ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Lorraine Ziff says the reason for "The Martial Arts Kid" film gaining momentum and buzz and winning awards is reallt pretty simple.

"I keep telling everybody the same thing. There's not enough family films out there and this is a real positive family film that people can feel comfortable with and feel positive taking their kids to", says Ziff, who plays the shopkeeper Peggy in the film.

I think with the fact that in today's day and age..just look at current events (that) there's something missing in a lot of places and i think that parents should try to instill in their kids respect and this movie shows that", she continues. "(It) shows how to be true to yourself (and) be respectful of other cultures. Of Other ideas. Be yourself."

That message seems to be resonating in a big way. "The Martial Arts Kid" won "Best Florida Film" at the 2015 Sunscreen Film Festival this past weekend and Lorraine Ziff's son, Matthew Ziff, won for "Best Supporting Actor" for his portrayal of the film's bully, Bo Whitlaw.

"The Martial Arts Kid" tells the tale of a troubled teen named Robbie, who is sent to live with his aunt and uncle, played by 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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