Sunday, August 4, 2013

40th Anniversary "Enter the Dragon" Screening

August 17, Chatham 14 Theaters, 210 W 87th Street,
  • Admission for both adult programs $10.00
  • Kid's Program, $2.50 including free popcorn
To celebrate the iconic cinematic presence of the late Jim Kelly, the black martial arts movie star best known for his role opposite Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon and whose character helped defined this period of martial arts action cinema, Chatham 14 Theaters,Black World Cinema, the Chicago Cinema Society, and South Side Projections are excited to present a daylong celebration of his life and films. The day culminates in a screening ofEnter Dragon, on the 40th anniversary of its release.

The film lineup includes films for martial arts fans of all ages. Feature films consist of The Karate Kid (2010, 140 min.) and two of Jim Kelly's films, Black Belt Jones (1974, 87 min.) and Enter the Dragon (1973, 98 min.). The celebration also includes a rare screening of the short film South Side Warriors (2002, 30 min.), about the martial arts tradition on Chicago's south side; it focuses on the late Hamza Gregory Jaco, father of the award-winning hip-hop artist, Lupe Fiasco (Wassalu Jaco).

Between the films, martial arts schools from the Chicago area will do demonstrations in the theater lobby, and local karate masters who knew Bruce Lee will attend the screenings and introduce the films.

An all-day pass costs $10, or individual tickets are available for $6 each. The morning screening of The Karate Kid is free for children under 15.

The full schedule is as follows:
  • 11:45am: $Children's karate demonstration
  • 12:00pm: The Karate Kid - $2.50 special admission for kids and free popcorn.
  • 2:30pm: Martial arts demonstrations in the lobby
  • 3:00pm: South Side Warriors screening and discussion with Gregory Jaco Family and martial artists portrayed in the film
  • Black Belt Jones screening and discussion with local martial artists(starts at 4:00pm)
  • 6:00pm: Martial Arts Demonstration
  • 6:30pm: Enter the Dragon screening and discussion
For more information, please contact Floyd Webb at Black World Cinema, 708-704-1482

Hat-tip to Sensei Kirk Haygood who is a representative of the United Schools of Survival - a martial arts school located at 811 E. 82nd Street - you can give them a call at 773.457.8899 to see about enrolling in a martial arts class.

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