected lives of Alfred Hassler, an American anti-war hero, Vietnamese peace activist Sister Chan Khong and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, whom Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.  Filmmaker Gregory Kennedy-Salemi along with ‘artivist’ Iris Manca and Emmy Award Winner Noam Dromi will be in attendance for Q & A.

 TEAR THE ROOF OFF - The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic directed by award winning documentarian Bobby J. Brown who uncovered numerous secrets of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Parliament Funkadelic.  Members open up about the unorthodox methods they were paid, heavily exploited, and the creativity behind this unique genre of music. The untold story of the rise and fall of the greatest funk band ever. 


The People’s Film Festival will kick off June 1, 2016 with a SPECIAL PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT at HOODWINKED ESCAPE, Harlem’s very own escape room—a phenomenon that sweeping the nation.  “We’re excited to partner with The People’s Film Festival (TPFF),” says Sponsor Michele Ware, CEO and Creator of Hoodwinked Escape, Harlem’s first real-life escape and adventure experience where Clue Finders use their wits to solve puzzles, riddles and codes to escape from a locked room in 60 minutes.  “It’s absolutely wonderful that we have TPFF.   Harlem has long been known for its rich vibrant culture and historic landmarks, great music, literature and so much more … to add the Film Festival to that tradition is bar none! TPFF is setting the standard for film festivals in urban areas.  I congratulate them.”  Hoodwinked Escape will offer special discounts to attendees during the festival.  Pompette Wines & Spirits will be conducting wine tasting during this kick off, along with traditional Mexican Dishes from El Karelljon, and tasty treats from Sprinkle Splash Sweet Shoppe.  In addition, Graphic Design NY / Visual Creatives Collective who’s slated to host the panels during the festival will kick off at Hoodwinked Escaped beginning with “The Art of Storytelling”.  Some of the other topics include; distribution, crowdsource funding and social media 101.

 Highlights of the People’s Film Festival 2016

 TPFF welcomes the highly anticipated animation film “THE RETURN”, directed by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Hamedan.  It’s a story about a bandit named Haran who is confronted with a decision to choose love or destroy the leader of the proselytes.  TPFF also welcomes the return of TPFF Alumni; Russell Brown with his new film SEARCH ENGINES—a comedy showing how sanity & relationships are put to test when a family is forced to survive without their cellphones,Michael Garcia and DJ EFN,who took us on a journey inside the world of hip-hop in Cuba and Peru, now takes us to Haiti with their latest documentary COMING HOME: HAITI, andNigerian filmmaker Moses Inwang who closes Friday night with “STALKER” a suspense-mystery about a highly successful fashion stylist Kaylah Lawal (Nse Ikpe Etim), who is being stalked by stranger who initially saved her life. 

 DADDY DON’T GO directed by Emily Abtis a powerful, must see documentary that explores the crisis of fatherlessness in America by capturing two years in the lives of four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they fight to defy the odds against them and their unwavering commitment to parenthood despite those challenges. The Saturday Night Sports Block includes the “RUCKER 50” directed by Bob McCullough about the famed Rucker Park in Harlem; “This is My Cap” asatirical comedydirected by Adonis Williams about what fans will go through to ”rep” their team; followed by THE LEGEND OF SWEE' PEAdirected byBenjamin May. This is a story about the life of native New York streetball legend and former NBAer  Lloyd “Swee' Pea” DanielsSunday presents the powerful “ONE ROCK THREE RELIGIONS,” directed by Isaac Hertz, whichstarts from Jerusalem's most politically sensitive site, the Temple Mount or Haram Al Sharif, and examines the effect the three Abrahamic faiths have on the Israeli Palestinian conflict and world peace.  Following that screening attendees are invited to attend the special 107th year Anniversary celebration at The Baptist House of Prayer—steps from Maysles Cinema. 

 Special Screenings and Panels

This year TPFF added a new location in East Harlem - The Julia De Burgos Performance & Arts Center (JdBPAC) at East 106th Street & Lexington Avenue.  Saturday films at the JdBPAC include: “MARATABAT – Pride & Honor” by Filipino director Arlyn Dela Cruz whose dramaticfilm tells the story of two feuding families theAbubakarsand the Mahardikasin the Providence of Maratabat in Southern Phillipines& their quest for power.  “THE AMAZINGNINA SIMONE”directed by TPFF Alumnus Jeff Lieberman,brings you on Nina’s journey from the segregated South through the worlds of classical music, jazz joints & international concert halls.  Coney Island, Brooklyn director Jeffrey "Slice" Mortonintimately captures the range of emotions exhibited by mothers who unfortunately lost their child do to street violence in “OUR MOTHERS VOICES”.  This film features an exclusive interview with the mother of Eric Gardner.  This will be followed by a special panel“WOMEN TALK BACK”— Challenges of Women In Film & Media in Today’s Digital Age,” moderated by NeeKee West- Media/Communications Strategist.  Speakers, panelists and audience members will contribute to a moderated discussion addressing issues on images, opportunities, and representations of women of color in the mainstream media.  Saturday night will also feature “THE HAITIAN POLO DOCUMENTARY” directed by Brooklyn‘s Junior Romelus—a story about young Haitian immigrants experience in Brooklyn New York during the 80's and mid 90's.  It will close with “LEGENDS OF FREESTYLE” directed by Staten Island, NY’s Steve Stanulis, who takes you back to the mid-80's, the height of Freestyle music and how that music style has survived through today.




