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Brooklyn Castle to Air on PBS

  • MF MikeKlein
  • on 05/10/13 08:18.

The award-winning chess documentary "Brooklyn Castle," which follows the successes and financial hardships of powerhouse I.S. 318 in New York City, will air this Monday on PBS. Check your local listings for the exact time.

PBS representatives said they are expecting more than two million viewers for the broadcast premier, which is part of the station's POV (Point of View) documentary series. The film grossed more than $200,000 in limited release, but won several awards at numerous film festivals.

The 2012 film comprises one year in the life of I.S. 318's chess team, and examines Coach Elizabeth Vicary's teaching style, administrator John Galvin's fight for funding, and several stars of the championship-caliber squad.

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Team members and coaches (photo courtesy Elizabeth Vicary)

Foremost in the film is middle-schooler Pobo Efekoro, who is part chess player, team cheeleader and budding politician. Director Katie Dellamaggiore also chronicles trend-setter Rochelle Ballantyne, who seeks to become America's first African-American female chess master.

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Team members practicing en route to a tournament (photo courtesy official web site)

Teachers and chess educators may be interested in the resources PBS has created, such as a discussion guide and an opportunity to host a free community screening. "After watching Brooklyn Castle with my wife, an Elementary School teacher herself, we were inspired and motivated for not only her school to host a screening, but to encourage as many schools as possible within our district to host showings of the movie for their students and teachers" said IM Daniel Rensch, Vice President of Content and Professional Relations for Chess.com.

Visit http://www.pbs.org/pov/brooklyncastle/ for all the details. The DVD version also had a PDF of Chesskid.com's curriculum guide.

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  • hace 12 meses

    paladin64

    I watched the movie last night and absolutely loved it. Whatever else anybody could say it truly showed what is possible. Has chess ever been shown in a better light? 

  • hace 12 meses

    _valentin_

    It was/is a good movie tonight.

    The main ideas, as I understood them in watching, center around the value of:
    - having clear priorities;
    - bold leadership (in this case, from the headmaster and assistant headmaster of the school);
    - a dedicated team of coaches/teachers;
    - a culture that inspires and motivates students.

    Anytime you have these ingredients in place, the results will be similar. It's not about the demographic (as the movie gives evidence for, despite many hardships these students face outside of class) or anything specific to the individual students; rather, it's the organization and the system of support they have built and participate in.

  • hace 12 meses

    paladin64

    I am fairly sure I will enjoy this for the good it has done for the kids and the positive aspects of our sport - and view with hope. 

  • hace 12 meses

    4wd4

    I saw the movie a few months ago, but maybe I missed something. First of all, I do think that the movie was racially charged. Comments such as "racially charged", "politically charged", "keep children out of politics", "we need to be colorblind" are socially, politically, and racially naive and pollyannaish. The movie was about students trying to be the best chess players they could be while facing the realities of maintaining their grades and conducting a fund drive to raise money to keep the chess team functioning when budget cutbacks threatened eliminating the team. If you are not going to watch the movie because you think it is racially charged or that we need to be colorblind, you have just shown your racial bias.

  • hace 12 meses

    MN_Chess_Guy

    Metcalf Junior Highschool  has the second most amount of national titles, and won 2 to 318's 0 this year. We are coming for you :P!

  • hace 12 meses

    petererkkij

    @SociallyColorblind

    What's offensive about something being racially charged?  Your passion against racism would be better directed toward facing, rather than avoiding, race.

  • hace 12 meses

    paladin64

    I am so excited to be able to see this tomorrow (Mon 10/7) on PBS. Thank you chess.com for letting us know, I would have most certainly missed it. I have the DVR set for replay but i will surely stay up and watch it! Just watchiing the trailer makes me happy. I loved The book The Kings of New York by Michael Weinreb and this seems a simular story come to life.

  • hace 12 meses

    MI DanielRensch

    @SociallyColorblind -- Thanks for your comment here. Though you are completely within your right to express your feelings regarding the "agenda" or "motivations" behind the movie - I think you are mistaking Chess.com's support of this movie to be anything other than promoting a great movie FOR CHESS!

    Chess.com is in the business of supporting chess Wink - and that's that. This IS a BIG deal and this movie was extremely well recieved *outside* of the chess community! THAT is something rare for chess! So let's show it our support and help chess grow!

    I don't want to argue on the *possible* political, social, educational, or even racial *agendas* behind this movie. This is not the place to do that anyway (ie, not in Chess.com's policy to carry on about those things).

    Thanks everyone! If you haven't seen the movie, I do recommend it!

    Danny

  • hace 12 meses

    jcm1978

    "However, I am a bit offended about how racially charged this all is, and due to that, I do not believe I will be watching it."

    So, you haven't seen it, but you know how racially charged it is?

  • hace 12 meses

    _valentin_

    Thanks to chess.com for announcing this!  I don't turn on the TV often at all, but I think I will this time.

  • hace 12 meses

    kidbowery

    SociallyColorblind: "...we are a colorblind society now."

    Um, we are? Really? 

  • hace 12 meses

    albatrosses

    We cannot be colorblind. We need to embrace racial diversity and recognize while accepting differences.

  • hace 12 meses

    JBades6310

    I saw this brilliant documentary last year - I highly recommend it. It's inspiring, heartfelt, and poignant

  • hace 12 meses

    legacy3

    @sociallycolorblind this film has nothing to do about race at all, get your race baiting out of here.  politically charged?!  it presents clear facts that the budget was reduced LOL

  • hace 12 meses

    CM DaPazz

    yes...chess game needs ideas for his release!

  • hace 12 meses

    SociallyColorblind

    I think this may be conceptually a good movie because of what it stands for: kids succeeding in Chess and life, in general. However, I am a bit offended about how racially charged this all is, and due to that, I do not believe I will be watching it. I understand that the area has culture, which is wonderful. But I do not need to say what obvious implications this movie is making. Sad that our country feels it necessary to be so radical when involving our children; today, we should all be colorblind. This documentary strikes me as an abuse of our youth's innocense to drive home political attacks - including one made against the American conservative investment banking sector... in this very video, on Chess.com! Keep our children out of politics and please stop involving them in bigotry: we are a colorblind society now. Chess.com should reconsider their staunch support of this racially motivated and politically charged film. Its not OK to be racist against anyone - Caucasian American, African American, Asian American, Native American, Indian American, or otherwise. Chess.com, I entreat you: please lead global Chess by having good, upstanding morals: don't support racism... be colorblind. 

  • hace 12 meses

    legacy3

    it is also on netflix instant streaming if you have it!

  • hace 12 meses

    warmachine18

    New York has the strongest chess players in history! Guess what? I'm from nyc as well ; )

  • hace 12 meses

    suzettemy

    This was the only movie I saw in a theater last year.  It was super!  I'm going to google and check USCF for Rochelle Ballantyne right now.

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