Congratulations to the 2020 Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival Official Selections. We are grateful for the hundreds of filmmakers and writers who despite the Pandemic adversities, pressed through and submitted content to our festival. We solute all creators and encourage everyone of you to keep creating as you have become an essential life line in these challenging times. We are especially proud of the over 100 Filmmakers and Script Writers that were selected for this year's Virtual screenings on the UASC phase 1 OTT and Web channels. To view this year's Official Selections you will have to go to our UASC web channel and in order to view on Roku or Apple TV you will have to sign up for an Free Account on Binge Networks then simply click our UASC channel which is the first channel on the main page. Individual Film Blocks as well as All Access Festival screening passes will be on sale from November 6 - 14 to support your favorite filmmakers. All Virtual Attendees get to vote for our first Audience Choice Award. Learn more about all of the events happening at UASE 2020 Virtual Expo from Celebrity Watch Parties, Panels, Seminars, Networking Events, Fan Experiences, and Cosplay Contests!
The Urban Action Showcase Cinema channel launched with it's Sheroes in Action Cinema Short Film Showcase and Q & A featuring 5 eclectic female Actress/Filmmakers who are making their mark in the Action genre. Founder and Host Demetrius Angelo began the evening with an introduction of the platforms vision which is to showcase diversity and inclusion in the blockbuster Action genre! The UASC channel features a myriad of sub channels which include All Action Cinema, Angels of Action Cinema, Back 2 Black Action Cinema, Martial Arts Action Cinema, Red Sash Theatre, and more!. The Short Film Showcase featured Short Action films featuring rising Action Actors and Filmmakers Sonalii Castillo (Mamba), Vanessa Bontea (Rise of The Osiris), Melanin Rosalin Heard (Cops), Teresa Nash (Hard Target),Zhuzha Akova (Ekaterina) and moderated by veteran Stunt Performer/Action Actor/Filmmaker Evelyn O. Vaccaro of John Wick 3. Special surprise guest Black Panther Dora Milaje Actress/Stunt Performer Jenel Stevens joined the panel to close the show. Guest appearances by The Last Dragon's Lisa Dalton and the founder of the Women;s Martial Arts Network and star of the History Channel's Knife or Death,Lady Sensei encouraged the panel adding to the conversation about breaking stereotypes in Action Cinema was both empowering and enlightening. Check out the Q & A below and then look for many of these titles in the All Action Cinema and Angels of Action Cinema sub channels on UASC!
UASC TV Launches with Made In Chinatown!
Hollywood Polish, Hong Kong Action, and a Hitman with Heart
By Jeof Vita, Host of the Kung Fu Drive-In Podcast & Kung Fu Drive-In Podcast TV
Watch Made In Chinatown Now On UASC TV
If films were restaurant dishes, what would you call a movie with a rich, comedy base, a generous helping of mob muscle, topped off with some good old fashioned kung fu fighting? Regardless of the name, a unique dish like that could only be Made in Chinatown.
The feature film debut of Writer and Producer Mark Wiley, and veteran indie film Director (and Hong Kong cinema vet), Robert “Bobby” Samuels, with co-direction from martial arts icon, James Lew is a love letter to a number of film genres that somehow comes together to make a witty, warm, and winsome look into the life of a wannabe goomba who happens to be more wushu than wise guy.
Stuntman and actor, Jay Kwon, takes on the role of Vinny Chow, a Chinese man disillusioned with his current station in life and who longs for the prestige and power afforded to the more “connected” citizens of his New York City neighborhood. Chow decides that living his best life means living the mob life, if only to capture the eye of beautiful mafia moll, Tina di Pocco, played by the charming and spunky Theresa Moriarty. But the mafia in this particular section of town, runs a dangerously spicy ring, literally, as the heads of the two clashing mafia dons deal not in stolen goods or ill-begotten services, but in supplying the local area with the various ingredients required for a good home cooked Italian meal. We’re talking pasta, sauces, spices, and olive oil. And it’s here that Chow thinks a good Chinese boy can become a made man. In a cascading series of foibles, Chow finds himself having to contend with the dons, the triad, or a special police task force so if he’s not talking his way out, he’s fighting his way out with some impressive comedic timing or martial arts wizardry.
Don Amadore Condimento, played with relish by Sopranos veteran, Vinny Pastore, finds himself at odds with Don Al Capella, brought to life by Tony Darrow, another Sopranos alum, when Chow tries to infiltrate one family, only to be recruited as a patsy by the other family. Pastore, well versed in the trappings of wiseguy roles, brings a lighthearted take to Condimento and if you look closely, you can almost see him smirk with every line because he’s clearly having fun with his character. Darrow’s Capella is the gruff counterpart who is quick to dispense discipline, but only after holding you captive with a gaze that seems to say, “What the hell’s the matter with you?” After that, stay away from the wax salami.
