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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Visually-Challenged Chess Players: Help Showcase Special Documentary to World Audience

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Hi everyone, 

You must have read the Chess Blog posts on 'Algorithms' - the documentary by Ian McDonald on blind chess players in India:

Ian McDonald's Unique Chess Documentary - World of Blind Chess in India
Visually Challenged Chess Players - Ian McDonald Documentary on Indian Chess Players

The documentary was praised in India and surely, it deserves a bigger international platform. The director and his team are now looking to secure an international premiere at a top film festival outside India. It had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival of India in Nov 2012. It was also a Film Bazaar Recommended (FBR) film at the industry event parallel to IFFI and screeners have been taken by visiting festivals. 

For this, the film needs to be regraded. The original picture grading was not done to a big screen projector. But this is expensive. Also, the teams wants to take the desired high quality outputs (HD CAM, DCP etc), which again are very expensive. McDonald's team has little time to raise funds. They have now decided to go down the crowd-funding route with a Kickstarter campaign. The target is £10,000 in 45 days. If they fail to reach the target they get nothing! 

Would you like to support this very special chess documentary? Here is the Kickstarter Campaign link for 'Algorithms'. 

Crowd funding a project through Kickstarter is slowly becoming the most viable way for documentary filmmakers and now one-third of films that come to festivals are funded this way. In fact, the Oscar award for short documentary went to a Kickstarter film this year!

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