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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.
Director Kim Jee-Woon's 2005 action drama, A Bittersweet Life, certainly lended one of the most brutal and memorable titles Korean cinema had to offer near the start of the millenium with actor Lee Byung-Hun front and center. Fast forward to present day where Twentieth Century Fox is poised to advance a remake effort with the promise of actor Michael B. Jordan leading the cast.
Jennifer Yuh, Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3) is being tapped to direct the remake with the goal of steering it as potential franchise starter with Jordan playing a high-level mob enforcer who becomes romantically embroiled in a deadly cover-up with his boss's young mistress. 21 Laps's own Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen are producing in association with CJ Entertainment with Jason Young overseeing for Fox.
Jordan is next slated to appear in the February 16, 2018 release of Creed helmer Ryan Coogler's Marvel adaptation, Black Panther, opposite lead star Chadwick Boseman. (Deadlin…
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.
Normally when I screen an independently-produced film, I offer as much of a curve as I possibly can while reviewing. I'm a regular advocate of DIY filmmaking for creatives who have observed their own respective talents and strive to build themselves and bring good storytelling and equally fierce screenfighting to the fray in their projects. Some are zero-budgeted while others have some type of investment involved with a crew of enough experienced people to help bring the essential pieces together for a single movie. Conclusively, when it works, it works.
That said, I'm not going to go into the specifics regarding the development and history leading up to the production of a'Ali DeSouza's feature debut, Jackson Bolt, starring actor and decorated martial artist, Robert Parham. My knowledge on that end is nil. However, what I do know, pertaining to the latter statement of my introductory paragraph, is that while when a film works when all the right and functional pieces …