Rock Paper Scissors: A Geek Tragedy (2007)
Movie InfoMost folks have played the game "Rock Paper Scissors" at one time or another -- two people throw out a hand sign representing a rock, a pair of scissors or a piece of paper, with rock breaking scissors, paper covering rock, rock smashing scissors, and so on. But Doug Walker and his brother Graham Walker were two guys from Toronto with a dream -- they wanted to move Rock Paper Scissors into the realm of professional sports. Admittedly, they were half joking when they created an international RPS Society and announced they were staging a world championship competition in the game in 2002, but the thousands of people who showed up to compete and watch the action weren't kidding. Graham and Doug suddenly found themselves receiving heavy media coverage, judging RPS contests in the U.S. and Canada and even negotiating for the television rights to the annual championship tournament. But what happens when two good-natured geeks find themselves up against someone with more business savvy who wants in on the action? The strange rise and fall of the Walkers' Rock Paper Scissors empire is chronicled in Mike McKeown's documentary Rock Paper Scissors: A Geek Tragedy, which was an official selection at the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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