Chinatown Fair

2011 | 11:03 min    

Documentary short
Role: Director/Camera/Editor

Tucked away on a narrow sidestreet in Lower Manhattan lay Chinatown Fair, one of the city’s (and the country’s) last independently owned video arcades. Home to a loyal group of gamers, the arcade was the pinnacle of the East Coast fighting game scene. When it suddenly closed in February 2011, the players were left to find a new home.

Combining interviews with crowdsourced footage, Chinatown Fair tells the personal story of the connections that were formed at the arcade and how they can survive after a shared space no longer exists.

“Documentaries rarely grab me, [but] Hayes’ little slice of Manhattan video game culture did.” – Mike McCutchen, Ain’t It Cool News