(No longer in theaters)
Katie Dellamaggiore, Nelson Dellamaggiore, Brian Schulz, Robert McLellan, Neal Flaherty
Producers Distribution Agency
Oct 19, 2012
The game is afoot! Even if you've wearied of all the competition documentaries that arrived in the wake of Spellbound, Katie Dellamaggiore's awe-inspiring Brooklyn Castle will penetrate your defenses. It centers on a junior-high school, Williamsburgh's I.S. 138, one with roughly 70 percent of its students below the federal poverty line and a chess team. Watch these extraordinary children, male and female, pore over scenarios with their passionate instructors, their faces resolute as they shut out the world and enter the realm of higher gamesmanship. It's not To Sir, With Love: It's fierce ambition, the channeling of emotion, and hours of drilling. You'll envy them - yet even as they swell with pride, their school budget shrinks.