Private Project

Check Mate

Check Mate is based on Tony Sportiello's one act play, and tells the story of a burglar that breaks into a millionaire's home only to find himself facing a gun. Now he must play a game of chess....for his life. This Crime -Drama- Thriller - Film Noir is a game for the highest stakes imaginable.

This project was shot entirely on iPhone using FILMICpro

  • Scott Andrew Kurchak
    Director
    Give&Take, A Cow's Tale:The Laura Secord Story
  • Tony Sportiello
    Writer
  • Roger Scott
    Producer
  • Richard Lambert
    Key Cast
  • Justin Dimieri
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Film Noir, Crime Drama, Short Film, Drama
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 49 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival
    Buffalo NY
    United States
    September 27, 2017
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Scott Andrew Kurchak

Scott Andrew Kurchak is a Canadian born actor, director and writer who has worked extensively in Theatre / Television / Film in both the US and Canada.
As a filmmaker, Scott' first Feature "Give&Take" won Best Comedy at the New Hope Film Festival and
Best Western New York Film at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, as well as receiving an Audience Choice Award at SoCal.
"Give&Take" received nominations for Best Feature and Indie Spirit at New Hope Film Festival.

Scott has recently produced and directed special online videos for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra including their successful BPO at Carnegie Hall campaign as well as an upcoming promotion for Naxos Recordings.

A native of St. Catharines / Thorold Ontario Scott began his professional career in Toronto. He landed his first Equity acting job at the age of 16 in Rene Aloma's play "A Little Something To Ease The Pain" for the company that is now Canadian Stage at the St. Lawrence Centre . Other highlights of Scott's career in Canada include "The Shadow Box", " A Christmas Carol" a very successful run of his one man play "Byrdbrain" in Toronto, and in London Ontario's Grand Theatre production of "Biloxi Blues" directed by Martha Henry.

After obtaining his Green Card for the USA, Scott lived in NYC for many years driving a taxicab between gigs. Highlights include his time with the improvised theatre company IMPRO! where he served as Performer and Executive Producer, work with the 42nd Street Workshop, and Lightning Strikes Theatre Company.

Scott now makes his home in Buffalo NY with his wife Jana , and is President and Executive Producer of his production company
Arlington Place Pictures LLC.

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Director Statement

I have always been a huge fan of movies like Double Indemnity and Shadow Of A Doubt and Check Mate is an opportunity take a story set in current time and give it the feel of a late night movie watching indulgence.

This project was shot entirely on iPhone using FILMICpro