Thousand Pounds Action Company was an independent company, based out of Los Angeles, California, co-created by Christopher C. Cowan, Vonzell Carter and Darren Bailey in 2010, which produced short action films that include an Asian martial arts sensibility, as well as visual effects. The team consists of various actors, stunt performers, and fight choreographers, all who have a martial arts background. Chris Cowan serves as director, editor, director of photography and lead visual effects artist. It is stated on the company's Facebook page, "We hope to gain investments for our own projects and to be available to help the needs of other filmmakers and artists. We also have committed to continue making exciting adaptive and original films."
Darren Bailey is an American farmer and politician who is currently a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 109th district. Bailey will take office January 9, 2019. The 109th district, located in the Illinois Wabash Valley, includes all of Edwards, Jasper, Richland, Wabash, Wayne,and White counties and parts of Effingham and Lawrence counties.
Facebook, Inc. is an American online social media and social networking service company. It is based in Menlo Park, California. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies along with Amazon, Apple, and Google.
As stated in an interview with Extrahype.com, the name Thousand Pounds "comes from a Taijiquan proverb which states that 4 ounces of force is enough to move a thousand pounds."
With millions of views on multiple videos, and a very high LIKE percentage, the company has received global recognition on YouTube, namely for their anime and video game adaptations to a live-action format. Most notably of these are the videos based on Naruto: Shippuden and Capcom's Street Fighter franchise. Their videos have been featured on the main websites of Capcomand Kotaku, among others.
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After the release of a 2013 crowd-funded TV pilot called Clandestine, the company disbanded. Members Christopher C. Cowan, Haile Lee and contributing writer Lex Randleman went on to form a similar group called Epic Rival, whose videos featured a number of Thousand Pounds team members and collaborators. One of Epic Rival's films was a direct sequel to Thousand Pounds' Naruto Shippuden fan film.
MickeyFacchinello is an American martial artist, action actress, stunt performer, stunt choreographer, and entertainer.
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