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Surrounding Game

Surrounding Game

The Surrounding Game, the first full length English Documentary about Go...

On April 3rd, the Surrounding Game, the first full length English Documentary about Go debuted at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California!


Filmmakers, Will Lockhart and Cole Pruitt began production on the documentary back in March of 2012 and have been working diligently on the film since then. The Surrounding Game is a predominantly Kick Starter funded project originally meant to detail the rise of the first American professional tournament. In addition to traveling around the U.S., Lockhart and Pruitt expanded their project to Asia to better document the history, culture and beauty behind the game. The film provides an education and introduction to the game, but also features an eccentric bunch of characters, and according to the filmmakers, yours truly even makes a cameo! 


I had the chance to congratulate Lockhart, and speak to him regarding his thoughts on how the premier went. He was pleased with the reactions, and thought the film was very well received. Lockhart also mentioned that in private screenings of the rough cuts, the Q and As were typically about the directors, their involvement with Go, the filmmaking process, fleshing out the characters, etc., However, he was pleasantly surprised to find that after this most recent screening, the bulk of the questions were less about the movie and the directors, but about Go itself. 


While the filmmakers are still making their rounds at the film festivals and the documentary won't be ready for a public release for a few more months, participants of the US and European Go Congresses will be able to see a screening at the event, and get a chance to speak with Lockhart and Pruitt about the film and their experiences. 


For more details and a short trailer about the film, check out the surrounding game website: http://www.surroundinggamemovie.com/en/about/ 

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