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A documentary about the Power Glove: the world’s most notorious video game controller.

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Help us fund the final production stages of The Power of Glove, a feature documentary profiling the enigmatic NES controller that helped define a generation of gamers.

The Power Glove was a 1989 Nintendo controller that promised to forever change the way humankind interacted with technology. Originally released by Mattel, the Power Glove was the first mass-marketed, gesture-based video game controller, and its hype was immense.

Immediately after its release, however, gamers were disappointed by the Power Glove, and critics panned it as a worthless gimmick. Yet unlike many gimmicks and critical failures of the past, the Power Glove has not been simply swept under the rug. Over two decades after its release, the Power Glove continues to resonate with video gaming and technology fans, becoming the focus of art pieces, songs, videos, hacking projects, and other forms of cultural repurposing.

The Power of Glove is the story behind the legend and legacy of the Power Glove.

We are both MFA graduates in Documentary Film from Wake Forest University, and our passion for filmmaking is only equaled by our love for retro gaming.  We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to combine those passions in The Power of Glove.

Along with our co-director, Paula Kosowski, we share a belief that the Power Glove has been given an unfair wrap over the past couple decades, and that the story behind the Power Glove has never been fully revealed.

Read more about us here.

As you can see from our trailer, we have unparalleled access to the creative minds behind the Power Glove.  In order to uncover the multifaceted history of the Glove, the film features interviews with the Power Glove’s developers in its hardware, firmware, game design, and marketing departments. By approaching the Glove from such varying angles, the film is faithful in revealing the full journey of the Power Glove from its original concept to on-the-shelf reality.

Novak - Software
Novak - Software
Darin - Templates / Mike - Hardware
Darin - Templates / Mike - Hardware
Tracy - Hardware
Tracy - Hardware

More than 20 years after its release, the Power Glove has been culturally repurposed and reinvented by a small but dedicated legion of fans. The Power of Glove features those artists and hackers who have refused to let the Power Glove die. Witness how these passionate enthusiasts have transformed the Power Glove from a nearly-forgotten piece of technology into a cultural phenomenon.

TriForce - Enthusiast
TriForce - Enthusiast
Dan - Arcade Owner
Dan - Arcade Owner
Yeuda - Musician
Yeuda - Musician

We have more interviews lined up with the Power Glove’s integral creators, as well as exciting Power Glove modifiers.  Filmmaking is a costly endeavor, however, so in order to complete these final shoots, we need your help.

We are really excited to be able to reveal some rare and never-before-seen footage of the making of the Power Glove in our film.  We hope to obtain even more rad footage with the help of our Kickstarter fundraising.

Unreleased Power Glove Game Footage
Unreleased Power Glove Game Footage

Your donation will cover travel expenses, shooting costs, archival footage fees, publicity, as well as the timely process of editing the remainder of the film.

But fear not!  Your donation shall not go unrewarded.  Some of our more exciting prize incentives include the following:

Note: Because Power Gloves are 25 years old, we can’t guarantee that they will be functional. But hey, just think of how rad a signed Power Glove will look on display in your gaming room!

 You can view our press in detail here.

Risks and challenges

The principle challenge involved in the production of The Power of Glove is coordinating the necessary interviewees to tell the story of the Power Glove properly. Because the Power Glove was produced over 20 years ago, its creators have since dispersed coast to coast across the United States. Furthermore, the Power Glove has developed a significant fan-base that knows no territorial boundaries, so we're constantly discovering new Power Glove modifiers all over the USA (and the world!). If we are able to reach our goal, we will try our best to meet with the most important figures in the Power Glove's history/legacy, as well as to juggle scheduling conflicts, but our ability to do this is understandably dependent on a number of indefinite factors.

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FAQ

  • Yes, the DVD will have bonus features!

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  • As of right now, we’re only offering DVDs for physical copies of the film. A Blu-Ray version is something that we're currently looking into for a later release, but as it stands, it is a little outside the scope of what’s feasible for us during this stage of the project.

    If you’d like an HD version of “The Power of Glove,” though, remember that the DVD also comes with a “link to the film (upon completion),” and this version will be 1080p. As a result, it should provide you with the highest quality viewing experience!

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  • We haven't yet signed a specific distribution contract that would allow us to say with 100% certainty what the format of the link to the film will be, but we can say this for sure: we are all big fans of DRM-free downloads for online content that you pay for, so we're going to fight for the film to be released in that format. For example, we've been researching options where we can offer DRM-free downloads as part of the distribution package. A specific example of this would be the company VHX.

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  • We’re aiming to have a cut ready for festivals by mid 2015, and the digital/DVD release of the film to follow shortly after.

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  • We'd definitely like to explore Netflix as an option for distribution! It’s something we’ll revisit once we’re into post-production.

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  • Since The Power of Glove is heavily research-based, we have amassed a great deal of archival material during the documentary’s production. This material includes: never-before-seen prototype game footage, internal sales videos, home video footage from the Power Glove team, a plethora of sales pamphlets, pictures (from past and present), as well as printed promotional material. And, best of all we’re uncovering new material all the time!

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  • Short answer: Yes!

    The Power Glove’s creation is a fascinating story that touches on many themes that are just as relevant today as they were over two decades ago. The creators of the Power Glove were inventing something on the fringe of what was possible, and the documentary traces their diligent efforts through the fever-inducing deadlines and high-stakes marketing pressures that plagued the Glove.

    Also, despite the critical failure of the Power Glove, its afterlife has proven to be just as multifaceted and interesting as its creation story. Some of the specific topics that we’re going to explore in their relation to the Power Glove include the historical emergence of virtual reality, gesture-based computing, hacking, electronic music, and retro-technology art.

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