Critical Thinking

It’s 1998 in Miami. Rampant poverty, broken families, and a prejudiced system push underprivileged youth to the fringes of society. But for a magnetic group of teens, there’s a reprieve. A game where it’s not about where you come from, but how you play. That equalizer is chess. Mr. “T” Martinez, a chess militant and passionate coach, leads them to a completely foreign field of battle: the National Chess Championship. With an underfunded school district, Martinez and his team can’t just waltz into the arena. They have to fight for it. Chess runs parallel to their own experiences as Martinez teaches them that the power of Critical Thinking can not only save their kings, but also their lives.

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Credits

Director:

John Leguizamo

Executive Producer:

Carla Berkowitz, Harvey R. Chaplin, Emilio Estefan, Jr.

Producer:

Scott Rosenfelt, Jason Mandl

Screenwriter:

Dito Montiel

Cinematographer:

Zach Zamboni

Editor:

Jamie Kirkpatrick

Production Designer:

J. Mark Harrington

Sound Designer:

Andrea Bella

Music:

Chris Hajian

Principal Cast:

John Leguizamo, Michael Kenneth Williams, Rachel Bay Jones, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Angel Bismark Curiel, Will Hochman, Corwin Tuggles, Jeffry Batista, Zora Casebere, Ramses Jimenez

Additional Credits:

Music Supervisor: Mathieu Schreyer, Costume Designer: Danny Santiago

Contact

Public Film Contact:

Carla Berkowitz
Critical Thinking, LLC
cgb@perfectbalance.com

Publicity Contact:

Hilda Somarriba
hilda@prism-mg.com
+1-323-633-7079

Sales Agent:

Mikey Schwartz-Wright

Details

Primary Entry:
Platinum Badge
Film Badge
Secondary Entry:
Music Badge
Interactive Badge
Film Festival Wristband
Year:

2019

Premiere Status:

World Premiere

Genre:

Biography, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sports

Screening Section:

Narrative Spotlight

Screening Category:

Narrative Feature

Country:

United States

Language:

English

Runtime:

117 mins