Brooklyn Castle

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Brooklyn Castle
Promotional Poster for Brooklyn Castle
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore
Produced by Katie Dellamaggiore
Nelson Dellamaggiore
Brian Schulz
Music by B. Satz
Cinematography Brian Schulz
Edited by Nelson Dellamaggiore
Release date
  • March 11, 2012 (2012-03-11) (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • October 19, 2012 (2012-10-19) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Brooklyn Castle (2012) is a 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,[1] 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.

Remake rights have been acquired by Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin.[2] Rudin's other works include co-producing the acclaimed film Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993).

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.[3] The film was released to a limited number of U.S. theaters on October 19, 2012.[4]


Currently, the film has a rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 45 reviews and an average score of 7.6/10.[5] Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss indicates Brooklyn Castle is the favorite film of Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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