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A special panel moderated by Soledad O'Brien will take place immediately following the film along with an introductory surprise from Grammy-nominated recording artist John Forté. 

O'Brien will catch up with former chess players Pobo Efekoro and Rochelle Ballantyne and teachers John Galvin and Elizabeth Spiegel!

Before there was THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT there was BROOKLYN CASTLE,  the story about five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school. In 2012, the team won more national championships - middle school and high school than any other high school in the country... what can't they do?  The film follows the challenges these kids faced 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 arose not from other competitors but from recessionary budget cuts to all the extracurricular activities at their school.  

  • Year
  • Runtime
    101 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
  • Director
    Katie Dellamaggiore
  • Producer
    Katie Dellamaggiore, Nelson Dellamaggiore, Brian Schulz
  • Executive Producer
    Wendy Ettinger, Geoff Gibson, Judith Helfand, Robert Mclellan, Julie Parker Benello
  • Cast
    Rochelle Ballantyne, Oghenakpobo (Pogo) Efekoro, Patrick Johnston, Justus Williams, Alexis Paredes Toledo
  • Cinematographer
    Brian Schulz
  • Editor
    Nelson Dellamaggiore
  • Music
    Brian Satz