Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess is the latest in a long line of fine independent films brought to Chattanooga by the Mise En Scenesters film club. The film will be presented on Saturday, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern at the Barking Legs Theater.
Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers about 30 years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.
The film has struck a chord with reviewers around the country. Wired called it “… a funny, low-key look at nerd culture…” Variety’s Justin Chang described Computer Chess as “an endearingly nutty, proudly analog tribute to the ultra-nerdy innovators of yesteryear.”
Tickets are $7, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the filmmaker.
The official MES event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1407012186181987/
Watch the film's trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuGT_L13bQ8
A link to the film's official website: http://www.computerchessmovie.com