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Computer Chess -- An artificially intelligent comedy about computer chess programmers set some decades ago - when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed more up for grabs...


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An artificially intelligent comedy from the director of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.
A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Kriss Schludermann ... ADVANTAGE Member
Tom Fletcher ... DEEP SPEED Member

Wiley Wiggins ... Beuscher
Patrick Riester ... Bishton
Kevin Bewersdorf ... Cameraman

Gene Williams ... MONSIEUR D'ECHECS member
Jim Lewis ... John

Cole Noppenberg ... CAPA X Member
Myles Paige ... Papageorge
Gerald Peary ... Henderson
James Curry ... Carbray
Bob Sabiston ... McVey
S. Kirk Walsh ... Hotel Clerk
Daniel Metz ... Reini Urban (as Daniel C. Metz)

Stephen Wheeler ... Panel Skeptic
Mark Blumberg ... NOOG Member
Eric Newton ... Klaas
Robin Schwartz ... Shelly
Kevin Welch ... Hersh
Brandon Thomas ... Dever
Bert Herigstad ... Luke
James Cooley ... COMPAQ Lugger
Cyrus Albertson ... Keyboardist
Kat McCullough ... Go Away Please
Margie Beegle ... Monica
Terry Beegle ... Fred

Cyndi Williams ... Pauline

Chris Doubek ... Dave

Tishuan Scott ... Keneiloe
Annie LaGanga ... Carol

Bill Wise ... Roger

Jonny Mars ... Thomas
Rebecca Beegle ... Ingrid
David L. Dunn ... Set Up Crew Man
Gordon Kindlmann ... Schoesser
Anne Dodge ... Masha Schoesser
Jane Kindlmann ... Baby Jane
Stewart Gray ... Interested Onlooker
Edith Mannix ... Mrs. Papageorge
Dustin Guy Defa ... Photographer
Elena Eidelberg ... Bartender
Collie Ryan ... Singer
Camron Rushin ... Patuxent Member
Gabriel Alack ... Super Extra
James Armstrong ... Super Extra
David Basnight ... Super Extra
Ron Blanton ... Super Extra
Sean Burke ... Super Extra
Robert Carrillo ... Super Extra
Ben Cholok ... Super Extra
Kevin 'Bev' Collins ... Super Extra
Jim Crews ... Super Extra
Corey Crowley ... Super Extra
Dan Davis ... Super Extra (as Daniel B. Davis)
Jeff Davis ... Super Extra
Wolf Dilworth ... Super Extra
Tommy Dore ... Super Extra
Adam Dziuk ... Super Extra
Dan Eggleston ... Super Extra
Bradley Eversley ... Super Extra
Michael Feinstein ... Super Extra
Lee Feller ... Super Extra
Bill Fichtner ... Super Extra
Michael Field ... Super Extra
Benjamin Finkel ... Super Extra
Josef Foerster ... Super Extra
Richard Gaines ... Super Extra
Russ Gardner ... Super Extra
Bernardo Garza ... Super Extra
Julian Gonzalez ... Super Extra
Lyon Grauity ... Super Extra
Ryan Green ... Super Extra
Steve Harvell ... Super Extra
Zach Hennig ... Super Extra
Andy Hopkins ... Super Extra
Austin Horne ... Super Extra
Misty Horne ... Super Extra / Woman in Pool
Jon Huebner ... Super Extra
Nate Jackson ... Super Extra
John Kaatz ... Super Extra
Parteesh Kaul ... Super Extra
Kris Kern ... Super Extra
Jimmy King ... Super Extra
Michael Latta ... Super Extra
Kenneth 'Buffalo' Liverman ... Super Extra
Corey Lockwood ... Super Extra
Trent Lockwood ... Super Extra
Audrey Lopata ... Super Extra
Marie Luna ... Super Extra
Lee Mendez ... Super Extra
Joshua Mendoza ... Super Extra
Michael Nguyen ... Super Extra
Alan Oliver ... Super Extra
Johnny Pacia ... Super Extra
Rod Paddock ... Super Extra (as Rodney Paddock)
W.A. 'Pete' Peters ... Super Extra
Ari Phillips ... Super Extra
Ben Ploughman ... Super Extra
Ralph Power ... Super Extra
Vincent James Prendergast ... Super Extra / Friedensen (as Vincent Prendergast)
Jason Reyes ... Super Extra
Howie Richey ... Super Extra
Christopher Robinson ... Super Extra
TJ Robinson ... Super Extra (as T.J. Robinson)
Trey Robinson ... Super Extra
David Rosenbaum ... Super Extra
Jerry Rutherford ... Super Extra
Stephen Salisbury ... Super Extra
Josh Sklar ... Super Extra
Daniel Smith ... Super Extra
Yonaton Smith ... Super Extra
Robert Sparks ... Super Extra
Steve Startakov ... Super Extra
Bradley Tamkin ... Super Extra

Gary Teague ... Super Extra / Computer Chess Player
Ed Trevis ... Super Extra
Rob Van Gieson ... Super Extra
Aiden Williams ... Super Extra
Duncan Williams ... Super Extra
Terri Williams ... Super Extra
Jim Wynn ... Super Extra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josef Maxwell ... Chess Player
Nicholas Marino ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Bujalski 
Writing credits
Andrew Bujalski 

