Appearance by writer/director Andrew Bujalski at Saturday's screenings. Also appearing: actor Tishuan Scott; Margie and Terry Beegle, members of MFAH Film Buffs who have small parts in the film.
Computer Chess is an existential comedy from Austin writer/director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) about the brilliant scientists who taught machines to play chess—back when the machines seemed clumsy and humans seemed smart. Set over the course of a 1980s weekend tournament for chess-software programmers, the film follows a group of eccentric geniuses who possess the vision to teach a metal box to defeat humankind, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it.
Film Comment magazine calls the movie ". . . close to perfect." The website Accréds says, "Computer Chess could be a new Doctor Strangelove. Hilarious and brilliant."
Andrew Bujalski has written and directed the films "Funny Ha Ha," "Mutual Appreciation," and "Beeswax," all of which have appeared on the "New York Times" critics’ “Top Ten of the Year” lists. "Funny Ha Ha" was also identified by "Times" critic A. O. Scott as one of the “Ten Most Influential Films of the ’00s.” Between duties to his own projects, Bujalski has also worked as a screenwriter-for-hire and a teacher of film production at Boston University and the University of Texas. The "Boston Globe" describes him as “unerringly polite and somewhat disheveled.”