MAN VS SNAKE: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler, the acclaimed documentary chronicling one man’s journey to reclaim his video game legacy, has been picked up for distribution by leading independent film and documentary publisher FilmBuff.
MAN VS SNAKE, which took home ‘Best Documentary Film’ at Fantastic Fest 2015 and Calgary Underground Film Festival 2016, is a window into the hyper-insular subculture of competitive gaming: the ultimate tale of man vs technology – or, in this instance, man vs old-school arcade cabinet. The film will be released across all On Demand platforms, including iTunes, Steam, Google Play, XBox, Playstation, Amazon, and Vudu, as well as select theater showings across the United States.
If you ever played the game “Snake” on your early model Nokia cellphone, then you’re familiar with “Nibbler,” the original “snake” game. MAN VS SNAKE tells the story of Tim McVey who, in 1984, on a single quarter (and over 44 hours of non-stop play) was the first person in history to score one billion points on a video game. 25 years later, rumors of a higher score surface online, attributed to Italian kickboxing champion Enrico Zanetti. This calls into question everything Tim McVey has believed for decades and forces him to make a decision: either set a new world record, or risk losing his legacy forever. He’ll have to overcome psychological exhaustion and the limits of his physical condition – not to mention a challenge from one of the most notorious men in competitive gaming.
Featuring cameos from competitive arcade gamer and entrepreneur Billy Mitchell, and businessman, historian, and founder of Twin Galaxies, Walter Day, Jr., MAN VS SNAKE is a quirky, comical, and frequently inspiring emotional journey 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.
“MAN VS SNAKE seems like it should be unrelatable – I mean, I couldn’t play an arcade game for four hours, much less 44,” said Andrew Seklir, Producer, Director and Film Editor. “But McVey embodies so much of what I love about this story – a certain specificity of obsession; dogged determination to leave a legacy; ceaseless tenacity in the face of a seemingly insurmountable goal. It’s been a trip following him through his truly weird journey, and I’m thrilled to get to share his remarkable story with the world.”
“Andrew and Tim have done something special here,” said FilmBuff’s Jake Hanly. “Tim McVey is a person you can’t help but root for, and they turned his story into a movie you can’t help but root for.”