The Surrounding Game

Behind each move lies a world unknown

"Twitch Plays Go" bring the film to gaming's biggest stage

On Saturday we teamed up with streaming giant to host an all-day livestream all about the game of Go. We peaked at over 17,000 viewers!

Directors Will Lockhart and Cole Pruitt kicked off the broadcast with a segment to teach the rules of Go. Next viewers enjoyed a special showing of The Surrounding Game and post-show Q&A, as the chat-room was abuzz with comments. We had so much fun following the chat as the movie was playing - the comments were hilarious and wonderful.

The broadcast concluded with live commentary on back-to-back high-level tournament games. Stephen Hu 6d joined Hajin Lee to cast the semi-finals of the 2018 Creator’s Invitational Tournament between Justin Teng 6d (USA) and Peter Marko (Hungary), as well as the Collegiate Go League Championship. 

If you missed the broadcast, you can watch the archived version here:
 How to play Go and Chat vs pro / game commentary.


Worldwide Release set for February 15!

We are proud to announce that on February 15, THE SURROUNDING GAME will be available worldwide on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital rental/download!

Thanks to our partners at Vimeo-On-Demand, we can offer digital streaming and downloads of film direct from this site. To purchase a physical copy, our web store will carry brand new DVDs, Blu-rays, and merchandise the same day, including a custom 9x9 Go set, t-shirts, posters, and more. For our international viewers, subtitles will be available in multiple languages - including Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian - and many more will be added in the following months.

Last but not least, six never-before-seen deleted scenes will accompany the release! We’re excited to share this extra material with all of you.

See you next month!

Partnering with a Producer's Rep

We are excited to announce that, as of this week, we will be working with seasoned Reps Alex Nohe and Jeff Dowd at BloodSweatHoney for sales representation in the US and Asia!

BloodSweatHoney secures distribution deals ranging from theatrical and DVD/VOD to cable TV and worldwide streaming, with a particular focus on China. Such a deal could greatly expand the film’s audience, so we are excited to start pitching! Down the road, we will still be releasing digital downloads, DVDs and merchandise on our own website as well.

Summer Recap

It’s been a long and eventful summer - so it’s time for an update!

Over the past 8 weeks, THE SURROUNDING GAME played at fifteen venues across the US and Europe, to members of the Go community and non-players alike. We had screenings in:

Boston, New York City, Seattle, Tacoma, Barcelona, French Go Camp, Czech Chess & Games Festival, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, The European Go Congress, The US Go Congress, The National Go Center in Washington DC, the NY Asian American Film Festival, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Thank you to everyone who helped make these events possible!

Pictured above: A packed house for the German premiere in Berlin (top); 300-person screening at the European Go Congress; Richard, Cole, and Will at the Asian American Intl' Film Fest in New York. 

This week the film played two shows at the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia, MO. More screenings around the country are currently in the works. If you’re interested in setting up a public screening, like those above, head to our screenings page.

Worldwide Screening Tour Announced

THE SURROUNDING GAME is coming to a theater near you!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our worldwide screening series this summer. Will and Cole will be hitting the road with the film playing at festivals, conferences and theaters, with dates in:

Toronto, CANADA  ·  San Francisco, CA  ·  Boston, MA  ·  New York City

Barcelona, SPAIN  ·  Pardubice, CZECH REPUBLIC  ·  Berlin, GERMANY

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS  ·  Oberhof, GERMANY  ·  San Diego, CA

If you're in one of these cities (or have friends who are), we hope to see you and your crew at the screening! Dates, further info, and tickets are available here.

Don’t see your city on the list? Don’t worry - you can now sign up to host a screening in your community! The film is now available to screen in theaters and community spaces – should you like to bring THE SURROUNDING GAME to your city, our team would be thrilled to help you plan an event – and several community screenings are already in the works. Learn more about hosting an event here.

Look for more screenings TBA soon!