ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Anti-aging pioneer Dr. Robert Goldman, an Executive producer on "The Martial Arts Kid', says some younger attendees were "mesmerized" by a special advanced screening of the film last month.

Having received much acclaim in recent years for his groundbreaking anti-aging work and co-founding the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and the International Sports Hall of Fame, Dr. Goldman recently was able to catch one of three special advanced screenings of "The Martial Arts Kid" at the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors - widely known as "The Academy Awards of Martial Arts" - the weekend of June 23-25.

"I am thrilled to be involved with 'The Martial Arts Kid'", says Dr. Goldman. "The room at the the screening I attended was packed - (and) what was really interesting to me was how mesmerized some of the younger people in attendance were. What that tells me is that we struck a chord - and really drive home why the martial arts started in the first place."

Having rubbed shoulders with everyone from Bill Gates to Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dr. Goldman runs into many people interested in his work - and many who want to partner with him on various things.

He turns the vast number of offers he receives down.

However, he says the opportunity to help make "The Martial Arts Kid" a reality was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

"(This is) the first movie I've gotten involved with", says dr. Goldman. "I've been offered literally hundreds of offers for film projects and this is the first one I've accepted - because I think the message is so important and the respect i have for the people involved."

Dr. Goldman says the way the modestly budgeted film took shape was amazing.

"(The) way it came together was miraculous", says Dr. Goldman. "It's almost like a miracle movie. This was a movie that was destined to be made."

"The Martial Arts Kid" tells the story of the titular "Kid", whose name is Robbie and is portrayed by Jansen Panettiere.

In the film, Robbie is a troubled teen who is taken in and mentored by his aunt and uncle, played by martial arts/action-movie legends Cynthia Rothrock and Don "The Dragon" Wilson. He also starts falling for the beautiful Rina, played by Kathryn Newton - and as a result, experiences being bullied by Rina's boyfriend Bo, played by Matthew Ziff.

There over a dozen Grandmasters and World Champion martial artists in the film overall.

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


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