Feb 06, 2012
Bruce Lee returns to the big screen in the Year of the Dragon!
On Thursday, February 9th and Wednesday, February 15th the new feature length documentary film, I Am Bruce Lee, will be released exclusively in 150 theaters in 60+ cities across the U.S. including the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Bruce Lee was born in the Year of the Dragon, his stage name was “Little Dragon”, and his most famous film was “Enter the Dragon”, so it’s only appropriate that his return to the big screen debuts as Chinese New Year begins - 2012 is The Year of the Dragon.
I Am Bruce Lee tells the amazing story of one of the most iconic human beings ever to enter the public consciousness. Voted as one of the most important people of the 20th century in Time Magazine’s Time 100, as well as one of the Greatest Pop Culture Icons by People Magazine, Bruce Lee continues to be honored and remembered for his enduring legacy.
The documentary is produced by award-winning studio Network Entertainment, the producers of 2010’s Academy Award shortlisted documentary Facing Ali, and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Pete McCormack.
I Am Bruce Lee is the first documentary to truly tell Bruce Lee’s story in his own words and actions, as well as through the eyes of a diverse cast of international stars from the worlds of film, television, music and sports.
The film’s original interviews feature a broad spectrum of worldwide stars, including UFC President Dana White who calls Lee the “Father of Mixed Martial Arts,” NBA
superstar Kobe Bryant, boxing champions Manny Pacquiao and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, UFC stars Jon Jones, Cung Le, Stephan Bonnar and Gina Carano, actor and star of the hit show ‘Modern Family’ Ed O’Neill, Academy Award Nominated actor Mickey Rourke, the Black Eye Peas’ Taboo, Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee and his wife Linda Lee Cadwell, among many others.
I Am Bruce Lee presents a rich cinematic view of the life of Bruce Lee, and features the best of Bruce Lee’s groundbreaking martial arts action films, punctuated with
an evocative score and rarely seen archival footage. Working with Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee, the film features previously unseen home movies and interviews,classic photos and dynamic visuals and graphics. “My family and I are so proud of this film, which truly portrays the legacy of my father and his incredible story,” says executive producer Shannon Lee.
“Our goal was to bring Bruce Lee and his dynamic personality to life in a way never experienced before, and we were able to achieve this with amazing content and our
dynamic cast. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will walk out of the theater inspired by the spirit of the remarkable Bruce Lee,” commented producer Derik Murray.
Evan Saxon, partner at D&E stated, “We’re honored to be selected and entrusted by Network to bring this documentary on Bruce Lee to fans and our exhibitor partners
worldwide. Doug Kluthe, co-partner at D&E continues, “We are proud to be distributing this unique documentary which offers Bruce Lee fans some rarely before seen footage on Bruce and his life.”
To support the screening events, there will be a robust on-line campaign with multiple opportunities to connect via Facebook, Twitter, and other online platforms.
The documentary film is being distributed by D&E Entertainment.
About Network Entertainment
Network Entertainment Inc., founded in 1999 and headquartered in Vancouver, BC, is an established television and film production company with an award-winning international reputation. The company was recently shortlisted in 2010 for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary for Facing Ali, a theatrical documentary, television special and collector’s DVD with Lionsgate Entertainment as theatrical distributor and Spike TV premiering the worldwide broadcast. Network’s programming has been showcased at marquee film festivals and by broadcasters throughout North America including ABC, ESPN, ESPN Classic, CBC, CTV, Global Television, Headline Sports, The Biography Channel, The History Channel, OLN, Spike, TSN and Versus.
About Pete McCormack
Pete McCormack is an award-winning filmmaker, novelist, screenwriter, musician and producer. McCormack’s most recent directing project is Facing Ali. The film tells the story of the inimitable Muhammad Ali and the story of ten legendary champions who fought him—in their own words. Other film projects include: Uganda Rising, about the plight of the Acholi people in Northern Uganda which is narrated by Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, the 25 minute short film Hope In The Time of AIDS (2007), about the devastation of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, and the independent feature film See Grace Fly in 2003, about a woman’s battle with schizophrenia. McCormack’s two novels, Shelby (1995) and Understanding Ken (1998), both received critical acclaim, in particular Understanding Ken, which was short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award.
About Bruce Lee Enterprises
Bruce Lee Enterprises (“BLE”), operated and owned by Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, is the exclusive owner of all commercial merchandising and allied rights relating to the use of Bruce Lee’s name, image, likeness, persona, signature, voice, attributes, marks, logos, symbols, works, photographs and writings, and holds copyrights and trademark rights in and to the name and image of Bruce Lee throughout the world. The mission of BLE is to participate in opportunities that are in alignment with the legacy of the icon, Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee’s legacy of action, power, speed, dynamism, philosophy, self-discovery, and mastery provide the guide post for BLE’s achievements and success. BLE and LeeWay Media Group, Shannon Lee’s production arm, believe the legacy of Bruce Lee has found a great partner in Network Entertainment and is excited and proud to be part of I Am Bruce Lee! For more information about Bruce Lee, go to http://www.brucelee.com and www.bruceleefoundation.org.
About D&E Entertainment
Based in Hollywood, D&E Entertainment digitally distributes independent films, documentaries and alternative content such as filmed music events to movie theaters
across the globe. Formed in 2005 by entertainment executives and digital cinema pioneers Doug Kluthe and Evan Saxon, D&E offers innovative theatrical programming via a worldwide marketing and distribution network.
Network Entertainment Presents I Am Bruce Lee. Produced by Derik Murray, Executive Produced by Paul Gertz and Shannon Lee, Directed by Pete McCormack. Run Time: 94 minutes, Genre: Documentary, Rating: This film is not rated.
“I Am Bruce Lee” will be premiered at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street in Arlington, Massachusetts on Thursday, February 9 and Wednesday, February 15, 2012
at 8:00pm. General Admission tickets are $8/Advance, $10/Day of Show ($7 for Regent Members). The Regent Theatre is MBTA and handicap accessible with free parking in the municipal lot across the street. For tickets and info call 781-646-4849 or visit
Cities and Ticket info: http://www.iambruceleemovie.com
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