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Things are financially precarious when the film leaves off. Any idea what the status of the team's funding and the school's budget is these days?
Right now, the chess team has zero dollars allocated for travel. Their main source of funding these days comes from private donations. We're committed to leveraging the film as a fundraiser for the school and will continue to do so until I.S. 318 has enough money to travel to all their chess tournaments. But this kind of piecemeal funding is, of course, unreliable and only a short-term solution. The big question is how the program will continue to sustain itself over the next five, 10 or 15 years? And I think that’s a solution that’s going to have to come from a change in the funding system for afterschool programs at a city, state or national level.
Brooklyn Castle opens today in select theaters.
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