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Jordan Cann’s STREET DREAMS: LOS ANGELES Sets Global Platform Release Starting July
Actor, producer and filmmaker Jordan Cann’s newest action drama, Street Dreams: Los Angeles, will open on multiple VoD and Digital HD platforms on July 2, 2019. News broke last week via release to the press with word that Cann successfully secured global distribution rights through his in house banner, J&S Film Productions.
THE HIT LIST: June 10, 2019
The Hit List has taken a pretty interesting turn of late now that I actually get to host some video files on behalf of creators. It’s a blessing and I’m real thankful to those of you investing in my own YouTube channel to share your craft.
THE HIT LIST: November 5, 2018
I’m actually kind of glad November is here as it actually feels like things might slow down a bit with the holidays near. Plus, I’m looking toward this Friday or Saturday for some fun stuff as well so, fingers crossed.
CALIFORNIA STREET DREAMIN’: A Word With Actor And Filmmaker Jordan Cann
Actor and artist multi-hyphenate Jordan Cann and I have a few things in common. I surprisingly learned this during our latest interview in the days since he debuted the official trailer for his second feature film, Street Dreams: Los Angeles.
It turns out that both of us were born and raised in the borough of Queens in New York City. I actually reside near the area he grew up in for eight years which, at the time, dealt with its own share of crime – enough to upend the Cann household for a move to Hampton, Virginia where would begin cultivate himself in the arts.
“Around this time I really started getting heavy into the martial arts due to the popularity of TMNT and the action/martial arts boom in the 80s – 90s.” he says. “After begging for classes my family finally gave in and I took formal lessons for a month before I quit. I didn’t have the discipline to focus and learn the katas.”
That didn’t stop Cann from finding his angle in martial arts, and not for nothing either. His influences in everything popular at the time from Hollywood and TV to Asian crossover stars like Jet Li would then embody his pursuits in drama at school and church.
“Other than the 5 lines I had in a school play my acting talent was discovered by Stephanie Thomas.” he says. “She was the first to really believe in me when she gave me a lead role in a church play, and encouraged me in all of my arts (even singing)…”
With this, Cann grew more and more pertinent when it came to dance. As Cann tells it “it was dancing that stood out”, imploring regular four-to-six hour dance routines in his room and doing up to two hours of acrobatics in the backyard. This also brought on an interest in music as it became increasingly essential in many ways for his own work.
“Dancing was more spiritual for me. It was my outlet for everything as a teen and it was the center of my life,” Cann tells us, adding on the result of his passion and the numerous awards he garnered for every local talent show, and even teaching dance for several years in North America and abroad. “It opened up the door for everything that I do now. I was heavily influenced by the great Michael Jackson, Usher, Ginuwine, Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, SisQo, Omarion, Darrin Henson and Turbo.”
2009 saw Cann moving to Los Angeles, a burgeoning artist with a goal in mind since his teen years: To succeed as a professional dancer and break into action films. The usual inaugural struggles that come with the pursuit of career fruition lasted about two-and-a-half years for Cann until he was finally able to break into the industry going into his adult years. He was exposed, and he began learning all he could, paying close attention to directors and the crew, and asking questions where and when he could – an approach that proved useful upon getting to work with F. Gary Gray ahead of the release of Straight Outta Compton.
“He was so calm cool and collect. He would pull me to the side and we’d talk about old school hip-hop.” says Cann in discussing his several influences at this point in time, the others being a How-To book on writing treatments, and the work of Transformers franchise shepherd Michael Bay, adding “His eye for cinematography, action and sound just blow me away.”
2014 was the year I discovered Cann for myself as he was crowdfunding an action horror project called Vampire’s Rage. It was the first of my own coverage of his work knowing and seeing the trailer in which he showcased an acumen for directing performing action. Prior to this point in his life and after taking initiative with writing his own shorts being the creative type that he is, he also partook in the editing process and despite not having explicit resources at his disposal, he did what he could and made well with what he had:
“I discovered I was REALLY good at editing. It was like dancing to me because editing has a lot to do with rhythm. After a few short films and feeling frustrated from not getting the type of roles that showcased all of me, I decided that I will have to create my own content. I enrolled in film school and they polished everything that I already knew and gave me the right equipment to make high quality films. Jordan the filmmaker and performer was a go!”
