CAINE'S ARCADE Turns Cardboard Into Magic

Sean Smithson, Contributor

I'm sure most of you reading this site are firm believers, like I am, in the therapeutic power of film. Well, if you have had a crummy day, I can darn near guarantee this little short film will help turn it around, at least a little bit.

Caine Monroy is a 9 year old boy from East L.A., who on weekends accompanies his father to work the family business, a used auto parts store. The enterprising lad decided to build his own arcade from the cardboard boxes laying around the shop, when eventually, young filmmaker Nirvan stopped in, looking for a part for his car. What he also ended up finding, was an insanely resourceful kid who channeled his creativity and love for games, into an incredibly clever spin on the lemonade stand. After playing the arcade, Nirvan asked Caine's father for permission to make a short documentary film on his son's little business.

One flash mob later, full of kids and families, and you have an incredibly touching showing of people turning out to honor the tenacious yet humble little Caine, and to enjoy his handcrafted games.

This really is amazing stuff. A cookie for the soul if you will. The tagline says it perfectly,"9 year old Caine Monroy, who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad's used auto parts store, is about to have the best day of his life."

Click below and enjoy. Also, please check out the official website for Caine's Arcade.
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