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Brooklyn Castle looks at the challenges and triumphs of a champion junior high chess team hit hard by public school budget cuts.
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Rescued Media

175 backers pledged $22,321 to help bring this project to life.

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CHESS WE CAN Kickstart the Oct. 19th release of Brooklyn Castle!

Hiya, BK Castle Backers!

If you've gotten this message before, it's only because this film, this school, these kids DESERVE a release not only in theaters, but in the places where people need to be INSPIRED!

So... we're using Kickstarter to make CERTAIN that Brooklyn Castle is brought to the communities it will inspire the most - places where films don't typically get released...but they SHOULD!

Join us in showing the world on Oct. 19th that movies can be released widely and WELL.

Where to join? Well have we got the link for YOU --->

So... we're using Kickstarter to make CERTAIN that the story of I.S. 318's chess team is brought to the communities it will inspire the most - places where films don't typically get released...but they SHOULD!

Keep up to date with Brooklyn Castle and the communities it's impacting -- this final Kickstarter campaign is the final stage of this amazing, community-driven process. We'd love to see ya there.


- Team Brooklyn Castle

PS As always, every little bit counts. Whether you're joining us on our new Kickstarter, finding us on Twitter and Facebook, sharing our TRAILER - it all matters and it all starts with you!


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Check out our new trailer and poster!!

Hey Brooklyn Castle Backers!

Just wanted to say hello and give you a quick update on how things were progressing for October. First off, we just finished our brand new trailer!! Yes! Check it out below and share with anybody else that needs to know about this film:

We've also finalized our poster for next month. Check it out, share it and of course, let us know what you think. Keep spreading the word and talk to you soon!

- Katie, Nelson and Brian

Brooklyn Castle is coming to a theater near you this October!!

Dear backers -

How are you?!?! Filmmaker Katie Dellamaggiore here. It's been almost a year since we launched our campaign to finish work on Brooklyn Castle. A lot has happened since then! Here's what's happened because of YOUR HELP:

  • Thanks to your generous support, we finished the film earlier this spring (YES!)
  • Brooklyn Castle was selected as the 2012 SXSW Documentary Audience Award Winner this past March in Austin!
  • We secured a distributor earlier this Summer and IT'S NOW COMING TO SELECT THEATERS on October 19th!
We don't want to lose the amazing grassroots support that got us here in the first place, so WE'RE ASKING YOU, our earliest backers TO LEND A HAND again. Please take a moment to help us out now by:

We look forward to partnering with you to do more and tell the world about our BIG RELEASE in theaters on October 19th. Stay tuned!!

- Katie


Hello, Brooklyn Castle backers!

We are very pleased to inform you that for those of you who supplied your addresses to us, our rewards will be shipping out next week! 

Depending on where you live, expect something special from us to arrive in the mail (or to get contacted by us in certain cases) by the middle - end of July.

Our DVDs will not be ready until 2013 - be on the lookout for a big announcement about distribution next week.  We will inform you as soon as the DVD's are ready. 

Thanks again for supporting the film - you are all a BIG part of our team.


Katie, Nelson & Brian 

To all our backers


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