Podtalk: Closing Night of CUFF 30 is World Premiere Documentary ‘For Kicks’ on Sep. 17, 2023

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CHICAGO – The 30th edition of the Chicago Underground Film Festival concludes their short run on Sunday, September 17th (8:30p), with the World Premiere of the documentary “For Kicks,” directed by veteran filmmaker Sean Patrick Fahey. For details and ticket info, click FOR KICKS.

Semi-retired Chicago security guard Eugene Thomas reflects on his life, music, and martial arts practice. Oh, and that decade between the 1980s and 90s when he was an international movie star, appearing in a dozen ninja movies filmed in Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Hong Kong. Also featuring the legendary Ron van Clief (“The Black Dragon”), “For Kicks” is a unique doc exploring the history of black martial arts in the movies, and the African Americans who became legion.

CLOSING NIGHT CUFF30: ’For Kicks,’ Directed by Sean Patrick Fahey
Photo credit: CUFF30.org

A global champion of the underground scene, the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) showcases and celebrates some of the most original films and video art being made today … all supplemented through screenings, panels, and nightly after-parties. Through its last weekend, CUFF presents films within Chicago’s South Side, with primary screenings at the Harper Theater in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

In Part One of a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, director Sean Patrick Fahey of “For Kicks” talks background and themes …

In Part Two, the connections in “For Kicks” …

CUFF30 presents their Closing Night Film “For Kicks” on Sunday, September 15th, at 8:30pm (additional screening at 5pm). The 30th Edition of the Chicago Underground Film Festival will run through September 17th, 2023. For a complete overview. schedule and information on after parties, click here.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Editor and Film Critic/Writer

© 2023 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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