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“A beautiful movie...”  Grace Lieberman, Stanislaus Arts Council



Aaron Carlson dreams of becoming a great lawyer, and is determined to follow his dream even when his school counselor, his principal, and his family insist it is impossible. Aaron clings to his hope that dreams and determination can trump money and connections. Finally a prominent Judge hears Aaron’s talent at a mock trial, and offers an extraordinary opportunity: win a national chess tournament and be admitted to the university program of his choice.


Judge Andrews offers his connections and influence if Aaron can achieve this remarkable goal. Undaunted, Aaron reads and studies and learns the game. He finds a chess master to teach him, and Aaron discovers he has talent. But is it enough talent to win a tournament? Can he find the faith to persevere, even when he looses? If Aaron can win the game, he can win his destiny.

Checkmate is distributed by PureFlix Entertainment (www.pureflix.com).  You can learn more and see the trailer here.