Brooklyn Castle

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By on October 14, 2012

Category: Documentary
All Genres: Documentary
Release Year: 2012
Country: USA
Runtime: 101
Rating: 7.5 (151)
Languages: English
Director: Katie Dellamaggiore
Sound: Dolby Digital

  • Imagine a school where the cool kids are the chess team. Welcome to I.S. 318

  • Writing by: Chia-lu Chang – screenplay
    Kuo-fu Chen – story
    Hsiao-tse Cheng – screenplay

    Produced by: Katie Dellamaggiore – producer
    Nelson Dellamaggiore – producer
    Neal Flaherty – co-executive producer
    Robert Mclellan – executive producer
    Brian Schulz – producer

    Cast: Alexis – Himself
    Rochelle Ballantyne – Herself
    Pobo Efekoro – Himself (as Pobo)
    John Galvin – Himself
    Justus – Himself
    Patrick – Himself
    Fred Rubino – Himself
    Elizabeth Vicary – Herself

    Music: Brian Satz
    Official Website: Visit Website

    Plot: Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about I.S. 318 – an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level – that also happens to have the best, most winning junior high school chess team in the country. (If Albert Einstein, who was rated 1800, were to join the team, he'd only rank fifth best). Chess has transformed the school from one cited in 2003 as a "school in need of improvement" to one of New York City's best. But a series of recession-driven pubic school budget cuts now threaten to undermine those hard-won successes.

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