The Closing Night FilmTHE LAST KING”, directed by Sabina Bunin is a tale of power, greed, and honor in reclaiming the precious Kohinoor diamond which belongs the last king of Punjab, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The fabled Kohinoor diamond is a symbol of Sikh strength and pride which was stolen by the British 150 years ago and brought back to England where it was recut and set in Queen Victoria's crown as a mark of the British domination in India. Now the descendent Colonel Ranjit Singh (Steve Nijjar) a Special Ops Captain in the Canadian Army wants it back and will stop at nothing and no one to recover the Kohinoor diamond and bring it back to his people.

 The festival will conclude with “The First Annual OOLEE Awards” honoring Independent producers in Public & Cable Access and The People’s Awards at The Maysles Cinema.  


For more information about full festival line up, tickets, schedule and after party events, please visit:


Tickets Are ON SALE NOW at TICKETBUD  or

  • Tickets for Opening Night & Reception at the AMC Magic Johnson Theater (2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd.) June 2, 2016, MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE THROUGH TICKETBUD
  • Doors open at 5:30pm.  Films starts at 6pm sharp*TICKET HOLDERS WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY ENTRANCE TO ALL AFTER PARTY VENUES.
  • Tickets for ALL Other Screenings June 3 – June 5, 2016 will beat the Maysles Cinema (343 Malcolm X Blvd. /Lenox Avenue at 127th Street) and Julia De Burgos Performance & Arts Center (1680 Lexington Avenue Between 105th and 106th Streets).




The People’s Film Festival is an initiative of The People’s Media, Music & Arts Foundation (TPMMAF)—which is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to promote awareness in independent music, media, and art across the globe while encouraging those—particularly in the Harlem New York area, to develop a greater appreciation and understanding for cultural diversity in film. 


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The People’s Film Festival 2016 Lineup

Ticket price for Opening Night Film & Reception

June 2, 6:00pm (sharp):  $30.00   Doors open at 5:30pm!

Ticket prices for all individual film programs at

Maysles Cinema (June 3 – June 5, 2016): $12.00

Julia De Burgos Performance & Arts Center(June 4, 2016): $12.00






THE 5 POWERS – (Harlem Premiere) directed by Gregory Kennedy-Salemi (THURSDAY JUNE 2, 2016 @ 6PM)

TEAR THE ROOF OFF—The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic (NY Premiere) directed byBobby J. Brown /  (@ 8PM)



THE LAST KING (US Premiere) directed by Sabina Bunin(SUNDAY JUNE 5, 2016@ 6:30PM)

THURSDAY June 2, 2016  6pm – 10pm

HARLEM, HARLEM, HARLEM directed by Jinghua Tu/ USA / 2014 / 5 min. / Documentary

A WOMAN SCORNED(NY Premiere) directed by Eriah Howard - / USA / 2015 / 12 min. / Drama

UNCANNY VALLEYdirected by Frederico Heller - / Argentina / 2015 / 9 min.  / Sci-Fiction / Action

LOS ANGELES 1991 (NY Premiere) directed by Zacarías & Macgregor-/ Spain / 2015 / 10 min. / Fiction, Action, Violence

FRIDAYJune 3, 2016 12pm – 12am


  • UNCONSCIOUSNESS WITH OPEN EYES  Zahra Jafari / Iran / 2015/ 5 min./ Drama
  • DAD & MUM Fabrice Bracq/ France / 2014 /6 min./ Drama /Original Language: French/ English subtitles
  • SOCK PUPPET Richard Tatum/ USA / 2015 / 7 min.. / Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • MARGARET  (Harlem Premiere) Manan Singh Katohora / USA / 2015 / 13 min. / Comedy, Romance, Drama 
·         BY THE FOUNTAIN Camille Mitchell/ Canada / USA / 2016 / 5 min. / Drama /romance
·         41 LOVE Ikechukwu Onyeka/ Nigeria / 2013 / 108 min./ Comedy, Romance / English


EXODOUS TO SHANGHAI  Anthony Hickox / Austria / 79 min. / 2015 / Drama, Adventure, Romance, Action

  • JUST MY LUCK Bill Hass / USA / 2015 / 91 min.  / Drama, Feature
  • A SUB IN BRICK CITY Crystal Deniro Simmons / USA / 2015 / 31 min. / Drama Action
  • ACROSS LINES Marcus Robinson / USA / 2014 / 30 min. / Drama
  • GREAT Curmiah Lisette / St Catherine / United Kingdom/ 2015/ 6 min. / Poetry
  • STILLETO DREAMS James M. Perry / Nicolette Ellis / USA / 2015 / 90 min. / Drama
  • THE RETURN (US Premiere) Mohammad Hamedani/ Iran / 2016 / 90 min. / Ukraine Animation Fiction / Language: Farsi
  • WHO’S THE TIKTIK? Terimar Malones / Philippines / 2016 / 9 min. / Horror, Mystery, Crime
  • WHEN THE DUST SETTLES James Brooks / Derek W. Wright Writer / USA / 2015 / 22 min. / Drama
  • THE CALL (NY Premiere) Quavondo Nguyen / USA / 2016 / 22 min. / Drama / Thriller
  • STALKER Moses Igwman / Nigeria / 2015 113 min. / Suspense, Mystery / English

·         MY ENEMY MY BROTHER Ann Shin / Canad

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