NH Film Series 2018 : King of Kong A Fistfull of Quarters
March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, March 28, 2018. 7pm.
Documentary & Discussion: King of Kong: Fistfull of Quarters
Robbie Lakeman of Manchester, New Hampshire, is the current world champion of the classic arcade game of Donkey Kong. He will be the special guest speaker at the Historical Society of Cheshire County’s viewing of the 2007 documentary King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters. The film chronicles the lives of a middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul as they vie for the world record in the early 21st century. With scenes filmed in Laconia, New Hampshire, at Weirs Beach’s Funspot, King of Kong has become a cult classic to many film-goers and an inspiration to gamers. Lakeman, who grew up in Concord, often visited Funspot as a child and was drawn to the arcade game that has, today, put him in the Guinness Book of World Records. Although Lakeman does not star in King of Kong, he was featured in the 2016 film Kong Off, another film about Donkey Kong championships. Of the film King of Kong, the Boston Globe noted that it’s a “hilarious and moving study of the obsessive competition between the all-time scoring leader on Donkey Kong, an odd Floridian, and a father of two who gets sucked into a world of mind-blowing passive-aggressiveness.” The film and discussion are free and open to the public on a first come basis.