This public-school powerhouse in junior high chess competitions has won more than 30 national championships, the most of any school in the country. Its 85-member squad boasts so many strong players that the late Albert Einstein, a dedicated chess maven, would rank fourth if he were on the team. Most astoundingly, I.S. 318 is a Brooklyn school that serves mostly minority students from families living below the poverty line. Brooklyn Castle is the exhilarating story of five of the school's aspiring young players and how chess became the school's unlikely inspiration for academic success.
Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the students
featured in the film. Then stick around to play chess!
FREE with museum admission. To reserve tickets, visit
For more information about the screening, visit
Brooklyn Museum • 200 Eastern Parkway
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium • 3rd Floor