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)
New York, NY
When & Where
THE PEOPLE'S FILM FESTIVAL
[New York, NY – May 12, 2013] –“Just- Us” is this year’s theme for The 2nd Annual People’s Film Festival (TPFF) presented by the Four Builders Foundation. The festival kicks off May 30, 2013 in Harlem, New York, at AMC’s Magic Johnson Theater (at 2309 8th Avenue) and will continue to run May 31 – June 2, 2013 at The Maysles Cinema (at 343 Lenox Avenue).
This year The Peoples Film Festival will screen over 30 films from 9 different countries dedicated to championing “the people”. “It’s about the people,” says Veronica Keitt, Founder and Executive Director of The People’s Film Festival. “Their stories, their lives, their struggles.” Veronica states that the films presented at The Peoples Film Festival represents the people in their true essence, in which she says is what attracts a diverse group of filmmakers and movie goers from all over the world. “Our objective is to create a dynamic and synergistic atmosphere for both the filmmaker and the audience to essentially connect on a social & cultural level, while sharing & exchanging new ideas.” She states that the people who come to The People’s Film Festival are not only there to see great movies, but are also there to learn because they too can potentially be the next filmmaker that will one day screen their stories.
The Opening Night Film hosted by super model & top runway coach Lu Celenia Sierra, will feature TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE , a two-part epic film directed by Philippe Niang depicting the life of Toussaint Louverture (Jimmy Jean-Louis) leader of the Haitian liberation struggle. Louverture led the first successful slave revolt in world history, defeating Napoleon Bonaparte and winning independence from France. This will be shown at the Magic Johnson Theater, followed by an after party/reception at Harlem’s Floridita Bar and Restaurant (700 W 125th Street at 12th Ave), Street at 12th Ave), with special guest DJ Universal Rell.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Film starts at 6pm sharp.
The Closing Night Film features the New York Premiere of AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE, a feature-length documentary directed by Dr. Tukufu Zuberi. The film highlights the birth, realization and problems confronted by the movement to win independence in Africa. The story is told by channeling the voices of freedom fighters and leaders who achieved independence, liberty and justice for African people. This film offers a unique presentation designed to enlighten and provide audiences with insights from Africans into the continent’s past, present and future.
Highlights of the People’s Film Festival 2013 include the New York premiere of “Irwin & Fran” directed by filmmaker Jordan Stone. The film is about New Yorkers Irwin and his wife Fran who has been married for over 70 years. Professor Irwin Corey is a famous comedian, political satirist and entertainer who’s been in show business since 1938. Saturday welcomes six young women from The Mulberry School for Girls in London, who set out on a journey to discover “what justice really means to those who want it most”. In their documentary “Justice In Action,” they explore the turbulent history of Bosnia, the site of Europe’s worst genocide since the Second World War.
This year TPFF also welcomes the return of the Worldwide Occupy Wall Street category in which 5 filmmakers will showcase their work on the occupy movement. TPFF Alumnus Alex Mallis documents the effects of Hurricane Sandy and the continued work of OWS organizers in his short film entitled “Occupy Sandy”. Canadian filmmaker Corey Ogilvie will screen his USA premiere “Occupy the Movie,” featuring interviews with key organizers and intellectuals of the movement, he discovers the biggest threat to occupy, is in fact, occupy. This year TPFF also presents several music documentaries from jazz with Billy Bang, Long Overdue which takes a rare look into the life of critically acclaimed jazz violinist Billy Bang; Heavens Mirror, film director Joshua Dylan Mellars' love song to Fado music and American Beatboxer (Koolkidzpub), a documentary film that honors the evolution of Beatboxing—showcasing the first beatboxing competition in Brooklyn New York. TPFF also revisits two films that portrays different aspects violence—Bullets over Brownsville directed by Damon Diddit & Natural Langdonwhich is a cautionary tale that chronicles the lives of four Brooklyn housing project residents caught in an absurd web of violence, and 4 Chosen directed by Danny Reyes, the story about 4 young men who lives were forever changed one night on the NYS Highway. (see the complete list of films below.)
The festival will conclude with The People’s Awards Ceremony at Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant (341 Malcolm X Blvd Lenox Avenue at 127th Street). Nana Camille Yarbrough is set to receive the 2013 People‘s Spirit Award.
