Brooklyn Castle [ Trailer ] is a 2012 documentary film about Intermediate School 318, an inner-city public school in Brooklyn, New York. Where an after-school chess program, having both dedicated educators and a supportive community, has  triumphed over deep budget cuts  to build the most winning junior high school chess team in the country, and the first middle school team to win the United States Chess Federation’s national high school championship. The film follows five of the school’s chess team members for one year, and documents their challenges and triumphs both on and off the chessboard.

Brooklyn Castle premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival on March 11, 2012. Over the next several months it was shown during at least eleven other film festivals winning a total of three festival awards to date. The film was released to a limited number of U.S. theaters on October 19, 2012.

Remake rights have been acquired by Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin. Rudin’s other works include co-producing the acclaimed film Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993).

Do not miss the extras, if you’re watching the DVD, most notably the ROTFL sequence.


HEAD’S UP CREDIT: Rebuild Foundation

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Thomas Hawk

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