Fairfield University alum’s ‘Brooklyn Castle’ film airs on PBS

When it comes to national championships, they are the kings and queens of the chess board. Beginning tonight, audiences will have a chance to see these powerhouses of Brooklyn’s I.S. 318 junior high school, when the 2012 documentary “Brooklyn Castle” is featured on PBS’ Indies Showcase.

The movie is produced by Rescue Media, a company headed by filmmaker Katie Dellamaggiore, who graduated from Fairfield University in 2000. Dellamaggiore also directed the film, which had been inspired by an article she read in The New York Times in 2007.

Five of the members of the team tell their stories, wins and losses, as viewers learn how an inner-city school that mostly serves families living below the poverty line. The team has also been featured in “The Kings of New York,” a book by Michael Weinreb.

Dellamaggiore, who grew up in Brooklyn, previously noted that she wanted to tell a story people didn’t expect.

“There are so many negative, clichéd stereotypes about Brooklyn, and I was proud that the best young chess players in the country were right here in my hometown.”

You can read more about Dellamaggiore in a recent article that appeared in the Fairfield University Magazine.

The documentary will air on Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. and again on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 4 a.m. (for those night owls/early risers) on WNET (Channel 13). On CPTV4U, it will air on Oct. 10 at 9:30 p.m. You can check future listings here.

Christina Hennessy