F3: Kelly Vs. Sarah

Two female warriors will fight to obtain the other's scroll which is necessary to enter the Ferocious Femme Fatale martial arts tournament, where the last woman standing wins one million dollars.

  • Rashawn Strife
  • Rashawn Strife
  • Rashawn Strife
  • Mark Chase
  • Rashawn Strife
    Key Cast
  • Rolando Madrigal
    Key Cast
  • Mami Speede
    Key Cast
  • Mikael Mattsson
    Key Cast
  • Amber Jenna Bohac
    Key Cast
  • Shella Shinn
    Key Cast
  • Anita Shimmins
    Key Cast
  • Nicolas Gaballo
    Key Cast
  • Erica Jaye Green
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    action, drama, martial arts
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 28, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Artemis Women In Action Film Festival
    Beverly Hills
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Iron DragonTV ActionFest

    United States
    August 12, 2017
    North America
  • Action On Film Festival
    Las Vegas, NV
    United States
    August 19, 2017
    Las Vegas Premiere
    Nominated Best Action Short Short, Best Action Sequence, & Best Actress (Anita Shimmins)
Director Biography - Rashawn Strife

Rashawn Strife was born and raised in Westchester County, NY. He first started acting in high school, then studied acting techniques at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY, and the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (formerly the School For Film and Television) in New York City. Rashawn believed Hollywood was lacking diversity in their movies, so he founded Strife's Way Productions, Ltd. in 2006, in order to produce quality formats for stage and film where the majority of the cast are made up of minority actors and REAL martial artists. His first stage production, LYRICAL ARTS, a hip hop martial arts comedy, opened at the Producers' Club in NYC. It was also his directorial and writer debut. A year and a half later, he reopened LYRICAL ARTS at the American Theater of Actors in midtown. He also produced three video shorts called, THE MERCENARIES, he uploaded to MySpace. In February 2012, Rashawn enlisted in the United States Army as an active duty 92G (Culinary Specialist). In July 2015, he transitioned from active duty to the California National Guard. He received his bachelors of science from Liberty University majoring in paralegal studies in June 2016. Rashawn hopes to one day enroll into law school to become an entertainment lawyer who produces movies on the side. His latest short film, "F3: Kelly Vs. Sarah" is his attempt to get back into acting and producing. "F3: Ferocious Femme Fatale" is a feature-length screenplay that takes place after the events of "F3: Kelly Vs. Sarah". It won BEST MARTIAL ARTS SCRIPT at the 2016 URBAN ACTION SHOWCASE INTERNATIONAL ACTION FILM FESTIVAL in New York City, and is an 'Official Selection' at the 2017 IRON DRAGONTV ACTIONFEST in Austin, Texas.

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Director Statement

I am a filmmaker who wishes to tell stories that entertain, educate, inspire, and give people of color opportunities in front of the camera.

I love action films, especially those that feature martial arts. I love them even better when the actors performing martial arts can actually do it in real life, and not just for the camera. There are too many American movies and TV shows today that features quick cuts and edits, where we see the lead character who's supposed to be a master martial artist setting themselves up to perform a fancy kick, the scene cuts to the lead actor's stunt double who actually does the kick, then cut back to the lead character again, giving the illusion he's a badass.

I miss how American martial art movies used to be filmed. I loved movies like BERRY GORDY'S THE LAST DRAGON, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, MORTAL KOMBAT, and BLADE where the lead actors are real martial artists. They're eye appealing, their story becomes more believable, it makes one want to watch the fight over and over again, and It inspires some to learn those moves themselves. If it weren't for THE LAST DRAGON, I would have never took up martial arts.

Not only do I like to entertain by creating amazing visuals, by casting real martial artists for leading characters, I like to make my audience think. By dropping subtle hints, the audience can conclude what has happened, what is about to happen, or why it is happening on their own. I always thought it was cheesy for the villain to reveal his master plot. Don't talk about it, just do it! My audience will be engaged in the story and off of their smartphones.

I also want my audience to be aware of what's going on in the world. There are issues that everyday people face that nobody wishes to talk about, and so change could be brought. More people seem to care about what Kim Kardashian is wearing today than why are there so many homeless people living in Los Angeles. Somewhere between the action, and humor of my movies, I will throw in at least one thing, or two that is educational, inspiring, or something that we should be concerned about.

I hope F3: Kelly Vs. Sarah, will entertain, educate, and inspire it's viewers. I believe it will become successful enough where I am able to continue producing more martial art movies using real martial artists, and provide more acting opportunities to people of color. I hope my success will inspire minorities to produce their own work to where we no longer need to complain why is Hollywood lacking diversity.