Demetrius Angelo is the founder of the Urban Action Showcase and Expo (UASE) which
advocates diversity and celebrates the multicultural achievements in the blockbuster Action
genre of Heroes. The UASE was created out of concern for the lack of positive Heroic role
models of color in the Action film genre. We are trying to play a part in the shifting of the
common and unflattering portrayal of minorities in entertainment. We do this in several ways from encouraging the craft through our UAS International Action Film Festival platform competitions which boasts the Cinemax Action Short Film Competition , by exposing previous works that represent positively and teaching all necessary skills of the trade.

About Urban Action Showcase and Expo

The Urban Action Showcase and Expo (UASE) is the premier entertainment platform celebrating diversity and honoring the past, present and future multicultural achievements within the blockbuster Action genre including Adventure, Fantasy, Grindhouse, Action Horror, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Sci-Fi, Superhero and Supernatural content. The UASE is supported by major networks such as HBO/Cinemax, El Rey Network, Celestial Pictures, Warner Brothers and synonymous brands of the blockbuster Action genre. The purpose of the UASE is to ultimately see an increase in ethnic heroic principal characters in film and television, increase the development of content and expand distribution platforms reflecting multicultural images and interests as it pertains to the multifaceted Action genre.

The UASE endeavors to recognize and facilitate the participation of multicultural filmmakers, actors and industry professionals by establishing promotional and distribution opportunities across various media outlets, and strengthening professional networks through media, events, panels and workshops.

2018 Event Overview

The 6th Annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo will take place on November 9-10, 2018 at HBO and AMC Empire 25 Theaters (Times Square NYC) . We will be featuring the Official
Selections of our Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival (UASIAFF)
featuring the Cinemax Action Short Film Competition . The best submissions will be honored, alongside industry icons, during a special UAS IAFF award ceremony held at HBO. We will also pay homage to over 50 years of Action Cinema and showcase the following anniversary screenings, panels and workshops:


  • Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater featuring the 40th Anniversary of 5 Deadly
    Venoms, Crippled Avengers, and Invincible Shaolin featuring over 14 hours of Kung
    Fu Action
  • Black Heroes of Kung Fu featuring special guest from the golden age of Kung Fu
  • Blade 20th Anniversary celebrating the milestone with Screenings, Panels and Cast
  • Urban Fists of Legends Panel featuring pioneers from the Action genre Bloodsport 30th Anniversary celebration featuring a special screening and fan film contest
  • Back 2 Black Action Cinema featuring films from the golden age of the 70’s
    Blaxploitation genre (Part of our 2018 Expansion goals)
  • Retro Action Cinema featuring 80’s and 90’s Action films (Part of our 2018 Expansion

Panels and Seminars

  • Angels of Action Panel; conversations with women in the Action industry ranging
    from Actresses, Stunt Coordinators, Stunt Women and Directors
  • Call 2 Action Martial Arts Action Talent Search; This forum allows Martial Artist
    looking to get into the Action genre to perform choreographed fight sequences in
    front of the leading Stunt Coordinators and Action Icons in Action Film and Television.
  • Blunt and Bladed Weapons Master Class; This seminar allows individuals interested
    in weapons fighting for the screen to train with top Kali Masters
  • Firearms 4 Film Master Class; this seminar teaches individuals proper handgun grip,
    stance and footwork related to the use of firearms in film.
  • Action Icon Master Class; Action icons share their on screen knowledge of screen

Celebrity Guests

  • Lo Mang: 5 Deadly Venoms The Toad, The Kid with the Golden Arms
  • Taimak: The Last Dragon
  • Ron Van Clief: The Black Dragon
  • Vincent Lyn: Operation Condor
  • Robert Samuels: Gambling Ghost
  • Michael Woods: Tiger Cage
  • Fred Williamson: Three The Hard Way, Hell Up in Harlem
  • Jenel Stevens: Dora Milaje Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War

Invited Guests

  • Wesley Snipes
  • Bolo Yeung
  • Michael Jai White
  • Eboni Adams
  • Sticky Fingaz
  • Richard Roundtree
  • Pam Grier
  • Gloria Hendry
  • Cynthia Rothrock
  • Don The Dragon Wilson
  • Hwang Jang Lee
On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"