About this project
is going to be a classic coming-of-age movie for the whole family. It features important topics like class struggles, bullying, friendship, loyalty, responsibility, family, community, and even a sweet love story.
The film will be partly shot in beautiful and sunny Florida and will star the greatest ensemble of martial arts legends ever assembled… anywhere… ever! Hot cars! Sunny beaches! Epic battles! Bad guys! And even some bad girls! Not since the FAST AND THE FURIOUS has a movie screen had this much high octane action! Your face will melt from the heat of the battles! This will be the greatest ensemble of real martial artists since ENTER THE DRAGON and FORCE FIVE!
When troubled teen Robbie moves to Cocoa Beach, Florida from Detroit after his grandmother has had enough of his antics, he soon realizes that everywhere he goes there is somebody who doesn’t want him to be happy… and in Cocoa Beach, that somebody is Bo Whitelaw, the toughest and most popular guy at the high school.
From the moment Bo gives Robbie a beat-down in front of Rina (the prettiest girl in school), we know Robbie’s chances of living in a happy neighborhood are just not realistic. To help Robbie stand a chance of survival in a dangerous teen world, his estranged Aunt Cindy and Uncle Glen (played by action legends Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock and Don “The Dragon” Wilson) are there to coach and train Robbie. Along the way, Robbie learns defensive skills that will give him a chance to defend himself… But will that be enough to protect himself from Bo in an all-out epic battle? And will Robbie ever be ‘the man’ in Rina’s eyes? Find out when everything comes to a head in a final showdown that pits legends of traditional martial arts against MMA fighters in a battle you will have to see to believe.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
We have some of the funding, yes. We're not penny pinchers. But to make movie as high quality as it should be we need your extra help. The producers have over 100 years of filmmaking experience between them. Then, utilizing Michael Baumgarten’s past filmmaking successes at achieving high production value even on a low budget, Michael will create an on-screen world that gives THE MARTIAL ARTS KID a combination of beauty, American life, and the grittiness of a sometimes dangerous world.
We’re also getting mega discounts on the equipment, locations, crew rates, and cast rates - while putting the money on the screen by bringing in some of the biggest names in martial arts! And in the grand scheme, we’re literally producing this entire movie for even less than one supporting actor on a hit sitcom gets paid in a week! We're all cutting our rates because we really want to make THE MARTIAL ARTS KID for our fellow martial artists around the world and for the fans of action movies in general!
We want to prove the value of names such as Don 'The Dragon' Wilson and Cynthia 'Lady Dragon' Rothrock and there is a TRUE interest in real martial arts films with a message. But we can't do this without YOUR help!
WHERE WILL WE SHOOT?
Getting out of Los Angeles and filming many of the major exterior locations in Cocoa Beach, Florida is a cinematographer’s dream! The vibe of an authentic Florida beach town is unique and offers great production value opportunities! We will feature amazing sunrises, beautiful waters, a local zoo, and all of the local flavor that makes this Florida coast city a tourist destination. FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY When you want the best, you seek out the best. Our fight scenes will be choreographed by veteran martial artist and stuntman James Lew. James has worked on RUSH HOUR, LETHAL WEAPON 4, THE LAST SAMURAI, INCEPTION, GI JOE: RETALIATION, BATTLESHIP, TROPIC THUNDER, DARK WORLD, SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO, and the TV series for THE CROW!
CAST AND CREW
Don "The Dragon" Wilson is considered the greatest kick-boxing champion in the sport's history. A native of South Florida, Wilson began fighting in the late 1970s. In a career which spanned 4 decades, he won 11 world kick-boxing championships, among them the IKF Title, WKA, STAR, WKC, PKO Lightheavyweight World Championships, WKA, STAR, ISKA World Cruiserweight Titles, and the WKA and STAR Super-Lightheavyweight World Championships.
Don has established himself as a hard working Hollywood action star, having starred in 30 films since his film career began in 1989. Don has never had a film that has not made a profit. He has had as many as five films released within a fourteen month period.
Cynthia Rothrock is one of the greatest martial arts/action film stars in the world, Few other performers can match her presence and energy on the silver screen. She is the undisputed "Queen of Martial Arts films".
Cynthia Rothrock is not only a great action star, but also an incredibly accomplished martial artist. She holds 5 Black Belts in various Far Eastern martial disciplines.
Her array of foreign and domestic action-films are as impressive as her martial arts and weapon talents. Cynthia has starred in over 30 "action" films and/or video productions (made for TV). The Martial Arts Kid will be the FIRST feature film Cynthia is co-producing.
Jansen Panettiere was born on September 25, 1994 in Palisades, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Robots (2005) and The Last Day of Summer (2007). He also studies Krav Maga.
NASSIM "Young Dragon" FARAS LAHRIZI 9 years old. Nassim might seem like a regular 9 year old but something about him sets this pint-sized powerhouse apart from others. Nassim is a Junior Black Belt World Champion that can also be found training at his father's (Grand Master Hamid Lahrizi) Martial Arts Academy.
Nassim has broken the world record for being the youngest black belt to compete in the WKC World Championships in Montreal Canada where he won World Champion in Extreme Forms, a Gold medal in Fighting Kickboxing for the 25 kilo and under division, and the opportunity to perform at the night show. Nassim is also a four time Gold Medalist KRANE RATINGS INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION in all 4 Divisions (fighting-extreme forms-traditional forms-weapon forms) State, Regional & National as well as a three times Gold Medalist KRANE TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION Junior Black Belt.
3-time "Martial Art Masters Hall of Fame" inductee TJ Storm is also an American actor, voice actor, and martial artist who voiced and made motion captures for Captain Josh Stone and Dave Johnson in Resident Evil 5. He is known for his roles in the Tekken series, and in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Storm is a world class martial artist who has trained in various styles for over 19 years. Storm holds belts in Arashi-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ninjitsu, Jujitsu and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. Storm has since gone on to work with Jet Li, Samo Hung, Sir Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Kelly Hu, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Michelle Rodriquez, Neal McDonough and Kristanna Loken.
Matthew has worked in various genres in such films as Mansion of Blood (Robert Picardo), Hard Flip (John Schneider, Rosanna Arquette), Among Friends (Danielle Harris, Jennifer Blanc), Six Gun Savior (Martin Kove, Eric Roberts) and Treachery (Michael Biehn, Richard Gunn). In 2012, Hollywood Magazine named him "Hollywood's Newest Heartthrob" and he is ranked on IMDB as one of the "Most Popular Under 25". In addition to acting, he has been involved as a producer, ("Never a Neverland").
Matthew is proficient in various sports and has his second degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has studied Hapkido as well as Kendo (swords). He is a marksman with rifles and pistols and plays saxophone, guitar and bass. In July, 2012, he represented the USA in the International Quidditch Association's Summer Games during the Olympic Torch Relay in England, where Team USA won the Gold medal.
Bill "Superfoot" Wallace is a living legend in the world of martial arts and professional kickboxing. A pioneer in the sport, he began his martial arts career as a Karate point-fighter. He competed along with such immortals as Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, and Skipper Mullins.
After an incredible career in point-fighting, Wallace made his professional debut as a kickboxer in 1972. He quickly captured the World Middleweight Championship and retired as the undefeated champion after compiling a record of 23-0.
With the urging of his friend Chuck Norris, Wallace has appeared in a number of motion pictures, mostly as the "heavy" in martial arts films. Wallace, a college graduate, continues to give exhibitions and trainings around the world.
Director: Michael Baumgarten
Producers: Cheryl Wheeler Duncan, James Wilson, Don 'The Dragon' Wilson, Cynthia 'Lady Dragon' Rothrock, Michael Baumgarten
Associate Producers: Ewart Chin, Keith Blomberg
Executive Producer: Dr Robert Goldman
Co-Executive Producer: Jennifer R Fraser, Gary L Palmer II, Billy B. Martin, Bobby Chia
Risks and challenges
THE MARTIAL ARTS KID is a very ambitious project to say the least. The good news is that we have some of the most talented martial artists EVER gracing the screen in our film, so that eliminates a degree of worry right away. We also have a percentage of our funding already secured, but need YOUR help in getting The Martial Arts Kid to the level of production we know it needs and deserves.
There's so many man-hours that have went into creating this, that it is just not an option to give up at this point. It is currently the funding that is holding us back and finding money for a movie is hard, especially for a big project like this. We can only hope that you feel as excited about this project as we do and join us to create one of the most epic and visually spectacular martial arts movies you have ever seen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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