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Pick and Roll; New Media Film Festival

Gene Simmons wearing his gold plated coat made by his mom.
Rock Legends announcing their plans for an April 2012 South American tour at The Roxy Club.

Piercing the din of cheers and shrieks, which was in response to Josh Mitchell’s Wickid Pissa Publicity’s  event, which not only hosted this March 1, 2012, Roxy Club event, as they announced  the promotion of “The Titan’s of Rock Tour” beginning in April 2012, it’s crescendoes seemingly dueling the fierce flash bulbs popping and a fierce and frantic media blitz, De Latham, a photographer and new media expert, uttered some very sobering words. ‘That’s no ordinary blonde’. Latham was referring to the starlet of overy 99 films, former Playboy Playmate of the Year, and not only co-star of the reality series hit, “The Gene Simmons Family Jewels, but also the wife of rock legend, Gene Simmons——Shannon Tweed. In fact, no one at this event was ordinary. This event, which consisted of rockers such as Gene Simmons(Kiss); Matt Sorum(Velvet Revolver and Guns and Roses); Joe Elliott(Def Leppard); Sebastian Bach(Skid Row); Glen Hughes; Duff McKagan; Mike Inez; Ed Roland(Collective Soul),and  Gilbey Clarke,  is poised to kick off a South American Tour in April. According To Simmons, clad in a gold-like blazer, which he said was made by his mom, this tour will be accompanied by a television crew, that will not only travel with them, but they will beam the concert tour to over 84 countries around the world. The consensus, among the rockers was that, they love playing in Santiago, Paraguay, Peru,  Panama City, and all of South America, because those audiences love rock and roll and they just go wild when they are rocked intensely. Interestingly enough, Karlos Alvarado, was filming live, as I asked, ‘Will there be an album?’, for his tv firm in South America. Gene Simmons said that it might be too early to talk about that. Karlos can be reached at

MIitchell’s event was not only star studded with rock stars but it also included—along with Tanny Grover— his co-created and co-written, New Media Film Festival selection smash hit, “Pick and Roll”which has been written about by Espn, SportsKings NBA Show with Mean Gene, Sports Talk Radio, and an interview on KNBSTV in Hollywood.It is stirring a great noise in hollywood. This Web series, is poised to cross over to other venues, at least  in my opinion, as it is not only about sports–basketball players—–but it encompases spectacular writing; touching on issues such as drugs, stereotypes, and appears to be intent on breaking  the mold of how athletes, especially, black athletes are perceived. This blockbuster, takes the viewer on an emotional ride, as it follows the life of its superstar from being a sure shot at making it all the way to the NBA to being injured and possibly, having his life’s dreams obliterated. As this tale can be seen on youtube right now, and in the upcoming May New Media Film Festivals, in Los Angeles, and in June in San Francisco, I suggest that you do it. Up  for grabs are prizes over $50,000 and possibly life changing distribution deals. Some of Pick and Roll’s cast members are Patrick Jemerigbe, Josh Mitchell, and Princess. You can see the entire blazing talented group on youtube, it’s cast members,  and also on Josh Mitchell’s facebook page.  

(The Titan of Rock Tour dates are as follows);

April 19, 2012  Asuncia, Paraguay;

April 20, 2012 Sao Luis, Brazil;

April 23, 2012 Buenas Aires, Argentina;

April 25, 2012 Santiago, Chile;

 April 27, 2012 Lima, Peru;

 April 29, 2012 Quito, Ecuador;

 May 01, 2012 Guatemala City, Guatemala;

May 03, 2012 San Jose, Costa Rica;

May 04, 2012 Panama City, Panama and May 05, 2012 Bogata, Columbia.


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