Highly Acclaimed Arcade Game Documentary Distributed by FilmBuff Archives the Story of an Original Esports Champion
LOS ANGELES – June 24, 2016 – Today, MAN VS SNAKE: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler, the highly acclaimed documentary chronicling Tim McVey’s journey to reclaim the highest video game score of all time, has slinked its way onto digital storefronts. MAN VS SNAKE, a contemporary spiritual successor to the beloved The King of Kong, hearkens back to the very first heroes of eSports and competitive, as man sets out to best machine (and his fellow man). The film, distributed by FilmBuff, is now available online for download on major On Demand platforms including iTunes, Steam, Google Play, Xbox, Playstation, Amazon and Vudu, as well as select theater showings across the United States.
View the official trailer for MAN VS SNAKE on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/f20SDLMbxwU
As a 16-year-old in 1983, charismatically demure Tim McVey slipped a quarter into the unassuming arcade game, Nibbler, an analog of Pac-Man and Snake, and began what would end up being 44.5 hours of straight laser-focused play, a feat of straight grit and arguably athleticism, becoming the first man to earn over one billion points in any videogame. Decades later, a soft-spoken McVey learns that his title as the unofficial king of Nibbler is in question due to Italian kickboxer Enrico Zanetti, and sees no choice but to return to the arcade to take back his title. With the support of his exceedingly patient wife Tina, Tim will have to overcome psychological exhaustion and the limits of his physical condition — not to mention a handful of brassy retro-philic upstarts seeking a piece of the arcade glory — if he hopes to ascend the halls of video game fame.
MAN VS SNAKE took home ‘Best Documentary Film’ at Fantastic Fest 2015 and Calgary Underground Film Festival 2016. Featuring cameos from The King of Kong stars, competitive arcade gamer and entrepreneur Billy Mitchell, businessman, historian (and founder of Twin Galaxies) Walter Day, Jr., and gaming bad boy Dwayne Richard; MAN VS SNAKE is a geek’s anthem and a tale of a hero all can rally behind. Created by Battlestar Galactica editors and professional geeks, Andrew Seklir and Tim Kinzy, the project was originally revealed in August of 2013 on Kickstarter, where it raised a total of $61,440 USD from several hundred backers.
“We now live in a world of eSports – where competitive gaming is the norm and it is broadcast on TV and covered by top-tier journalists but that wasn’t the case back in 1983,” said Tim Kinzy, Producer/Director/Editor.
“Tim McVey was an eSports champion before eSports existed, an original gaming hero from the Golden Age, and someone who never lost his drive for glory. His determination is truly inspirational and we’re proud to be able to share his story with the world,” said Andrew Seklir, Producer/Director/Editor.
About the Filmmakers
Andrew Seklir (Producer/Director) is a producer, director and Emmy nominated editor of episodic television HBO (“Westworld”), AMC (“Turn”), Xbox Studios (“Atari: Game Over”), SyFy (“Defiance”, “Warehouse 13”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Eureka”), Warner Bros. (“Alcatraz”) and NBC/Universal (‘Bionic Woman’).
Tim Kinzy (Producer/Director) is an episodic television editor Freeform (“Beyond”), TNT (“Falling Skies”), SyFy (“Alphas”, “Eureka”, “Battlestar Galactica”).
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