clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

First trailer for ‘Mask,’ the documentary about late Tapout co-founder Charles Lewis

New, comments

“Mask” is nearly unmasked.

A documentary about the incredible life story of late Tapout co-founder Charles “Mask” Lewis will be released next month. And the first trailer for the film “Mask” dropped Tuesday.

Lewis, who died in a 2009 vehicle crash at the age of 45, is a rare icon in mixed martial arts not known for fighting. Lewis, who founded Tapout with Dan Caldwell and Tim Katz in 1997, was the first non-fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and his name is adorned on the top of the Octagon for most events.

Tapout was the first real apparel and lifestyle brand for MMA, long before the sport turned into a billion-dollar industry — before there was really any money to be made. The company even had a mixed martial arts reality show in 2007 and 2008.

The “Mask” documentary will be released on video on demand April 3. Among the prominent names interviewed were UFC president Dana White, former UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, Chuck Liddell, legendary referee John McCarthy, Donald Cerrone and more.

Distributed by Gravitas Ventures, It’ll be available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and more. “Mask” was written and directed by former Tapout media and films lead Bobby Razak, a well-known MMA documentary filmmaker and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

“Everything I had in me I gave to make this film a reality, and to secure the legacy of the incredible Charles “Mask” Lewis,” Razak said in a statement. “My mission is to let the world know what a pioneer Charles was to the sport of mixed martial arts; as one of the original incubators that kept the sport alive. MMA was once banned from most states in the USA. Charles fought tooth and nail to support MMA in its early years and to help fighters in any way he could.”