How the Indie Movie ‘Chess Match’ Ran Afoul of Hollywood Groupthink

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“Change him to a Republican otherwise you’ll by no means work in Hollywood once more”

It’s what I used to be instructed days earlier than beginning manufacturing on “Chess Match,” a cerebral thriller out there for streaming at Amazon Prime.

Arduous to listen to from somebody you look as much as, a producer with 10 function movies launched, no matter how type the intention of the message. I ought to have realized this might be the standard reception.

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The primary actor I known as for the movie, somebody I had labored with a few occasions earlier than, replied “After all!” once I recommended we do one other venture collectively. I warned him the script lined politics and a few sensitive topics. He mentioned, “Ship it to me. I’ve performed baby molesters and axe murderers, I can play any half”

Three days later he emailed again saying he couldn’t play the half. Any half however that of a corrupt politician who was additionally a Democrat.

A single location film, “Chess Match” is a couple of Democrat union metal employee named John who shoots and kidnaps his Congressmen, Charlie, holding him till he both confesses or bleeds out. Charlie, performed by the superb Paul Vibrant, is given the possibility for freedom and a experience to the ER if he performs and wins a sport of chess.

As the 2 play, utilizing strikes from the well-known 1851 Anderssen and Kieseritzky “Immortal Game,” they focus on American tradition and politics. The chess sport is known as a result of after sacrificing a lot, together with his queen, Andersesen received utilizing minor items.

The story unfolds in an identical method, with twists and turns exposing extra layers, and extra video games being performed. With matters together with the Ten Commandments, the Invoice of Rights, Simply Warfare Principle, and quotes from Thomas Aquinas and JFK, Chess Match will not be crimson versus blue, however blue collar rust-belt America versus out of contact DC elite.

A tense sequence from the provocative indie movie ‘Chess Match.’

Shot over eight days in a horse area within the foothills of Mt. Hood, serving as a stand-in for Virginia horse nation, the manufacturing had an virtually comical variety of issues go mistaken. It started with an unseasonable, huge storm which lasted so lengthy we modified the script to incorporate it. From there we skilled lacking digicam gear, electrical gear catching on hearth, the craft providers oven individually catching on hearth, cattle who saved making an attempt to be within the film and even two assaults.

Nonetheless the solid and crew by no means gave up, dealt with each concern and created an intense thriller. The suspense builds, with main twists and intense scenes because it reaches a climax.

Each character within the film is a lifelong Democrat. The one hero is an honorable black neighborhood activist. This must be a film everyone seems to be speaking about, however as a result of the antagonist is a Democrat Hollywood denizens might not even watch it.


Tadhg Tavor is an unbiased filmmaker from Austin, Texas. With twenty years of expertise in technical and industrial motion pictures, he lately based FlyoverLandMedia.com, to inform tales devoted to conservative and conventional American values. He’s at the moment in growth on “Consuming the Mississippi,” a film in regards to the impression of a veterans suicide on the household and pals he left behind.

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