That same year was also when Cann and fellow background dancer-cum-filmmaker Aaron “Stylez” Thompson formed J&S Film Productions, currently proliferating through a variety of music videos and shortfilms, as well as more complex feature projects through a wide range of genres. One such project being Street Dreams: Los Angeles, was birthed just as Cann went to Atlanta to broaden his industry experience.
“I reconnected with a cousin of mine, Malik Delaigle, who loved what I was doing and wanted in, but as an executive producer.” says Cann who also reveals Thompson’s own passion in car racing, discussing the film’s vision and the creative pursuits. “I wanted to create something different than what we had done. Something more grown up and relatable…I wanted a police drama.”
Cann’s creative process is a robust one, shared in-house with Thompson and those among the crew. It’s also not without its share of challenges therein, one being the writing on which Cann took the mantle after being unable to secure a screenwriter. Another was a matter of location and logistics, which also comprised of a number of issues in and of themselves.
“It was originally called Street Dreams: Atlanta, although we had to film it in L.A. due to but due to the budget and our connections out here.” says Cann who later dove even further on some of the more concurrent hurdles, including one arose as a result of not fully scoping the area.
“While shooting, we were rolled up on some Mexican gang members.” he says. “They pulled out a shotgun on us and chased us out the neighborhood. We were close to death. It was scary. We laugh about it now though. Too much to fit in a paragraph. More like a mini novel, I’d say.”
Joined by Romane Simon of Lucky Strike Film Studios following rewrites and further casting, Cann initially set his sights on filming within a week with the hopes of flying back to New York City in time for last year’s Urban Action Showcase and Expo for the screening of the Blade-inspired Vampire’s Rage. We were actually in touch with one another in the hopes of making a meet-and-greet happen, however it turned out not to be so with production going into overtime.
Going forward though and continued hopes notwithstanding, Cann and Thompson will be making some headway with Street Dreams: Los Angeles. The trailer immediately caught my attention as it mixes a lot of what I’ve already enjoyed their work thusfar next to my own appreciation for solid independent productions.
“I play Elijah Wilkins.” Cann says in introducing his character. “He’s cocky, confident, laid back and selfish. After witnessing a death of a friend and an intervention with an admirable FBI agent, he sets out a career path toward the same field by walking in his footsteps. He also shares a relationship with his childhood girlfriend bonded further through their child. As such, he’s constantly being forced to choose between them and his career goals and everybody around him seems to want to suppress him in some way.”
Street Dreams: Los Angeles appears to be in much better standing for Cann and the good folks at J&S. Rest assured, it’s a much more concrete assembly following a dodgier freshman outing a few years ago with his debut feature, From Paris To Rome. It had a good trailer and all seemed ready for a local screening event until Cann reached out to me and informed me that there were certain underlying issues; much was ado with licensing and technical aspects in addition to still learning the business end of it all.
“It was a MAJOR learning curve.” says Cann. “We appreciate everybody who worked on it, but we tremble in disgust over the thought of that film. There is a saying: ‘Never despise small beginnings.’ We all have to start from somewhere.”
Indeed, Cann’s starting point still holds up as a milestone of similar size. It’s early days for J&S Film Productions in my view though, and so I still felt it fitting to ask him what his thoughts might be in terms of some major issues that may plague the independent film scene or the industry in general. I often ask my interview subjects this and a good handful that know what the issues are are often mum on this area. Sometimes saying certain things can be costly for performers still in need of employment and frankly, I reckon there are some people who definitely have a little too much authority, and often observe it in ways that are counterproductive to say the least. It’s something that Cann sheds light on with his own perspective as well, and with a fitting measure of it having been able to get his feet well into the water.
“At our level it is funding.” he writes, citing his faith as a means of steadying his compass in the course of making things work with less.
