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The Screening Room

December 30, 2013

by Ken Johnson

The Screening Room Ch. 29 on The Art & Intrigue of Film Noir group by Ken Johnson
Coming together for The Screening Room episode on “The Art and Intrigue of Film Noir” about Karen Ruiz’ film, “They Bleed at Midnight,” and for a group photo are, from right: Sam Bibbins of I-Buck Video; Sheila V. Harris; Linda Strickland; behind her, Ephraim Walker, associate producer “Fruitvale Station”; in front of him, Lynn Daniels of Totally Inspired Productions, a filmmaker, producer and editor who worked with Karen on this film; Karen Ruiz, filmmaker and honoree at this event; directly behind her, Mal Simmons, community activist for kids and a member of the Jazz on Fillmore Committee; Kali Oray, director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival; Nathan with the Film Society. This photo was taken in The Screening Room next to Yoshi’s on Fillmore Street in San Francisco.
A must see, The Screening Room, a new local startup TV show, can be seen on San Francisco’s Comcast Cable Channel 29 and worldwide via, where you can click on Independent Media, then on Watch Channel 29 to watch the show.

The Screening Room features up-and-coming filmmakers with interviews about their films, the filmmaking journey and future outlook. We were honored to have the lovely Sheila V. Harris as our host in a recent episode of The Screening Room. She interviewed two local filmmakers, Karen Ruiz, a native San Franciscan, and Rock Hemlock, originally from Dallas, Texas.

Karen Ruiz’ film, “They Bleed at Midnight,” a short film noir, a stylish crime film, was very well received at a recent private screening at the Heritage Center Theater next to Yoshi’s in the Koret Lobby of the Jazz Heritage Building at Fillmore and Eddy Streets in San Francisco. “They Bleed at Midnight” was accepted into the first Film Noir Festival in France this Dec. 5-8. Karen attended in person.

The Screening Room Ch. 29 on Rock Hemlock, filmmaker ‘Levels’
On the Channel 29 show The Screening Room, Sheila V interviews Rock Hemlock, who made the short film, “Levels.” How did Brother Hemlock put it all into two minutes?
Rock Hemlock has shot short films – he shows “Levels” in his interview – and music videos and is now going to the Academy of Art College studying film directing. When time permits, he works with the owners of Bumzy’s Cookie Shop on a new local TV series called Sheila V Talk to Me filmed live at Bumzy’s Cookie Shop at 1460 Fillmore St. at O’Farrell across from the Fillmore Center, Ken Johnson producer.

Sheila V is the TV host of Rise Up Ministries, Sheila V Talk to Me and other programs, including two episodes of The Screening Room. She is also part owner of Bumzy’s Cookie Shop along with her daughter, Toni. They are working with Linda Strickland, author of many books, on a TV series to be filmed locally.

Attention actors, models, filmmakers, producers: The San Francisco Black Film Festival is accepting films for its festival in June 2014. Get your films in early. For more info, visit

Ken Johnson, a veteran San Francisco photo- and video-journalist, can be reached at


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