UAS IAFF Awards at HBO in New York on November 11, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Inside the 2016 Urban Action Showcase and Expo with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s Peter Kwong and Lia Chang; Full List of 2016 Honorees

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Kenny Chin, Lia Chang, Peter Kwong, Lori Tan Chinn and Patricia Lee Chu at the 4th Annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo at the AMC Empire 25 Times Square in New York on November 12, 2016. Photo by Garth Kravits

Kenny Chin, Lia Chang, Peter Kwong, Lori Tan Chinn and Patricia Lee Chu at the 4th Annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo at the AMC Empire 25 Times Square in New York on November 12, 2016. Photo by Garth Kravits

On Saturday, November 12th, the Urban Action Showcase and Expo payed homage to 30 years of martial arts cult classics with an anniversary screening of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China at the AMC Empire 25 Times Square in New York.


My Big Trouble in Little China co-star and pal Peter Kwong (Rain) and I answered questions from the audience with moderator Ric Meyers, and later that evening we received the 2016 Martial Arts Cult Classic Cinemas Award for Big Trouble in Little China‘s 30th Anniversary.

Peter Kwong and Lia Chang received the 2016 Martial Arts Cult Classic Cinemas Award for Big Trouble in Little China's 30th Anniversary at the 4th Annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo at the AMC Empire 25 Times Square in New York on November 12, 2016. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Peter Kwong and Lia Chang received the 2016 Martial Arts Cult Classic Cinemas Award for Big Trouble in Little China’s 30th Anniversary at the 4th Annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo at the AMC Empire 25 Times Square in New York on November 12, 2016. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Thank you Urban Action Showcase and Expo founder Demetrius Angelo and the incredible staff and volunteers of the 4th Annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo, a two day celebration of Diversity in Action, which took place last weekend in New York.

Emmanuel Brown, Lia Chang, Peter Kwong and Demetrius Angelo at the Cinemax® VIP Welcome Red Carpet Reception and UAS IAFF Awards at HBO in New York on November 11, 2016. Photo by Garth Kravits

Emmanuel Brown, Lia Chang, Peter Kwong and Demetrius Angelo at the
Cinemax® VIP Welcome Red Carpet Reception and UAS IAFF Awards at HBO in New York on November 11, 2016. Photo by Garth Kravits

The Urban Action Showcase & Expo is the premier all-action experiential entertainment platform celebrating diversity and honoring the past, present and future multicultural achievements within the blockbuster Action genre including Adventure, Fantasy, Grindhouse, Action Horror, Sci-Fi, and Supernatural content. Cinemax® sponsors the Urban Action Showcase and Expo (UASE) in New York City.

UAS IAFF Awards at HBO in New York on November 11, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

UAS IAFF Awards at HBO in New York on November 11, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Congrats to all of the honorees. Below is my full coverage from the Cinemax® VIP Welcome Red Carpet Reception, the 2016 Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival Awards at HBO in New York on November 11th and all the festivities at the AMC Empire 25 Times Square on November 12th, including the Urban Action Showcase Diversity in Action Celebration.


Action Script Contest
Best Urban Action (Johnny Was a Gangster)
Best Action Adventure (The Ninja Squad)
Best Martial Arts (Ferocious Femme Fatal)
Best Sci-Fi – Supernatural (Seraph 12)
Urban Action Comic Content Creators Honorees: Shawn Atkinson, Carl D Kent, Micheline Hess


ASC Troopers Touch Entertainment Honoree Anita Clay

Demetrius Angelo ASC Troopers Touch Entertainment Honoree Anita Clay at the UAS IAFF Awards at HBO in New York on November 11, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Demetrius Angelo ASC Troopers Touch Entertainment Honoree Anita Clay at the UAS IAFF Awards at HBO in New York on November 11, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Masters and Mentors Honorees  Gary Young, Bam Johnson, Alan Goldberg


Blood Sweat and Bones Contests 
Blood Sweat & Bone No Budget Award Best Web Series (1800 Jackets)
Best Special FX Web Series (Alex Fernandez’s Dawn)
Angels of Action Web Series (Alex Fernandez’s Dawn)


Blood Sweat & Bone No Budget Award Feature Film
Best Action Sequence Feature (The Set Up)
Best Feature (The Set Up)
Best Actor (Corruption 2)


Blood Sweat & Bone No Budget Award Best Short 
Best Action Comedy (Nerfed Assassin)
Best Action Sequence Short (Trouble Getting In)
Best Special EFX Short (Shogun Elite)
Best Sci-Fi/Supernatural Short (Unrevealed)
Best Urban Action Short (Union Jacked)
Best Actor Short (Rage)
Best Short (Rage)


2 Minute Warning Contest 
2 Minute Warning Contest Best Action Sequence (Interception)
2 Minute Warning Contest Best Action Sequece Hand 2 Hand (Interception)
2 Minute Warning Contest Best Action Sequence Comedy (Cho Gun Fat A Nerf)
2 Minute Warning Contest Best Action Sequence Weapons (Water Gun Fight)


Cinemax Action Short Film Competition (Boniato)


UAS Angel of Action Award Honoree: Cheryl Lewis


UAS Angels of Action Contest
Best New Media (Yearning For the Strings
Best Short Film (Blood Hunters)
Best Feature (Vampariah)
Best Martial Arts Action (Interception)
2 Min Warning: Angels of Action – Best Action Sequence (Interception)
Best Actor (Blackwell Summer Mysteries Grace Blackwell Raven Summers)


