March 27, 2017 Amanda Wallace

Speaker Announcement 2017: Kurt Vincent & the Lost Arcade

A black and white still of a man resting on an arcade cabinet. This years event will feature a showing of the 26 Ares film The Lost Arcade.

Written and produced by Irene Chin and directed by Kurt Vincent, The Lost Arcade is an intimate story of a once-ubiquitous cultural phenomenon on the edge of extinction, especially in New York City, which one had video arcades by the dozen. These arcades were as much social hubs to meet up and hang out as they were public arenas for gamers to demonstrate their skills. But by 2011, only a handful remained, most of them corporate affairs, leaving the legendary Chinatown Fair on Mott Street as the last hold-out of old-school arcade culture. Opened in the early 1940’s, Chinatown Fair, famous for its dancing and tic tac toe playing chickens, survived turf wars between rival gangs, increases in rent, and the rise of the home gaming system to become an institution and a haven for kids from all five boroughs. A documentary portrait of the Chinatown Fair and its denizens, the Lost Arcade is a eulogy for and a celebration of the arcade gaming community, tenacity, and the Dance Dance Revolutionary spirit.

The movie will be shown at the Planetarium next door to the Carl D. Perkins building, and admission is free with your ticket Saturday night as a closing event. A Q&A with director Kurt Vincent will follow.

still from The Lost Arcade, showing a man and a woman sitting next to each other in an arcade cockpit, faces focused on action off screen

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.​
If you haven’t had a chance to purchase your ticket to Vector yet, you still can! All pass holders for Vector will get admission to the film showing.
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