Over the last two years I have been producing and directing a documentary about scholastic chess with my company Rescued Media. CHESS MOVIE (working title) goes inside the best junior high chess program in the United States, Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, New York. In April 2009 we embarked on our first trip with I.S. 318 to the USCF Super Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee. Once we witnessed how big the scholastic chess world was, we were hooked. We embedded ourselves with the team – at home, at school and away at tournaments – and slowly, the kids' individual stories began to take shape. Please watch our five minute teaser to see where the film is now headed.
It’s our ultimate goal to secure a television broadcast for Chess Movie and a small theatrical release. We also plan to build a community outreach campaign around the film and use it as a springboard to build support for scholastic chess programs in under served communities across the country.
Right now we have a fundraising campaign underway at Kickstarter.com. Kickstarter is an online funding platform for artists to engage with their audiences and build support for their projects. Our Kickstarter campaign has been successful so far, surpassing our initial goal in just a few short weeks. As independent filmmakers we are working hard to make this documentary on our own and hope to complete production in the next few months. But in order to do this we need to keep raising money and that's why we are asking for your help.
We believe Chess Movie has the potential to breakdown false stereotypes about chess and present a new and fresh perspective to one of the world's oldest and most beloved games. It also will inspire kids to achieve their dreams, both on and off the chessboard.
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