People Power Media Fest


Monday, October 19 - Friday, November 20, 2020

Online & On Air 

People Power Media Fest features 4-weeks of programming to celebrate the legacy and build the future of community media and free speech in Philadelphia. We are specifically addressing how media representation, access, and literacy affect our lives together.

We believe the media should reflect and represent our communities. We all have the right to critically analyze and participate in the media, and with access to media tools, we can build power and envision an equitable world.

Join us to mark Free Speech Week, PhillyCAM and WPPM’s anniversaries, Media Literacy Week, Election Day and so much more as we present 4 weeks of community programming, featuring special workshops, panel discussions and virtual events on PhillyCAM’s television channel and radio station.

Tune in on Comcast channels 66/966, Verizon channels 29/30, WPPM 106.5 FM and online.

Every Tuesday and Thursday during October, PhillyCAM TV and radio producers are contributing special live Pre-Election 2020 programs. 


Community Media is Having a Moment

Tuesday, October 20  1:00 - 2:00 pm - TV/Radio Simulcast and YouTube and Facebook
Community media makers have been the storytellers and documenters of local history, culture and politics for decades. Recently this work has been the subject of several studies and publications by area academics. Even prior to the pandemic community media was having a bit of a moment.

Panelists, Patricia Aufderheide, professor of Communication Studies at American University;
Antoine Haywood, Ph.D. Student, University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication and MIC Center Graduate Student Research Fellow; Clemencia Rodriguez, a professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University; and Andrea Wenzel, assistant professor at Temple University, will summarize their research as a jumping-off point to discuss how community media and community-centered journalism has become even more necessary during this time of national crisis and how to build on this moment to better serve our communities. The conversation will be moderated by Molly de Aguiar, of the Independence Public Media Foundation.  Read More



Community Radio Regional Roundtable

Tuesday, October 20   4:30 - 5:30 pmTV/Radio Simulcast and YouTube and Facebook
PhillyCAM Radio WPPM and Prometheus Radio Project will bring SCRAP Radio colleagues together to highlight how the region’s community radio stations are addressing audience information needs, connecting communities during this time of crisis, and preparing to cover the election and post-election events.



HerStory: Film Salon

Sunday, November 1  1:00 - 3:00 pm
Film screening on Youtube followed by a filmmaker Q&A in Zoom

We are celebrating women filmmakers with a film program centering on diverse stories. Filmmakers Yolonda Johnson-Young, Chelsea Holmes, Tasha Holmes, Diane Belquer, and Gabe Castro and Kat Kushin will screen and discuss their work. Films to be screened include Finding Elijah, Gen Y, From Here, Ghouls Next Door Trilogy, Conflagration, and Some of Us.

Watch FB Live      RSVP Talk-Back Session


Dear Me Roundtable

Friday, November 6  12 - 1:00 pm TV/Radio Simulcast - Youtube and Facebook

Sasha Taylor hosts a conversation among community media producers to explore the various conversations we would have with our younger selves if given the opportunity. This will be a transparent and raw moment to confront some fears that may have held us back from achieving more and/or living our best lives. Guests include Charles Gregory, Tamica Tanksley, and Pascale Vallee.


Deconstructing Documentary

Monday, November 9   8:30 pm - TV/Live Stream
The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is convening a panel to critically examine the documentary filmmaking process from ideation to distribution, and discuss what filmmakers, programmers, and consumers can do to work towards decolonization of the industry. Asian American Pacific Island filmmakers and programmers will share their views on the colonial gaze, capitalism, and the reception of their movies in different contexts.


Animating People Power: A Stop Motion Animation Workshop

Wednesday, October 28   6:30 - 8:30 pm

Stop motion is a simple technique that can bring new life to your videos, allow you to explore creative storytelling approaches, and experiment with materials you have at home. Instructor John Appel will teach participants the basic creative and technical concepts behind stop motion animation. Everyone will be invited to create a short video responding to the prompt to illustrate People Power. This is a teaser to a longer workshop we will offer in January! 
This workshop is free but space is limited. 
Registration Required


Media Literacy Interactive Workshop

Monday, October 26  6:00 - 7:30 pm

This interactive panel will showcase 4 PhillyCAM produced programs, Sylver Alert (Ricky Paul), Theydies and Gentleman (Cybee Bloss), Making Home Movies (Southeast by Southeast), and clips from POPPYN to spark conversation around how audiences receive and understand media. This is the first in a series of Media Literacy interactive sessions, building a critical eye for interpreting and understanding media through the lens of community produced work. This session coincides with Media Literacy Week.

This workshop is free but space is limited. 
Registration Required


Media Literacy and the Future of Justice - FREE

Wednesday, October 28  3:00 - 5:00 pm

This interactive workshop, presented by the World Media Literacy Forum, an interdisciplinary and transmedia gathering of thinkers, makers, and creatives across sectors. This session will look at the relationship between media literacy, the freedom of the press and democracy today with a hand in history and an eye toward the future.  Featured speaker is Dr. Yohuru Wiliams author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement. The session includes a one hour presentation and a workshop followed by discussion.

