Thursday, April 21, 2011

BoogieDowner Movie Watch: World Premier of "New York MMA” Selected for Screening at 1st ever Bronx Week Film Festival

Here is a promotional video for "New York MMA" which will have its World Premier at next months first ever "Bronx Week Film Festival". The film was produced by Kahleem Poole-Tejada and Stephen Koepfer documenting the struggle to legalize Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) through the lens of amateur fighter Bradley Desir. Besides a host of MMA Super Stars, our very own Bronx Councilman and NYC City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera will be featured in the documentary. How could the combination of issues and film stars not lead to a sold out event?

The 1st ever Bronx Week Film Festival is scheduled to take place during Bronx Week which has a 40 year tradition of showcasing our beautiful borough. This years Bronx Week events will take place from May 12th to May 22nd. Olympia Film Locations Inc. was charged with the honor and responsibility to establish, coordinate and manage the film festival component at the behest of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. The “new” film festival component is part of the Borough Presidents emphasis on promoting the film industry in the Bronx to stimulate artistic expression and economic activity.

For more information on the 1st ever Bronx Week Film Festival, please log onto the Boogiedowner daily until the official Olympia Film Locations Inc. website is made available to the public. For more information on the film please do review the trailer and information below.


New York MMA- Feature Film Trailer from Kahleem on Vimeo.

New York MMA
(Kahl One Film Productions & The Coalition to Legalize MMA in NY, 2011)

New York MMA is an enthralling documentary that provides a back seat view of the grass roots struggle to legalize and regulate the professional sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York State. New York is one of a handful of states in which MMA is still outlawed; sacrificing jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to neighboring states and countries since 1997. In his first feature length film, Bronx native, martial artist and filmmaker Kahleem Poole – Tejada presents an intimate account of the struggle to legalize MMA through the lens of one amateur fighter’s (Bradley Desir) quest to turn professional under the guidance of his coach (Stephen Koepfer). Viewers are offered a rare glimpse behind the curtain of the political, sometimes frightening, and always exciting world of mixed martial arts.

Kahleem Poole-Tejada

Stephen Koepfer

Bradley Desir
Stephen Koepfer

Josh Barnett
Gesias Calvacante
Fedor Emilianenko
Tara LaRosa
New York Assemblyman Dean Murray
Nestor Marte
New York City Councilman Joel Rivera
Bas Rutten
Frank Shamrock
Mike Straka
Dana White

60 minutes

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