Big list of theaters screening I Am Bruce Lee, plus the trailer and poster

It looks like it’s finally happening! Martial arts films are being catapulted into the modern American mainstream. Aside from my own deep respect and interest in the subject, I say this for many other reasons, as well. I recently read an article over at the Wall Street Journal about a series of martial arts film projects being developed, not by talented martial artists and their students and not by rabid fan filmmakers and their friends, but by none other than Hollywood and its biggest stars (CLICK HERE for more on the WSJ article).

Notice I said ‘American’ mainstream. That’s because martial arts movies have been a staple of the entertainment ecosystem in countries around the world for many decades. While their budgets may have been low, and their scripts light, action martial arts movies have wowed global audiences like no other genre before it. In fact, one focus of my upcoming feature-length documentary, Blvd. Warriors, talks about why talented American martial artists such as Grandmaster Ron Van Clief and Master Carl Scott, were drawn to foreign countries to ply their incredible skills on film, becoming overseas superstars in the process. This while their movies were mostly relegated to urban grindhouse theaters here in the U.S.

Many years later things certainly have changed. To see a documentary titled I Am Bruce Lee getting such a large theatrical distribution is clearly a sign of that change.

Below is the poster, official synopsis and a trailer for the film, which features interviews with martial artists, athletes and celebrities, all of whom pay tribute to ‘The Man’, Bruce Lee, who is without a doubt, a Cult Cinema Icon. One of the interviews in I Am Bruce Lee is with Reginald Hudlin, who I was also lucky enough to interview for Blvd. Warriors. I’ve also pasted a current schedule of screenings for I Am Bruce Lee in movie theaters across the United States.

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 honoured and remembered for his enduring legacy.

Bruce Lee’s often revolutionary and sometimes controversial thinking on a multitude of planes has become a source of inspiration and debate for a generation of philosophers, actors, filmmakers and athletes. The film is a compelling and visually stunning uncovering of Bruce’s life, his enormous impact, and his ever-expanding legacy in the world of martial arts, entertainment, and beyond—despite his tragic and sudden death at the age of 32.

I Am Bruce Lee features interviews with people who knew Bruce intimately, along with a broad array of international icons from the entertainment and athletic fields – people whose lives, careers and belief systems have been forever altered by the legend who UFC President Dana White calls the “Father of Mixed Martial Arts.” Interviews include basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, acclaimed actors Mickey Rourke and Ed O’Neill, world boxing champions Manny Pacquiao and Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini, UFC’s Dana White and world champion Jon Jones, MMA fighters Cung Le and Stephan Bonnar, as well as actress and MMA fighter Gina Carano. Other interviews featured in the film include celebrated writer/director Reginald Hudlin, pop music superstar Taboo, pro skateboarder Paul Rodriguez, Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee and his wife Linda Lee Cadwell, as well as a host of Bruce’s friends and associates including legendary martial artists Dan Inosanto, Bob Wall and Gene LeBell, in combination with rarely seen archival footage, classic photos, and cutting edge visuals and graphics. The film goes more deeply into the story of this legendary master than ever before.

I am Bruce Lee was directed by Pete McCormack, director of the documentaries Facing Ali and Uganda Rising. Interviewees include Danielle Bolelli (Martial Artist), Paul Bowman (Author, Ph.D), Richard Bustillo (Martial Artist), Stephan Bonnar (Martial Artist), Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers Basketball Star), Linda Lee Cadwell (Bruce Lee’s Widow), Gina Carano (MMA Fighter and star of Haywire), Reginald Hudlin (Writer and Filmmaker), Dan Inosanto (Martial Artist, Actor and Friend of Bruce Lee), Diana Lee Inosanto (Stuntwoman and Filmmaker), Jon Jones (Actor and Martial Artist), Cung Le (MMA Fighter and Actor), Gene LeBell (Stuntman, Consider the Godfather of Grappling), Shannon Lee (Bruce Lee’s Daughter), Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini (Professional Boxer), Ed O’Neill (Actor and Martial Artist), Manny Pacquiao (Professional Boxer), Paul Rodriguez (Professional Skateboarder), Mickey Rourke (Actor and Semi-Pro Boxer), Jose Ruiz III (Professional Dancer), Taboo (Band Member, The Black Eyed Peas), David Tadman (Historian), Teri Tom (Martial Artist), Bob Wall (Martial Artist, Bruce Lee’s co-star from Enter the Dragon), and Dana White (UFC Chairman)

The screening schedule below is alphabetical by state:

Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Patton Creek 15 & IMAX, Birmingham, AL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Valley Bend 18, Huntsville, AL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Festival Plaza 16, Montgomery, AL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Cobb Hollywood 16 & IMAX, Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Colonel Glen 18, Little Rock, AR
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Harkins Santan Village 16, Gilbert, AZ
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Westgate 20, Glendale, AZ
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Harkins Park West 14, Peoria, AZ
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Desert Ridge 18, Phoenix, AZ
Feb. 9th, 8PM, UltraStar Scottsdale Pavilions, Scottsdale, AZ
Feb. 9th, 8PM, UltraStar Surprise Pointe, Surprise Pointe, AZ
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Harkins Arizona Mills, Tempe, AZ
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Harkins Spectrum 18, Tucson, AZ
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Harkins Yuma Palms 14, Yuma, AZ
Feb. 9th, TBD, UltraLuxe Anaheim 14, Anaheim, CA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, UltraStar Apple Valley 14, Apple Valley, CA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Brentwood 14, Brentwood, CA
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Krikorian Buena Park Metroplex 18, Buena Park, CA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, UltraStar Cinemas Mary Pickford, Cathedral City, CA
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Harkins Chino Hills 18, Chino Hills, CA
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Krikorian Downey Cinema 10, Downey, CA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Arclight Cinemas Beach Cities, El Segundo, CA
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Arclight Cinemas Hollywood, Hollywood, CA
Feb. 9th, TBD, Rave 18 & IMAX, Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 9th, TBD, Rave Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15, Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Krikorian Monrovia Cinema 12, Monrovia, CA
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Harkins Moreno Valley 16, Moreno Valley, CA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, UltraStar Mission Marketplace, Oceanside, CA
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Ontario 30, Ontario, CA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Arclight Cinemas Pasadena, Pasadena, CA
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Krikorian Pico Rivera 15, Pico Rivera, CA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, UltraStar Poway Creekside Plaza 10, Poway, CA
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Krikorian Redlands Cinema 14, Redlands, CA
Feb. 10th, 8PM, The Crest Theatre, Sacramento, CA
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Krikorian San Clemente Cinema 6, San Clemente, CA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, UltraStar Mission Valley, San Diego, CA
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Loews Metreon 16, San Francisco, CA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, 4 Star Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Arclight Cinemas Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks, CA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, UltraStar Tower 10, Temecula, CA
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Krikorian Metroplex 15, Vista, CA
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Harkins Northfield, Denver, CO
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Highlands Ranch 24, Highlands Ranch, CO
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Digiplex Bloomfield Theater, Bloomfield, CT
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Danbury 16, Danbury, CT
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Bow Tie Palace 17, Hartford, CT
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Buckland Hills & IMAX, Manchester, CT
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Post 14 & IMAX, Milford, CT
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas, New Haven, CT
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave North Haven 12, North Haven, CT
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Plainville 20, Plainville, CT
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Bow Tie Regent 8, South Norwalk, CT
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Bow Tie Majestic 6, Stamford, CT
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Regency 24, Jacksonville, FL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Cobb Lakeside 18 & IMAX, Lakeland, FL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Cobb Merritt Square 16, Merritt Island, FL
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Sunset Place 24, Miami, FL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Cobb Dolphin 19 & IMAX, Miami, FL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe, Orlando, FL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Pensacola Bayou 15, Pensacola, FL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave St. Lucie West 14, Port St. Lucie, FL
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Veterans 24, Tampa, FL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Studio Movie Grill Holcomb Bridge, Atlanta, GA
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Discover Mills 18, Lawrenceville, GA
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Southlake Pavilion 24, Morrow, GA
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Cedar Rapids Galaxy 16, Cedar Rapids, IA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Davenport 53 & IMAX, Davenport, IA
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Marcus Addison Cinemas, Addison, IL
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Bloomington Galaxy 14 Cine, Bloomington, IL
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC River East 21, Chicago, IL
Mar. 6th, TBD, The Normal Theater, Normal, IL
Mar. 7th, TBD, The Normal Theater, Normal, IL
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, O’Fallon 15 Cine, O’Fallon, IL
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Marcus Orland Park Cinemas, Orland Park, IL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Grand Prairie, Peoria, IL
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Jefferson Point 18, Fort Wayne, IN
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Showplace 17, Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Castleton Square, Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Metropolis 18, Plainfield, IN
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Florence 14, Florence, KY
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Stonybrook 20, Louisville, KY
