*The Los Angeles community is mourning the sudden death of one of its own, popular filmmaker and hip hop producer Delven Rutledge, 47, who died in his sleep from unknown causes suddenly on Tuesday, January 25 in his home in Inglewood, California.
Delven, a former Marine was most known for directing the hit dramedy “Love Chronicles” which starred LisaRaye, Terrance Howard, and Robin Givens. A graduate of Dorsey High School (’81), he went onto attend Los Angeles City College as a film major before transferring to Otis College of Art and Design. Delven got his start in film participating in the Ebony Showcase Theatre Film Program, Barnsdale Park Junior Art Center, and the Brock Peters Television Program.
Delven was also one of the founding members of Ultra Wave Productions, remembered for their dance parties held at Veteran’s Auditorium in Culver City during the 80’s and is credited with helping to create L.A.’s Westside 80’s Trendy Dance scene, now known as West Coast hip hop.
Most recently Delven was in production on the independent feature film “The Blue Witch Project.”
A loving father of six, Delven leaves behind to celebrate his life his brothers Dennis Rutledge, Dwight Rutledge, and John Hale, his sister Joanna Hale, cousins Alise Rayon and Benjamin Walton III, a host of relatives and a community of friends that he touched with his community involvement and filmmaking that extends around the world.
Local filmmaker (“41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers”) and founder of Ultra Wave Productions Gregory Everett said, “there are no words to describe the loss of such a talented filmmaker. He put the Y in YSI, the Player in Potomac Players, and the Wave in Ultra Wave. Delven Lorenzo ‘Bamn’ Rutledge aka Surfer D, we love you and we miss you.”
In 2010, at his mother’s funeral, Delven made it clear that he didn’t want “the homies in suits crying at his memorial” when he passed. He told his daughter that he wanted his family and friends to have a party at the beach and light a bonfire in celebration of his life.
Delven’s family and friends will gather on Saturday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Del Rey Lagoon Park located at 6660 Esplanade Place for picnic to celebrate the life of Delven Rutledge. At 4:30 p.m. there will be caravan to Dockwielder State Beach to lifeguard station 55 to light a bonfire and hold a candlelight vigil where family and friends will share their remarks on how Delven touched their lives.
Flowers and cards can be sent to 427 Tamerack Apt. #4 Inglewood, CA 90301.