Brooklyn Castle


Katie Dellamaggiore


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  • Development
  • Production
  • Outreach
  • Good Pitch

Director Katie Dellamaggiore
Completed 2012 Runtime 101



Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at a year in the lives of several young teens at Brooklyn, New York’s Intermediate School 318 – where 65% of students are from homes living below the federal poverty level – that also happens to have best junior high chess team in the country. The school’s chess and other afterschool programs have given its students a chance for success they likely would not have had otherwise and it has transformed I.S. 318 from a school once cited as being “in need of improvement” to one of New York City’s best. Now, budget cuts threaten those strides.

Outreach Work Supported

Hire of an outreach director to pursue Afterschool Activity funding and screenings with potential partners.

What people
have said

Brooklyn Castle is inspiring stuff that grabs you by the throat and will leave you cheering - quietly of course. No shouting in a chess match.

Toronto Star

Enlightening, inspiring and expertly crafted.

Washington Post
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