Tickets Are ON SALE NOW at Ticketbud. Tickets for Opening Night & reception May 30, 2013 MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. For more information, festival line up, tickets, schedule and events about The People’s Film Festival, please visit: http://thepeoplesfilmfestival.com
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The People's Film Festival celebrates the power of the media when placed in the hands of the people. The festival features screenings from emerging producers, videographers, and filmmakers from all over the world, reflecting both traditional and advant-garde style films, with an emphasis on films that integrate multiple digital platforms using today's new media & technology. The categories range from narratives, features, shorts, and documentaries including a special category for films about the Worldwide Occupy Wall St Movement (WWOWS). The winners will be recognized closing night after the final screening with a People's Award.
The People’s Film Festival 2013 Line-up
Trailers, synopsis, tickets & more info at www.thepeoplesfilmfestival.com
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION:
TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE directed by Phillipe Niang (THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013)
CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION:
AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE (NY Premiere) –Dr.Tukufu Zuberi (SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013)
.SUB (NY Premiere) - Jossie Malis Alvarez/Spain/15 min. /Fiction
IRWIN & FRAN (NY Premiere) - Jordan Stone/ USA /2012/90min./Q & A /Documentary
TPFF SHORTs BLOCK I
CHIVALRY IS DEAD (NY Premiere) - Khristi Adams/USA/2013/26min. /Fiction
TRUE ARTIST (US Premiere) - Jonghee Kim/USA/2013/10min. /Fiction
BROKEN (World Premiere) - Maggie Farley/USA/2013/11min./Fiction
HEAVEN’S MIRROR: A Portuguese Voyage - Joshua Dylan Mellars/USA/2011/70min./ Documentary
HILL & GULLY - Patrice Johnson/113min./20012/ USA/Narrative Feature
JUSTICE IN ACTION(US Premiere) - Mulberry School for Girls/UK/2012/63min./Q&A/Documentary
WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD VIOLENCE- Blaze Nowara /USA/2012/15min. /Documentary
BACKYARD PHILLY PROJECT- FerashaFilms/USA/2013/64min. /Urban Documentary
4 CHOSEN - Danny Reyes/ USA/2008/90min. /Documentary
“AQUEL NO ERA YO” (It Wasn’t Me) Esteban Crespo/Spain/2012/23min. /Fiction
BULLETS OVER BROWNSVILLE - Damon Diddit, Natural Langdon/ USA/2009/97min. /Docu-Drama
OWS BLOCK (Occupy Wall Street)
IN HABITAT - Chris Bravo/ USA/2013/6 min. /Experimental
PROLOGO (NY Premiere) - Lucas Figueroa/Spain/8 min. /Fiction
OCCUPIERS OF THE BURIAL GROUND - Dami Akinnusi/USA/2013/6 min. /Documentary
WE GOT THIS “Occupy Sandy” - Alex Mallis - Eric Phillips Horst/USA/2013/3 min./ Documentary
OCCUPY THE MOVIE (NY Premiere) -Corey Ogilvie/Canada/2013/90 min. /Social/Political Documentary
EL BARRIO TOURS - Andrew Padilla/USA/2013/60 min. /Documentary
A LEGEND NEVER DIES - James Top/USA/2012/10 min. /Documentary
AMERICAN BEATBOXER - Koolkidzpub/USA/80 min./2013/Documentary
COMING HOME (NY Premiere) - DJ EFN /USA /2012/60 min. /Documentary
25,000 MILE LOVE STORY (North American premiere) John Davies/USA/2012/86mins/Documentary
BILLY BANG –LONG OVERDUE - Oscar Sanders/USA/2012/117min/ Documentary
TPFF INTERNATIONAL SHORTs BLOCK II
JUBILEE 2012 (World Premiere) - Matt King/UK/2012/3min. /Fiction
RAGS TO PADS - Chithra Jeyaram/India/2012/3min/Documentary
6AM: JOEL- Wayne Benjamin/Jamaica/2013/21 min. /Thriller
KANLURAN (The Dusk) (US Premiere) -Silver Belen/Philippines/2012/17min. /Drama- Social
THE COMING OF ORG (NORTH AMERICAN Premiere) Davina Lee/ St Lucia/2012/36min. /Drama -Thriller
AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE (NY Premiere) -Tukufu Zuberi/USA/2013/117 min. /Documentary