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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. Ironically, 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?

  • Year
    2012
  • Runtime
    102 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    NR
  • Director
    Katie Dellamaggiore
  • Producer
    Katie Dellamaggiore Nelson Dellamaggiore Brian Schulz
  • Executive Producer
    Geoff Gibson Robert McLellan Chicken & Egg Pictures Julie Parker Benello Wendy Ettinger Judith Helfand
  • Co-Producer
    Neal Flaherty Le Castle Film Works Elliot Neff Chess4Life Raphael Neff Chesshouse
  • Cast
    Rochelle Ballantyne Pobo Efekoro Patrick Johnston Alex Paredes Justus Williams
  • Cinematographer
    Brian Schulz
  • Editor
    Nelson Dellamaggiore
  • Music
    B. Satz for Le Castle