February 11th, 2016
For Immediate Release
“Yukata Cowboy” Comedy Series Theatrical Release & Book Launch”
Yukata Cowboy has won Best Comedy Sketches at Dublin Web Fest (Ireland), Best Character (Amets section) and Web Series Mag Special Mention at Bilbao Web Fest (Spain), Best Creative Concept at Miami Web Fest (USA) and Special Mention for Outstanding Performance as Actor at the Sicily Web Fest (Italy). The series ranks #12 in the 2015 Web Series World Cup and has been selected for Rome Web Awards 2016 (Italy). Yukata Cowboy Season 2 is now premiering online weekly. .
The series of 2-3 min. episodes is inspired by the true, fish-out-of-water mishaps of filmmaker Atsushi Ogata. With a cowboy hat, Japanese “yukata” (casual summer garment) and rapid-fire tongue, Yukata Cowboy drifts across the U.S., Japan, and Europe. In each country, he tries to fit in, but the more he fits in, the more he is mistaken for someone else. In all this chaos, he struggles to find his own voice. Ogata plays all of the characters, as well as Yukata Cowboy. He portrays people’s lives in other countries, focusing on common, everyday details such as stairs, elevator or bicycles. These observations translate into something more universal, similar to Jerry Seinfeld’s stories about lost socks and dryers.
(Joel Bassaget, Founder & Editor in Chief, Web Series Mag/Liberation, France)
“The good thing about Yukata Cowboy is the universality of the humor – the humor you can be understand in any part of the world “ (Oliver Mend, Co-Founder, Bilbao Web Fest, Spain)
About the writer-director-actor :
Born in Japan and raised partly in the U.S., Ogata graduated from Harvard and MIT. His screenplays received funding in Germany and the Netherlands, and he appeared weekly as a comedian on VARA Dutch national TV for 3 years. As a writer-director, his debut feature “Cast Me If You Can” was released theatrically in 16 cities in Japan; in San Francisco, CA in the United States; and published as a novel. He has also guest-lectured at universities and at YouTube Space Tokyo.
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For further info, please contact: yukatacowboy at gmail.com