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Brooklyn Castle documentary premiere and post-premier chess event

posted Feb 22, 2012, 7:23 AM by Austin Kids Chess Club Webmaster   [ updated Feb 25, 2012, 9:35 AM ]
Updated 2/25/12: the organizer no longer accepts new requests for free movie tickets.

Austin Kids Chess Club members are invited to participate in the Brooklyn Castle documentary premiere ($10/ticket) and the free post-premiere chess event.  Please see the details below from the organizer.  The organizer will also graciously provide our club with some free movie tickets for the following showings:

Monday, March 12, 1:30PM - 3:09PM, at Alamo Lamar B

Wednesday, March 14, 11:00AM -12:39PM, at Alamo Ritz 1

Friday, March 16, 11:15AM -12:54PM at Stateside Theater

Please send Nam Nguyen an email if you are interested in one of the three showings above.  Tickets are first-come first-served basis while supplies last.


Brooklyn Castle is documentary that takes a look at a year in the lives of several members of the champion chess team at Brooklyn, New York’s I.S. 318, an underserved junior high school where 65 percent of students are from homes living under the poverty level, which also happens to have the best -- most winning -- middle school chess team in the country. Among the team's members are some of the country's highest rated young players; in fact, if Albert Einstein, who was rated about 1800, were to join the team, he'd only rank fourth. The film shows by example the tremendously positive impact that chess can have on kids, and how the game can literally create a culture of success in any school. (To watch the trailer and learn more about movie, visit

Brooklyn Castle will make its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. The will host a free post-premiere party that is open to all chess enthusiasts, and will feature I.S. 318 team member 13-year-old Justus Williams -- who last year became the youngest African-American Master ever -- playing multiple players at once! (Though clocks and boards will be on hand, feel free to bring your own in case supply exceeds demand!) Details below!:


Brooklyn Castle documentary premiere

2012 SXSW Film Festival

Sunday, March 11, 2012

11 a.m. 

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at the Ritz

320 East 6th Street


The Brooklyn Castle Post-Premiere Event and Chess Happening

Sunday, March 11, 2012

1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Brush Square Park 

409 East 5th Street

All chess enthusiasts welcome to play, eat and enjoy!