BROOKLYN CASTLE 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.
Le Castle Filmworks
Chicken & Egg Pictures
Director of Photography/ Producer
Justus‘s chess rating is 2300 and he’s working toward becoming a Grandmaster.
Rochelle received a full scholarship to Stanford University where she is studying Political Science and African and African American Studies.
Alexis is studying Government and Political Science at SUNY Albany and he is teaching chess.
Pobo received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Virginia for Track and Field and he is studying Economics and Political Science.
I.S. 318 is still the best junior high chess team in the nation. Funding for afterschool programs in New York public schools has increased significantly since the 2014 election of Mayor Bill DeBlasio.
(SOURCE: AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE)
OF K-12 CHILDREN PARTICIPATE IN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS
OF SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN ARE ON THEIR OWN AFTER SCHOOL
OF AMERICANS WANT CHILDREN TO HAVE SAFE AFTERSCHOOL OPTIONS
OF PARENTS FAVOR PUBLIC FUNDING FOR AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS