ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Dr. Robert Goldman is a man who has rubbed shoulders with some of the most popular, powerful people in the world, including former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush; actor/former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Microsoft founder/philanthropist Bill Gates.

So, it surprised some in Hollywood that he would take the time from his busy schedule and give the effort to be the Executive Producer on a relatively small budget film like "The Martial Arts Kid" - a coming-of-age story co-headlined by martial arts/action-movie legends Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock.

Dr. Goldman says two of the things that drew him to the project were the film's anti-bullying message - which he feels is important and resonates in today's society - and the chemistry of the cast.

"It's a great project. It's got great people", says Dr. Goldman. "I have a great amount of respect for the individuals involved with the project - whether it be stars, martial arts people or production people."

"This is the kind of of project that everybody just really got behind emotionally (and) psychologically,,as well as making sure it happened in a class way", he added.

"That really culminated with the wrap party", Dr. Goldman continued. "Two things happened. One, we arranged a photo-op the day before The Wrap Party at (famed instructor and cast member) Gerry Blanck's dojo and they were expecting about 5 or 10 people - I figured more would show up - and (we) had about 50-70 people show up..Then, at The Wrap party, they expected maybe 30-40 people and we had over 200."

"That's what I was hoping for", Dr. Goldman concludes. "It sent everything on a very, very positive tone going forward..Everybody left with a really great, positive feeling about this project."

"The Martial Arts Kid" is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015


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