NW Documentary and the Portland Go Club are proud to present a two day micro film festival and workshop centered around the legendary board game Go. The two-day event takes place in conjunction with the Portland Go Tournament and kicks off with The Surrounding Game on January 13th at 7:30pm.
The festival continues the next evening with a screening of AlphaGo, a film chronicling the first-ever defeat of a human player by artificial intelligence. Before the screening, join experienced players at NW Documentary for an informal workshop that will teach the basics of the game and offer the chance to try your hand at the most complex game ever invented.
Evening of January 13th, 7:30 PM:
The Surrounding Game (2017, dir. Will Lockhart & Cole Pruit)
The Surrounding Game is the first feature documentary about the game of Go. Shot over 4 years in China, Korea, Japan, and the United States, the film reveals the magical world of Go through the coming-of-age story of America’s top Go prodigies. Learn more and watch the trailer at https://www.surroundinggamemovie.com/
Afternoon & evening of January 14th, 6 PM doors; 7:30 PM show:
AlphaGo (2016, dir. Greg Kohs)
With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of ‘Go’ has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On March 9 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined The Google DeepMind Challenge Match. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as a legendary Go master took on an unproven AI challenger for the first time in history. Learn more and watch the trailer at https://www.alphagomovie.com/