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Monday, March 12, 2012

Brooklyn Castle chess movie premieres to great reviews

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Hi everyone,

Chess movie Brooklyn Castle has premiered with some very nice reviews.

A review in reads: An absolutely wonderfully-produced feature documentary filled with touching, inspirational stories of hope, ambition and perseverance.
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 public school budget cuts now threaten to undermine those hard-won successes.

Four years in the making, there's a broader narrative in Brooklyn Castle, and that is the economic crises which led to unprecedented public school budget cuts that jeopardize primary school education, and specifically the after school programs like that which is at the center of Brooklyn Castle's tale, and how the potential absence of that necessary funding could drastically affect the lives of the children who rely so heavily on them for sustenance. Read the full review at the website link.

You can access the official Brooklyn Castle website here.

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