Added to the mix is the Chinese Triad boss Hung Phat, played by kung fu film legend Lo Meng, who fans will recognize as the Toad Venom or the Kid with the Golden Arm. Phat is merely trying to secure his piece of the pie but turf wars can become hard to handle especially when olive oil is involved. Lo Meng, long known in kung fu film circles for his larger than life physique and presence, swings a big stick as Hung Phat. He’s loud and brash and when needed, Lo Meng lets his fists and feet fly in several satisfyingly cool fight scenes that both Samuels and Lew put on screen in exciting fashion.
Rounding out the main cast is the slick and sleazy Raymond J. Barry, playing the corrupt police chief who’s after his cut and watch for a memorable cameo from another kung fu film legend, Chiu Chi Ling, in a tabletop battle to rival any Shaw Brothers classic. With names like Condimento, Al Capella, and Hung Phat, you might be tempted to unleash an epic eye roll, but as attested to by several of the cast, the film’s purposely cornier elements serve to soften the story and serve up a heartwarming tale of self-discovery and of course, amore. Made in Chinatown has won several awards for cast and crew and like any good meal, is often better heated up and served a second and sometimes third time.
Thank you Black Belt Magazine, HBO, Cinemax, Elite Security Solutions, and all of the Sponsors, Staff, Fans, Professionals, Celebrities, Friends and Family who continue to support our Diversity in Action Initiative! We are grateful to be able to continue bringing access and awareness to the diverse Heroes, Sheroes and Content that reflect the multicultural achievements in the blockbuster Action genre! Click the photo below to view Black Belt Magazine's coverage of the 2019 Urban Action Showcase and Expo.
HBO, Cinemax and Warner Brothers are helping to bring access and awareness to Heroes of color by partnering with the UASE celebrating diversity and the multicultural achievements in the blockbuster Action genre.
The Urban Action Showcase and Expo (UASE ) has become the premier Action entertainment platform celebrating diversity and the multicultural achievements in the blockbuster Action genre bringing both awareness and access to Heroes of Color. We are the key marketer in the production and promotion of diverse heroic content offering both fan and professional experiences geared towards the Multicultural Pop Culture/Action demographic establishing ourselves as the Neighborhood Watch of the Action Genre, making sure that diverse fictional Heroes and Stories are treated with the same respect as other mainstream content across the genre.
We are very humbled and honored to say that once again besides being a FilmFreeway Best Reviewed 5 Star Film Festival, we have made history. UASE 2019 was nothing short of Epic!
Our Friday evening Red Carpet and Awards hosted 78 Filmmakers from over 15 countries and honored the likes of Perry Young for his role in Cinemax Warrior, Celia Au from Netflix Wu Assassins, David Harris, Dorsey Wright, and Brian Tyler from the cult classic The Warriors for its 40th anniversary.
Our UAS International Action Film Festival Awards began with a changing of the guard as The Mantle of the Black Dragon was passed on to Michael Jai White by the 4 living Dragons (Ron Van Clief, Don Wildon, Cynthia Rothrock, Taimak) and Council of Grandmasters of the Martial Arts. Michael Jai White is now "The Black Dragon".
Following this historic moment, we gave out over 70 Awards at our UAS International Action Film Festival expanding over 30 categories. See Gallery of Winners: 1 and 2
Did I mention the Black Dynamite 10th Anniversary Throwback 70's Jam with none other than my main man Black Dynamite! (Michael Jai White and Wife join fans dressed in '70s themed garments to celebrate his birthday and the 10th anniversary of Black Dynamite) Images by Bill Johnson aka Cosplay Bill
Our Saturday Screenings featured the UASIAFF Official Selections, Nominees and Winners as well as pivotal anniversary celebrations like Black Belt Jones 45th, The Warriors 40th, The Last Dragon 35th, Kickboxer 30th, The Matrix 20th, Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace 20th, Black Dynamite 10th, Ninja Assassin 10th, Cinemax Warrior Season 1 Marathon and more!
Some of the highlighted panels included:
Sheroes in Action Panel with special guest Nafessa Williams aka Thunder from the CW's Black Lightning, Celia Au from Wu Assassins, Regine Sawyer from Women in Comics, Evelyn O Vaccaro from John Wick 3 and the Lady Dragon herself, Cynthia Rothrock!
Martial Arts in Cinema Panel featuring Warrington Hudlin, Michael Jai White, Ron Van Clief the Original Black Dragon, Vincent Lyn, Robert Samuels, Ric Meyers, Cynthia Rothrock, David Worth, and Don The Dragon Wilson.
Urban Fists of Legends Panel featuring Fred The Hammer Williamson, Nafessa Williams, Michael Jai White, Taimak The Last Dragon, and Cynthia Lady Dragon Rothrock!
Cinemax Warrior Panel featuring Perry Young and Henry Yuk!
See the full list of Panels here.
Our seminars were informative and effective giving individuals interested in entering the Action genre the real-world experience needed to allow them to begin their journey toward the path of Action Acting. Our Dragons (Cynthia Rothrock, Don Wilson, and Michael Jai White) taught exclusive Screen Fighting Master Classes to a private group of enthusiastic Action Actors and Stuntmen, an unforgettable experience to say the least.
The Action Expo was bustling with Comic Book Creators, Animators, Content Creators, Celebrity guests and the Pop Culture fans that love them. We had 7 awesome VR Anniversary Experiences that the Celebrities and fans are still posting about today. See photos and videos here.
