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Feb 25 Support DON'T CALL ME SIR

Feb. 25, 2014, 4:41 p.m. (ET)
Fellow Judoka,

Something happened at the 1959 New York State YMCA Judo Championships that changed judo forever.

Rusty Glickman beat the reigning state champion but had to return the medal to the tournament organizers. 

You see, Rusty was a single mother who had disguised herself as a man in order to compete, because at that time women were hardly allowed to leave the kitchen, much less compete in judo.

Rusty went on to train at the Kodokan, married judo great Ryohei Kanokogi, had two more children - and got women's judo accepted as a competitive sport and an Olympic event!

Rusty's amazing accomplishment has inspired me to make the movie “Don’t Call Me Sir!” with Kayla Harrison, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in judo, portraying Rusty – and I need your support!

Hollywood loves the script but would prefer that a name actress portray Rusty and that stunt people do the judo and martial arts sequences.

I knew Bruce Lee and know that Hollywood resisted even him!

I have been an actor, writer, producer and director in Hollywood for over forty years during which I have worked with over a hundred Academy Award winners and/or nominees and know about talent and ability, and I am a Kodokan yondan and USA Judo National Coach and know something about judo.

I KNOW, not THINK, that Kayla Harrison is every bit a world champion as a person as she is as a judoka and that she will be GREAT as Rusty!  Not good, but GREAT!

Okay, you wonder, what does this have to do with you?  The answer is that we need your support to make this movie the way it should be made.

If you go to www.supportdontcallmesir.com you'll see what you get for your contribution.  We appreciate that you ask others to do the same.

Kayla and Bo vs. Hollywood is a David vs. Goliath match that you can help us win.

Thanks for your support!

Bo Svenson
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