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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Another Chess Film Wins Film Award!

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The Tribeca Film Institute has listed Austin filmmaker Andrew Bujalski's 'Computer Chess' as one of three awardees of its Sloan Filmmaker Fund. TFI, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, grants funds to narrative film projects that "dramatize science and technology themes in film or that portray scientists, engineers, or mathematicians in prominent character roles."

Bujalski's 80s-themed movie centers on a chess tournament featuring chess players and computer programmers. Of his movie about man-versus-machine, Bujalski says on the United States Artists website, "I'm trying to make a very odd movie indeed, about computer chess programmers circa 1980, and perhaps deep down it's my attempt to vicariously peek into the fantasy braniac life I ought to have pursued as a kid. It happens to be a fascinating era for the field."

In addition to the monetary prize, Bujalski ("Mutual Appreciation," "Beeswax") and other grant recipients receive year-round mentoring from science experts and members of the film industry.

Bujalski raised more than $50,000 for his film via the United States Artists website and received a grant from the Texas Filmmaker Production Fund.

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