Watch the full Black Dragon Ceremony!
If you've Got Action, Now is the time to Bring It! We are in the final stages of submissions for the 2019 Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival. Final submission deadline is Midnight August 15, 2019! Don't miss your opportunity to be screened at AMC Empire 25 Theaters, New York Cities largest multiplex cinema in the heart of Times Square!
We accept Action, Adventure, Fantacy, Fan Films, Action Horror, Martial Arts, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, and Urban Action content. From Scripts to Features and everything in between including Action Scenes, Trailers, and Reels! Learn More Here
Shannon Lee revives Bruce Lee's treatment Warrior from almost 50 years ago thanks to Fast and Furious Director Justin Lin and Banshee Producer Jonathan Tropper, Warrior finally sees the light of day. The 10 part Cinemax series is full of everything you would expect from Bruce Lee as well as a little of the unexpected. Shannon Lee introduces Warrior at the Cinemax private screening in NYC on March 28th 2019. Warrior premiers Friday April 5th only on Cinemax!
Learn more from the producers Shannon Lee, Justin Lin and Jonathan Tropper on how Warrior was revived here in the Cinemax 8 part mini documentary.
If you love Bruce Lee, Action Films, Kung Fu Cinema and Martial Arts Flix, check out the Events for the 2019 Urban Action Showcase and Expo Here!
The UASE Welcomes Kung Fu Drive-In Podcast as Official Podcast of the Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater 14 Hour Megathon!
The Kung Fu Drive-In Podcast is a celebration of kung fu and martial arts cinema FROM a fan, FOR the fans... old and new! Producer and host, Jeof Vita, covers everything from the Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest classics of the 70s and 80s, to today's action brawlers, and even keeps an eye on tomorrow's stars through their short films on YouTube. Having grown up in an era where everybody was kung fu fightin', Jeof spent many Saturday afternoons lost in sword play and Shaolin, wire work and Wu Tang, and wants to share the kung fu love with a new generation.
Jeof also interviews the influential voices in the genre from actors and fight choreographers, to authors and directors, to get their unique insights into the evolution of martial arts in film.
Episodes are released weekly alongside Quick Hit Mini-Episodes and are available on iTunes, Google Play Music, I Heart Radio, Stream Now, TuneIn or anywhere you get your podcasts. Just remember... your kung fu may be good. But MINE is BETTER!
Thank you to the UASIAFF Family for putting us over the top!
Dear Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival,
Congratulations! Your festival has ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway for the month of February!
According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users, your festival ranks in the top 2% of more than 6,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world. No doubt, this ranking is a testament to the countless hours of hard work and care that you and your staff have devoted to creating such a wonderful event.
We’re especially proud to be partnered with amazing events like yours that help independent film continue to thrive.
You are the reason for our sucess!
Thank you UASE Staff, Volunteers, Filmmakers, Attendees, UASE Family and Cinemax for giving the Urban Action Showcase and Expo the opportunity to celebrate and magnify multicultural Heroic images reflecting diversity in media. Your support allows us to inspire and motivate excellence as we strive to change the dynamics of Heroic images in mainstream media. Thank you to everyone who supports our Diversity in Action Initiative which is manifested through our UAS International Action Film Festival platform featuring the Cinemax Action Short Film Competition, the Urban Action Expo and Urban Action Showcase Honoree and Tribute Awards platforms. We will continue to inform, educate, expose and facilitate new opportunities for content creators presenting fresh ideas and diverse perspectives to the world. Thank you all for helping us become part of FilmFreeway exclusive Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals 2 years in a row. May our zeal for this year's event reveal another level of our commitment to excellence in Action entertainment!
Black Panther has become a billion dollar box office phenomenon (Variety, Forbes). I am excited to see the residual effects this success has on diversity and new content as it pertains to heroes of color. If nothing else Black Panther's success has proven that the world is ripe for change and won't settle for anything else!
The Urban Action Showcase and Expo is the premier Action entertainment platform celebrating diversity and the multicultural achievements within the blockbuster Action genre magnifying heroic content reflecting images of color. The UASE provides exposure, informational and educational opportunities as well as distribution for Action based content creators who's content reflects multicultural images and interests. The UASE's UAS International Action Film Festival featuring the Cinemax Action Short Film Competition Call 4 Entries begins March 1st through August 31st, 2018. The UASE takes place this Fall November 9th at HBO and November 10th at AMC Empire 25 Theaters where we will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Blade the first Marvel African American lead and R rated Super Hero movie, the 30th Anniversary of Bloodsport and over 40 years of Action cinema in a 14 hour Action Megathon! Join the UASE Diversity in Action Initiative and help us change the dynamics of mainstream media as we infuse the market place with Heroic images that reflect multicultural image and interests by pre-purchasing your ticket for yourself or a friend today.
Here are some links to cast interviews that I found very informative and helped shaped the perspective from which the Black Panther Movie was created. Interviews: 1, 2, 3, 4
Article written by Demetrius Angelo the Founder and Executive Producer of the Urban Action Showcase and Expo
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