“As far as things within the industry that I would like to see change… I don’t like the politics within the entertainment industry relating to a person getting more work because of popularity versus raw talent.” he adds. “I can make a video of me doing something obnoxious and it goes viral. Next thing you know I am getting endorsements, paid appearances and the like when Johnny has raw talent and can’t catch a break because his social media numbers are not high. I see why they exist, but it could be frustrating for new talent to break in. Talent is not even secondary, but a third factor these days.”
At best, Street Dreams: Los Angeles is signature to the whole of the education Cann is taking with him onto other projects. He is much more mindful nowadays of the business part – licensing, contracts, proper planning, budgets scheduling, logistics, treatment of talent and crew, and any and all related to production quality. It also culminates amply the very purpose he sees himself living in along with the enjoyement of being an artist:
“I am the creator type and to construct an idea that starts in the mind is a cool thing to see. Of course it’s not easy and at times stressful, but you know what they say, “When you love it, it never feels like work.”
It’s been four years since I met Cann online and I still look forward to him venturing back East. Until that day comes, I put him right up there with any number of filmmakers and actors I’ve covered who are working their way up either on an independent scale, or through the mainstream machine. The latter is much more of a challenge considering the restrictions by which most folks are allowed to divulge information, share and engage with anyone who reads press, but I’m determined.
That said, I certainly hope Cann will be able to cover greater ground. His channel is home to shortfilms such as Reclamation, My Brother’s Keeper, comprehensive dance sampler DeTour and a plethora of videos related to dance and dabbling in fight choreography and performance. It’ll be interesting what else comes of it and as long as Cann is able to shape things his way, onlookers like myself are bound to see deservedly bigger things to come.
“I personally want to get to a blockbuster [Michael Bay] level, but with better storylines.” he says, adding on hopes of more chances to write, as well as direct other major actors so as to condense his focus.
“I also really want to produce and direct major music videos as well. We want our company to be one of the leading independent film production companies that don’t need 100% help from Hollywood.” he adds. “It would be a dream to work with Tony Jaa and Wesley Snipes.”
J&S Crime Drama, STREET DREAMS: LOS ANGELES Lands An Official Trailer
The official trailer released several days ago as J&S looks toward a summer release with a tour in select cities also on the table. Co-directed with Romane Simon, Cann stars Elijah Wilkins, an L.A. undercover cop faced with hurdles amid his efforts to land the dream job of becoming an FBI counterintelligence agent. The trailer itself hints at a little more with flashback footage preceding its concurrent narrative with Cann in action with a cast that enlists Lester Speight, Jessica Vanessa, Siya, Yung, Kamy Bruder, with Eric Bellinger and Aaron Thompson.
THE HIT LIST: June 12, 2017
Probably the best way I can sum up the gist of my weekend is that 76 years and current box office gross of more than $450 million dollars later, I would say that Patty Jenkins has earned her place at the helm of a Wonder Woman sequel and Warner Bros. would be wise to oblige.
On to other matters, however, it’s a new week which means it’s time for another installment of the Hit List. Kicking off the first playlist in this week’s stunt reel category is Umar Khan now out with a compilation video in celebration of his recent 35th birthday. Rounding out the playlist are Leon Ngo, Beni Alexander, Aaron Hakala, Joon Poore, Barret Coates, Heather Lynn, Nikki Stanley, Veto Swarn, Troy Butler and Li Qiang, with coordinator and choreography reels by Jennifer Badger and Joseph Roark.
There’s more fight stuff to come. For now though, we’re switching it up a bit with the latest from a talented filmmaker and performing artist I’ve always enjoyed since I began following him in 2014. Jordan Cann, hailing from Virginia and currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, brings creative gumption to the forefront of his latest endeavor, DeTour, shot in a robust, energetic, colorful miniseries of four inspired visuals host collectively to an eight-minute medley of music, martial arts and dance.
Cann is joined by Kia Dawn and Taye Amegboh, and the aesthetic of Atlanta’s varying backdrops and the musical sounds of Mario, Sean Paul, Tory Lanez, Matias Damasio, and Omarion.
