I’m the First Person Of Iranian Descent to be Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

On Saturday, May 19th, I was the first person of Iranian descent to be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala at the Doubletree Hilton in Los Angeles. Many celebrities and luminaries in the martial arts world were inducted as well, so I was truly in great company and I was bestowed with the Trailblazer Award. So all those kickboxing classes paid off! Other celebrities awarded at the gala were legendary actor and master Stephen Lang (Avatar), legendary action star Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Steve McQueen: American Icon opposite Mel Gibson), legendary […]

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First Iranian to be Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

On Saturday, May 19th, many celebrities and luminaries in the martial arts world and yours truly (!) will be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala at the Doubletree Hilton at 6161 West Centinela in Los Angeles. I will the first person of Iranian descent to be inducted into this prestigious hall of fame and be awarded amongst the likes of legendary actor and master Stephen Lang (Avatar), legendary action star Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Steve McQueen: American Icon opposite Mel Gibson), legendary action star Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop 1 and […]

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The Emerging Past Director’s Cut Emerges on Amazon Prime

Noted multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill’s epic horror film, The Emerging Past Director’s Cut was just released on Amazon Prime. This film is in the tradition of Hitchcock and is a new psychological thriller from the producers & Writer/Director of Check Point, The Rack Pack, and Lazarus Apocalypse comes THE EMERGING PAST. I have had the honor of working with Churchill (or rather, “Church”, to his good friends), and I will say that he is truly a creative artist. His films are thought provoking, moving and he truly fosters a familial type of atmosphere on set for his cast and crew. When you can’t see the […]

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Unity at the Multicultural Film Festival

On ​​​​Sunday, April 2nd at 5pm, the Universe Multicultural Film Festival held their Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the RHCC Community Center in the swanky city of Rolling Hills Estates. Celebrities in attendance from the event were Lynn Tang, Festival Founder and President, Awardees Aki Aleong (Babylon 5, Walker, Texas Ranger), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Chuck Norris’ An Eye For An Eye), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky, the #1 trending movie on Netflix opposite Norman Reedus) and presenter actor/filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Lazarus: Day of the Dead). Aleong received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Landon received the Trailblazer […]

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Celebrity Roast of Actress Joycelyne Lew

I had a wonderful time at the Celebrity Roast of Actress Joycelyne Lew at the Golden Dragon Restaurant in Chinatown!  Lew was roasted by some legendary stars of screen and martial arts such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Chuck Norris’ An Eye for An Eye), Aki Aleong (V, Babylon 5), James Hong (Kung Fu Panda, Blade Runner), Gerald Okamura (G.I. Joe, The Rise of Cobra, Mortal Kombat), Peter Kwong (The Golden Child, Big Trouble in China), Host Grand-Master Eric Lee (Rambo: First Blood Part II, 3 Ninjas) and many more. It was great catching up with noted celebs […]

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So Very Vida interviewed by Amber Lynn on Rock N’ SeXXXy Show

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the stunning Amber Lynn on her popular Rock N’ SeXXXy show on LA Talk Radio alongside cool guests like Playboy Playmate, actress and comedienne Julie McCullough and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd. As it turns out, Amber is acting in a film called Who’s Jenna with Ronnie Marmo, a friend of mine. We will also be acting together in multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill’s much buzzed about film, Blood & Iron. I am always astounded by how small our community is. I learned a lot of beauty tips […]

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Filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill at the Born to Ride TV & Magazine 20th Anniversary Party

Very excited for my friend Thomas J. Churchill aka “Church”, a multi award-winning filmmaker that I can’t wait to work with on some of his upcoming projects! Church made a much anticipated appearance at the popular Born to Ride TV & Magazine 20th Anniversary Party at the Harley Davidson of Brandon dealership in Tampa, Florida this Sunday, November 22nd. Also in attendance was talented scream queen and award-winning actress Krista Grotte, who just shot three of Church’s films-Lazarus: Apocalypse, The Emerging Past and the upcoming Checkpoint, which got a lot of well deserved buzz at AFM. The film stars William Forsythe (The […]

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Chops its way through AFM

The much buzzed about Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance was the belle of the ball on a global scale at the popular American Film Market (AFM) with a standing room only screening and meet and greet with the film’s stars. They also had an epic, star-studded party at 31TEN Lounge in Santa Monica. “We are delighted to present this film to the worldwide audience at AFM and hope that people around the world can experience Samurai Cop 2,” said award-winning writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka.   This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo […]

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence Meet and Greet

I was recently invited to an advanced screening of “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence” and I really enjoyed it. Great action and a lot of laugh out loud moments. And the large ensemble cast was absolutely amazing! So many standout performances that I can’t narrow them down. This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Mathew Karedas), who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by […]

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Special Screenings

Cinema Epoch presents an exclusive screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s “Samurai Cop2: Deadly Vengeance” on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hakanaka (“Mad Cowgirl,””Blue Dream”) and the stars of the film will conduct a Q and A after the film. More screening dates to be announced soon. I got the inside scoop of the film from Hatanaka, producer Joe Williamson, and Nikki D’Angelo, star of the much anticipated film,”Darling Nikki”, at a lunch meeting at the Smokehouse. I love this genre of film and it’s a really wonderful cast, so I’m […]

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