I’ve been intrigued by Andrew Bujalski’s “Computer Chess” for months. The “mumblecore” maestro’s latest won raves (and an award) at Sundance, and he has long been a fascinating filmmaker. The Sundance website offers a nice breakdown of the film and an interview with Bujalski. Here is a description of the film:
“‘Computer Chess’ follows a group of savvy young programmers in their attempt to build a computer chess program with the ability to defeat a human player. Shot on cameras true to the era the characters in the film inhabit an environment almost indistinguishable from the year it aims to imitate — 1980. And for good measure, the director’s trademark knack for achieving an uncanny vérité style — so well-documented in his debut feature ‘Funny Ha Ha’ — ultimately exposes his tech pioneer subjects in all of their social incompetence.”
Squeaky Wheel is screening “Computer Chess” this Tuesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. It is another fine booking for the media arts center, who recently screened “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” and will show the acclaimed “Leviathan” in October. I love that Squeaky is bringing these idiosyncratic movies to town ahead of their home release.
Photo Courtesy Computer Chess LLC