Time to close the deal this week and with a raft of fight and shortfilm material beginning with new practice pieces from Eugenia Guryleva, Singapore-based JKHH Films, and the latest from Wildchild Gil Sanabria and Samuel Olmo in Survival Of The Fittest, followed by a trio oTekken-themed promotional videos featuring Cha-Lee Yoon, Phong Giang, Can Aydin and Dee Yoon for 20th Century Fox’s theatrical German release of the new martial arts comedy, Plan B: Scheiss Auf Plan A.
Fledging fight training-for-film company Screen Combat Guys is up on the roster this week with Tony Chong opposite Ricky Barksdale and Stephon Reynolds, an ample bookmark to help promote their current crowdfunding initiative for a bigger, greatly-needed studio in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York City (You can learn more about the group at their GoFundMe campaign page for info on how you can help).
Stunt player Igor Tjumenzev picks up the pace with a stimulating MegaMan fight concept at Impulse Action Design, while Gun Cho and Tin Dang play at the most epic Jenga fight you’ll ever see in your lifetime – courtesy of Art School Dropouts and their appreciation for Kung Fu Tea and Hector Soria brings Hong Kong action cinema and stunt stalwart, actor and martial artist Robert Samuels (Red Wolf, No Problem, Beast) to the frontlines in the action-packed cop shortfilm thriller, The Call.
Culimating the playlist is the first of two long-form shorts, and no less deserving of an obligatory reshare here for the Hit List with Dance Nocturnal’s own Six Carolino currently raising funds to expand the potential serial universe following Garrett Atkinson’s award-winning November 2016 short, Gauntlet Run: Origins. Per the Kickstarter, the money raised will be used to purchase new camera equipment, lights, and other technical necessities as well as fight weapons to be used in the new stunts for the ambitious new action comedy series. Click here to contribute and/or share accordingly.
Last and far from least is a video by an equally-inspired and fine group of people whose love and passion for dynamic stuntwork and Asian action cinema has apparently sent a few of them to the hospital in the wake of their latest shortfilm, Supreme Art Of War. The project debut last week on late Monday and I couldn’t add it then, so I’m adding it here as a matter of utmost certainty for its rightful place in the Hit List.
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The Hit List is an almost neverending stream of action-packed content from around the web and that string goes on from last week and the weeks and strings before it. Click here to take a gander and immerse yourself in the raw talent before you, and share the Hit List with friends and family.
The Hit List will be taking a break before returning on June 26, 2017, but don’t fret! We will still accept entries, and so as always, if you or someone you know has a stunt reel that needs to be seen to believed or deals in a quality and upscaling caliber of action on film deemably worthy of a spot in our weekly Hit List, hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org!
THE HIT LIST: May 29, 2017
My weekend was pretty good. I finally managed to relax a little on Saturday and Sunday with some obligatory movie viewing before commencing putting together tonight’s Hit List.
Speaking of which, there is a LOT to cover so, let’s get onto it with the latest updated stunt reel by Jazzy Ellis, and other new stunt and training reels by some of today’s top and up-and-coming stunt performers, including Nik Pelekai (more on him later), Kristina Baskett, Kevin Rogers, Kyla Hymas, Cris Fonseca, Christina Howe, Bryan Vigier, Eric C. Sun, Kent Lloyd, Brandon McClary, Robert Steven Brown (more on him later) and Kefi Abrikh.
Two extensive reels round out the stunt reels of the week in the playlist, first of which carries a bit of a story theme to it for stuntman Jordan Scott as he invokes a journey of trial over tribulation through imagery and his contribution to the field. It’s more of a personal feat than one he showcases for work (you can view that one here), but it’s available to the public, nonetheless. The playlist finishes with a five-minute montage of actor, martial artist and filmmaker Darren Holmquist and his journey as a stuntman and up-and coming film professional through consistent training.
Twelve reels in total. Enjoy!
