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Synopsis: Two MMA fighters, both women of color, spar with one another while flashbacks haunt their every punch, every kick, every takedown. These moments illustrate their motivation behind why they took up the sport in the first place. One fighter deals with homophobia from her mother while the other suffers from her father’s constant psychological abuse. This is a story of redemption. Second chances reunite the fighters with their parents. No one is perfect and we cannot expect parents to do the right thing every time. They come with their own complexities from their unique perspectives. Family is permanent and it’s okay to have conflict, that is how we grow.

Genre

Action

Rated

PG-13

Language

English

Run Time

12 minutes

Starring

Maxine Eloi (Red)
Anna Elizabeth (Blue)
Arischa Tones (Mother)
Christopher Martin (Father)
Ariana Baerga (Lover)

Directed by

Debbie Vu

Written by

Debbie Vu

Produced by

Debbie Vu

Edited by

Francis Lai

Composer

Arvetra D. Jones

Production Designer

Melissa Butler

Cinematographer

Andrew Bradford

Prod. Company

IronWorx Media LLC - www.ironworxmedia.com

Director's Statement

My ultimate goal is to step on a set every day for the rest of my life. I want to elevate, empower, and embolden creatives of color, femme-identifying creatives and LGBTQIA+ creatives to share their stories to inspire others and alter the societal narrative.

Director's Bio

Debbie Vu is an award-winning documentary and narrative filmmaker who runs a multimedia production company called IronWorx Media. IronWorx Media has a robust internship program which provides specialized educational experiences to budding filmmakers and paid filmmaking opportunities for more seasoned team members. After she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in electronic journalism and media studies and production, she traveled to Malawi in Africa with a team of 6 other creatives to produce documentary content for P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water. It was that experience that sealed her fate as a nonfiction, non-scripted storyteller. Debbie has had a fruitful ten-year career in the narrative space as an actor, screenwriter, director-for-hire, producer, videographer, and editor.

Awards

Feedback Film Festival - United States - 2020

Best Action Film (Debbie Vu)

Peak City International Film Festival - United States - 2020

Silver Gaddy (Debbie Vu)

Freedom Festival International - United States - 2020

Boss Female Short (Debbie Vu)

Nominations

Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival - United States - 2020

Best Supporting Actress

Official selection

Golden State Film Festival - United States - 2020

ICE Film Festival - 2018

Country of Origin

United States of America

Production Year

2019

Official Website

Instagram

@ironworxmedianc

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