Thursday November 8, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM PST

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One Embarcadero Center
(Sacramento & Battery)
Promenade Level
San Francisco, CA 94111

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BROOKLYN CASTLE San Francisco Sneak Preview

Brooklyn Castle film posterBROOKLYN CASTLE is the remarkable and improbable true story of I.S. 318 in Brooklyn; defying stereotypes, it has the highest ranked junior high chess team in the nation.  The documentary 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?

Through the inspirational stories of its characters, BROOKLYN CASTLE illustrates that the “extra” in extracurricular activities are not “extra”—they are essential to the teaching of what Principal Rubino calls “the whole child.” Programs like the chess team can be an indispensible way to open the door for all kinds of learning.  For the kids, chess is more than a game: it is a realm where they can transcend their reality and become kings and queens themselves. BROOKLYN CASTLE celebrates the hard work and determination that fires these young people’s pursuit of their dreams. 

About the Team - The I.S. 318 chess team currently has 85 members and has won thirty national championship chess titles—more than any other junior high school in the country.  If Albert Einstein, whose skill level probably was around 1800, was to join the team, he’d only rank fourth.  In April of 2012 they became first junior high school team to become High School National Champions.   They were honored in a ceremony with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and their triumph was featured on the front page of The New York Times.

BROOKLYN CASTLE opens in Bay Area theatres on November 16, 2012.