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[16:9] Caine’s Arcade

Dan Baker —  April 13, 2012

Project 16:9 features films with a destination, whether it be an awareness driven documentary or a question-raising narrative. Right or wrong, these films know where they’re going.

Cardboard and Packing Tape

When I was a youngin’ we lived clear out in the desert, a good 20 minute drive from civilization. There weren’t many kids my age out there, so I had to find creative ways to entertain myself. With cardboard and hot glue I created fantasy landscapes for my action figures and weapons to chase my little brother around with.

When I saw Caine’s Arcade, my heart melted. Caine Monroy, a 9-year-old living in East L.A., having to spend an entire summer alone stranded at his Dad’s auto parts shop, built an elaborate arcade out of nothing but cardboard and packing tape. Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick was equally smitten as I, and organized a surprise that Caine will never, ever forget. I won’t ruin it for you, so watch for yourself:

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