Independent director, actor and martial artist Franklin Correa has managed to succeed quite a bit in his efforts in the last seven years I’ve observed his work.
Independent filmmaker and actor Franklin Correa is making some important moves in 2019. One will be to move to Georgia from his current home in New Jersey where he’s taken on numerous trades as both a decorated Ninjitsu instructor, a chef, as well as a filmmaker founded on self-sustainance and community involvement.
Zero/low budget projects are always a testament to one’s tenacity and strive as a filmmaker. Certainly, indie director, actor and martial artist Franklin Correa’s previous efforts such as Flash Drive and Mistaken have all proven themselves to be a balancing act between quality and substance; Most of his films lack the appealing polish films generally have although his strengths lay largely in his ability to tell stories.
His most recent effort, Lyco, proved to be much more worthy in its delivery having attended Cannes this summer and now with a release currently on Amazon Prime. His next offering is already in tow with new the new thriller, Manhunt, which sees Correa in the role of a CQC expert and survivalist who, with the help of his FBI trainees, sets out to rescue his girlfriend from an illegal arms dealer seeking vengeance.
Correa is joined by Jorge Valentin and actress Anissa Smith, with Will Fonseca and Alanzo Phillips. Check out the trailer below.
Shami Media Group has acquired the worldwide rights to actor and filmmaker Franklin Correa’s recently-completed Pantero Productions action horror thriller, Lyco, just in time for its presentation at Cannes in May. The move marks the next phase of Correa’s career for this, his sixth turn at the helm since picking up and moving forward from smaller roles and stepping into the director’s chair in 2007.
Lyco hails as Correa’s own homage to the work of John Carpenter, telling of an deadly curse that befalls two couriers, their boss, friends and loved ones when an ancient relic draws them in pursuit by assassins, a psychotic voodoo priest and his loyal fanatics. Correa leads the cast and is joined by Terrance Epps, Jorge Valentin and Macquell James with Marilyn Tolentino, Greta Quispe and Miguelina Olivares.
Noted horror director, Insane-O-Rama’s own Marc Fratto (Hellfire) has applied his own polish to several works in recent memory, including Cha Ki Do founder, actor Paul Mormando’s martial arts indie, Bound By Debt; Fratto scored Lyco with a soundtrack akin to more of an eighties tone, in addition to serving as director of photography and editor.
Correa took Lyco to the Urban Action Showcase and Expo last November prior to scoring wins in all three categories of the Blood, Sweat and Bones section, namely Best Action Sequence, Best Feature Film and Best Actor. An up-and-coming film professional since the age of eighteen, Correa is also a decorated Ninjutsu instructor with a fifth degree blackbelt under the guidance of Dr. Dan McEaddy.
Independent filmmaker Franklin Correa is back this year and switching gears just a bit from his usual action-tethered efforts in films like Flash Drive and Mistaken. Thus, we get a first trailer for upcoming action horror, Lyco which centers on a collector who is but one of several people eyeing an ancient relic smuggled into the U.S., including a sadistic voodoo serial killer with more nefarious purposes.
Macquell James stars in the title role with a cast that joins Correa with Nikki Silva, Marilynn Tolentino, Dayveonne Bussey, Lester Greene, Miguelina Olivares, Bruno Barros, Sandra Fernandez and Greta Quispe. Valentin produces with Emilio Pantero of Pantero Productions along with Jamale Session, Correa executive producing with co-exec producer Marc Fratto (Bound By Debt) lensing.
Five years after leaving New Jersey, JoJo (Franklin Correa) returns home to surprise his mother for her birthday and thanksgiving. Thinking all is well he is noticed by local hustlers Tito (Jay Magicus) and Marlon (Dan Mceaddy) and quick knows everything is not up to par. Now, he must do whatever it takes to find out the truth on what really happened five years ago with the help of his ex girlfriend Vanessa (Crystal T. Williams) and try to evade DeVaughn (Herve Fontaine) who wants him dead before the boss LaShawn (Lester Greene) finds out JoJo is back in town since they we’re once best friends and partners. trying to cover his own tracks DeVaughn hired two sadistic guns for hire Curtis (Dominick Wright) and his partner Moses (Pete Sell) to get rid of JoJo before LaShawn finds out what is going on leaving you the edge of your seat for a climatic showdown and unforgettable ending.
I don’t normally write about things non-related to movies on my blog. However, since the release of the first teaser for independent filmmaker, actor, martial artist and New Jersey native Franklin Correa‘s upcoming action suspense thriller, Mistaken, a situation has arisen to which I feel a responsibilty to engage in.
Today during a private Facebook chat, I briefly met actress and Mistaken co-star Crystal T. Williams, an aspiring actress since the age of thirteen, and has been involved in film since the age of eighteen. In June, she was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, a fatal disease which is said to be rarely detected, and often in its third stage when it is. A more precise description of it can be found HERE.
Since then, Ms. Williams has been fortunate to catch the disease at such an earlier stage and is taking pre-emptive measures to counteract her condition until she can take a bold, unique approach that she believes will grant her a healthier, more natutal, hollistic treatment process until she is cured. And that process will only be met at the Intergrative Cancer Therapy Center, a special facility in Mexico. However, as with all things medicinal, it comes at quite the hefty price of $30,000, so Ms. Williams is currently busy raising as much money as she can.
As it stands, Correa himself will be doing his part leading up to the debut of his next film, including seeking fundraising efforts from friends and family in the martial arts community, and local newspaper outlets, in addition to a red carpet premiere with 50% of the proceeds going to Ms. Williams’s treatment. In the meantime, for more information on Ms. Williams’s condition ans how to make a generous donation, visit her official GoFundMe campaign page, and subscribe to the official Facebook page for Mistaken.
This particular article comes long after a time in my life where I lost a family member to a form of cancer. I was only as close to the situation as the talk of it among other family members, including my aunt, whose passing several years ago came at a surprise to us, and more devastingly so to my cousins. Life has since gone on with healing, but as so with the reminder that as long as there is time, there is still a hope that a cure will be imminent for those still suffering. And in that time, now, it is my personal hope that these fundraising efforts for Ms. Willams will be a success from here on out, as I look forward to hearing greater things of her acting career for the years ahead.
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CLICK HERE to view the first teaser for Mistaken if you have not seen it yet.
Independent filmmaker, martial artist and actor Franklin Correa is back with a new teaser for his next film, Mistaken. Much like the previously released Flash Drive, Correa‘s filmic focus remains consistent with emphasis on suspense and mystery, in addition to his own brand of ninjutsu-style urban martial arts action Filmmaking and choreography.