UAS Feature Film Awards 
Best Fight Sequence (Black Scar Blues)
Best Special Effects (Vampariah)
Best Weapons (Eternity)
Best Action Actor (Eternity)
UAS Feature Film Martial Arts (Eternity)
Best Feature Film Sci Fi/Supernatural (Eternity)
Best Feature Film (Eternity)


UAS Web Series Awards 
Best Fight Sequence (Forgotten Kingdom)
Best Weapons Sequence (Forgotten Kingdom)
Best Martial Arts (My Asian Auntie)
Best Comedy (My Asian Auntie)
Best Action/Adventure (Invaders Angies Logs)
Best Urban Action (Read Between The Lines)
UAS Web Series Best Actor (Velocity)
Best Web Series (Divine Shadow)

UAS IAFF Awards at HBO in New York on November 11, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

UAS IAFF Awards at HBO in New York on November 11, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

UAS New Media/TV Pilot
Best Fight Sequence (WDA Wrath of Mordecai)
Best Weapons Sequence (The Bulleteers)
Best Actor (The Bulleteers)
Best New Media/TV Pilot (The Bulleteers)

UAS Fan Film Contest 
Best Action Sequence (007 I Only Need One)
Best Fan Film (007 I Only Need One)
Best Special EFX (Portal Origins 2)
Phoenix Award Honoree: Emmanuel Brown


UAS Short Film Showdown Contest 
Best Action Sequence (Control
Best Hand 2 Hand Combat (Control)
UAS Short Film Showdown Contest Best Weapons Sequence (Force & Honor)
Best Fire Fight (Athena)
Best Special EFX (Shogun Elite)
Best Short Film Martial Arts (Beast)
Best Short Film Urban Action (Union Jacked)
Best Short FilmSci-Fi/Supernatural (The Bulleteers)
Best Short Film Action Comedy (The Bulleteers)
Best Actor (Ploy)
Best Short Film (Ploy)


2016-11-11-uase_photo-by-lia-chang-73The UASE also paid homage to ‘Isaac Florentine’s WMAC Masters TV series, and other showcase films included a tribute to the Blaxploitation and Asian Action Cinema classics. Panels included Urban Fists of Legends Panel featuring the legends of Action cinema; Angels of Action: Women in Action Panel; Behind The Action: Luke Cage Stunt and Fight Choreographer Panel; From Strip to Screen: Bringing Comic Content to the Screen.


2016-11-11-uase_photo-by-lia-chang-75Martial Arts Cult Classic Cinemas Award for WMAC Masters Honorees: Christine Bannon Rodrigues, Willie “Bam” Johnson, Marco “DaAnswer” Johnson, Hakim Alston, Taimak


Urban Fists of Legends Living Legends Honoree:Fred Williamson

at the Urban Action Showcase Diversity in Action Celebration at the AMC Empire 25 Times Square in New York on November 12, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Demetrius Angelo and Urban Fists of Legends Living Legends Honoree Fred “The Hammer” Williamson at the Urban Action Showcase Diversity in Action Celebration at the AMC Empire 25 Times Square in New York on November 12, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Martial Arts Cult Classic Cinemas Award for  Big Trouble in Little China 30th Anniversary Honorees: Lia Chang, Peter Kwong Present BTLC Awards


2016-11-11-uase_photo-by-lia-chang-76Urban Fists of Legends Legacy Honorees: Robert Samuels, Vincent Lyn, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Michael Woods


The UASE is the only Action entertainment platform offering both fan and professional experiences through its International Action Film Festival, Expo and Awards platforms.


By focusing on the thrill and excitement of the Action genre and recognizing the need for integration, the UASE sets itself apart from other festival platforms as the only one of its kind! The purpose of the UASE is to ultimately see an increase in ethnic heroic principal characters in film and television, increase the development of content and expand distribution platforms reflecting multicultural images and interests as it pertains to the multifaceted Action genre. Click here for all the winners.

2016-11-11-uase_photo-by-lia-chang-77Peter Kwong and Lia Chang to Attend 2016 UASE 30th Anniversary Screening of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA at AMC Empire 25 Theaters, Times Square NYC on Nov. 12
2016 UASE: Behind the Action featuring Marvel/Netflix ‘Luke Cage’ Cast: Action Stunt & Fight Choreographer Panel on Nov. 12
2016 UASE: Call 2 Action Martial Arts Action Talent Competition and Branding Initiative with Willie “The Bam” Johnson on Nov. 12
2016 Urban Action Showcase & Expo Featuring the Cinemax Max Action Short Film Competition on Nov. 11; 30th Anniversary Screening of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA on Nov. 12
Up Close and Personal with Actor Peter Kwong 
Photos: Traveling through the mouth of the Dragon with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s James Hong, Peter Kwong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, George Cheung, Al Leong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, Gary Goldman, Eric Lee
BLACK SALT Premiere and UASE Diversity in Action Panel Discussion featuring Warrington Hudlin, Lia Chang, Taimak, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, Mike Hodge, Kelly Edwards, Bobby Samuels and Vincent Lyn 
BOOM! Studios Commemorates 30th Anniversary of the Release of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA with the Publication of Two Books, “The Official Making Of Big Trouble In Little China” and “The Art of Big Trouble In Little China” 
Photos: Inside HorrorHound and Son of Monsterpalooza with ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ stars Peter Kwong, James Hong and James Pax 
Taimak Celebrates Release of Autobiography with National Tour of Book Signings and Screenings of ‘The Last Dragon’

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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