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'Jim Kelly Takeover Day' In Chicago Saturday Aug. 17 - Film Screenings, Discussions & Martial Arts

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act August 8, 2013 at 12:28AM

There are people still in shock, and mourning the all-too sudden and way too soon passing of martial arts legend and film star Jim Kelly.
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Jim Kelly

There are people still in shock, and mourning the all-too sudden and way too soon passing of martial arts legend and film star Jim Kelly.

As I said when I reported his death back in late June, there are so many people who "reveled in his talent, his grace and his undeniable swagger," and I also recommended some films that anyone who is unfamiliar with Kelly (poor souls) could check out (HERE).

Even Michael Jai White wrote a poignant tribute to Kelly which I posted HERE.

However, as a tribute, and to keep the spirit and inspiration of Kelly alive, on Saturday August 17 in Chicago, there will be a special Jim Kelly Day of film screenings, discussions and martial art demonstrations.

All you need to know you can read right here:

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 of Enter 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 (the 2010 remake) and two of Jim Kelly's films, Black Belt Jones (1974) and Enter the Dragon (1973). The celebration also includes a rare screening of the short film South Side Warriors (2002), 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

Between the films, martial arts schools from the Chicago area will do demonstrations in the theater lobby, and local karate masters such as 1967 Grand National Karate Champion, Master Jimmie Jones, student of the infamous Count Dante, who knew both Jim Kelly and Bruce Lee,  will attend the screenings and to lead discussions and introduce the films.

Others include Master Ted Jones who will introduce Enter the Dragon, Master Anthony Muhammad, who will present demonstrations and fans of martial arts cinema of all ages.

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 at Chatham 14 theaters (210 W. 87th st Chicago)

11:45am: Children's karate demonstration

12:00pm: The Karate Kid

2:30pm: Martial arts demonstrations in the lobby

3:00pm: South Side Warriors screening and discussion with Jaco family and martial artists portrayed in the film

4:00pm: Black Belt Jones screening and discussion with local martial artists

6:30pm: Enter the Dragon screening and discussion

And someone on YouTube has posted a pretty sweet video tribute.to Kelly. Check it out.

This article is related to: Jim Kelly, RIP


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