Computer Chess

Feature Film | USA 2013 | 92' | OV

This is the rare exception of a »cult film« living up to that label. Andrew Bujalski (BEESWAX) has made a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the pioneers of computer chess, appropriately capturing it on old videotape. The washed-out images – more shades of gray than black and white, and definitely not HD quality – beam viewers back to the early 1980s: in a no-frills hotel, bespectacled nerds congregate to stage a battle of their refrigerator-sized computers running self-made programs. Some fuses are blown, and not only with the computing equipment. More trouble comes into play with the advances of members of a sect-like group of free love apologists, who happen to stay at the hotel as well. As remnants of hippie culture clash with the realm of socially inept tech enthusiasts, grotesque comedy inevitably ensues. COMPUTER CHESS not only comes across as an extremely authentic look at the past, but also provides a heads-up for all of us as to how funny our current gadgetry might seem in 30 years.

Houston King, Alex Lipschultz
Associate Producers
David McClafferty, Drew Xanthopoulos
Andrew Bujalski
Andrew Bujalski
Matthias Grunsky
Andrew Bujalski
Sound Mixer
Eric Masunaga
Sound Recordist
Paavo Hanninen, Kevin Bewersdorf
Production Design
Michael Bricker
Principal Cast
Patrick Riester, Myles Paige, James Curry, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary, Wiley Wiggins, Gordon Kindlmann, Kevin Bewersdorf, Freddy Martinez, Jim Lewis, Chris Doubek
Production Company
Computer Chess LLC

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Selected filmography Andrew Bujalski