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The students and teacher Elizabeth Vicary featured in Brooklyn Castle will join filmmaker Katie Dellamaggiore, Robert McLellan of the US Chess Federation and Ursula Helminski of the After School Alliance for a live OVEE screening with viewers on Tuesday, October 8 from 8:30-10 PM ET (5:30-7 PM PT). They will be taking your questions about participating in the after-school chess program and making the documentary.

I.S. 318 in Brooklyn, a 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.

Ask the subjects and filmmakers questions by posting your comments below.

Here is an overview of the event:

When: Tuesday, October 8 from 8:30-10 PM ET (5:30-7 PM PT). If you can’t make it, you can send in your questions ahead of time by writing a comment below.

Who: Who: Filmmaker Katie Dellamaggiore, Teacher Elizabeth Vicary, Robert McLellan of the US Chess Federation, Ursula Helminski of the After School Alliance and featured students Justus Ballard, Rochelle Ballantyne, Patrick Johnston and Alexis Paredes will attend.

How: Join the chat on OVEE. To view an archived transcript of the conversation, visit the Brooklyn Castle companion website after October 9, 2013.

On October 7, 2013 at 10 PM, POV will present the national broadcast premiere of Brooklyn Castle on PBS (Check local listings). The film will be available for streaming on the POV website from October 8 to November 6, 2013.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.