ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

"The Martial Arts Kid" continues to build momentum and win awards.

Fresh off winning First Place (for a family film) at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival last month, many of the cast and crew of "The Martial Arts Kid" descended on the high-profile, prestigious Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida this past weekend hoping to stay on a roll.

Consider that mission accomplished.

"The Martial Arts Kid" won the award for "Best Florida Film" at the event, with Producers James Wilson and Cheryl Wheeler, Writer-Director Michael Baumgarten and co-headliner Don "The Dragon" Wilson all joyously accepting.

Additionally, Matthew Ziff, who played the film's bully, Bo Whitlaw, won the "Best Supporting Actor" award for 2015 for his performance .

The increasingly prestigious event takes place in St. Petersburg, Florida and is one of the few associated with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the group that votes on the Academy Awards.

Which makes it a pretty big deal.

In addition to Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Baumgarten, James Wilson, Wheeler and Ziff, cast members Olando Rivera and Glenn Wilson - as well as extras - also attended the event.

"The Martial Arts Kid" tells the tale of a troubled teen named Robbie, played by Jansen Panettiere, who is sent to live with his aunt and uncle, played by martial arts/action movie legends Cynthia Rothrock and Don Wilson. He falls in love with Rina, played by Kathryn Newton and has to deal with her ex-boyfriend Bo, the film's bully, played by Ziff.

"The Martial Arts Kid" is scheduled to hit theaters soon.


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