Scrabble is better than chess.
But I just finished watching the very cool, award-winning Scrabble documentary
Here's a trailer:
Is this film something that might interest chess players? I'm thinking yes. Scrabble tournaments and chess tournaments share a lot of the usual suspects...I'm sure you'll recognize them. Scrabble players even have their own corner of Washington Square in New York.
Word Wars covers the runup to the 2002 National Scrabble Championship, and focuses on four of the contenders, examining their struggles, foibles, and personal demons.
If you are at all interested in the gamer subculture and the gamer mind,
Word Wars offers a lot to think about. Personally, I can't get enough of this stuff. Homo ludens provides a huge window into culture.
Here's a link to the full-length documentary, but it is 80 minutes long, and contains a lot of profanity. So be forewarned.
For more information on the US Scrabble scene you might also take a look at the book
Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis.
There really needs to be a documentary like this on chess...and maybe there will be. Check out SonofPearl's report about an upcoming film on scholastic chess: