Pure, unadulterated gaming nostalgia -- Chinatown Fair documentary releases today on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Steam, Vimeo and more
NEW YORK - June 1, 2017 - The Lost Arcade is the story of Chinatown Fair, the last arcade in New York City, and the community that made it legendary. Following a highly praised theatrical release, the retro gamer-fueled documentary film was released today on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Steam, Vimeo, VHX, Vudu, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PSN, Comcast Infinity and Direct TV.
More Info: http://www.arcademovie.com/watch
The Lost Arcade sheds a behind-the-scenes light into the demise of arcade culture, as it coincided with the rise of home console and online gaming, and showcases the dichotomy of how gamers connected then vs. now. But more importantly, it highlights the diversity and camaraderie among the competitive gamer community that arcades like Chinatown Fair were so uniquely able to foster.
Synopsis: An intimate portrait of the diverse community at Chinatown Fair, the beloved downtown New York City hangout, THE LOST ARCADE chronicles the evolution of video arcades, while celebrating the camaraderie and history of a pop culture phenomenon. Masterfully portraying the sights and sounds of a changing scene, wistful yet hopeful, THE LOST ARCADE is a surprisingly emotional portrait of the last holdout of old-school arcade culture in New York. Featuring an original analog synth pop soundtrack by composer Gil Talmi and lush digital cinematography that evocatively captures chinatown nights, THE LOST ARCADE, the debut film from Kurt Vincent and Irene Chin, is a poetic tribute to video arcade’s past and future.
Director Statement: I kept thinking that this institution hidden in New York City's Chinatown must have a history that needed to be shared. I wanted to create a film that would capture the spirit that hit me the first time I walked through those doors. There was a melting pot of a community that congregated there, where all walks of life came together and shared one common interest: video games. It was a microcosm of what New York was all about. Not the overpriced New York we've come to accept, but what this city originally stood for and still does when you look deep enough. THE LOST ARCADE is about staying up all night with your friends in a hot, loud, dirty and packed arcade, having fun and feeling safe. It had its own language, its own quirks, these vibes that attracted like-minded kids to a place that may have been a safe haven even from their own home. You talk to these patrons, and they just want to share their stories and history of the Chinatown Fair to keep it alive. They're detailing accounts of meeting a best friend, getting into fights, a first kiss and meeting the love of their life. Compiling these stories, I built an oral history of the place - and what made the place so legendary, perhaps some of them were rumors, tall tales, hearsay - but it all added to the magic of the place. That’s what this movie is really asking: How does this place even exist? How did this arcade manage to break down all social barriers that usually prevent seemingly disparate people from connecting with one another? It was and still is such a diverse community of friends and hope that this film is a celebration of what made that possible.
Press kit with high-res stills and more info: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hjjba1ecv3m0ra6/AACGY9LdgGOd0lkk1RLQfBRaa?dl=0
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Kurt Vincent, Director/Producer/Editor
Kurt Vincent is a Brooklyn based filmmaker. His film projects include OUT OF PLACE, a documentary about the unlikely surfing community in Cleveland, Ohio. He shot and produced THE BACHELORETTE PARTY, a short experimental film directed by Irene Chin, which premiered at Anthology Film Archives in 2014. Kurt co-founded the distribution company 26 Aries in 2016.
Irene Chin, Producer/Writer
Irene Chin is a New York City based artist and filmmaker. She attended the School of Visual Arts where she first started working with video. Her experimental film, THE BACHELORETTE PARTY, screened at Anthology Film Archives. She is the producer and writer for THE LOST ARCADE. Irene co-founded the distribution company 26 Aries in 2016.
About 26 Aries
26 Aries is a NYC based film production and theatrical distribution company launched in 2016 by filmmakers Kurt Vincent and Irene Chin.
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