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FILMWAX PRESENTS, "BROOKLYN CASTLE"

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Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:30 PM to 11:55 PM (EDT)

FILMWAX PRESENTS, "BROOKLYN CASTLE"

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SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2012

9:30PM DOORS

10:00PM SCREENING

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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?

 

BROOKLYN CASTLE is driven by the compelling personalities of its characters:   11-year-old prodigy Justus is already one of America's highest-rated young chess players, and yet he often chokes, stymied by the expectations of others and his uncompromising belief in his destiny; Rochelle has the potential to become the first African-American female master in the history of chess, but she struggles to find the balance between chess and academic success; charismatic leader Pobo caters to the emotional needs of his teammates, often at the expense of his own playing;  shy Alexis, second-ranked in the school, sees chess as a way to get a better education and job to support his immigrant family; and Patrick, a sensitive beginner who is determined to use his modest goal of raising his chess ranking as a means to rise above his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

 

The triumphs of the team can be credited in large part to the brilliant chess teacher /coach Elizabeth Spiegel and chess coordinator John Galvin, as well as the support and encouragement from their parents, but nothing would matter without the passion and time commitment the players bring to their study of the game. And while repeatedly winning is exhilarating, the team’s victories go beyond a room full of trophiesthrough chess they learn patience and long-term planning, and the importance of analyzing the wrong or right decisions they make after the game.  In essence, chess provides skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives, regardless of what profession they choose.

 

The aspirations of the players are put in jeopardy by the financial crisis. The budget for their Brooklyn school, I.S. 318, is cut by more than a million dollars and they face the possibility that they will not have the money to attend tournaments they would probably win.  The budget cuts are another difficult battle that school and the team must fight, but the players have learned through playing chess that every problem has a solution if you are willing to work hard enough to find it.

 

Through the inspirational stories of its characters, BROOKLYN CASTLE illustrates that the extra in extracurricular activities are not extra”—they are essential to the teaching of what Principal Rubino calls “the whole child.” As Patrick’s story vividly demonstrates, programs like the chess team can be an indispensible way to open the door for all kinds of learning.  For Justus, Patrick, Rochelle, Pobo and Alexis, chess is more than a game: it is a realm where they can transcend their reality and become kings and queens themselves. BROOKLYN CASTLE celebrates the hard work and determination that fires these young people’s pursuit of their dreams. 


JUSTUS WITH PARENTS

 

ALEXIS AT HOME

POBO ON TRAIN

VICARY AND GALVIN TALK BUDGET

PATRICK AT BOARD

 

BROOKLYN CASTLE

 

The Players

 

ROCHELLE BALLANTYNE

POBO EFEKORO

PATRICK JOHNSTON

ALEX PAREDES

JUSTUS WILLIAMS

 

Chess Teacher/Coach

ELIZABETH (nee VICARY) SPIEGEL

 

Assistant Principal

JOHN GALVIN

 

Principal

FRED RUBINO

 

Featuring

JAMES BLACK

MICHELLE BRATHWAITE (Rochelle’s mother)

CHRISTIANA INUWERE (Pobo’s mother)

LISA JOHNSTON (Patrick’s mother)

VIVIANA PAREDES TOLEDO (Alexis’s mother)

LATISHA WILLIAMS (Justus’s mother).

 

 

The Filmmakers

                                                                    

                                                        Director      KATIE DELLAMAGGIORE

                                                     Producers      KATIE DELLAMAGGIORE

                                                                           NELSON DELLAMAGGIORE

                                                                           BRIAN SCHULZ

                              Director of Photography      BRIAN SCHULZ

                                                           Editor      NELSON DELLAMAGGIORE

                                    Executive Producers      GEOFF GIBSON

                                                                           ROBERT McLELLAN

                                    Executive Producers      CHICKEN AND EGG PICTURES

                                                                           JULIE PARKER BENELLO

                                                                           WENDY ETTINGER

                                                                           JUDITH HELFAND

                              Co-Executive Producers      NEAL FLAHERTY

                                                                           LE CASTLE FILM WORKS

 

                                             Original Music      B. SATZ for LE CASTLE

Consulting Editor for Chicken and Egg PicturesMARY MANHARDT

                                        Outreach Director      KALI HOLLOWAY

                                     Associate Producers      ELLIOT NEFF, CHESS4LIFE

                                                                           RAPHAEL NEFF, CHESSHOUSE

 

 

 

Running Time: 102 minutes

www.brooklyncastle.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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reRun Theater
147 Front St
New York, NY 11201

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:30 PM to 11:55 PM (EDT)


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