This week’s matters of promotion are of a loaded batch and we begin with a poster debut for U.K. filmmaker Leif Johnson’s upcoming short, Kowloon Killers. The ambitious new turn on Asian action martial arts thrills is still a ways from its completion while you can also view a behind-the-scenes look featuring actor and martial artist Tien Hoang (artwork by Art Of Supershinobi).
The playlist continues with a fight scene highlight reel which actor, stuntman and filmmaker Ryan Monolopolous released last summer for his upcoming action sci-fi short, Alpha. I’m presenting it again here for coherence in wake of his most recent poster unveiling of the shortfilm thriller now poised as one of three Atlanta-made shorts premering at the Plaza Theater in Atlanta, Georgia on June 24. Tickets are available so if you’re in the area by then and wanna be around some great film festival fare, click here and get yours today. (Artwork by Maddy Booth).
Following that are teaser trailers for writer, editor and director Tanja Keller’s starring role in Beyond Return with Ron Smoorenburg, 48 Hour Film Project entry Finest City Showdown from Jabronie Pictures (and yes, it is a musical), the most recent teaser for the second installment of Darkan Entertainment’s Black Lightining fan film project with actor and director Choice Skinner – the first of which you can view HERE, the latest trailer for Matthew Kohler’s inspired new fanfilm, Batman: Master Of Fear from Red Fist Productions, a teaser for the early June premiere of Jordan Cann’s inspired visual martial arts/musical mix, DeTour, and the final trailer for actor, martial artist and filmmaker Leroy Kincaide’s Max Payne: Retribution ahead of its June 24 release!
Time to wind things down with an equally awesome array of action and film fight work, the first two of which are practice vids beginning with James Harris‘s lensing of stunt players Ashley Beck and Cali Nelle, and Kenny Wong‘s own DP work with Ben Hinnant and Jamal Warren.
Gui DaSilva gets to take out the trash in Chores in his latest collaboration with Felix King before things get Relentless with I AM WATER Stunt Team’s own Robert Steven Brown and performers Meghan Whitfield and Bri Marie Korin, and even moreso with Nik Pelekai in British Assassin from Wolf Stunts.
Rounding out the playlist up first are a trio of brief action comedy skits from the good folks at 6 Brothers Productions titled ReLoad. The first part was released in April and there’s no specific plot while all three range anywhere from a minute-plus to over three minutes. Thus, expect action, carnage, and a good dose of slapstick or several with Nathan Bender front and center, and more episodes to come.
Last and far from least is the latest shortfilm directing debut from Martial Club’s own Daniel Mah in Challenge Of The Fruit Ninja. Mah plays a martial artist who spends is every moment training as he strenuously tries to solve a clue that could ultimately increase his power. Andy Le plays our titular ninja burdening our hero in this latest array of kung fu and laughs from a fine group of people that now finds itself among the likes of Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan. True story. And good on them!
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THE HIT LIST: January 16, 2017
I did something a little different this weekend while I was putting the Hit List together – at five reels, I decided to watch it all the way through and it was pretty refreshing since normally I watch mostly snippets in the course of browsing just to get a good feel of how it all plays out so I can work faster. I may change my approach there. ☺
Anyway, onward and forward we go for this week’s installment of The Hit List with the latest round of amazing stunt reels and various shortfilm projects, promotional or otherwise full in release. As always, the stunts come first because without the players and their committment, the Hit List wouldn’t exist. Stellar b-girl and exceptional stuntwoman Lee Chesley kicks the first playlist off to an energizing start followed by the high-flying feats of dayjob superhero, Ross Kohnstam. Pam Wellington has some fresh gems in her new reel as does the high-flying and flipping Chad Crumley who we’ll get to much later in the Hit List.
Peep it all below and more with solid stunt performance and training action by Amanda Cook, Adam Chase, Linda Kessler, James Ortiz, the Baton twirling stylings of avowed catwoman, Michelle C. Smith, Mason Sharrow, Ashley Short, Stephen White, Adam Carson, Brett Easton, traceur Nick Provost and tricking impressario Beren D’Amico. Enjoy!
