DECK OF DOCUMENTARY, film, TELEVISION,
DIGITAL & LIVE EVENT CONTENT.
"FROM THE FIELDS TO THE GARDEN" (FEATURE DOCUMENTARY)
Jacob "Stitch" Duran grew up dirt poor in the California valley picking cotton and fruit in his youth with dreams beyond the dusty fields to experience the world. After life in the U.S. Air Force, Duran became a family man with a successful karate school in Fremont, CA during the 1970's. A passion for martial arts and the fight game, he sacrificed the good life he set up, betting a move in the 1990's to Las Vegas on a niche, unpaved quest to become the world's leading cutman would pay off. Wrapping hands of combatants, patching up world championship fighter's bloody cuts and treating their swelling to give them "one more round" to stay in the fight was his calling and he'd show everyone. The grandfather has lived his dream and his clients are a who's who of fighting: The Klitschkos, Andre Ward, Fedor Emelianenko.
Duran's trademark glasses and mustache are now synonymous with the fight game in both boxing and mixed martial arts. His credibility helped the UFC's image for prioritizing fighter safety when the promotion went mainstream between 2005 and 2015, but after Duran criticized the UFC's controversial Reebok apparel deal that hurt fighter's ability to earn their worth from sponsors on the market, UFC severed ties with Duran and UFC President Dana White remarked, "Stitch Duran was never my friend" before White started stumping for Donald Trump, a racist inspiring anti-immigrant/anti-Latino/anti-Mexican sentiment. But that didn't slow down Duran. He still works big fights all over the world with the most famous fighters in the biggest boxing and MMA events, lending his likeness for feature films like the "CREED" franchise, borne of the "ROCKY" franchise. The Mexican-American's enduring legacy is as a rolemodel who took his hopes growing up in the fields to working his dream job in the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.
"10,000 Rounds" (SPORT/DRAMA FILM)
When Gustavo Zavala – boxing protégé and younger brother of Antonio – experiences his older brother’s disappearance into the criminal justice system, Gustavo turns professional early to raise money for Antonio’s legal defense. “El Guerrerillo” is undefeated in the ring but can’t score a decision for his sibling. Until a short-notice world title fight in a heavier division versus dangerous “Gamebred” offers opportunity via money and notoriety to reunite and free his brother as a world champion.
"THE PIPELINE" (DRAMA/CRIME SERIES)
After Mason, an All-American marijuana runner, does his first prison stint in one of Chicago’s toughest jails, he accepts the lowest convenience store job in one of America’s worst neighborhoods to prevent recidivism.
But it’s not long before Mason rejoins the game despite parole violation potential because he’s plagued by the criminal mind P.H.D. he got inside.
This time he has a creed and a mission -- all crop, no cops -- to retire on a farm with a family, with nothing but time to live his life with the peace he believes the prison-industrial complex robbed from him.
To secure his retirement, he sets up a virtually impossible-to-detect underground pipeline system and reinforced entries to supply trap houses so they are impervious to raids.
In a land of stray bullets, with blonde hair making him the most conspicuous character, Mason attempts to grow past the life that already cut him down through a new approach to harvest.
Eugene Robinson is the lead singer of Oxbow, wrote for GQ and edited OZY.
"QUESTION X" (LIVE EVENT, VARIETY GAME SHOW)
Knowledge movement game show "for the culture." Where your hater is also your ally. Three contestants compete for money in their own pockets and/or for charities answering questions in five categories presented by Eugene Robinson. Before contestants answer certain questions, they are roasted by comedians or their peers, but in a pinch can also use their roasters as lifelines, who provide hints or a full on "get out of mental prison free" card giving them the answer. The game show format is spliced with surreal detours to live performances of stand-up comedy, music, spoken word, dance, burlesque performances, pole dances, variety acts, interviews, or pre-taped sketch showcases.
"THE ROBINSON WAY" (TRAVEL DOCUMENTARY SHOW)
Eugene Robinson finds his way through the world like the business end of a blade. Sex. Barolo Cholo wine. Healthy hood food. Tea. Music. Weed. Community. Celebrities. Everyday people.
"FIGHT REPUBLIC" (DOCU-SERIES)
Christian Reyes does a twelve-week training camp for an amateur mixed martial arts fight under RJ Clifford's guidance. Their pro-am quest takes them to a different gym every episode for each discipline within MMA -- where fighters and coaches from all walks of life give more knowledge to both than RJ has for Christian. Even in dedicated training, Christian continues to perform comedy, sometimes alongside other comics who also practice martial arts he fight trains against, while RJ enjoys more than the two drink minimum and interviews top fight world talents.
"FOREVER FORWARD" (DOCU-SERIES)
It's America's got TATTOOED talent with criminal/prisoner turned street tattooer/MMA fighter/TV/veteran tattoo artist and proud grandpa Mark Matthews. Mark and fellow tattooer [female host/producer] explore the tattoo world shining light on their fellow artists, offer art lessons to younger tattoo artists and go beyond ink machines to artists in all genres -- as they tattoo people while learning their stories to spotlight up-and-coming artistic talents.
LEGEND86 LIVE COMEDY + DIGITAL CONTENT
- The Comedy Clasico, a bi-annual, two-day, multiple show stand-up comedy festival that spreads funny across the Golden State in Northern and Southern California.
- Bay Area Comedy Festival at Devil's Canyon Brewery on the San Francisco Bay Area's Peninsula in San Carlos, a two-day festival of food trucks, music, and the best variety stand-up comedy offers over multiple shows.
- Tri-Valley Comedy Festival at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, CA, serving the Tri-Valley East Bay Area with two days of the best stand-up comedy offers over multiple shows.
- Monthly shows at The Dragon Theater in Redwood City, CA (Northern California).
- Monthly shows at the Seal Beach Theater in Seal Beach, CA. (Southern California).
- Fundraisers and community action.
- More comedy and live event shows of all kinds backed by Latinx/hip-hop culture, art, literature, podcasts, interviews, video content. Includes store with apparel, limited edition art prints and more.
GRAPPLENEX.COM (A MARTIAL ARTS PRODUCTION HOUSE)
A sister project to LEGEND86 -- a multimedia, comic book-style martial arts and combat sports publication which funnels a portion of profits to support youth sports scholarships and education under the martial arts learning tree via the 501C3 non-profit Hip-Hop Chess Federation. This includes a specialty quarterly print magazine, t-shirt and gear digital store, live grappling tournaments as consumer-facing endeavors and fundraisers to advertise original film, documentary, TV and digital content produced within the Grapplenex space.