June 1, 2003 |
The "click-clicking" sound is almost deafening, but the tension in the room is so thick it nearly drowns out the clatter. Hearts pulse, mouths twitch and sweat glistens on the foreheads of the 700 or so players gathered to compete for a world title. Welcome to the cutthroat world of tournament Scrabble. "Scrabylon," a feature-length documentary by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Scott Petersen, 34, captures the real-life characters that make up this quirky subculture.