3:00 pm Presentation
4:00 pm Workshop
4:30 pm Discussion & Action Points

Registration Required


Técnicas de escritura de no ficción / Nonfiction writing techniques

Thursday,  November 12   7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Únase a nosotros para una hora llena de diversión donde usaremos las técnicas de las salas de escritura para desarrollar habilidades y estrategias para aprender a pensar de manera creativa. La resolución creativa de problemas es fundamental para producir historias convincentes que lleguen a una amplia audiencia. En este taller aprenderemos técnicas de narración creativa y las usaremos para realizar una sesión de lluvia de ideas colaborativa para producir historias de no ficción.

Join us for a fun-filled hour where we will use writing room techniques to develop skills and strategies for learning to think creatively. Creative problem solving is critical to producing compelling stories that reach a wide audience. In this workshop, we will learn creative storytelling techniques and use them to conduct a collaborative brainstorming session to produce nonfiction stories.

Registration Required


The American Crisis: The Musical

Saturdays in October & November  8:00 pm - TV

This new musical follows three African American college students as they share their thoughts about democracy and the importance of voting. During the play, the inaugural speeches of President Obama and President Trump will face off in a debate-like in format performed by two African American women. The goal is to show the ideology and values of each president in a bipartisan fashion and to let the audience decide which party best represents them. Written and directed by Anis Taylor and produced by Shameka Sawyer. View Playbill
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Día de los Muertos

Sunday, November 1 3:00 - 5:00 pm

José Ortiz-Pagán, the invited guest artist this year, and the members of La Calaca Flaca will honor the deceased with a solemn procession to four community altars in four cardinal points of the city: east, west, south, and north. The intention is to unite us ceremoniously to the suffering of the communities and to guide those that left for Mictlampa, a place of eternal solace and rest.


Tax Report Interview Series - SNIPE - ICP 

Tuesday, November 3   10:00 - 10:15 pm  - TV and Radio Simulcast

A record of graffiti in Philly in the writer’s own voice, from high school bomber just coming up to oldhead coming back out. For every tag, every throw-up, every rooftop burner, the walls and tunnels tell a story. Produced by AF Domino.

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Producer's Circle

Wednesday, November 4th  12:00 - 1:00 pm - TV

Looking back on the amazing advice and stories from PhillyCAM producers over a variety of topics to celebrate our show as part of People Power Media Fest.



Live Culture Presents The Screening Room

Fridays starting November 6th  7:00 pmTV and Live Stream

A showcase of short films, poetry, and audio addressing social justice themes presented by local Philadelphia organizations and artists, presented by the 5 Shorts Project. Artists will present their work and be available for a talkback with the audience. Featuring Modern Day Lynching: Target Practice Short Film, directed by Yasmin Neal and Ambition the Poet and Her Poetic Truth.



PhillyCAM Member Celebration Zoom Party

Friday, October 23   8:00 pm

Join the PhillyCAM community for an evening of celebration of the past year. A virtual party where you can catch up with your fellow members, share your experiences over this wild and unexpected year, and even dance or sing! Email for details.



Thursday, November 12 11:00 am

Over the past 6 months, PhillyCAM has been working on a future vision for the organization. This Town Hall is an opportunity for our community to provide input and contribute to this future vision.  Details about how to participate coming soon. 



Behind the Fest

Friday, November 20  6:00 pm

A conversation reflecting the behind-the-scenes perspectives and experiences from member producers and staff on creating our first-ever People Power Media Fest. Watch and chat with us live online all about our experiences curating and producing this program series.





Hear Us Out   Live Radio & TV simulcast  Youtube & Facebook

Tuesday, October 20 from 5:30 - 6:00 pm
This show will focus on Community Media Day and the upcoming media literacy week. Focus on youth stories and experiences around creating.

Tuesday, November 3 from 5:30 - 6:00 pm
This show will focus on Election day 2020. First time voting and city/local government.  In addition we'll
examine voting laws and how the government works


Tuesday, November 17 from 5:30 - 6:00 pm
This show will focus on the aftermath of the election. Focus on election media



Madre Tierra

Wednesday, October 21 at 5:30 pm  TV

(En español) Voto Latino 2020 Hablaremos sobre la importancia del voto latino elecciones presidenciales de estados Unidos 2020. 

(In Spanish)  Hosts Arianne Bracho and Carmen Marcet talk about women's issues from a holistic perspective. Guests will be Rossana Arteaga of the Latino Movement with Biden and Cesar Rivas Republican in Philadelphia. 



TV Courtroom

Friday, October 23 at 3:30 - 4:30 pm TV 

Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer, Michael Coard marks the 50th episode of TV Courtroom by taking on the topic of how the police and Kentucky Attorney General murdered Breonna Taylor twice. 

Friday, November 6 at 3:30 - 4:30 pm  Live TV  Youtube and Facebook

Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer, Michael Coard gives his take post-Election.


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