Friday, April 27, 2012

Screening of Brooklyn Castle

Saw this at Chess Talk (English version) tonight:

Toronto, Ontario
Kali Holloway, an Outreach Director of Brooklyn Castle, distributed the email:

Brooklyn Castle will screen at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival in Toronto on Tuesday, May 1, at 9:00 p.m. at the ROM Theatre. Before the screening, from 5-7 p.m. at the Hart House on the University of Toronto campus, there will be a documentary tie-in chess event featuring members of the college chess club doing simuls; young elementary-aged chess players from the Chess Institute of Canada playing casual games and learning from their chess elders; blitz rounds and plenty of opportunities for all kinds of great chess play. We invite you and all the young chess enthusiasts from the Greater Toronto Chess League to come out and play and, afterwards, we hope you'll go to the screening of the film. We've hosted similar events at other film festivals and it really makes for a great day of chess and cinema.
For those of you who may not have heard about this film, Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about the kids and chess program at I.S. 318 in Brooklyn, New York.  When I was that age we used to call it Junior High school and it was for grades 7-9.
The kids at I.S. 318 just keep on winning local, state and national titles and bringing home those trophies!  Latest is that the junior high team won the U.S. National High School Team Championship (a first, ever, in the history of the event) and in Chicago last weekend teacher/coach Elizabeth Vicary Spiegel led an I.S. 318 girls' team (U-16) to first place!  I've blogged about both victories.
Thanks to another link at Chess Talk (English), I found this review of the film:
After-school programs in America’s public schools are having their budgets mercilessly slashed during the economic downturn. That puts the chess program at Brooklyn middle school I.S. 318, where chess nerds have the profile football stars have elsewhere, at risk.

The kids’ passion for the game is palpable, but they also see chess success as a stepping stone to greater achievements. In heartbreaking ways, they shoulder the pressure of getting into the right schools so they can help their families out of financial difficulties.

You’ll be rooting for them in the gruelling competitions. And you’ll wish you’d had a teacher like coach Ms. Vicary.

Apr 29, 6:30 pm, Cumberland 3; May 1, 9 pm, ROM Theatre; May 5, 1:15 pm, Regent.
NOW | April 26-May 3, 2012 | VOL 31 NO 35
If you're in the area or are independently wealthy and can fly in on a moment's notice, or you're in Toronto on vacation or business staying a few days and want to catch a great film, you can buy advance tickets!!!!!
Want to take a chance on changing your life forever?  Watch this film...

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