Media Advisory:San Francisco Black Film Festival Media & VIP Briefing at Dolby Laboratories June 12

Thought provoking films, panel discussions, parties and more at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, a multicultural experience for all. Held annually over Father's Day and Juneteenth Weekend, it's one more reason to visit San Francisco and leave your heart only to return year after year. The brand is building to not only add to the local tourism industry, but to provide year around employment and training opportunities via workforce development.
By: San Francisco Black Film Festival
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Oscar Winner, Cuba Gooding Jr. & Dennis Haysbert in "Life of a King" @ SFBFF
Oscar Winner, Cuba Gooding Jr. & Dennis Haysbert in "Life of a King" @ SFBFF
SAN FRANCISCO - June 8, 2014 - PRLog -- San Francisco Black Film Festival
(Nonprofit Organization)
P.O. Box  15490
San Francisco, CA  94115


: Jackie Wright
415 525 0410,

San Francisco Black Film Festival XVI Celebrates Juneteenth, Father's Day & Independent Films As it Salutes the "California Music Industry Summit," "The Maison Revolution"& Flipsyde's "The Piper's" "Cops and Robbers" E.P

Wright Enterprises & LaHitz Media Moderate the Festival Media Briefing &Maison Revolution's VIP Presentation of "The Last Song Before The War."

Who:          Kali Ray, Co Director San Francisco Black Film Festival, Katera Crossley, Co-Director; Tracy L. Reed, Founder, California Music Industry Summit; Larry Batiste, Grammy Nominated Artist and Musical Director for the Grammy Awards Pre-Show, Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira of internationally known band, "Flipsyde," Rap Artist, Alameda County Sheriff Officer, Playwright, Writer, Award-winning Screenwriter; Robin Bates and Constance Bryan, founders of the Maison Revolution (, Jacquie Taliaferro, Filmmaker, Director of LaHitz Media,  Jackie Wright, President, Wright Enterprises, Award-winning Journalist, Producer and Publicist.

What:          Media Briefing for the San Francisco Film Festival and screening of "The Last Song Before The War."

Special Guests:  Tracy L. Reed, Founder
, California Music Industry Summit, June 13-15 at the Kaiser Center Oakland. Larry Batiste, Grammy Awards Pre Show Music Director, Grammy nominated artist, and Associate Producer, California Music Industry Summit.  Music and film go hand in hand; CMIS is a platform for emerging musicians as the San Francisco Black Film Festival ( is one for emerging filmmakers. Both connect emerging artists and industry experts.


Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira of internationally known band "Flipsyde," whose recently launched  "Cops and Robbers"-"Three Strikes" against human-trafficking and violence in the form of a C.D., E.P. and book, "Cops and Robbers- Past, Present and Future, " co-authored with his wife, educator, Dr. Dawn Williams, will be featured at both the San Francisco Black Film Festival and The California Music Industry Summit.  "Believe" from the E.P. will be highlighted.

"The Maison Revolution"...Robin Bates, Founder of Maison de La Culture Noire Americaine and Associate Director, Constance Bryan, just off a successful Alliance Francaise launch of their organization that provides cultural and educational tours to Paris and their website, the portal between San Francisco and Paris and the French speaking African Diaspora.  "The Maison Revolution" presents a special offering at the San Francisco Black Film Festival: "The Last Song Before The War," a documentary by Director/Producer Kiley Kraskouskas, Editor/ Producer Leola Calzolai-Stewart, and Producer Andrea Papitto about the music festival that had been held for years in the Mali desert near Timbuktu (French is the official language of Mali).

When:          Thursday, June 12, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Media Briefing;          6:00 p.m. screenings of "The Last Song Before The War" (TRT: 90).

Where:          Dolby Laboratories, 100 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA          94103

Why:          The San Francisco Black Film Festival
, founded by the late San Francisco Arts Impresario, Ave Montague, is a growing brand that increasingly gives a platform for emerging multicultural filmmakers and established Hollywood filmmakers to display work reflecting the African Diaspora and to interact with each other as the festival stimulates tourism.  SFBFF goes beyond entertainment. The evolving brand as it increases tourism will ultimately become an economic engine for workforce development to train and employ youth and transitioning workforce adults.

Editors: RSVP to by 12 noon, June 12, 2014 (helpful for planning but not mandatory).  Pre and post interviews are available with all participants.  The ongoing work of these organizations is worthy of coverage.   There are evergreen story possibilities for each group beyond the events.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Related Background News:

San Francisco Black Film Festival news release-

California Music Industry Summit news release-

Maison Revolution launch event-

The Piper's "Cops and Robbers" news release-

San Francisco Black Film Festival XVI Films Include:

"Life of a King" directed by Jake Goldberger starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Malcolm Mays, Paula Jai Parker-Martin, and Lisa Gay Hamilton focuses on the redemptive spirit of Eugene Brown, himself redeemed after an 18 year stint in prison, who turned his passion for the game of chess as a way to help inner City Youth of Washington D.C

"That Daughter's Crazy," directed by Elzbieta Szoka, chronicles the life of Comedian Richard Pryor's daughter, Rain Pryor, growing up half Black and half Jewish in Beverly Hills during the '70's.

"Devil in the Detail" from Ghana by female director by Shirley Frimpong Manso, not to be confused with Waymon Boone's 2013 "The Devil's in the Details" with Ray Liotta, Emilio Rivera and Joel Matthews.  Nse Ikpe Etim, Adjetey Anang and Ama Ampofo star in the romantic thriller that chronicles the demise of a happy marriage ravaged by infidelity fueled by suspicion.

"Brothers Hypnotic" is a documentary directed by Reuben Atlas in the Netherlands and U.S. For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, 'brotherhood' is literal: they're all sons of anti-establishment Chicago jazz musician, Phil Cohran. They grew up in the same house, in a family of 24 siblings, on a strict diet of jazz, funk, and Black Consciousness. Family band practice began at 6 AM. Now grown, as they raise eight brass bells to the sky– whether playing in the streets of New York City, collaborating with Mos Def or Prince, or wowing Atlantic records– they find the values their father bred into them constantly tested. They must decide whether their fathers' principles really are their own.

"Violet Hour" by writer and director Mark Allen of San Diego, who presents a raw, devastatingly quiet snapshot
of how anti-gay messages and sentiments are sometimes translated and
perceived differently, particularly by an urban, African-American culture in
South Los Angeles.

"John Brown's Body at San Quentin"-Academy Award winning filmmaker, Joe De Francesco, who edited "Double Victory" Lucas Film's documentary about the Tuskegee Airman, convinced reluctant prison officials to let him direct inmates in a production of John Brown's Body, a Pulitzer prize-winning play about slavery. The theatrical adaptation of the neglected American masterpiece was fully mounted, to great acclaim, by a mixed-race cast of nine inmates, all but two of whom were convicted murderers. "John Brown's Body at San Quentin Prison," is the story of the play and what it has meant to the men who performed it and how those torn by the legacy and reality of racism might be able to begin again.

Know How is a musical that brings real voices of Foster Care youth and their unseen stories to the screen. It was written and acted by youth in the foster care system.  The film emerged from the efforts of The Possibility Project, a non-profit organization in NYC. "Know How" is not documentary nor is it fiction.  It's a new hybrid approach for using film to create social change.

Changing Face of Harlem directed by Shawn Batey, told through the personal accounts of residents, business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy, Changing Face of Harlem explores the development and transition of the historic Black community over a ten- year span. The film tackles the pressing issues of class and cultural preservation as the neighborhood struggles to change for the better.

Visit for more details and other films.

"Life of a King:"

"Know How:"


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