Wednesday, December 28, 2011

LaHitz & Wright Enterprises Salute Willie & Mary Ratcliff 12/29

W.E. & LaHitz Fete SF BayView Publishers at "Our Media Matters" Theater Night at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre 12/29
Thursday December 29, 2011 7:00pm
Lorraine Hansberry Theater 450 Post St.
San Francisco, CA

Willie & Mary Ratcliff
San Francisco BayView Newspaper Publishers

Event Phone: (415) 474-8800
Event Website: W.E. & LaHitz Fete SF BayView Publishers at "Our Media Matters" Theater Night at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre 12/29 website
Categories: Community, Performing Arts
Price: $45 General Admission; $55 VIP-use code WE

Jackie Wright of Wright Enterprises, Jacquie Taliaferro of LaHitz Media with former District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre.

Wright Enterprises and LaHitz Media present "Our Media Matters" Theater Night in honor of Willie and Mary Ratcliff, Publishers of the San Francisco BayView Newspaper, 7 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's new home. The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is now located in the heart of Union Square at it's new home 450 Post Street, 2nd Floor of the Kensington Park Hotel.
The Magi of "Rejoice" Stanley Luther, Michael Spratt, & Rudy Guerreroas

Enjoy a 7 p.m. No Host Bar Reception, followed by a short ceremony honoring Willie and Mary Ratcliff at 8 p.m. and the production of "Rejoice" written by Ron Stacker Thompson founder of the Oakland Ensemble Theatre and directed by Margo Hall. 9:45 p.m. it's the VIP After Party with special guest Tony Saunders, bassist extraordinaire who will be highlighting his new CD "Romancing the Bass." The evening

will include an art exhibit by Bayview Artist Malik Seneferu.

Tickets are $45 for general admission and $55 for the VIP AFTER PARTY WITH CAST which includes the ceremony, play and performance by Tony Saunders.

Call 474-8800 with promotion code "WE" to purchase tickets. Call Jackie Wright at 415 525 0410 for sponsorships beginning at $500 with promotion and visibility to include the event and through January 2012. "Our Media Matters" benefits YMAP (Youth Media Arts Program) of the San Francisco BayView Newspaper.

For more information, visit the website for W.E. & LaHitz Fete SF BayView Publishers at "Our Media Matters" Theater Night at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre 12/29.

Lorraine Hansberry Theater
450 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94

Invited Guests include Danny Glover

Danny Glover, Jacquie Taliaferro, Jackie Wright at LaHitz & W.E."s "Soundtrack for a Revolution" Screening and Fundraiser.

Carl Lumbly and Delroy Lindo May Stop Through at "Our Media Matters"

LaHitz Media & Wright Enterprises have hosted events at international venues such as the Cannes International Film Festival.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

LaHitz@Cannes 2011 & African Diaspora Unity

The 64th Cannes International Film Festival kicked into high gear with a galaxy of stars, writers, directors, producers, distributors and folks from all walks of life celebrating the film industry.

Robert De Niro head of the Jury voting “Tree of Life” as the competition overall winner and his jury colleagues actors Uma Thurman, Jude Law and Martina Gusman; the writer Linn Ullmann (daughter of Liv Ulmann and Ingmar Bergman); and the directors Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Olivier Assayas and Johnnie To awarded the “très” shy American director and writer, Terence Malick with the prize for the long awaited film, but he was not present to receive it.

Cannes is the only place I know where international business, partying and philanthropy mix. Deal after deal is made with over €700,000 Euro a day circulating through the 10-day festival. Any and everything from films to PR and marketing for films to theater chairs and popcorn makers are bought and sold.

Most “screenings” (showing of films in Cannes) have a party or reception before or after. Beyond grand screenings and the Red Carpet of the Palais, the dream of screening at Cannes is still viable for filmmakers. Most independent filmmakers show their films at the theaters outside the Palais, utilizing the Star, Lumiere, Gray d’Albion Hotel and similar venues. These screenings can cost between €500 to €1,500 Euros depending on date, time and location. Buyers, distributors, and media are invited to these private screenings.

One of my sayings is in Cannes is “Party with Purpose.” And the Macbach Party with Quincy Jones, Kanye West, and new singing sensation, Aloe Blacc, “I Need Dollars” was a super event to help mentors around the world.

African and Caribbean Cinema Industries were well represented. Marc Nekaitar, head of Agora along with the Hollywood Reporter had a wonderful reception and award presentation honoring international star Eriq Ebouney, (recipient of the LaHItz@Cannes Sojourner Truth Award) and South African Film Commissioner, Eddie Mbato, President of the South African National Video Foundation (also a recipient of the Sojourner Truth Award(African Diaspora Unity). Other international stars included Jean Pier Bekolo, Jean Roke Patoudem. Reuben Cannon’s (Tyler Perry’s Executive Producer) protégé Patrick Cunningham was in the African Diaspora mix at Cannes. Cunningham, a producer for the non-afro-centric film “Martha Marcy May Marlene” received accolades for his film being in Cannes' Un Certain Regard category.

