[tab: News]All In: The Poker Movie won the jury prize for Best Documentary at the CineVegas Film Festival last week — which knowledgeable movie people tell me is known as a respected minor league version of Sundance. It supposedly won’t be announced until tomorrow afternoon, but Variety already has the results.
Chris Moneymaker is a hero again.
Even not-so-pokery people are saying this 98-minute history of the game is a
sleepy sleeper hit. Indie Film Examiner says:
This film claims that poker is a “microcosm of the American dream”. After viewing it I completely agree.
But “All In” tonight really taught me something else: The poker boom is about as American as anything ever was. The variation on the game itself — Texas Hold ‘Em — is an American invention. Risk-taking is the foundation of our capitalist society. And the ingredients that turned it into what it is today include new technology (hole-card cams, Web poker) and anyone-can-succeed chutzpah (Moneymaker) that have deep roots in our national traditions.
[tab: Video from premiere]
PokerListings was at the premiere, at the Palms: