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The Future of Pinball —

I have forgotten how I initially heard about this documentary, but Greg Maletic has been working for a number of years on a film about the last gasp of Williams Pinball, the Pinball 2000 system. His film The Future of Pinball is very nearly finished.

He was kind enough to send me a DVD of the rough cut to check, and yeah howdy, this thing is good. Great music, great editing, and ideas I wish I had come up with. Oh, and a great story besides.

After a whirlwind, amazing history of the Pinball game, you learn about the story of Williams Pinball and the attempt to take Pinball games to the “next level”, and the people who worked to make it happen. If you ever touched a pinball machine, you’ll love this thing.

As it is, I am helping to run the movie room at the Vintage Computer Festival at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California this November. (This was where I “Beta Premiered” rough cuts of my own documentary last year). (I’ll also be running a small panel of BBSers there as well.)

So, well, it looks like if you show up, you can get to see the rough cut as well! Greg will be showing it there, and I’m happy to be part of that process.

So if you’re in the area (or can make yourself be in the area), you have another great reason to go. Greg will also be conducting a Q&A after the showing, in case people have things they want to know or want to suggest stuff for the film. And if you’re not, you can browse Greg’s site and learn about the production and sign up to be notified when you can buy it.

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  1. Lazlo Nibble says:

    Hey Jason, what day are you running the panel at VCF? I’m probably only going to come down for a day and I’d like to catch it…