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COMPUTER CHESS wins SLOAN PRIZE at SUNDANCE

Andrew Bujalski's COMPUTER CHESS premieres at Sundance. WINNER of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize. Check out INDIEWIRE's review here.

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Comments on the production design:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY "Shot mostly in the washed-out black-and-white of a thousand amateur olden-day videos and set in a perfectly, painfully ugly hotel that’s nowhere and everywhere in America, the movie “documents” an annual (fictional) tournament  based on the challenge of devising a computer program that can stand up against a human chess master."

MOVIE CITY NEWS  "Shot on vintage Portapak tape in 4:3 aspect ratio, the film excels at recreating the atmosphere and feel of the early 1980s, nailing everything from the clunky computer hardware to the stifling décor of the convention’s tacky venue (the time-capsule effect is enough to induce some serious nostalgia)."

SCREEN CRAVE "Shot using early PortoPak video techniques in [mostly] black and white and with an impeccably detail-oriented production, the work has a striking retro look that had me thinking it was found footage for the first five minutes. The combination of the aesthetic, the time period in which it is set, and the strangeness of the events manages a kind of equilibrium that wouldn’t have been possible had it been shot in high-def."

Michael Bricker