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RUN HOME JACK: Help Fund Enligh10 Media's New Martial Arts/Parkour Crime Short
The Austin, Texas branch of independent film company Enligh10 Media is less than a week from the end of their campaign to help fund their newest action-packed short, Run Home Jack. Shortfilm director Mathew Ruybal is set to helm the project with his own script, telling of a mild-mannered introvert in his 30's whose chance encounter with a group of men seeking to hire him for his "skills" puts him in a moral dilemma that forces him to choose between his new life, or a return to that which he once thought to have abandoned for good.
They have a cast and crew ready to go whilst enlisting the services of Texas-based martial arts coordinator and producer, Lascelles McCarthy III and Robert Brown of I Am Water stunt team, designing the hybrid of stylish martial arts, gun play and freerunning that fans of the genre can expect. If funding is successful, production is expected to commense for four days between December 22 thru the 28 before a festival run and hopeful SVOD distribution next year. For now though, first things first.
The current crowdsoucing campaign for Run Home Jack can be found over at Seed And Spark where you will find a video hosted by Ruybal with a meaty selection of clips from some of the latest martial arts action movies to highlight what they have in mind, including The Raid, The Transporter 3 and Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning to name a few. In addition, McCarthy has just unveiled a small pre-viz teaser showcasing performances by Tommy Morgan and the I Am Water stunt team which you can check out via their Facebook page to which you may also subscribe.
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
My weekend was pretty huge for movies. My thoughts on Wolf Warrior 2 are up on my Instagram as well as posts about S.S. Rajamouli's Bahubali saga so feel free to skim those through and follow me as well as I also cross post news there. The news also includes the latest on what's what in the weekly Hit List and we begin with a new round of stunt and training reels from around the web. Anna Akimova gets things going this week with her latest reel followed by Jake Teel, D.L. MacDonald, Tyler Street, Jessica Stafford, Graham Hooper, Andy Whitmarsh, Samuel Horowitz, Monica Lopez, Noel Martinez, Casey Michaels, Bronson Cameron, Yessenia Cossio, Aaron D. Alexander, Antjuan Rhames, Donovan Law, Ai Ikeda, Justin Mane, Lukaz Leong and Cassie Lee Minnick, along with Benjamin J. Redic III and the crew at Ballistic Blade, multifaceted stuntmen and fight choreographers Fernando Jay Huerto and Geo Corvera, and Australia's own Asaya Yasushi with a newly launched team reel for Team Yas!