A documentary about the late TapouT co-founder Charles “Mask” Lewis will be released next month.
In 2009 Charles “Mask” Lewis died in vehicle crash at the age of 45. He was a co-founder of TapouT with Dan Caldwell and Tim Katz in 1997. Charles “Mask” Lewis was also the first non-fighter to be inducted into the Contributor Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame.
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.
In Mask (2018) many prominent individual are interviewed including UFC President Dana White, former UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, Chuck Liddell, legendary referee John McCarthy, Donald Cerrone and more.
Mask (2018) was written and directed by a former Tapout media and films lead Bobby Razak, a well-known MMA documentary filmmaker and Brazilian jiu-jitsu Black Belt who was a close friend of Charles “Mask” Lewis. Mask (2018) will debut on VOD beginning April 3,2018 distributed by Gravitas Ventures. It will be available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and more.
Bobby Razak stated in a statement, “Everything I had in me I gave to make this film a reality, and to secure the legacy of the incredible Charles “Mask” Lewis. 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.