The promotional assets come next and we’re first off to peep a new poster for an upcoming project, hailing from Finnish filmmaker and actor Ramin Sohrab who first made noise a few years back with a slick trailer conceptualizing action and drama for previous project, Malek. This time it’s the new thriller, Viulu which takes on its Finnish translation for the centerpiece here of our new tale focused on a man forced to fight his way through some salty villainy in order to get back his stolen violin and play it for his wife one last time.
There’s no release date as of yet but there are photos and more available on its recently-launched fanpage where you can also catch the official poster as seen below.
With trailers, the first in the three-part playlist beneath comes by way of SubOverHype, the super-talented movement troupe behind the first two installments of shortfilm series, Two Bellmen, hailing from luxury hotel franchise chain JW Marriot’s content creation shingle. Both shorts, directed by Daniel “Malakai” Cabrera, service the interests of showcasing the hotel chain’s illuminating qualities central to the story of two very different bellmen as they literally go through leaps and bounds to save the day for their residents.
Cabrera launched a new promo last week to announced Two Bellmen 3 installation which takes place in Seoul, Korea, and also stars Ki-Hong Lee and actress and singer Jessica Jung. It’s readied for a release this week while the promo starting the playlist highlights last year’s high-speed sequel set in Dubai is online.
The second trailer arrives from the amazing folks from U.K.-based Eastern Heroes whose reels you might have spotted in recent weeks. They’ve been making quite a splash with accumulating talents listing filmmaker Leif Johnston behind the lens and action actors Jean-Paul Ly of Jailbreak fame, and Tien Hoang who takes center stage for the new martial arts thriller, Resolve, which goes live on January 21.
Finishing things off on this end is the final blow from actor and multi-skilled martial artist and instructor Jon Alagoa who buzzed us late last year about a project long in production with a hopeful Spring release. The 3rd Eye is the name and with Alagoa joined by Shinji Ishigaki, Wai Ku Lam and Vitas LeBas for a story telling of two friends who, thirsty for the fight and ill-fated in joining a underworld crime organization for more opportunities, are violently betrayed by its leader, leaving one of them to seek vengeance.
Production has taken a few stumbles following a minor on-set injury and scheduling conflicts, but nonetheless remains with more updates ahead.
And finally, we meet filmmaker Lee Whitaker, whose 2015 debut fantasy short drama, Catching Fireflies, has already decorated him greatly in the festival circuit. Thus, with an eye for continued social awareness and an adherance toward focusing on real problems that plague American society, the new trailer for Aimee finally arrived this month following a successful crowdfunding effort launched at the bottom of last year.
Actress and stuntwoman Amanda Hall leads the story scripted by Whittaker and co-scribe Kara Myers which focuses on Jesisca, a Spec-Ops Marine homebound from Afghanistan, and the new war she’s forced to fight at home when the trail of her missing 13-year old sister puts her face-to-face with suburban America’s underworld auspices of underage sex trafficking.
You can learn more about the project at its official website with links to social media, contact info and more. For now, check out the playlist and the Vimeo player just beneath for all of your trailer content!
Time to wind down with a playlist packed with great samplers and morsels of action on film, and up first is Lovel Johnson Jr. working out some experimental fight choreography with a group of pupils for Johnson Jr.’s West Empire Productions label. Following that is our aforementioned team over at Eastern Heroes with three of their latest fight pieces as well, along with 3run‘s newest bit of swordplay by Sam Parham and Adam Bradshaw, some test fight action led by Califf Guzman with Suo Liu and fight choreographer and performer Jason Ng, and our earlier-promised mention of stunt player Chad Crumley as the invulnerable target of a group of thugs led by Felix King in Distinctive Light’s latest, Inhuman.
Jared Kirby continues on with a little rough and tumble action in Grab Bag, followed by Eunoia Creations with Brahim Achabbakhe front and center for Bangkok Bridge Fight, Lekir Stunt Action with Trapped performed by Hasibahrain and Izzaz Mohd Sani, a recent upload on the Dardrex channel of a tag-team audition piece for Frank Fernandez’s 2014 action drama project, Heart, a cool new montage of sword-and-shield fight choreography training by Balestra, and the latest upload of TeamBay action drama short, Addicted with Yasin Kamat and Vi-Dan Tran.
