Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"Van Von Hunter" Film Wins at MockFest 2010

First-time directors Stu Levy and Steven Calcote win Best Director for Van Von Hunter at Hollywood-based comedy film festival MockFest 2010

Los Angeles, CA (December 20, 2010) - TOKYOPOP, the leading manga-lifestyle entertainment company, is proud to announce that its mockumentary feature film Van Von Hunter won two awards at MockFest 2010, a festival celebrating the best comedies and mockumentaries from around the world.

Van Von Hunter, starring voice actor extraordinaire Yuri Lowenthal (Naruto, Ben 10), marks the feature film directorial debut of producer and entrepreneur Stu Levy, along with visual effects supervisor and filmmaker Steven Calcote. The pair wrote, produced, and appeared in the film.

Van Von Hunter was nominated in four categories at MockFest 2010; BEST DIRECTOR (Stu Levy and Steven Calcote), BEST MOCK FEATURE FILM, THEMED AWARD #1: What a Character Award! (Van Von Hunter, Yuri Lowenthal) and BEST EDITOR (Daisuke Kinouchi). The film took home awards for best director and a special "audience award" for best film.

"By recognizing Steven and my efforts on this film, MockFest has unleashed a monster," says Levy. "I hope they realize this means we'll keep making movies, documentaries, and combustible mixes of carbonated drink, egg nog, and aqua-colored slurpees. The world will know no end to the madness."

Inspired by and based upon the manga series created by Mike Schwark and Ron Kaulfersch, Van Von Hunter is a live-action comedy that follows its title character on a journey deep into the heart of manga and anime fandom. From the mythical world of Dikay, to the cold, hard streets of Hollywood, then across the ocean to Tokyo, this Van-tastic voyage is also filled with cameos of top manga and anime personalities as it embraces otaku culture around the globe.

Please watch the Van Von Hunter film for free on Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/van-von-hunter.

For Van Von Hunter updates and news, be sure to go to the Van Von Hunter Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/vanvonhunter.

Van Von Hunter

Director: Stu Levy, Steven Calcote
Screenwriters:Stu Levy, Steven Calcote
Based on the graphic novel by: Mike Schwark, Ron Kaulfersch
Producers: Stu Levy, Steven Calcote
Editor: Daisuke Kinouchi
Director of Photography: Jake Avignone
Visual Effects: Jason Milligan
Music: Benjamin Chan

Van Von Hunter: Yuri Lowenthal
Holly O'Hara: Heather Marie Marsden
Patrick Shaunessey: Travis Stevens
Sho Matsuhashi: Himself
Hiromoto Sensei: Shin-ichi Hiromoto
Shoji Kawamori: Himself

Running Time - 102 minutes

Founded in 1997 by international media entrepreneur Stu Levy, TOKYOPOP established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language in the process. Over its history, TOKYOPOP has published over 3000 books, distributed anime and Asian films on home video and television, licensed merchandise to consumer goods companies, created graphic novels of major brands such as Warcraft, Star Trek, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Hannah Montana, and led the way digitally in social media, e-commerce and user-generated content. TOKYOPOP's brand expanded internationally with offices in Europe and Japan and a network of over 160 partners in more than 50 countries and 30 languages. Taking its Manga Revolution beyond the page, TOKYOPOP has begun producing live-action and animated film and television content based on its extensive intellectual property library, including Priest, Van Von Hunter, and another 20 projects currently in development, along with America's Greatest Otaku, an 8-episode reality show filmed during its 2010 summer-long, 28-city national tour. For more information, visit http://www.tokyopop.com/ as well as www.twitter.com/tokyopop and www.facebook.com/tokyopop.

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