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Newport on the Levee, Newport, KY
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Preston Crossings 16, Okolona, KY
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Baton Mall of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, New Orleans, LA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, The Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Boston Common 19, Boston, MA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave West Springfield 15, West Springfield, MA
Feb. 9th, TBD, Bow Tie Harbour 9, Annapolis, MD
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Owings Mills 17, Baltimore, MD
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Ann Arbor 20 & IMAX, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Emagine Canton, Canton, MI
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Emagine Royal Oak, Detroit, MI
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Star Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI
Feb. 9th, TBD, Celebration! Cinema River Town, Grand Rapids, MI
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Cityplace 14, Kalamazoo, MI
Feb. 9th, TBD, Celebration! Cinema Lansing, Lansing, MI
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Southdale 16, Edina, MN
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Rosedale 14, Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 9th, TBD, Marcus Oakdale Cinemas, Oakdale, MN
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Rochester Galaxy 14, Rochester, MN
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Marcus Parkwood Cinemas, Waite Park, MN
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Cape West 14 Cine, Cape Girardeau, MO
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Town Center 20, Kansas City, MO
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Campbell 16 Cine, Springfield, MO
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Ronnies 20, St. Louis, MO
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Carolina Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Marcus West Acres Cinemas, Fargo, ND
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Twin Creek Cinemas, Bellevue, NE
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Lincoln Grand Cinemas, Lincoln, NE
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Village Point Cinemas, Omaha, NE
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Westroads 14, Omaha, NE
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill, NJ
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, NJ
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Jersey Gardens, Elizabeth, NJ
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Rockaway 16, Rockaway, NJ
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Ritz Center, Voorhees, NJ
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Digiplex Rialto Theater, Westfield, NJ
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Allen Theatres Cineport 10, Las Cruces, NM
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Town Square 18, Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany, NY
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Roosevelt Field, Garden City, NY
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Empire 25, New York, NY
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Bow Tie Movieland, Schenectady, NY
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Feb. 9th, 7:30PM, Capitol Theatre, Cleveland, OH
Feb. 9th, TBD, Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Lennox Town Center, Columbus, OH
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Grove City 14, Grove City, OH
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Huber Heights 16, Huber Heights, OH
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Milford 16, Milford, OH
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Franklin Park 16, Toledo, OH
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Dayton South 16, West Carrollton, OH
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave West Chester 18, West Chester, OH
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Harkins Bricktown 16, Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Neshaminy 24, Bensalem, PA
Feb. 9th, TBD, Rave University City 6, Philadelphia, PA
Feb. 9th, 7PM, South Side Works Cinema, Pittsburgh, PA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Pittsburgh North, Pittsburgh, PA
Feb. 9th, TBD, The Charleston Hippodrome, Charleston, SC
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Eastridge 18 & IMAX, Chatanooga, TN
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Studio Movie Grill Arlington, Arlington, TX
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Studio Movie Grill Copperfield, Copperfield, TX
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Studio Movie Grill Dallas/Royal Lane, Dallas, TX
Feb. 9th, TBD, Rave Ridgmar 13, Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Hickory Creek 16, Hickory Creek, TX
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Studio Movie Grill City Centre, Houston, TX
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Northeast Mall 18, Hurst, TX
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Studio Movie Grill Lewisville, Lewisville, TX
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Studio Movie Grill Plano, Plano, TX
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Flix Brewhouse, Round Rock, TX
Feb. 9th, TBD, Megaplex 8 at Thanksgiving Pt., Lehi, UT
Feb. 9th, TBD, Megaplex 13 at The Junction, Ogden, UT
Feb. 9th, TBD, Megaplex 12 at The Gateway, Salt Lake City, UT
Feb. 9th, TBD, Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons, Sandy, UT
Feb. 9th, TBD, Megaplex 20 at The District, South Jordan, UT
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Hoffman 22, Alexandria, VA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Rave Fairfax Corner 14, Fairfax, VA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Cobb Cinebistro at Peninsula, Hampton, VA
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Tysons Corner, McLean, VA
Feb. 9th, TBD, Bow Tie Reston Town Ctr, Reston, VA
Feb. 9th, 8PM, Bow Tie Movieland Blvd Square, Richmond, VA
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Alamo Drafthouse, Winchester, VA
Feb. 9th, TBD, AMC Pacific Place, Seattle, WA
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Eastgate Cinemas, Madison, WI
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Point Cinemas, Madison, WI
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Menomonee Falls Cinemas, Menomonee Falls, WI
Feb. 9th, 7PM, Ridge Cinemas, New Berlin, WI

Get more information on I Am Bruce Lee, along with an updated list of available screenings at www.iambruceleemovie.com.

Thanks to Asian film collectors King Uprock and Hector Martinez for letting me know about I Am Bruce Lee.