98 percent is a short documentary on a local homeless man, J.C., and his love for chess. J.C. sets up what he refers to as his ‘shop,’ a chess board and two plastic crates, on the corner of 53rd St. on the South Side of Chicago and waits for locals to stop by and play a game with him. He says he is a “98 percent winner,” and plays about 30 games a day.
His chess shop has become a staple of the Hyde Park neighborhood and almost everyone who lives in the community has either played a game of chess with him, or stopped for a quick, friendly conversation. 98 Percent follows J.C. and one of his most frequent challengers, Mohamed Sow, through a heated game. Through the film, viewers experience J.C.’s loud personality, passion for chess, and learn of J.C.’s life before homelessness. J.C.’s personality is hard to ignore, especially when you live in Hyde Park, which is ultimately what lead me to making 98 Percent.
Directed, produced, written and edited by Resita Cox.
Cinematography by Donnie Seals Jr.