Katie Dellamaggiore ’00 directs Brooklyn Castle, a documentary following the triumphant path of champion chess students at an inner-city school.

Students celebrate after a win at the 2010 New York State Scholastic Championships.

Students celebrate after a win at the 2010 New York State Scholastic Championships.

For those still to watch Brooklyn Castle to find out if Rochelle does indeed become the first African American chess master, or if Pobo becomes school president, or Alexis does well enough at his test to go to his number-one high school, Dellamaggiore said that she hopes viewers also are inspired to act. “Making this film helped us discover how important after-school programs are for kids — especially kids who go to a Title One school who might not have access to those programs on their own,” she said. “I would love for viewers to take active steps to help I.S. 318, or even a school in their community, in some way.”

For more information about where to see the film and ways to take action, visit www.brooklyncastle.com.

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