WEEKEND OF THE WARRIOR: Grandmaster Vic Moore Doc, Berry Gordy’s THE LAST DRAGON Topline Black History Month At North Carolina Film Event In 2023!
Folks in the town of Cary in North Carolina are cordially invited for back-to-back film festivities in early 2023, firstly to witness Weekend Of The Warrior, starting with Grandmaster: The Vic Moore Story, a new documentary from director and producer Christopher Everett. The screening will be a work-in-progress presentation of the film, hosted by the Town of Cary, Speller Street Films, and Southern Documentary Fund at The Cary Theater on Friday, February 24 at 7:00pm in celebration of Black History Month & African American Appreciation Month.
Grandmaster: The Vic Moore Story focuses on the life and times of Grandmaster Vic Moore. A pioneer at his craft, Moore took on a variety of styles in his heyday, studying under the likes of Robert Trias, William J. Dometrich and Maung Gyi. He blazed a trail in the 1960s and 70s as one of the first African-Americans in history to pave the way on a competitive level at multiple world championships, becoming a four-time world karate champion and crossing paths with the likes of Mike Stone, Joe Lewis, and even Bruce Lee in the process.
Screening of Grandmaster: The Vic Moore Story will also include a conversation with Moore, and a kung fu demonstration by the Chinese Shaolin Center.
“I’m thrilled to partner with the Town of Cary on this important event. Black men back in the 1960s and 1970s like Vic Moore were our superheroes but never received recognition from mainstream society. This event in Cary will highlight their contribution to martial arts to audiences throughout the Triangle” says Everett.
The second half of the event will take place at The Cary Arts Center on Saturday, February 25 where the interactive hybrid martial arts movie/live-music troupe, Shaolin Jazz, will present Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon.
“Cary is a place where we are becoming inspired to think outside of the box. We are excited to bring Can I Kick It? to the Cary Arts Center; it’s not only a movie but an intergenerational event!” said Kim Roberts, MLK & BHM Program Coordinator.
“We hope it will bring out fans of all ages that like action movies, martial arts, old-school Hip Hop or just want some ’80s nostalgia.”
Food trucks Go Yaki, Kitoko Bites, and Royal Cheesecake & Varieties will be on-site at 5:00 PM. Doors will open at 6:00 PM with a DJ set by DJ Damu, followed by the presentation will begin at 7:00 PM along with a special video intro and Q&A with the film’s star, Taimak. Tickets are $10 and are available on ETIX and at the Cary Box Office.
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