Rounding off the playlist is a sensational action short that comes just a few years since I greeted actor, dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Jordan Cann who himself is no stranger to martial arts on film. Like most, he’s a student committed to the craft and he is well on his way to prove it with the release of his forthcoming feature film debut, From Paris To Rome, while the business of creating exemplary action and storytelling in short form continues with the new musical/action drama hybrid, Reclamation, about two brothers who take on a notorious crimelord who has drained the town of its resources. Aaron Thompson and Mel Brian Patron also star.
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THE HIT LIST: September 14, 2015
It’s Monday, and that means another fully loaded Hit List has arrived with loads of stunts and action. This week has a few late entries that I’ve been otherwise inspired to share, and I think you all will enjoy them in some capacity.
Of course, we’re starting this off with a playlist that’s nice and light, graced with stunt and martial arts reels. Fabio Santos kicks things off in fiery fashion next to Jason Wingham, “Kid Haru” himself – Devin White, early 2015 demo reel footage from Team Raffaelli, industry fight choreographer, actor and stuntman Tim Man and the latest awesome tricking reel from Team Emig’s own Mackensi Emory (viewable only here).
Up next are a handful of trailers, a few of which are for foreign language projects on the way, and the first comes four years in the making from filmmaking duo David Vergne and Renaud Guin. Detour is the name of the short which focuses on three jewel burglars who discover a woman brutally beaten, and find themselves taking on a darker force of evil, and the short is currently in post production.
The second trailer hails all the way from Jose Manuel at North Compass, a familiar face I’ve already written about here at Film Combat Syndicate. His next potential webseries, Uncompromised, takes our hero on a quest to avenge his own death with symbolic enemies in the form of his own personal flaws. It’s deep, deep stuff, although I’m certain the project will put all the pieces together when released.
Both projects have trailers below, including Detour which also comes with some cool character promo art. The other trailers include Rising Tiger Films’s new action drama short, These Dog Days, and SG Action’s long-awaited sci-fi time-travel gig, The Mantis!
DETOUR  Official Release from Renaud Guin on Vimeo.
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Now we get to the fighting, and as always, there’s plenty of it in the following playlist. Star Wars is the way to here as we set off wity two new videos, one from Noah Fleder‘s Force Storm Entertainment, and Logan Cross’s own short, The Force. Other fights include Tripp Pickell’s latest test choreo sampler with cohort Shannan Leigh Yancsurak, Allie Marrie’s kickass performance in Faux Fighting’s latest “Showdown” serial addition, A Better Workout, Dardrex Productions’s action comedy, Snatch And Grapple, Cinematic Fight Studio’s latest client-ordered project, The Sting, and independent action director Bryan Sloyer’s newest ode to Kurt Wimmer, Equilibrium: Gentlemen’s Game!
Moving on to some longer-form shorts nearing the end of this week’s Hit List, actor, dancer and filmmaker Jordan Cann released this newest drama, My Brother’s Keeper, last week. It’s the story of a friendship broken over a girl, and a rivalry that unfolds between three crews with a surprising twist at the end. Cann himself takes primarily on dance and so there’s plenty of it here as well as a dash of fight choreography for good measure. Take a look!
And finally, we cap things off in award-winning fashion. Australian actor, writer and director David No is still making the rounds these days with his latest short, Battle Of Wills, hitting the festivals this Fall. In the meantime, it was in a private message on social media he shared his 2012 period sword drama, Forged, the story of an impetuous martial arts student who reflects on his ill-fated upbringing with his master on the night of their death duel. The project won a great share of awards throughout the world, including several festivals in the U.S. a few years ago during its run, and you can see them for yourself at the official fan page.
For now, enjoy Forged (special thanks to David for sending this one over!)
Of course, coming from the folks over at Bat In The Sun, we’re bound sooner or later to find out how their next Superpower Beatdown will turn out. Their latest still is up and clearly this one looks to be a real Fall berzerker!…
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