Inner City Students Win At Chess In SXSW Doc Brooklyn Castle

Today’s 2012 SXSW Film Festival spotlight is on Brooklyn Castle, a documentary about Intermediate School (IS) 318 Eugenio Maria De Hostos, an inner-city, Title I, public school in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York that’s home to the most winning junior high school chess team in the country. The film follows the turmoil caused by budget cuts to the school district that threaten to negatively affect the chess program that has made such a positive impact on children’s lives.

Filmmakers Katie and Nelson Dellamaggiore of Rescue Media in Brooklyn chose to feature the school’s students and its program as a testament to what public schools can do when given the resources.

Brooklyn Castle has its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival Sunday, March 11.

Watch an extended trailer for Brooklyn Castle here.


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