January 31, 2007
Sundance/Slamdance. Chasing Ghosts + The King of Kong."A strong subject, the birth and stratospheric rise of the video gaming industry, and fascinating, quirky characters - in this case the young male gamers who became video arcade superstars - are the rock solid foundation for director Lincoln Ruchti's likable documentary Chasing Ghosts," writes Steve Ramos at indieWIRE. "[T]he best doc in competition this year at Slamdance is Seth Gordon's The King of Kong," writes Michael Lerman at indieWIRE. "Far exceeding the bloated Sundance video game documentary this year, Chasing Ghosts, King of Kong tiptoes across the line of mockery so carefully that the result is a surprisingly universal battle of the brawn that even the biggest Nintendo cynic would find hard it hard not to be engaged in." At ScreenGrab, Bryan Whitefield: "Competition Documentary Chasing Ghosts director Lincoln Ruchti and producer Michael Verrechia hosted a gamers wet dream Sunday on Main Street where kids as young as 10 and adults well past 40 all got a chance to slap buttons and jerk joysticks on vintage video games in their original arcade form." IndieWIRE interviews Ruchti. Coverage of the coverage: The Park City Index.
Posted by dwhudson at January 31, 2007 10:58 AM