Private Project

Chess & the Stranger

A desperate man encounters a stranger eager to play a chess match but the game becomes a path to something more.

  • Charles Ortiz
    Letters of The Great War
  • Charles Ortiz
    Letters of The Great War
  • Jeff Fust
  • Timothy Robert Smith
    Key Cast
  • Jeff Fust
    Key Cast
  • Anna Ross
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 25, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital / Film
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Marina Del Rey Film Festival
    Marina Del Rey
    United States
    August 14, 2016
    North American Premiere
    Best Acting
  • BE Epic! London International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 24, 2016
    United Kingdom Premiere
  • R.I.P. Horror Film Festival
    United States
    November 10, 2016
  • Celtic Mystery Short Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 22, 2016
  • Horror Hour Film Festival
    United States
    September 23, 2016
    Audience Award
  • Westside Film Festival / Tower
    Santa Monica
    United States
    November 7, 2016
    Best Acting
  • Chicago Amarcord Arthouse Television & Video Fest Awards
    United States
    December 30, 2016
  • BLOW-UP · International Arthouse FILM FEST · Chicago
    United States
    November 18, 2016
Director Biography - Charles Ortiz

Born and raised in New York City.
Has an older son and daughter.
MFA in Film from California State University Los Angeles
Now back in NYC

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Director Statement

Look for stories within. The mind is another galaxy to be explored outside of the trappings of everyday human existence.