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!