Produced by
Scott Colquitt .... co-producer
Morgan Coy .... co-producer
Andrew Finnigan .... co-producer
Brooke Finnigan .... co-producer
Carlyn Hudson .... co-producer
Houston King .... producer
Alex Lipschultz .... producer
David McClafferty .... associate producer
Gary Stewart .... co-producer
Drew Xanthopoulos .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Matthias Grunsky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Bujalski 
Production Design by
Michael Bricker 
Art Direction by
Madison Fisk (supervising art director)
Caroline Karlen 
Costume Design by
Colin Wilkes 
Makeup Department
Charli Brath .... hair stylist
Charli Brath .... makeup artist
Allie Towell .... additional makeup artist (as Allie Towel)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alex Lipschultz .... first assistant director
Art Department
David Yépez Conley .... prop fabricator (as David Conley)
Jeff DeRiso .... on-set dresser
Lindsay Greene .... property fabricator
Deneice O'Connor .... property master
Adee Serrao .... graphic designer
Anthony Lavadera .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Bewersdorf .... sound recordist
Paavo Hanninen .... sound recordist
Eric Masunaga .... sound mixer: Modulus
Joel Sadler .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Nick Smith .... compositor
Nick Smith .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Aaron Abolt .... key grip
E.J. Enriquez .... additional cinematography
E.J. Enriquez .... assistant camera
Scott M. Hathaway .... additional assistant camera
Evan Ho .... additional assistant camera
Emmett Kerr-Perkinson .... gaffer
Thomas Vo .... camera engineer
Jim Wynn .... additional camera advisor
Drew Xanthopoulos .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Ivy Davila .... extras casting
Alice Graulty .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mikaylah Bowman .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Alex Milan .... assistant editor
Nick Smith .... colorist
Transportation Department
Catherine Licata .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Alex Barrera .... production assistant
David Bellarosa .... production assistant
Russ Corley .... vintage computer technician
Corey Crowley .... production assistant
Louis Edward Doerge .... production assistant (as Louis Doerge)
Lindsey Edge .... cat wrangler
Taylor Finley .... production assistant
George Fournier .... production assistant
Caleb Garcia .... production assistant
Frances Harshaw .... cats provided by
Peter Kappler .... chess game designer
Peter Kappler .... programming consultant
Gordon Kindlmann .... additional programming
Ben Kullerd .... chef: Put This In Your Mouth Catering
Caitlin Lundin .... sous-chef: Put This In Your Mouth Catering
Kat McCullough .... production assistant
Mystie Pineda .... cat wrangler
Caroline Wallace .... production assistant
Stephen Wheeler .... additional programming advisor
Wiley Wiggins .... additional programming
Mark Duplass .... special thanks
Adam Dziuk .... special thanks
Richard Linklater .... special thanks
Ira Sachs .... special thanks
Yonaton Smith .... special thanks (as Yonatan Smith)
Reini Urban .... thanks
David Zellner .... special thanks
Nathan Zellner .... special thanks

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92 min
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Pauline:Peter, did you ever stop and ask yourself how many squares are on a chess board?
Bishton:64. It's an 8 by 8 grid.
Pauline:Well... but don't you see how limited that is?
Bishton:No, it's actually very complex once you start to think about it as a programming problem. Just the number of possible games explodes exponentially with each move, it's close to 10 to the 120th power. And to try and compute all those games might take even longer than humanity would be around to do so.
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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A thoughtful, intriguing film, 19 July 2013

I've never seen a film quite like Computer Chess. As one might expect from director Andrew Bujalski, the spoken dialogue and performances from the actors all feel incredibly real. Actor Myles Paige in particular delivers Mike Papageorge's cocky, self-aggrandizing dialogue with a naturalistic vocal cadence you don't often find in the standard summer fare of film. The cinematography, too, is appropriately raw. Shot on video with a 4:3 aspect ratio, it's hard not to watch a scene and feel like you're looking at someone's home movie. While it will no doubt be jarring for some, I found the aesthetic endearing and immersive, as if I really was in the 80s with the characters.

When not focusing on the computer chess competition, the film pries into the lives of its attendees. Here the characters are the film's primary focus. Even though "Chess" has no proper protagonist, it's hard not getting attached to these people. Peter Bishop, a younger computer programmer, comes the closest we get to a main character, and exhibits a reserved, shy personality that I personality think exists in us all. Bishop finds himself floundering from one uncomfortable situation to the next, unable to express his discomfort or anxieties. Other attendees often wax philosophical about the nature of programming, dropping gems like "Is real artificial intelligence different from artificial real intelligence?"

Interestingly enough, Bujalski has no qualms about belying the real-world aesthetic he's effortlessly created. Throughout the film he peppers in several surreal flourishes. Often times scenes will have jump cuts, audio will go out of sync with the video, the film features an almost out of place color scene, and there's even a trippy dream sequence where the programmers take on the role of chess pieces.

Ultimately, Computer Chess features something for everyone. From likable characters to a refreshing visual style, it's hard not to leave the film feeling wholly satisfied.

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