Sundance Update #10 – COMPUTER CHESS

Film still from COMPUTER CHESS. 2013, 91 minutes, color & b/w, U.S.A., NEXT Category.

Film still from COMPUTER CHESS. 2013, 91 minutes, color & b/w, U.S.A., NEXT Category.

Andrew Bujalski (MFF films, FUNNY HA HA, MUTUAL APPRECIATION) gesturing (below) after being asked to explain “in three phrases” his funny and insightful evocation of late 60s computer programmers’ attempts to program computers to beat a human Chess Master. The technology is young and the machines aren’t cooperating.  Andrew tells his story in a style that leaves you wondering where he found all the footage and allows him to explore his own concerns for a film world going all digital.

Cast with non-professional actors, Boston critic and filmmaker Gerald Peary gives a terrific performance as the Chess Master and Event MC.

Andrew Bujalski and Gerry Perry at COMPUTER CHESS Q & A.

Andrew Bujalski (left) at COMPUTER CHESS Q & A.

Gerald Peary (center) answers questions at the COMPUTER CHESS Q&A.

Gerald Peary (center) answers questions at the COMPUTER CHESS Q & A.

– Jed Dietz, MFF Director


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