The 10th Annual People’s Film Festival 



[New York, NY – May 18, 2021] We are back!  The People’s Film Festival (TPFF), celebrates its 10th year with over 65 independent films, VR and music videos, that defied the COVID-19 pandemic, national protest and political strife.  The festival kicks off May 30, 2021 at the AMC Magic Theater in Harlem, NY and will run through June 6, 2021, online at, one of the leading virtual festival platforms for online viewing, video-on-demand and live streaming.

The Opening Day begins with the exclusive screening of “THE BLACK SPADES”, a film written and directed by Veronica Keitt and Executive Produced by David L. Baughan and Marion Frampton.  This film represents this year’s theme RESISTANCEwhich tells the story of original Black Spades members who initially established the organization to fight against the growing crime, drugs and violence that was plaguing their South Bronx neighborhood.

Opening day will also feature “The Uncle Nearest Story”– a short film directed by David Poag, featuring Emmy Award winning actor Jeffrey Wright, telling the story of the first known African American master distiller.


This year we place women in the spotlight once again to draw attention to female directors who are disproportionally represented in Hollywood and the film industry.  Our Spotlight series features two themes: “THE POWER OF SHE” which represents stories of women empowerment and “THROUGH HER EYES”, films that are either made for and about women, or created and/or directed by women.  Some of these stories include; “BETRAYAL OF A NATION” directed by Brandi Webb, “NO ORDINARY LOVE”, directed by Chyna Robinson; LAST SUMMER ON BAINBRIDGE STREET” directed by Jessica Q Moore; “SOLACE”, directed by TPFF Alumni Jyoti Singh, “MARIPOSA”, directed by Brazilian director Dimitri Luedemann and PIETÀ directed by Andrea DelGiudice, a unique and yet powerful film performed in an Opera style, about an orphanage that takes in girls who are abandoned from their families because of physical disfiguration, illegitimate pregnancy, etc.

The Closing Films includes a selection of films that address the COVID19 pandemic and its impact on people.  These films include “LAST CALL” directed by Johnny Sweet, which tells the story of the impact on the lives of workers in the bars in Queens NY, “PHOENIX”, directed by Calvin Joseph Walker, shows how relationships evolved to the internet, “DA BRONX”, directed by TPFF alumni Sandra Nixon, takes a rare look at the Bronx, NY, clear from the hustle & bustle of Bronx life and, “LOCK DOWN”, directed by TPFF alumni Nigerian Filmmaker Moses Inwang –is a suspense story about the lives of 9 people locked down in quarantine.

This year TPFF also partnered with RECORDDROP.COM– a leading online music service that provides artists with full control of their music, from distribution, analytics, direct communication and feedback from their fanbase.   The TPFF – RECORDDROP competition was open to artists from all genres.  Currently there are 12 finalists of which one winner will be chosen at the People Awards.

As the city begins to reopen from COVID-19 we look forward to bringing back our special free community events — The TECH PEOPLE EXPO which is an exhibition of new technology, ART-PEOPLE which highlights artists creating “live”, and the PUBLIC MEDIA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE which honors independent producers on Public & Cable Access channels.

The People’s Film Festival kicks off May 30, 2021 and will run through June 6, 2021 in theaters and online at


Due to COVID19 restrictions, there will be no tickets sold at the door or box office. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE THROUGH TICKETBUD or online at

Online Tickets @Eventive for individual films & film blocks is $10

Thursday Night Tickets at AMC Magic Johnson Theater June 3, 2021 is $15

Opening Day Tickets at AMC Magic Johnson May 30, 2021 is $25

For More information about the festival line up, schedule and events,

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CONTACT:   Latresha Richards

 TPFF Press Credentials

Media Accreditation for the 10th Annual People’s Film Festival is open through May 24, 2021.



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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