The Caribbean Film Commissioners from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago headed by Tony CoCo-Viloin ( and Jean Michel Gibert ( all met for a round table discussion about the future of the Caribbean Film Industry. One of the many things talked about were the co-productions with other countries and better distribution of Caribbean films to other parts of the world. The Caribbean contingent hosted two parties, one featuring internationally renowned Tobagonian singer “Calypso Rose” and a humdinger of a rum punch.

Playboy again did their party at Richard Nilisson’s Villa Oxygene in the French Riviera hills, complete with champagne, pool and bunnies. Some of the money raised is going to the Playboy Foundation.

This year the main attraction winners were: Palm d’Or- “The Tree of Life” directed by Terrence Malick; Grand Prix (tie)- “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” directed by Bir Zamalar Anadolu’ da -Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Le Gamin au Vélo (The Kid With a Bike) directed by Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne; Jury Prize- “Polisse” directed by Maïwenn; Best Director, Nicolas Winding Refn for “Drive;” Best Screenplay, Joseph Cedar for “Hearat Shulayin (Footnote); Best Actress, Kirsten Dunst, in Melancholia” directed by Lars Von Trier; and Best Actor, Jean Dujardin in “The Artist” directed by Michel Hazanavicius.

As a sidebar to film festivals, LaHitz Media followed up the Cannes International Film Festival working with the San Francisco International Film Festival (Co-directors Kali Ray & Katerra Crossley) being an integral part of adding several films to the World Premiere of acclaimed local filmmaker Kevin Epp’s “Straight Outta Hunter’s Point 2.” With less than four weeks turnaround LaHitz helped to garner the work of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Mario Van Peebles-“Things Fall Apart;” “Black, White, and Blues” directed by Mario Van Peebles; Trevor D. Rhone’s “One Love” directed by Rick Elgood and Don Letts; Actor and producer Shabaka Henley’s (“Collateral,” “Crash,” “Miami Vice,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”) “90404 Changing” produced with his wife Paulina Sahagun and directed by Michael W. Barnard; and LaHitz’s Jacquie Taliaferro’s own submission “10-10 Gotta Win.”

Here’s a list of links that give a glimpse of some of the African Diaspora films making the rounds:;;;;;;;;;and

LaHitz@Cannes 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

LaHitz@Cannes 2011 Jacquie Taliaferro

LaHitz Media's Jacquie Taliaferro knows in the film world that the road to fame and glory often begins at the Cannes International Film Festival.  He's on the ground following the happenings....

Jack Black, Angelina Jolie kicked off the publicity for "Kung Fu Panda 2" in front of worldwide media at the Cannes International Film Festival.  Bottom line of the story: they did it for their kids.

Dreamworks Animations works a dream come true for "Kung Fu Panda 2"with a celestial array of stars: Jack Black along with Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong, Dan Fogler and Michael Clarke Duncan.

Synopsis: In "Kung Fu Panda 2," Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But PoÂ’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will Po be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jerry was Gold for the SF 49ers in the Draft

NFL Hall of Famer &49er All Time Great Jerry Rice & 
Flimmaker Jacquie Taliaferro @ Lake Tahoe Celebrity Golf Tournament

When entering the NFL Draft, coaches and franchises should remember sometimes you have to dig deep to get gold.  For the San Francisco 49er's it was deep in the heart of Mississippi where they struck gold drafting Rice from "Mississippi Valley State College."  Who Knew?  He'd be the all-time NFL leader in touchdowns scored with 208, selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times (1986–1996, 1998, 2002) and named All-Pro 11 times in his 20 NFL seasons and that he'd win three Super Bowl rings playing for the San Francisco 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders.  His 48-yard touchdown catch in the 4th quarter in Super Bowl XXXVII made him the first player ever to catch a touchdown pass in 4 different Super Bowls. 

Joel Thorman says the Kansas City Chiefs used the NFL Draft to fill some holes for the team.  Upcoming season will prove if they got a few gold nuggets filling those holes. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Just Call me fLO~ "Platinum Love"


Click here to hear

Artist: fLO
Song: Platinum Love
Director: Aris Jerome
Music Production: Rashaad Wiggins
Aris Jerome Films
Schads Music Publishing/BMI
All Rights Reserved ©2010

LaHitz motto is "Make the Hit!" Congratulations to Rashaad Wiggins, producer & composer, who has a hit on his hands with fLO. "Just Call Me fLO" flows you right into musical ecstasy. Read more!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

NFL Lockout Could End Today

Darren Sharper New Orleans Saints 

NFL Players May Not Be sitting on the sidelines much longer.  The NFL players will ask a federal judge today to grant an injunction blocking the NFL lockout and forcing the league to resume.