Believe it or not, Steven Kostanski's Manborg is coming to the big screen across Canada and the cult hit has got itself a brand new poster by artist Jason Edmiston to celebrate that fact. A super lofi labor of love by talented VFX artist Kostanski - he has worked on the latest Resident Evil film and Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim since completing his scifi opus - Manborg is a hysterical throwback to the straight to VHS films of the 80s. And, yes, we love this one rather a lot around here. Here are the details:
Gearing up for a fall 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. Edmiston's fondness for pop culture, especially movies and toys, often creep into his work and you can see the amazing results here. MANBORG is the brainchild of director Steven Kostanski, who is part of the collective of Canadian filmmakers better known as Astron 6 (Father's Day). In MANBORG the armies of Hell have taken over the Earth, and all that stands in the way of the villainous Count Draculon and humanity's total extinction is a motley crew of misfits led by the mighty Manborg: a warrior that's half-man, half machine, but all hero.
Kostanski's film has played more than 30 major film festivals worldwide including Fantastic Fest, Fantasia, Whistler, Lund, 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. Steven Kostanski has teamed up with Raven Banner, TIFF Midnight Madness guru Colin Geddes (Ultra 8 Pictures) and Toronto After Dark's Peter Kupowsky, to release MANBORG & BIO-COP for a Canada-wide theatrical release just in time for the Halloween season, which will see the film play the following cities/dates:
Oct 18 - Edmonton Metro (as part of DedFest) - Director Steve Kostanski and star Matthew Kennedy in attendance.
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 Royal Theatre 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.