As many of you know, bridge is not just a game to me. It has and continues to transform my life. There is something about sitting down to play bridge that brings me an incredible sense of peace and belonging.
A few years ago, responding to a call within the bridge community for young blood, I set out with friends to produce my first film. Double Dummy is a documentary that captures the game’s unique ability to develop community, exercise the mind, risk some, lose plenty, and ultimately have fun.
Now, I’m thrilled to report that we are in the final stages of production and the early stages of planning our launch.
TAKING ALL OF YOUR TRICKS
Why the name Double Dummy? I won’t spoil the film for you, but to say you played a hand “double dummy” is one of the finest compliments you can pay a bridge player, you’ve played the hand as if you knew all the cards.
During filming, we had several coups. Phillip Alder, the New York Times columnist, was covering the 2012 World Youth Teams Championships, which makes up the primary through line of our film. Now, just a few years later, Alder’s column is emblematic of the problem facing bridge today. The game has lost so much traction with younger audiences that even after nearly a century of coverage, the Times cancelled their column. (Fortunately, we made it in before it disappeared.)
Just like the newspapers themselves, bridge is facing signs of extinction. Keeping the game alive is one of the primary reasons we’ve made this film. The game is too important to me to let it simply fade into oblivion.
We’re just getting started. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be sharing a few behind the scenes moments on the process of making the film, and some of themes we explored. If have any questions, you can email me here. We do not yet know when, where or how the film will be released. This newsletter is the best source for finding out how you can watch our final cut.
I’d also encourage you to post your question on our film’s Facebook page, where the conversation will continue. Also, if you know someone who likes bridge, or might want to learn bridge, have them sign up for our film’s newsletter here.
Finally, I want to thank everyone in the bridge community and our incredible team of filmmakers for making this happen, and thanks to each of you for coming along on the journey with us.