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Brooklyn Castle

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PBS Premiere: October 7, 2013


This public-school powerhouse in junior high chess competitions has won more than 30 national championships, the most of any school in the country. Its 85-member squad boasts so many strong players that the late Albert Einstein, a dedicated chess maven, would rank fourth if he were on the team. Most astoundingly, I.S. 318 is a Brooklyn school that serves mostly minority students from families living below the poverty line. Brooklyn Castle is the exhilarating story of five of the school's aspiring young players and how chess became the school's unlikely inspiration for academic success.

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Film Information

Brooklyn Castle (90 min.)

Premiere Date: October 7, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Katie Dellamaggiore Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | 2014 Emmy Nominations Press Release


Katie Dellamaggiore
Katie Dellamaggiore

Film Update

Critical Acclaim

If you want to see what may well be the most optimistic, inspiring and downright thrilling movie released all year—then absolutely do not miss ... Brooklyn Castle

— Andrew O’Hehir

Funny and moving and full of vivid characters. ... reminds us that the variety of life is infinite”

— Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times

Brooklyn Castle easily checkmates your inner cynic”

— Walter V. AddiegoSan Francisco Chronicle

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