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Austin action film festival features Cedar Park native

Cedar Park native Seth Lee to speak about using martial arts in acting

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A Cedar Park native who used his martial arts training from local studios turned his love for acting and martial arts into a Hollywood career.

Seth Lee returns this weekend through Aug. 13 to Austin to host a panel at Iron Dragon TV Action Film Festival at the Galaxy Highland 10 Theater, at 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd. The festival honors the stars and the film crews that put the effort in to create the spectacle of filmmaking.

Lee got started in acting from a chance encounter with Ernie Reyes Jr., who starred in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle films, and decided to focus on acting and martial arts at age 7, attending several local martial arts schools such as Vortex Martial Arts in Leander, Palacios ATA in Pflugerville, and studied with Carmichael Simon who now runs Martial Athletes in Cedar Park. 

“Ernie Reyes Jr. was the first person to inspire me to want to pursue martial arts and acting,” Lee said. “I had watched him and his videos and I got really inspired. I said I wanted to do exactly that. It’s kind of cool, we’ll eventually be doing a project together soon.”

Lee’s most recent role was playing the young Chris (Ben Affleck) in “The Accountant.” He won Best Supporting Teen Actor in a Feature Film at both the Young Artist Awards and the Young Entertainer awards this year.

“I’ve done a lot of styles of fighting since, and I combined them with acting classes before I moved,” Lee said. “A lot of that worked and paid off for a bunch of my roles, mostly in ‘The Accountant’.”

During the days of the festival, the programming will include screening of new films from prominent directors and movie stars, as well as indie and the next generation of filmmakers from the action genre. 

Lee will be joining several industry heavyweights for panel discussions at the festival, including Wonder Woman’s stunt double Caitlin Dechelle, TJ Storm, Carmichael Simon, Patricia Vonne, and a few others who will be discussing their specific field, and allow a one-on-one type experience with the fans. 

Plus, there will be an animation panel with guests from Rooster Teeth, creators of "Red vs. Blue" and "Ruby."

Lee's panel, "Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting," will take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12. 

While excited for the festival, Lee said he’s missed the local Austin food and his friends. 

“I miss the food out here like the breakfast tacos,” he said. “I’m excited to talk to everybody there and I’m excited to watch the films. I also hope to train at one of the studios in Leander, the Vortex Sports Center.”

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at https://irondragontv.ticketbud.com/actionfest2017.

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