andrew bujalski

Harvard film grad Andrew Bujalski wrote and directed "Funny Ha Ha," "Mutual Appreciation" and "Beeswax," all of which have appeared on the New York Times’s “Best of the Year” lists. He's in Sundance this year with his NEXT entry, "Computer Chess."

What It's About: "A convention of computer chess programmers, long before Deep Blue defeated Kasparov, losing their minds while they build an artificial one."

What It's REALLY About: "The dawn of the digital age--a time when nerds were nerds, and the rest of us had no idea what was coming."

Computer Chess

My Biggest Challenge: "Middle age!"

Inspirations: "William Eggleston's 'Stranded in Canton' mashed up with all the science fiction and fact I absorbed as a kid."

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