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Two men meet to settle a score, but there can only be one winner. Who will it be?

  • Stephen Koepfer
    Director
    Concrete and Crashpads, John Wick Parabellum, Ray Donovan, Hunters
  • Paul Varacchi
    Director
    Gotham, The Punisher, Daredevil
  • Paul Varacchi
    Writer
  • Stephen Koepfer
    Writer
  • Stephen Koepfer
    Producer
  • Paul Varacchi
    Producer
  • Wadi Jones
    Key Cast
    "Wadi"
    Jessica Jones, The Chi, The DeuceLuke Cage
  • Josh Davidson
    Key Cast
    "Josh"
  • Joseph Bearese
    Cinametographer
    Blacker, The Weekend Fix, Gotham
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 2020 HBO/Cinemax Urban Action Showcase
    New York, New York
    United States
    November 9, 2019
    Winner: Best Fight (short)
  • 2020 International Action Film Awards

    Australia
    Winner: Best Choreography (September 2019)
  • 2020 International Action Film Awards

    Australia
    Winner: Best Action Team (September 2019)
  • 2020 Best Shorts Competition

    Winner: Award of Recognition (Web Tube Length Video)
  • 2020 Oregan Short Film Festival
    Portland, Oregon
    United States
    Finalist
  • 2020 Fighting Spirit Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • 2020 IDTV Action Fest
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    Winner, Best Action Team
  • 2020 Action on Film Festival
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    United States
    Official Selection
  • 2020 Austin Micro Short Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    Official Selection
  • 2020 Best Short Fest

    Canada
    Semi Finalist (under 5 min shortts)
Director Biography - Stephen Koepfer, Paul Varacchi

Stephen Koepfer:

Stephen is a martial artist, SAG-AFTRA Stunt Performer and filmmaker with black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Judo, a Master of Sport of Russia in Combat Sambo and a Purple Belt in BJJ. Stephen is also a Kendo practitioner. He has competition experience in various combat sports. As head coach of NY Combat Sambo, which he founded in 2003, Stephen has coached his team to multiple national and international combat sport victories. He was a team coach for the 2008 US World Sambo Team and head coach for the 2015 - 2018 US Combat Wrestling World Team.

Stephen has trained in Russia and Ukraine at such academies as Sambo 70, The FKE Training Center, Suvorov Military Academy, Borec, and Spartak Olympic Training Center.

As a coach, he has taught across the US, abroad and has counted among his students many military and law enforcement professionals including UN and DOS Diplomatic Security Officers, NYPD, FBI, DEA and NY State Court Officers. He has been a guest instructor at West Point Military Academy, Ft. Campbell, the FKE training facility and the Lowell, Arkansas Police Department.

Since childhood Stephen dreamed of working in the film and television; even attending filmmaking camp in his youth. As he grew older he continued with filmmaking. At first with an old super 8 camera of his father's and later with modern digital technology. After high school, where Stephen focused on visual art, he earned his BFA the School of Visual Arts on a full scholarship, and his Master's Degree from Hofstra University. in 2022 Stephen completed the NYU Tisch/Yellowbrick Television and Film certificate program.

Recognized for his martial arts expertise, he began his professional foray into TV in 2007 as a technical adviser for HUMAN WEAPON (History Channel). Shortly after, he appeared as himself in DHANI TACKLES THE GLOBE (Travel Channel, 2009). He has since appeared as himself in many combat sports related programs including BELLATOR NYC: COUNTDOWN TO SONNEN VS. SILVA (2017), BELLATOR MMA LIVE (2020), and others.

Behind the lense, Stephen has produced several short films and award winning documentaries, including CONCRETE AND CRASHPADS: STUNTS IN NEW YORK (2016) and NEW YORK MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (2011), which obtained distribution through FilmBuff and appeared on HULU for many years. As a stunt performer, he has been fortunate enough to work on JOHN WICK CHAPTER THREE (2019), SAVE YOURSELVES (2020), THE BLACKLIST (NBC), DEVS (FX on HULU), THE PUNISHER (Netflix) and RAY DONOVAN (Showtime).

Paul Varacchi:

Paul Varacchi has called many places home before returning back to Manhattan the city that he loves. After studying International Hotel and Restaurant Management at Johnson & Wales Paul moved out West, which became the birthplace of Paul's 20 year long career as a chef. After returning to NYC Paul worked in many esteemed restaurants, including the Spotted Pig where he began pursuing his love of Martial Arts. Paul Varacchi is a certified Krav Maga Instructor, the only American to be certified by Professor Itay Gil of Protect Israeli Security Systems and the Director-in-Charge of Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies at Hebrew University. In addition to representing Protect Security in New York, Paul is the owner and head instructor of Flow Krav Maga, Assistant Combat Sambo Instructor at NY Combat Sambo and a Certified Freestyle Sambo Official.

In 2015, Paul made his start in the film industry, beginning to study/train fight choreography. He began working as a Production Assistant on all the Netflix/Marvel New York productions, where he built a large professional network in the New York television and stunt community, learned the ropes and culture of a film set. Shortly after, Paul joined SAG-AFTRA and began working as a professional stunt performer. He has appeared in THE BLACKLIST, BULL (CBS), PUNISHER (Netflix), DAREDEVIL (Netflix) and WALKING DEAD WORLD BEYOND (AMC).

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Director Statement

As professional stunt performers, we often have the opportunity to review practice fights, pre-viz, shorts, micro shorts, action scenes, etc., from peers in the action genre. While we in the stunt and fight choreography community often pay lip service to the fact that choreography and action must first and foremost serve the story, the final product in many cases is the reverse – action for action’s sake, forsaking the story.

In this short we embraced a “less is more” philosophy with the choreography, avoiding gratuitous action. We wanted to create a short that not only highlighted our ability as fight choreographers, writers and filmmakers, but importantly our ability to integrate choreography into a story and direct it in a meaningful way. We wanted the fight to serve the story, not the other way around. A micro length film such as this is challenging. Story must be simple, direct and to the point, but still provide context and motivation for the characters – and engage the viewer beyond that of just watching a creative fight. We believe we were successful in achieving this.

Without a doubt, the success of this project depended on our incredible cast and crew. Everyone involved in this project are professionals we have worked or trained with professionally. We all believed in the “less is more” mission. We all trusted in each other’s ability and skill. It was a fantastic example of a community coming together to create a small & wonderful piece of art. We truly hope viewers enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed shooting it.

Stephen Koepfer & Paul Varacchi