Executive Produced by Forrest Lucas of Forrest Films, the Inspirational Mixed Martial Arts Film will be Available in Select Theaters, on Digital and On-Demand on January 25, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD January 26
CORONA, Calif (January 25, 2021) – Forrest Films, an American film production, financing, and distribution company, announces its latest feature film, Born a Champion, which is slated for release in select theaters and on digital and on-demand on January 25, 2021. Executive Produced by Forrest Lucas, this inspirational mixed martial arts action movie boasts a popular cast led by Emmy® Award winner Sean Patrick Flanery (2010, Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama, The Bay) and Golden Globe® nominee Dennis Quaid (2010, Best Actor TV Miniseries or Movie, The Special Relationship; Midway), and is directed by the talented Alex Ranarivelo (American Wrestler: The Wizard, The Ride). Born a Champion is distributed by Lionsgate and will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 26, 2021.
“Alex Ranarivelo has outdone himself once again,” stated Forrest Lucas. “Born a Champion is the feel-good movie we needed to start the year. The film touches on love for family and the drive to succeed against all odds, qualities we can all strive to possess and improve on as we continue to fight through uncertain times together.”
Born a Champion is Alex Ranarivelo’s eighth motion picture backed by Forrest Films. The film follows former war hero and fighting legend Mickey Kelley (Flanery), whose promising martial arts career is ended in a blood-soaked jiu-jitsu match against the superstar Blaine (UFC fighter Edson Barboza). Years following the fateful match in Dubai, video evidence surfaces online showing Blaine cheated against Kelley. Motivated to provide a better life for his wife and son, Kelley makes it his mission to get back into shape in time to get revenge against his old foe and claim jiu-jitsu glory.
Born a Champion was written by Flanery and Ranarivelo. The film is rated R by the MPA for language throughout. Watch Born a Champion in select theaters, on digital and on-demand on January 25, 2021, or purchase a physical copy on Blu-ray or DVD on January 26, 2021.
ABOUT FORREST FILMS
Forrest Films launched in 2018 as a vertically integrated entertainment company that develops, produces, finances and releases feature films that tell inspiring and purpose driven stories for global audiences. Forrest Films’ slate includes (in addition to The Ride); inspirational action/drama American Wrestler: The Wizard; sports-themed Dirt; inspirational family and sports drama Bennett’s War; sports-themed Lady Driver; the romantic drama Roped; inspirational action/drama American Fighter; the thriller The Stand at Paxton County; and the comedy Wheels of Fortune. The Ride is available via digital stream on Amazon Prime Video. American Wrestler: The Wizard and Dirt are available via digital stream on HBO Max. Bennett’s War, Lady Driver, Roped, The Stand at Paxton County, and Wheels of Fortune are all available via digital stream on Netflix.
Forrest Films funds and orchestrates theatrical release campaigns tailored and scoped individually for its films, fully supported with the marketing, advertising and publicity needed to open each film. The company’s initiatives are supported by a media fund, backed by Forrest Lucas, founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products, Inc., Lucas Oil Production Studios, MAVTV, Lucas Oil Speedway, and the naming rights to the Indianapolis Colts’ Stadium, “Lucas Oil Stadium”, etc., which allows the company to not only finance the production of feature films, but also provide P&A funding for theatrical releases.
ABOUT ESX ENTERTAINMENT
ESX Entertainment is a vertically integrated entertainment company, and a subsidiary or ESX, Inc. Founded by world champion race car driver and actor Ali Afshar in 2004 and housed on the Warner Bros. studio lot since 2015, ESX develops, produces, finances and releases films and series that tell inspiring and purpose driven stories for global audiences. ESX has produced 16 films and 2 tv series. For more information visit esxproductions.com.
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