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Brooklyn Castle (2012)

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Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.
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Credited cast:
Je'Daiah Ballantyne Je'Daiah Ballantyne ... Himself
Michelle Ballantyne Michelle Ballantyne ... Herself
Rochelle Ballantyne Rochelle Ballantyne ... Herself
Pamela Ballard Pamela Ballard ... Herself
Oghenakpobo Efekoro Oghenakpobo Efekoro ... Himself (as Pobo)
John Galvin John Galvin ... Himself
Christiana Inuwere Christiana Inuwere ... Herself
Ovoie Inuwere Ovoie Inuwere ... Himself
Elizabeth Johnston Elizabeth Johnston ... Herself (as Lisa)
Patrick Johnston Patrick Johnston ... Himself
Tommy Johnston Tommy Johnston ... Himself
Mikael-Rhey Mongroo Mikael-Rhey Mongroo ... Himself
Juan Paredes Juan Paredes ... Himself
Fred Rubino Fred Rubino ... Himself
Elizabeth Spiegel Elizabeth Spiegel ... Herself
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Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about I.S. 318 - an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level - that also happens to have the best, most winning junior high school chess team in the country. (If Albert Einstein, who was rated 1800, were to join the team, he'd only rank fifth best). Chess has transformed the school from one cited in 2003 as a "school in need of improvement" to one of New York City's best. But a series of recession-driven pubic school budget cuts now threaten to undermine those hard-won successes. Written by K. Dellamaggiore

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Imagine a school where the cool kids are the chess team. Welcome to I.S. 318

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,761, 21 October 2012

Gross USA:

$219,407

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$219,407
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545th Review: Solid educational documentary with good lift
18 July 2013 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Brooklyn Castle takes a fascinating look at the success of I318 School in Brooklyn - a middle school that has consistently produced chess champions.

It asks how and why and also looks at the wider general issue of how funding is slashing such programs. As with any documentary connecting with both the subject and its protagonists is vital - and here that works - 12 years olds are notorious for being either extrovert to the point of annoying or introvert to the point of silence - but here the balance is just the right side of cool - and it's easy to be swept up in the tales.

It works best when showing the tournaments and the chess, and really while the parents' interviews are OK they're not adding to the tale that much. BC is slightly long and more editing would have helped a lot - at times your attention wanders, but it is saved by a very strong story.

In addition, there are moments which are wholly captivating - and lift the film - this is a film which does inspire, and makes us believe that great teachers and good teaching can give kids who are otherwise likely to be forgotten a real chance in life.


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