ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Whether as a legendary kickboxer or a stuntwoman or a businesswoman, Cheryl Wheeler is successful because she plans and executes said plan to accomplish her goals.

Yet, every once in a while even the meticulous planner and high achiever can be pleased by something unexpected.

Having "The Martial Arts Kid" - a film Wheeler in a producer on - win a major award at the Sunscreen Film Festival in Florida earlier this month qualifies as one of those times.

"We were a last minute entry into the Sunscreen Film Festival, and I was overjoyed that we won Best Florida Film", says Wheeler. "It was such a surprise!"

Wheeler is glad she got to share the moment with the film's writer/director Michael Baumgarten; fellow "Martial Arts Kid" producer James Wilson and the film's co-headliner (along with Cynthia Rothrock), Don "The Dragon" Wilson.

"It was a lot of fun accepting the award, as Michael, James, myself and Don all got up together to accept the award, and we were all from Florida", says Wheeler. "I love Florida and had a ball promoting Florida in our film. The great state of Florida is very near and dear to our hearts!!! We think we portrayed Cocoa Beach in an amazing light!!!"

"The Martial Arts Kid" tells the tale of a troubled teen named Robbie, played by Jansen Panettiere. He is taken in by his aunt and uncle, who are brought to life by Rothrock and Don "The Dragon" Wilson, respectively. Kathryn Newton plays Robbie's love interest, while Matthew Ziff plays the bully who torments him.

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


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