Filmmaker Ian Phillips

Ian Phillips was born and raised in New York City, where he played competitive chess on the scholastic level. Later, he attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where he studied film making.

In the Spring of 2017, NYC-based filmmaker, Ian Phillips, documented the rise of an All-Girls Scholastic Chess Team in his hometown. As they prepare for the Nationals in Chicago, Ian reveals how the girls learn that friendship and sisterhood can translate into wins on the board.