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Friday, October 19, 2012

 

BROOKLYN CASTLE


BROOKLYN CASTLE

Directed and produced by Katie Dellamaggiore
Edited and produced by Nelson  Dellamaggiore
At IS 318 in Brooklyn
Featuring student players 
Justus, Alexis, Rochelle, Pobo and Patrick
With educators 
Elizabeth Vicary, John Galvin and Fred Rubino


Rochelle at the chess board
BROOKLYN CASTLE
Photo courtesy Brooklyn Castle


Katie Dellamaggiore, director and producer
and Nelson Dellamaggiore editor and producer
BROOKLYN CASTLE
Photo by Eric Roffman

BROOKLYN CASTLE is a terrific movie.  It tells the story plainly and simply of IS 318 in Brooklyn, which has consistently produced some of the best Junior High School chess players in the country.

This movie is an inspiring study of how to produce exellence in education.  It is specifically about the chess program, but by being specific it is universal.

Everyone interested in looking at how education can succeed should see this film. It was one of the highlights at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival and it's playing near Lincoln Center now. Seek it out, wherever you are!

It is an extremely well-made documentary that avoids the primary pitfalls (confusion, hackneyed story-line, sugar-coating, conspicuous directorial style, exaggerated highs and lows) of even the best documentaries: BROOKLYN CASTLE tells, very clearly, simply and understandably what is really a quite complex story with many personalities. It is also free of mannerisms. It follows the successes, the ambitions, the motivations and the problems of the teachers, the student players, and the students' parents.  It is also a "sports-competition" movie that does not follow the primary cliche (build-up to a climactic final competition) of that genre's cliched formula. Rather, it just tells what actually happens: (win some, lose some, do well, but not perfectly, and learn).

The film also documents the effects on education caused by cuts in public financing for public education, during these lean years.

The film is careful to document both the pressure that the school puts on the students to win, and the comfort and perspective they provide about losing. (Note: chess can be very stressful: two guys I played chess with in high school -- who seemed pretty normal at the time -- went on to become chess Grandmasters; and both developed mental problems. That does not happen to everyone of course. But the desire to win, and keeping a healthy outlook win or lose, are both essential parts of education for any competitive enterprise.) According to the director, IS 318 has an excellent history of providing students with an education that gives them a healthy start... for success in chess and/or other academic pursuits after they graduate.

BROOKLYN CASTLE is original, well shot, well edited, very interesting, and -- I'll say it again -- inspirational for anyone interested in high quality public education.


OFFICIAL TRAILER




HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
www.hamptonsfilmfest.org


BROOKLYN CASTLE OFFICIAL SITE
http://www.brooklyncastle.com/

BROOKLYN CASTLE ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Castle

BROOKLYN CASTLE - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1800266/


RESOURCES FOR CHESS AND AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITES
http://www.brooklyncastle.com/resources/afterschool

CHESS IN THE SCHOOLS
http://www.chessintheschools.org/


ON SATURDAY OCT 20 FROM 12-5 THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL CHESS EVENT 
NEAR THE LANDMARK CINEMA AT HOUSTON & CHRYSTIE STREET
WHERE BROOKLYN CASTLE IS SHOWING






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