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Saving the World with Medical School and Martial Arts in ‘Black Kungfu Chick’

After a young girl from South Los Angeles fails a class the summer before she graduates, she learns kungfu from her premed teacher to protect her community from local menaces.

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Black Kungfu Chick

Logline: After a young girl from South Los Angeles fails a class the summer before she graduates, she learns kungfu from her premed teacher to protect her community from local menaces.

Elevator Pitch:

This transmedia webseries is about Tasha, a spunky and justice-driven girl from South LA, who wants to save the world by becoming a doctor. When she fails physics her senior year, she enrolls in summer school with her old quirky math and science teacher, Mr. Jian, with hopes of matriculating to UCLA in the fall. After she comes across a grieving Mr. Jian one day planting seedlings in a community garden, she stops to help him. The next time he sees her with a shiner from another fight defending someone, he decides to help her by teaching her kung fu.

Production Team:

Producer, Director, Writer: Rae Shaw – “Notes for Natalia, “The Repass” (trailer), “Soap and Roses”
Line Producer: Sandra Varona – “Filly Brown,” “Shine,” “Tarantella”
Director of Photography: Eli Arenson – “Killing Time,” “HourGlass,” “All These Voices”
Co-Producer: Prarthana Joshi  – “Same Time Same Place,” “Vaatsaru,” “Tell Me a Memory”
Transmedia Producer: Jainhardan Sathyan – Pepsico, Kellogg; “Harvey’s Dream”
Casting Director: Tiffanny Nelson – “Rocking with the Best,” “Crenshaw Nights,” “Bula’s Dream”

About the Film:
Inspired by our love for martial arts movies of the 70’s and 80’s and a passion for female martial artists like Pei Pei Cheng, Hsu Feng and Michelle Yeoh, Black Kungfu Chick comes from a desire to empower young girls of color by emulating these heroes– women who were outspoken, noble and courageous not only in the martial arts but within their communities. We want to tell a story of an ordinary black girl who, in facing daily challenges, becomes remarkable on her journey to saving lives both as a martial artist and a doctor.

Current Status: Fundraising for production, camera testing, attaching creative team and AD, locking locations.

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