14 Year Old Chess Champ Justus Williams Heads to World Chess Championships to Represent the USA

This National Master at Chess is Featured in the Critically-Acclaimed Documentary “Brooklyn Castle” Now Playing in Theaters Across the U.S. NEW YORK – Justus Williams, the 14 year old high school student from the Bronx who broke the record and became the youngest-ever African American “National Master” according to the U.S. Chess Federation, and led his junior [...]

Join Us Opening Weekend for Audience Q&A’s with the Filmmakers & Cast of Brooklyn Castle

Brooklyn Castle fans – don’t miss your chance to meet the creators and stars of Brooklyn Castle at the theater this weekend! We’ll be joined by filmmakers Katie Dellamaggiore, Nelson Dellamaggiore and Brian Schulz, along with the cast from the film including Pobo, Alexis, Patrick, Justus and Rochelle. Details are below! Q&A TIMES: Friday 10/19 [...]

NYC! Join us for Chessfest this Saturday Oct. 20th!

                                      Hey NYC! Join us for Chessfest this Saturday, October 20th an awesome event celebrating the opening weekend of Brooklyn Castle in theaters. This fantastic, FREE event will be great for families with kids, chess fans alike. [...]

Back Brooklyn Castle on Kickstarter!

Have you heard about our brand-new Kickstarter Campaign? As part of Brooklyn Castle’s release in theaters this October we want to MAKE SURE our film reaches the audiences that have the most at stake in this issue: the communities, schools, teachers and of course, the kids who have the most to gain (and lose) from after [...]

I.S. 318 Loses a Hero

  With heavy hearts we said goodbye to Fortunato “Fred” Rubino at St. Cecilia’s Church in Brooklyn on April 8. He was 56 years old. Hundreds of people filled the pews to pay their final respects to this father, friend and educator. Looking around the church, my husband and filmmaking partner Nelson turned to me and whispered, [...]

**GREAT** news for I.S. 318 — Lots more work to be done!

When we began shooting ‘Brooklyn Castle,’ we mostly wanted to document a great story: An inner city public school where kids were thriving and the staff was tirelessly dedicated. But as we shot, we realized the film was also a counterpoint to the tired notion that public schools – and public school students – can [...]

Back to School and Battling the Budget with I.S. 318

As the 2010-2011 school year came to a close, administrators, parents and students lamented news that budget cuts threatened to slam the door on 15,000 opportunities for students to take part in afterschool activities. In addition to students already enrolled in those programs, the NY Daily News estimates that another 12,000 new students will also [...]

Summer of Chess Success

While anticipated school budget cuts have concerned chess communities and young buffs across the country, this summer has nonetheless brought some triumphs to I.S. 318 and the national community. Members of both the I.S. 318 and U.S. chess teams recently raked in both publicity and points across the country. With James Black featured in the [...]