TITLE: "MONEY FIGHT"
LENGTH AND TYPE: 110 MINUTES, FEATURE FILM
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY: Ken Chamitoff and Adam Boster
GENRE: This inspirational action drama is affectionately described as "The Rocky for the Cage Generation."
CAST: Ving Rhames, Ernie Reyes Jr. Frank Shamrock, Gray Maynard, Matthias Hues, Maria Conchita Alonso, with John Savage and George Takei
FILM OF INSPIRATION - Grassroots Film in production for the People Who Live a Martial Way
By Mary Van Note
November 29, 2007; Hollywood, CA…. The story that needs to be told is coming together by some higher power. At least that’s what Ken Chamitoff believes, “I’m just in awe of what is happening around me.”
As entrepreneurial photographers, Chamitoff and Boster spent years visiting and photographing students at martial arts schools across the country with his business PhotoKicks (now known as Pro-Motion Pictures). Their travels resulted in an accumulation of voices; stories of inspiration, of families, of struggles, of culture and the history of Mixed Martial Arts, “I learned the stories of every person I encountered.” Each voice became a part of the story, MONEY FIGHT, a film written by Chamitoff and directed by him and his friend and collaborator for Photo-Kicks East, Adam Boster.
For the first-time director it was only a higher power that could’ve brought Master Ernie Reyes, his own teacher from when he was a child, onboard with the film. It was even borderline eerie when every character in the script was fulfilled by none other than the Reyes family. MONEY FIGHT is a story about an immigrant family and their struggles, and focuses on their son who redeems himself through the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. This story is authenticated with the true Reyes family with Ernie Reyes Jr., known for his incredible martial arts skills and his stunt work in The Rundown, against the leading role.
Also in the cast is a five-time undefeated Ultimate Fighting Champion. Frank Shamrock, known for his mouth as much for his deadly submission holds and strikes, plays a villainous trainer who will do whatever it takes to win, even by giving his fighters high-performance drugs. Such a character is relevant today with certain high-profile fighters testing positive for steroid-use in the Mixed Martial Arts arena.
But what’s most inspirational isn’t what’s on film. It’s the fact that the budget was raised and funded entirely by Mixed Martial Arts school owners and its students. “MMA school owners and students believe it’s a story that needs to be told,” Chamitoff declared, “The picture has heart, and will inspire youth to do the right thing. I believe that might have something to do with the forces helping it along.”