The Magic of Chess

Filmmaker: Jenny Schweitzer
Runtime: 5 min

Synopsis: Filmed at the 2019 Elementary Chess Championships at the Nashville Opryland resort, a group of children share their uninhibited, philosophical insights about the benefits of chess.


About the Filmmaker

Jenny Schweitzer Bell is a New York City based producer and director. Her work primarily focuses on character driven stories in connection with identity, culture, and social injustice.

Her short documentaries have premiered with the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Vimeo Staff Picks, and AEON. She has completed two multi-part projects: a 6-part series for Amazon Studios to serve as companion videos for the Todd Haynes film, Wonderstruck and Rhythm in Motion, a 10-part series highlighting NYC’s subway musicians, distributed with The Atlantic.

Her short film, The Magic of Chess, was selected for the 2020 American Film Showcase, a program of the U.S. State Department that brings award-winning contemporary American documentaries around the world offering a view of American society and culture.

Prior to her directing work, Jenny spent fifteen years producing and production managing narrative feature films.

Jenny studied photography and film at the Rhode Island School of Design before transferring and graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.