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Filmmakers! Submit Your Projects To THIRD CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL For Next Spring!
Filmmakers of the action variety now have another outlet of their own to delve into festival territory. For this, we turn to actor and martial artist Harry Oram who has been up-and-coming for close to a decade with credits such as Jackie Chan blockbuster, Dragon Blade and Daniel Lee's latest adventure epic, Time Raiders.
As it turns out, the actor is well on his way to his second year as co-founder with curator and award-winning Hong Kong animator, Faiyaz Jafri, for the Spring 2017 installment of Third Culture Film Festival - the film arm of the official Third Culture learning movement which speaks to societys' demographic of individuals with mixed heritages. Oram is currently looking to offer his shared film festival platform with professional and aspiring action directors looking to submit their work to be shown before an audience comprised of select and notable judges.
Jafri, Mann and Oram at TCFF 2015
"I think its a massive shame that stunt guys and action guys get very little recognition at the Oscars and in the film scene in general." Oram tells Film Combat Syndicate. "So I wanted to create a seperate award for them - which we did last year - presented by Byron Mann. I hope this year with more support and PR we could get an even bigger name to present the award so long as the fight community know to send in their shorts to the festival".
Oram and Jafri are also seeking investors and other opportunities to span various categories of dynamic filmmaking with a possible nod toward action sports and athletes. All film genres are accepted for the festival as are the action projects - all for which submissions are open from now through December 31, 2016; Free submissions close on November 30.
Having had a stellar festival run throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. with last year's Fantastic Fest premiere, director Shimomura Yuji's new film, Re:Born, has seen quite the journey to its praise. The same can amply be applied to the resurgence of its star, actor Sakaguchi Tak who, given personal career circumstances, essentially had to keep off radar and thankfully, that dry patch is now over and done.
How so? Well, despite intial speculations of Re:Born being his last film, it has instead been noticeably buzzed as his return and one that stands deservedly on ceremony. Together with WAVE innovator, close quarters fighting expert Inagawa Yoshitaka and host to a story sampling from the inspired dark, reclusive tales of real-life commandos, Sakaguchi stars as a small town clerk forced to adhere to his bloodlust once again following a string of military murders and the emergence of a squad of clandestined soldiers and assassins led by his former commanding officer now seeking…
Honorary Oscar winner Jackie Chan is in Shanghai stirring a ruckus for attendees and fellow stars at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. More news on this will rollout eventually and there will be plenty to sift over amid the buzz for Chan and his upcoming titles, and the same goes for the Fall release of the new thriller, The Foreigner, which is getting an October 13 release from STX.
The film takes its cues from Stephen Leather's novel, The Chinaman and is adapted for the screen by David Marconi with Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell directing. Chan is joined by Pierce Brosnan, Liu Tao and Katie Leung for the story of a South London restaurant owner who reverts to the lethal skillset built in his dark past, paving his own way for vengeance after an IRA terrorist attack that kills his family and the justice system fails him.
The film has already made itself a share of festival appearances with a few gamey one-sheets but we now have an official first poster for its …
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Kosturos is returning to the sequel according to a new report from Variety which also lists Tommy Flanagan, Bryan Craig, Sean Patrick Flanery and Parviz Sayyad attached to star. Forrest Lucas, Ali Afshar, Christina Moore and Anna Zielinski are producing the film with a story by Afshar that now centers on a desperate teen who builds character between opponents upon competing in the underground fight circuit to save his dying mother. “Continuing down the line of a ‘Rocky’ meets ‘Karate Kid’ story, this new ‘American Wrestler’ movie remains a very heartfelt project for me,” Afshar said. “The res…