From a media release:
Raven Banner Entertainment and Ultra 8 Pictures
are proud to announce
Opens Theatrically in Toronto November 2nd 2012
at The Royal - 608 College St.
and other Canadian cities (see below)
Toronto, ON – Raven Banner Entertainment and Ultra 8 Pictures are set to unleash demonic dictators and a vigilante cyborg on Canada with the theatrical release of Steven Kostanksi’s Manborg. Shot as a throwback to ’80s sci-fi horror action films, Manborg tells the story of a dead soldier who finds himself reanimated as a cyborg killing machine, which Twitchfilm calls “a creative and hilarious love letter to the VHS sub culture”.
Half-man, half-cyborg: Manborg. Killed while battling the forces of hell, a super-soldier is brought back from the dead in order to fight an army of Nazi vampires and demons led by the nefarious Count Draculon. There’s an Australian punker, a knife-wielding anime chick, a kung fu master (voiced with deliriously pitch-perfect stoicism by Kyle Herbert, the narrator from Dragon Ball Z), and of course the titular Manborg, a literal cinematic Frankenstein of pulp sci-fi pop culture references.
Manborg, is directed by Steven Kostanski, the special effects prodigy of Winnipeg’s filmmaking collective Astron-6 (Father’s Day), who deftly juggles co-writing, editing and directing duties on a micro budget of below $2K with the ambitious creation of an extraordinary barrage of elaborate miniatures, iconic costumes and delirious stop-motion creatures. Most impressively, despite drawing from so many sources, Manborg’s universe remains unmistakably original, and as a director, Kostanki’s vision is unquestionably unique and his talent impossible to deny.
Executive produced by TIFF Midnight Madness guru Colin Geddes (Ultra 8 Pictures) and Toronto After Dark's Peter Kupowsky, Manborg celebrated its world premiere at Austin’s 2011 Fantastic Fest, and also impressed fans at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Fantasia, and has played more than 30 major film festivals worldwide including Whistler, Lund in Sweden, Boston Underground, U.K. Sci-Fi, and Neuchatel in Switzerland. Also playing with MANBORG is Kostanski's brand-new short film BIO-COP, an epic emulation of 80s-era cop movie trailers, meticulously recreating the experience of watching VHS-era cheese with full-tilt gonzo gusto.
“Manborg is an incredible achievement” says Don McKellar, and FilmThreat.com calls the film: “A glorious mixture of claymation, computer graphics, practical effects, make-up and a DIY ethic that’s above and beyond most science fiction movies being produced. Manborg is a total hoot.”
Gearing up for theatrical release of the cult hit film Manborg, Raven Banner Entertainment has just commissioned a new poster by the incredibly talented Toronto artist, Jason Edmiston (right), whose fondness for pop culture, especially movies and toys, often creep into his work and makes him the perfect artist to illustrate the awesome power of Manborg.
Manborg is being screened theatrically in the following cities:
Oct 26 - Nov 1 - Winnipeg Cinematheque
Director Steve Kostanski and actors/Astron 6 members Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks, Conor Sweeney & Meredith Sweeney in attendance Oct 26 & 27.
Nov 2 - 8 – Toronto, The Royal
Director Steve Kostanski & poster artist Jason Edmiston in attendance Nov 2.
Actor/Writer Jeremy Gillespie in attendance Nov 3.
Nov 3 – Ottawa, Mayfair Theatre
Director Steve Kostanski in attendance.
Nov 4 - Vancouver Rio Grand (as part of Rio Grind Film Fest)
Skype Q&A with director Steve Kostanski.
Nov 10 – Halifax, Arclight
With an introduction by Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun)
Nov 16 – Hamilton, The Staircase
Director Steve Kostanski in attendance.
More dates/cities to be announced!
Manborg will have an official release on DVD in 2013 by Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada and Raven Banner Entertainment
About Raven Banner
Toronto based Raven Banner Entertainment represents innovative and compelling genre driven independent feature films and filmmakers for North American distribution and the international marketplace. For more about Raven Banner please visit: http://ravenbannerentertainment.com/
About Ultra 8 Pictures
With an understanding of international festivals and markets, Ultra 8 Pictures offers consulting services in areas of acquisition, production, representation, sales and festivals for filmmakers, producers and distributers. For more information please visit: http://www.ultra8.ca