FROM: Stephen Koepfer
April 22, 2011
I am very pleased to announce that the film I have been working on with Kahleem Poole – Tejada for nearly a year now, New York Mixed Martial Arts, has been accepted as an Official Selection in the First Annual Bronx Week Film Festival!
This is a momentous occasion for MMA in New York as we have struggled to reach the mainstream media with our message that MMA needs to be legalized and regulated in our state. This festival offers an excellent opportunity to reach average New Yorkers, the New York political elite, and promote mixed martial arts in a fair and balanced light.
The film is scheduled to premier on May 16th (subject to change).
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If you have any questions about this film, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Here is the film’s synopsis:
New York Mixed Martial Arts
(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.
DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, AND EDITOR:
Levan Reginald Hines
SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY:
New York Assemblyman Dean Murray
New York City Councilman Joel Rivera