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CFI Education

Monday, December 2, 2013 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM (PST)


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BROOKLYN CASTLE   more info Ended Free  


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Community Cinema

A series of  free matinee screenings
with post-film discussions

This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series 




 A film by

Katie Dellamaggiore


Monday, December 2nd

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Please note: this film is 90 minutes long

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

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BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. Ironically, the biggest obstacle thrust upon them arises not from other competitors but from recessionary budget cuts to all the extracurricular activities at their school. BROOKLYN CASTLE shows how these kids’ dedication to chess magnifies their belief in what is possible for their lives. After all, if they can master the world’s most difficult game, what can’t they do?


Katie Dellamaggiore is a producer and director whose work has appeared on MTV, A&E, HBO/Cinemax and VH1. She has held various production and outreach roles on award-winning documentaries including 39 Pounds of Love, To Die in Jerusalem, 51 Birch Street, After the Storm, and American Teen. Katie directed, produced and shot “UR Life Online” for A&E Classroom, which explored sexual solicitation and cyber bullying and received an Emmy nomination for Single Camera Editing. In 2010, she and her husband, Nelson, co-founded television and film production company Rescued Media. Brooklyn Castle, Katie’s feature directorial debut, is one of the best-reviewed films of 2012 by Rotten Tomatoes and is an NAACP Image Awards nominee.  Brooklyn Castle will be broadcast on PBS’s POV series and was selected by the US State Department to be part of The American Film Showcase, which brings award-winning American documentaries to audiences around the world.



Q & A immediately following the film with:

Jeff Gordon, Marin Scholastic Chess

Jeff received his undergraduate degree form the University of California, Los Angleles, and his Juris Doctor degree from Boalt Law School at the University of California, Berkeley. Jeff  is  a retired attorney and Investment Advisor. Jeff has taught chess at many  public and private elementary and middle schools in Marin since 1998. He is  the co-organizer of the Marin County Scholastic Chess Championship which is attended by nearly 200 children representing 46 different Marin schools. With his wife Lanette, he coaches chess teams that have placed first at the Northern California Regional Chess Championship in 2005, the California State Grade Level in 2006 and the Calchess State Scholastic Championships in 2007. Our students have won individual state championships in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, including the CalChess State Grade Level for second grade and the Calchess State Scholastic Championship for Kindergarten. He enjoys teaching young people how to learn from their experiences. Many of the 250 chess lessons  that he has created are based on games that have been played by their students.





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CFI Education is proud to be a part of Community Cinema. Community Cinema is a ground-breaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. For more information about Community Cinema and for study guides visit www.pbs.org/independentlens/communitycinema


For information about CFI Education visit www.cafilm.org/education

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When & Where

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Monday, December 2, 2013 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM (PST)

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