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ABOUT THE FILM

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.

“I love this film”

– Roger Ebert

TEAM

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Elizabeth Vicary

Coach/Chess teacher

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John Galvin

Assistant Principal/Coach

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Fred Rubino

Principal

Katie Dellamaggiore

Director/Producer

Nelson Dellamaggiore

Editor/Producer

Le Castle Filmworks

Co-executive producer

Chicken & Egg Pictures

Executive Producer

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Director of Photography/ Producer

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Kali Holloway

Outreach Director

Robert McLellan

Executive Producer

Neal Flaherty

Co-executive Producer

Justus

Justus‘s chess rating is 2300 and he’s working toward becoming a Grandmaster.

Patrick is an honors student at his high school and after graduation he is joining the US Marine Corps.

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 UCONN 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.

“A can’t-miss film”

– Kenneth Turan, LA Times

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“Irresistibly uplifting”

– Variety

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“Enlightening, inspiring and expertly crafted”

– Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

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