Brooklyn Castle Movie

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2012 | PG | Documentary

Brooklyn Castle is about I.S. 318, an inner-city public school that's home to the most winning junior high chess team in the country. Now a series of deep public school budget cuts threaten to undermine its hard-won success. more

Release DateU.S.

Brooklyn Castle was released on
Friday, October 19, 2012 Limited Release


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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Katie Dellamagiore

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PG for some language


Tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. I ronically, the biggest obstacle thrust upon them arises not from other competitors but from recessionary budget cuts to all the extracurricular activities at their school. Brooklyn Castle shows how these kids’ dedication to chess magnifies their belief in what is possible for their lives. After all, if they can master the world’s most difficult game, what can’t they do?
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  • 2012 SXSW Audience Award Winner

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