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Full Frame Third Friday: “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” Screens FREE on June 19 and 26

Detail from the "King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" movie poster

Detail from the “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” movie poster

Put these two dates on your calendar: the Full Frame Film Festival will host two free screenings of King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters in the Triangle area this month. The free Third Friday screening on June 19 in Durham is part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC, and the June 26 screening at City Plaza in Raleigh is part of PNC’s Downtown Raleigh Movie Series.

Friday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)
Full Frame Theater, Power Plant building
American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina
Directions
       

Friday, June 26, Sundown (food trucks begin at 5:30 p.m.)
City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh
400 Block Fayetteville St., Raleigh, North Carolina
Directions

A cult of personality surrounds Billy Mitchell, a boastful hot sauce mogul who was named Video Game Player of the Century in 1999. Mitchell has held the Donkey Kong high score since the 1980s, and basks in his status as a video game legend. Enter Steve Wiebe, a classic underdog nice guy, a science teacher and family man who sets out in 2003 to beat Mitchell’s record. Battling bureaucracy, suspicions, and self-doubt, Wiebe travels across the country to prove to the gaming world—and himself—that he’s got what it takes to be a champion. Funny, infuriating, and at times surprisingly poignant, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters pits Wiebe versus Mitchell in a fierce rivalry that showcases the diehard obsession behind a peculiar subculture. 

View the trailer here.

For more information, including other upcoming Full Frame programming, click here. Note that while the June 19 Full Frame Third Friday screening is free, all attendees must reserve a ticket via Eventbrite, available at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. The June 26 screening is not ticketed; you can find more information about the Downtown Raleigh Movie Series here.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies.

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