HER MOVE NEXT - Please Watch & Share


In the spirit of today's United Nation's International Day of the Girl, we are thrilled to share with you the public premiere of award-winning documentary Her Move Next.

This short documentary captures the girls from Chelsea Prep over the course of the 2016-2017 season on their quest for a National Championship.

It clearly displays the positive impact chess can have on our young girls and all the invaluable life lessons and experiences gained along the way.

Her Move Next is a highly recommended family film which we hope you will take a moment to watch. Please share it along with friends and family and don't hesitate to share stories, events and photos via #hermovenext #itsamovement

About The Movie:

The award-winning film, Her Move Next, is an inspiring short documentary (run time ~17 minutes) chronicling New York’s PS 33 Chelsea Prep elementary school’s 2016-2017 girls’ chess team. The team’s inaugural 2015-2016 scholastic chess season had surprising success culminating in a second-place finish in the 2016 All-Girls National Championships. (U8 Section). In the Spring of 2017, NYC-based filmmaker Ian Phillips documented the rise of the all-girls scholastic chess team. Led by Program Director Russell Makofsky and Head Coach Angel Lopez, the film shows the team build upon the success of its 2016 season to recruit more girls to its already diverse roster, including Chloe, a precocious and insightful 8-year old. The chemistry flourishes for both teammates and parents alike, artfully captured on camera by Ian Phillips.

As the team prepares for the 2017 All-Girls National Championships in Chicago, the girls learn how sisterhood translate into wins over the board. Despite the achievements at 2017 City and State Championships, can the team sustain the passion and perseverance to overcome the mounting obstacles along the way to the 2017 All-Girls National Championships? 

Winner of the People’s Choice Award in the 2018 London Feminista Film Festival, finalist in the 2018 Long Beach Indie International Film Festival and selected to the 2018 New York Latino Film Festival presented by HBO, Her Move Next is a smart exposé of an elementary school girls’ chess team leaning in, motivated by friendship and fun. Please visit HerMoveNext.com to watch the film and share photos, events, stories and smiles with #HerMoveNext to help inspire more girls to play chess. 

About #hermovenext:

The benefits of chess enrichment is well documented but less than 20% of scholastic chess players are girls. HerMoveNext.com's mission is to make chess accessible and fun for girls through tailoring dialogue, outreach, and social events that structure and promote participation in girls' chess teams. 

With the initial launch of the website, HerMoveNext.com is now screening the award winning Her Move Nextshort documentary, which ran exclusively first in film festivals from San Francisco, to New York, to London. Future updates of the HerMoveNext.com platform will highlight local, regional, and national girls' chess news, statistics, tournaments and more. 

We encourage parents, coaches, clubs, afterschool programs, and teams to share their events, photos, stories and smiles posting to #HerMoveNext and @HerMoveNext social media, and to the HerMoveNext.com website. For opportunities and contributions to inspire the girls' chess movement, please contact us at HerMoveNext@gmail.com.

Russ Makofsky