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!
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