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To celebrate the iconic cinematic presence of the late Jim Kelly, the black martial arts movie star best known for his role opposite Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon and whose character helped defined this period of martial arts action cinema, Chatham 14 Theaters, Black World Cinema, the Chicago Cinema Society, and South Side Projections are excited to present a daylong celebration of his life and films. The day culminates in a screening of Enter the Dragon on the 40th anniversary of its release.

Where: 210 West 87th Street, Chicago, IL
When: Saturday, August 17 from 11:45am to 10pm

The lineup includes films for martial arts fans of all ages. Feature films consist of The Karate Kid (Harald Zwart, 2010, 140 min.) and two of Jim Kelly’s films, Black Belt Jones (Robert Clouse, 1974, 87 min.) and Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, 1973, 98 min.). The celebration also includes a rare screening of the short film South Side Warriors (Robert Wyrod, 2002, 30 min.), about the martial arts tradition on Chicago’s south side; it focuses on the late Hamza Gregory Jaco, father Wassalu Jaco, better known as award-winning hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco.

Between the films, martial arts schools from the Chicago area will do demonstrations in the theater lobby. Local karate masters Sensei Jimmy Jones and Ted Love, who knew both Jim Kelly and Bruce Lee, will attend the screenings and introduce the films and share personal anecdotes.

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An all-day pass costs $10, or individual tickets are available for $6 each.

Admission for The Karate Kid is $2.50 and includes a free small popcorn.

Full schedule:
11:45am—Children’s karate demonstrations in the lobby
12:00pmThe Karate Kid
2:30pm—Martial arts demonstrations in the lobby
3:00pmSouth Side Warriors screening and discussion with the family of Gregory Jaco and martial artists who participated in the documentary.
4:00pm
Black Belt Jones screening and discussion with local martial artists
6:00pm—Martial arts demonstrations in the lobby
6:30pmEnter the Dragon screening and discussion with Sensei Jimmy Jones and Ted Love.