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, 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.
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. The film was released to a limited number of U.S. theaters on October 19, 2012. Brooklyn Castle was aired on the PBS series POV on October 7, 2013.
Currently, the film has a rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 45 reviews and an average score of 7.6/10. Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss indicates Brooklyn Castle is the favorite film of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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- 'Brooklyn Castle' in Theaters on October 19, 2012 Archived August 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- "Brooklyn Castle Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
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