PBDG at the Kickback Pinball Cafe

anna-newman-kickback-cafe3During my visit to the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival for a screening of Pinball Donut Girl, I got to visit the newly opened Kickback PInball Cafe.

kickback-cafeIt’s in the Lawrenceville neighborhood in Pittsburgh, which seems like a pretty cool neighborhood, right by Arsenal Bowl.

The space is wonderful: giant murals with space girls and robots, including a light up floor mural that is like walking onto a playfield, tables that look like pop bumpers, and lots of games, including 3 customs!

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annanewman-kickback-floorBrian Holderman did all the art.  Brian is also the graphic artist on Wade Krause: Pinball Artist and designed the DVD artwork for PBDG/WK:PA.

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annanewman-kickback-cafeTwo of the cafe’s custom games I had seen before at the PAPA warehouse: Luther’s Vendetta (Brian Holderman) and Freak Out (Mike Budai).

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I hadn’t seen Silver Bullet in person yet.  Super cool.  I even bought a tee-shirt with the backglass detail.

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annanewman-sliver-bullet-detail3Lots of folks visted the cafe, hung out, played the games and had (good) coffee and food. I had a great salad. I know, I know! but I’m from California, ok? and I can’t help myself.  Plus I had to balance some huge meatball hoagies, etc.

So make your way to Pittsburgh and check out Kickback and Brian’s art — he has murals around town too. An arcade with more games is opening upstairs at Kickback soon.

annanewman-brian-holderman-kickback-muralAnd catch the Andy Warhol Museum while you are in town — it’s great. This was my second time and there was a ton new to see. Lurve that place.

Anna and AndyPS:  Brian and I are talking about a limited run print of the DVD art for Wade Krause: Pinball Artist.  I’ll keep you posted about that project….

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Pittsburgh Pinball Donut Girl this weekend

anna-newman-pittsburgh-skylineThis weekend June 15-16 I’ll be in Pittsburgh for the screening of Pinball Donut Girl at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival. When I talked to Ron Quigley who runs the festival (and also created this cool dolly), he was surprised I would be able to come out. I explained that Pittsburgh was key to making Pinball Donut Girl happen, and also Wade Krause: Pinball Artist. I have to go!

pittsburgh-independent-ffPinball Donut Girl is playing on Saturday at 4:30 PM along with a lot of other cool films.  Get your tickets and come join the fun!

Pittsburgh is also the home of artist Brian Holderman (below with Wade).

Wade with Luther's Vendetta artist Brian HoldermanIn addition to epic murals, Brian did all the graphics for Wade Krause: Pinball Artist and he has designed the packaging and created original art for the PBDG/WK:PA DVD.

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DVD-Pinball-Donut-GirlI bet you’ve caught on already — the first DVD press is going to be a double featurette.  So those of you who donated at that level will be getting both films! Yay!

If you can’t make Pittsburgh this weekend, Pinball Donut Girl will also be showing at Gen Con in Indianapolis, IN in August.  I heard a rumor Jeri Ellsworth might be attending….

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Pinball Invades Cinequest Film Festival!

Helping people see the beauty of pinball more clearly than ever, one of the Visible Pinball games from the Pacific Pinball Museum and six other vintage games were featured at the Cinequest Film Festival Opening Night Gala.

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photo by Paul Breski

The real Captain Fantastic, Chris Kuntz of Pinball Pirate brought the games to San Jose.

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chris-capt-fantasticAbly assisted by Mike Harris…

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…who really gets into his work.

mike-cinequestChris and Mike tuned the games to perfection…

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…and they were beta tested by the highly qualified Chris Garcia, festival programmer and curator from the Computer History Museum.

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The doors opened, and the party was on!

photo by Cynthia Pyun

Don’t forget you can come out and have more pinball at Cinequest by coming to the Friday 3/8 6:45 PM screening of Wade Krause: Pinball Artist at Camera 12 in San Jose, or the Saturday 1:45 screening. See you at the movies!

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