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Brooklyn Castle – Special Event in T.O.



BROOKLYN CASTLE from Rescued Media on Vimeo.

The Film, Brooklyn Castle, is showing in Toronto at the Hot Docs International Film Festival.

Film Screenings

Sun, Apr 29 6:30 PM
Cumberland 3

Tue, May 1
9:00 PM
The ROM Theatre

Sat, May 5 1:15 PM
The Regent


Special Kids’ Event at Hart House

Kali Holloway (Outreach Director for Brooklyn Castle) is inviting young players in Toronto to be a part of a special event before the screening on Tuesday. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 1 from 5 to 7 PM at Hart House, a beautiful space on the University of Toronto campus. Members of the college’s chess team will be on hand playing games and doing tandem simuls.

Chess parents, please contact Chess Institute of Canada (CIC) if your son or daughter would like to participate. CIC teaches life skills in Toronto schools through chess, and runs a Saturday Chess Club in the downtown “priority neighbourhood” of St. James Town.


Film Synopsis

Public school I.S. 318 is a chess powerhouse, producing national champions straight out of junior high. The secret to the school’s success? Coaches who hold leadership skills and divergent thinking above standings and trophies, and students eager to learn and improve. Brooklyn Castle follows the challenges and triumphs both on and off the chessboard as the financial crisis brings severe budget cuts to after-school programs. With three-quarters of the student body living under the poverty line, will the chess club survive the economic downturn? Will the students realize their goals? Will Rochelle become the first female African-American chess master? Will sixth-grade prodigy Justus conquer his stage fright? Will Patrick overcome his ADHD by honing his powers of concentration? In life, as in chess, the answers aren’t clear. The truth is not about right and wrong, it’s about infinite moves and the choices we make.
Angie Driscoll (Hot Docs Programmer)


Rochelle Ballantyne (1970 USCF),
one of five players featured in the film
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