Ring Warriors (2022)

Ring Warriors (2022): A Story Of Redemption and Resiliency

Empower Productions and Uplifter Entertainment proudly presents, in association with Heart of Christ Ministry, Ring Warriors! 

A riveting film about faith, inspiration, and one's ability to truly believe in themselves when they discover the truth that's been within all along. The story takes place in the world of boxing where we follow the challenging lives of one time heavyweight champion, Barry "Haymaker" Holmes (Shaun Grant) and current world champion, Duke "Riverboat" Riggins (Kevin Christopher Gillen)

Duke finds himself on a downward spiral, which leads him to return home in order to regain the form which made him the greatest fighter in the world. He soon discovers that has to come to terms with demons he has buried long ago. Only his faith, resolve, belief in himself, and the help of his mentor and brother, Barry, will enable him to get back on track. But Barry has his own problems, and after trying to be the rock for everyone else for such a long time, his foundation begins to crack in the process. Barry and Duke need each other now, more than ever before. Neither Fame, prestige, success, or money can give them the message of truth that can only be found along their journey of self-introspection and self-discovery. 

  • Shaun Robert Grant/ Writer/ Executive Producer/ "Barry"

    Shaun Robert Grant is a dynamic entrepreneur, performer, and minister who is born and raised in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana.

    As the third of four boys growing up in the formidable streets of the Crescent City, adversity seemed like an ever-present reality for Shaun. From impoverished beginnings, constant violence, loss of life and the incomparable experience of Hurricane Katrina, Shaun learned the power of resiliency which allowed him to grow into an individual who is forever led by kindness, love and compassion in all that he does.

    In 2007, Shaun embarked upon a journey as an entertainment professional that led to acting in nearly fifty films and commercials with some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

    He felt the innate urge to give back from the success that he had garnered throughout his career.

    Shaun started his own company called Uplifter Entertainment/Empower Productions, in addition to developing a method called "The Vibrational Actor" which later became a series of books for actors and actresses.

    He was also inspired by the same method to write for national publications such as Backstage, NY Castings, Daily Actor and Medium. Shaun continues to give back in this area through his podcast "The Actors Area," and his newly published book, "Become A Powerhouse In Auditioning."

  • Kevin Christopher Gillen/ Writer/ Executive Producer/ "Duke"

    Kevin Christopher Gillen is an actor and world renowned writer from New Orleans and is the youngest of four boys.

    He is recognized for the powerful scripts he has brought to life. He has also gained critical acclaim for his poetry and short stories.

    Kevin made the move to acting with his first film Luck of The Draw. From there he was hooked, and has excelled at working in front of, and behind the camera.

    Kevin considers himself to be unique in the sense that he is multi -hyphenate Artist , Storyteller, and renaissance family man. His work can be found on Amazon, Medium, as well as a multitude of publications.

    "There comes a time where we all must say farewell. The inescapable moment where we all must bid adieu. I have come into this world growing older, wiser.

    Some of the souls I’ve encountered, I may see again. But, for those I may not, I pray the memories serve you well.

    I can recall, now with some effort, the great times and the not so great. There was much discomfort and many sacrifices.

    The Herculean decisions, as well as, stifling indecision came and went. Life can be crippling, but now looking back, it’s all become easy memories. However, this is not the time for dwelling in the past, since “the now” is all we have.

    Each transitory person and moment are opportunities for farewells and new beginnings, new beginnings, and farewells.
    In the temporal world, everything that begins must have its end.

    For some, that is a doleful thought; but not for you and me. Why?
    Because it is the new beginnings and abrupt ends that alter all of our expectations and plans.

    Enchanting imperfections are what makes our lives mean so much more. I have lived my life well. I love and have been loved. But, I am still living, and there is still so much to do. When I say “farewell” to you, do not focus on the goodbye. Instead, focus on the new journey about to commence.

    Live fully with each breath, only staring back through your rearview to smile about the times we shared."
    -Kevin C. Gillen

Our Vision For Ring Warriors

Ring Warriors will focus on the inspirational side of boxing and the life lessons it presents.

Storytelling, self-awareness, filmmaking, and uplifting the human spirit has been an enormous part of our lives. In creating dynamic scripts, it has always been our objective to enhance the lives of others through our films.

Ring Warriors has been an indelible vision in our lives for the past five years, yet the timing has always been off. But when it comes to a passion that burns deeply within your heart, you never give up. You keep going! Now that everything has come together, it is time to bring this film to the masses! We are not only excited to do this, but we're excited to have you play a role in it as well. We want you to help bring this vision to life!


Our vision is to raise the capital we require to offer the very best product to the public. Filmmaking should be professional in every capacity, and we will stop at no cost to make sure we have secured the very best for this production. In life, you get out what you put into it. 


With that being said, our tentative goal is to raise $10,000 in capital by September 8, 2022 through private investors, donations, and GoFundme accounts.

-The plan is to begin principal photography one month later (tentatively) on October 8, 2022.

-Principal Photography will range from 3-5 shooting days followed by ADR sessions and pickup shots as/if needed.

-Editing will follow directly after, in adddition to taking the time to score the film. 



Production is also happy to inform you of the following:  

-The final script has been drafted.

-IMDB page is up and running.

-A director and high level producers are in place.

-The main cast has already been brought on board.

-We've chosen the Greater Los Angeles area to be our shooting location, which potential shooting locations have already been chosen.

-As mentioned beforehand, dates of production are already selected! WOOHOO!



What's in it for you?

1. A unique opportunity to support a film that prides itself on contributing to the empowerment of humanity.

2. With any financial gift you contribute, you will receive an acknowledgment in the film's ending credits.

3. Potential Tax write-off depending on the size of your gift.

4. A personal invite to the screening of the film in Los Angeles.

5. An executive producer credit on our IMDB page, as well as the film. (with a gift or donation of $1000 or more).



Actor Shaun Grant

Shaun Grant will portray Barry "Haymaker" Holmes in Ring Warriors.

Here Comes The Fun Part!

Kevin C. Gillen in the title role as Duke "Riverboat" Riggins.

-Each gift allows you to be a part of this film in different ways. Whatever gift you decide to give, make sure it's in alignment with something you can truly feel good about.
It's important that you are well aware of how grateful and appreciative we are for your contributions, in advance.
A gift of $25 or more: Contribution/Acknowledgment
A gift of $50 or more: Contribution/Acknowledgment in closing credits
A gift of $100 or more: Contribution/Acknowledgment in closing credits/Invite to Los Angeles Screening
A gift of $250 or more: Contribution/Acknowledgment in closing credits/Invite to Los Angeles Screening/IMDB credit
A gift of $500 or more: Contribution/Acknowledgment in closing credits/Invite to Los Angeles Screening/IMDB credit/Associate Producer Credit
A gift of $1000 or more: Contribution/Acknowledgment in closing credits/Invite to Los Angeles Screening/IMDB credit/Executive Producer Credit
Contributions can be made to:
Venmo: heartofchristministry
In closing, I would just like to encourage you to go for your dream with everything you have. The world needs what's in your heart, and you have to believe in yourself. Even if the resources are not present, take the first step and have faith that it is all working together in your highest good. Just know we are rooting for you in every way. You deserve it!
Ring Warriors would like to thank you for choosing to invest in our film, but more importantly, investing in our dreams.
All the best,
Shaun R. Grant
Kevin C. Gillen

Actor Kevin C. Gillen

Kevin C Gillen will portray Duke "Riverboat" Riggins