From July 28th through July 31st, the ReplayFX Arcade & Video Game Festival will convene at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, bringing with it over 1,000 modern and classic amusements, including pinball, consoles and tabletop games. Also featured in the lineup are three documentaries highlighting colorful characters and places that represent some of America’s cherished gaming pastimes. See film schedule and details below:
SBK The-Movie (2014)
A true story 35 years in the making, the documentary from director Aaron Re chronicles one man’s journey to become a legend of the boardwalk by claiming the title of world champion in the fast-paced sport of professional Skee-Ball.
Wizard Mode (2016)
In the game of pinball, there is no greater reward than Wizard Mode – a hidden level that is only unlocked when a player completes a series of lightning-speed challenges. Robert Emilio Gagno has dedicated most of his life to mastering Wizard Mode, and is now one of the top pinball players in the world. He also happens to have autism. The first feature documentary from Salazar Film is a candid personal perspective on autism through the life of one of the world’s greatest pinball players. The film follows Robert as he seeks to balance his quest to become a world pinball champion and his growing real world responsibilities, culminating at the largest pinball tournament in the world, Pinburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.
The Lost Arcade (2015)
Directors Kurt Vincent and Irene Chen explore the legacy and influence of one of the last great video arcades in their feature documentary. Chinatown Fair opened as a penny arcade on Mott Street in 1944. Over the decades,the legendary gathering place, known for its tic-tac-toe playing chicken, became an institution, surviving turf wars between rival gangs, rising rents and the explosive growth of home gaming systems like Xbox and Playstation that shuttered all other arcades in the city. But as the neighborhood gentrified, this haven for a diverse community faced its strongest challenge, inspiring its biggest devotees to next-level greatness.
All screening events are included with ReplyFX admission. See ticket prices and packages at the festival website.