Competition Documentary Features
Bobby Fischer Against the World
DIRECTED BY LIZ GARBUS
USA, 2010, 93 MIN
Arrogant genius? Brilliant eccentric? Delusional savant? The most heralded chess player of all time, Bobby Fischer declares, “Chess and me—it’s like an alter ego,” in this captivating bio-pic that inspires care about the man and the game in surprising ways. Under the tutelage of a mother who is by turns smothering, demanding, cold, and distant, he learned the game at the age of six and, at 15, earned the U.S. national championship. The Cold War of the early ‘70s thrust him into the limelight as a symbol of U.S. superiority, and his legendary match against U.S.S.R. chess champ Boris Spassky gripped the nation’s competitive imagination as compellingly as any Super Bowl. But as his fame grew, his grip on reality diminished, and his demons forced him into psychological and geographical exile. Award-winning director Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA; FFF 1998 Grand Jury Award for Best Doc Feature) plumbs the soul and psyche of this loneliest of American heroes.
DIRECTED BY SEAN DUNNE
USA, 2010, 14 MIN
“Why do I have to work? I’m good at bowling!” Meet the hustler Rocky Salemmo, a foul-mouthed, fast-talking Staten Islander who has perfected the art of self-aggrandizement. You’ll think a character from The Big Lebowski has come to life. But this dude’s REAL.