Skeeball wizard: Comedic documentary being shown at Penn Cinema

By on April 8, 2015

From his boredom on the beach as a kid, Aaron Re has come a long way.

His outlet was skeeball.

And the 45-year-old southcentral Pennsylvania resident went from winning water park passes in Wildwood’s boardwalk arcades to becoming the World Champion of Skeeball last Labor Day.

Aaron Re shows off the finesse that netted him the title of World Skeeball Champion last Labor Day in Wildwood, N.J. (Photos provided by Aaron Re)

Aaron Re shows off the finesse that netted him the title of World Skeeball Champion last Labor Day in Wildwood, N.J. (Photos provided by Aaron Re)

“I’ve been playing ever since I was a kid, probably since I was eight years old, and I found at the beach, you really can win a lot of great prizes,” said Re, of Hanover. “I got real bored laying out in the sand and I would go back to the arcade and roll skeeball.”

That, however, is not his whole story.

Owner of Hanover Multimedia, Re created SBK The-Movie, a comedic documentary about his lifelong journey which opened in Penn Cinema last Friday and runs through tonight (Thursday).

“The tag line is, ‘The less you know, the more fun you’ll have,’ because even though it centers around skeeball, there’s so much more to it and it’s really more about never giving up on your dreams and always working toward a goal,” Re said. “It’s a fun film, it’s very light-hearted and if you’ve ever enjoyed something as simple as a game of skeeball, you’ll enjoy the film.”

Much of the film is shot in Wildwood. There are scenes from New York City, Tennessee and Lancaster. Although Re, of course, is a prominent part of it, a number of other competitors are shown. A celebrity even makes a surprise appearance.

“Some of the people from my past are in (the film) that helped me get to this point,” Re said. “If you get a chance to see the film, you’re going to be like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe all that’s in there.’ The audiences that I’ve played it for have really reacted positively to it. Everyone leaves with a smile.”

Re, himself, left Wildwood, N.J. with a smile this past Labor Day. Roughly 80 to 100 competitors, from several different surrounding states, arrived to vie for the title of World Champion of Skeeball.

Based on the scores of five games, each with nine balls, the top 12 advanced to the finals. There, Re emerged on top.

“I’ve certainly rolled a lot higher games than 540, but I remember that being the score that propelled me to the championship,” Re remarked.

Consistency is the key, he said.

“You’ve got to be able to consistently get a high score, and the nice thing about skeeball is it doesn’t matter if you’re seven years old or 70 years old &tstr; you can compete,” Re said. “There is some luck to it, but you’ve got to be consistent, you’ve got to be able to always hit that 100 pocket if you need to.”

That is one of the many things that will come out in “SBK The-Movie.”

“The goal is to start in central PA and then expand into more theaters in the following weeks if it goes well,” Re said. “I think it’s a nice reminder of the beach for people as well. Time to start thinking about warming up and heading back to the beach.”

Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at bmorgan.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4451.

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