Wade and Tilt Warning Creating Pinball Games for FAILE

FAILE has hired Wade Krause and Dave Baach of Tilt Warning Customs to create pinball games for FAILE’s DeluxxeFluxx arcade showing at the giant Art Basel art show in Miami this year.


5 of 13 colors laid down on one of two different pinball backglasses…

FAILE is a collaboration between Brooklyn artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, and they are HUGE in the art world.  Their recent work with the NYC Ballet helped re-introduce ballet to a new generation that might never have thought about ballet as cool.


I think Wade, Dave and FAILE can do the same thing for pinball.


Wade mixes ink for Faile’s backglass screen printing


Wade mixes by eye to Pantone precision.

In their newsletter, FAILE reports

We are working to bring DeluxxFluxx to ArtBasel in Miami this year. We have a new set of arcade games and will be showing pinball machines for the first time.


Wade inspects in-progress pinball backglass with one of Faile’s designs

Wade, Dave and I are documenting the creation of the backglass and other pinball elements at Wade’s Studio — Stay tuned for more images and info!


Film from a past project with KRK Ryden watches from a shelf in Wade’s studio

You can learn more about Wade and his work with pinball art in the DVD Wade Krause: Pinball Artist, available here.

Pinball Under the Stars

Sunday Sept. 1 come out to a free outdoor cinema screening of Wade Krause: Pinball Artist at the Bernal Heights Film Festival in San Francisco.

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema

Photo from Bernalwood, Todd Lappin

There will be music at 6:30 PM, and the film program starts at 7:00. Bring a picnic, blankets…and warm clothes for the San Francisco summer night.  See you Sunday!


Do you go to Gen Con Indy? Maybe you should.

I had a great time at Gen Con Film Festival in Indianapolis, IN. The con and its film festival see over 40k attendees during 4 days and take over the Indianapolis Convention Center and surrounding hotels.


I had the opportunity to screen Pinball Donut Girl  for this huge passionate community, and participate in panels with other indie filmmakers.

Producers’ panel on Indie Series, moderated by Anna. Left to right: Devi Snively (Martini Mom and Devil Spawn), Joe Atkinson (The Book of Dallas), Steve Gossett (Ninja Laundry), Tara Eary (Zombie Fairytale Theater), Chris Lukeman (Once Upon a Time in the 1970s), Anna Newman.

There was an arcade room and console games, but I didn’t see any pinball beyond my film. Maybe someone can get a couple games out there next year. I can try and hook people up with the organizers if anyone wants to look into that.


Huge exhibit floor, tons of films, and literally thousands of gaming events.  Lots of cosplay.


We also spent a late evening at the Indiana State Fair with PBDG ambassador to the Midwest, Mark Czarnowski (Chiefly Pinball).  Awesome!  My family attended the California State Fair every year when I was growing up. Made me miss my 4-H days.




Back at the con…


If you like table games, cosplay, models/miniatures, indie film, or just people watching, check out Gen Con. Fun and friendly people and well organized;  I would love to return.

Also check out the series available from the filmmakers on my panel.  You can enjoy many of them right now online (CLICK THE IMAGES).  I’ll be posting video of the panels themselves later.


Martini Mom and Devil Spawn


The Book of Dallas


Once Upon a Time in the 1970s


Zombie Fairytale Theater


PS: if you haven’t picked up a DVD of the Pinball Double Featurette, I just received the second run from the duplicator and I’m shipping again.  $10.99 for both short films plus a film on the design and creation of the visible pinball game and more.