What?! You missed our amazing table read back in February?! Let me tell you about it. Hosted by the marvelous Teka Lark Fleming of the Blk Grrl Book Fair and fab production designer Skira Martinez at the glorious Cielo Galleries in the heart of central LA it was pretty live! The event opened with Teka Lark interviewing the writer-director-producer Rae Shaw who talked about her passion for martial arts movies, ethnically diverse characters, and female heroines including martial arts dynamos like Michelle Yeoh, Angela Mao Ying, and Pei Pei Cheng.
Next up the actors performed in a table read of the pilot episode: lead actors La’Raia Gribble and Jim Lau led the spectacular night by endowing their charming teacher-student relationship with comedic moments but some tender ones too. Supporting cast was also on point and included Ace Gibson, Angela Monique Imperial, Kwesiu Jones, Jason Gilmore and Trenekia Gilmore.
Later in the evening Rae Shaw also described the path to creating this incredible web series and its pilot season of 10 episodes on Youtube and mobile app. That’s right a BKC App that explores a young girl’s journey to becoming a doctor as she defends her community from local menaces with the help of her premed teacher who also happens to know kungfu. The app would include the webisodes and a game and some other interactive components. She also spotlighted a few reference films in telling the story: Girlhood, Karate Kid, and A Touch of Zen—a legendary King Hu film that’s been referenced by everybody in the martial arts world from Quentin Tarantino to the Wachowski’s sibs!
Then at the end, there was a great raffle giveaway that included some cool gifts like the Chang Cheh’s kungfu classic Ten Tigers of Kwangtung, a framed African stenciled pic, and the super cool handmade BKC leather bracelets— made in South LA! Yeeeeeah Compton! Check them out on our rewards site HERE!
We’re steadily moving forward mapping out and chilin’ at locations in South LA and still gathering up our awesome crew! We just finished our first series of camera tests at glorious Panavision Woodland Hills where we compared the gritty real super8 color reversal and negative to super 16 and digital and digital VHS. That’s right folks! We’re going super8 on this one! Yeah JJ!! To capture the look and feel of those 70’s martial arts films! Black Kungfu Chick is happening right now with the nostalgia of the past! Don’t miss out!
As we get closer to the funding and production we’ll be locking down locations in Compton, Watts and Willowbrook, looking for local musicians, and trying to roll up with a crystal sync max 8 super 8 cameraaaa. Our favorite art-inspired location is the watts towers but there’s a chance we may be headed into Leimert Park too—shhhh! But mainly now we’re concentrating on funding ($50KKKKKs) to get what we need to secure all those super8 film rolls and camera, a fantastic crew, and some dope set dressing and props cause Tasha’s all that and a bag of chips!