Archive of films Computer Chess / Computer Chess

2013, 92 min

Section: Made in Texas: Tribute to Austin Film Society
Year: 2018

Computer Chess is set in the 1980s at a man-versus-computer chess tournament. The film is a comedic and philosophical examination of the relationship between ideas and technology and of the absurdity accompanying innovation.


Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski graduated from Harvard’s film school and started making very personal 16 mm features shortly after his graduation. The critically-acclaimed films Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation marked Bujalski as a major new film talent. A few years later he headed to Austin, Texas and immersed himself in the town’s film scene, where his next four features would be shot. Computer Chess, a comedic and philosophical examination of the relationship between ideas and technology – and the absurdity accompanying innovation – may be Bujalski’s most formally ambitious film. Set in the 1980s at a man-versus-computer chess tournament, it is the only feature to be shot on the Sony AVC-3260 “tube” camera, the short-lived device that spanned the film-to-video transition.

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About the director

Andrew Bujalski (b. 1977, Boston, Massachusetts, USA). Selected filmography: Funny Ha Ha (2002), Mutual Appreciation (2005), Computer Chess (2013), Results (2015), Support the Girls (2018)


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About the film

Color, Black & White, Blu-ray

Section: Made in Texas: Tribute to Austin Film Society
Director: Andrew Bujalski
Screenplay: Andrew Bujalski
Dir. of Photography: Matthias Grunsky
Editor: Andrew Bujalski
Art Director: Michael Bricker
Producer: Houston King, Alex Lipschultz
Production: Computer Chess LLC
Cast: Patrick Riester, Myles Paige, James Curry, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary
Sales: The Film Sales Company


Andrew Bujalski

Film Director

Matthias Grunsky

Director of Photography


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