The Palm Beaches were recently checked and captured in an upcoming feature film titled Critical Thinking. Driving sequences with aerial drone footage were filmed along A1A in Jupiter and SR710 in Palm Beach Gardens. Directed by and starring John Leguizamo, Critical Thinking tells the true story of the remarkable feat accomplished by a Cuban-American teacher who led a group of disparate kids from Miami Jackson High School to become the first inner city school to win the U.S. National Chess Championship in 1998. The prolific actor, producer and Emmy Award-winner Leguizamo portrays the teacher Mario Martínez who guides his Latino, African-American and Caucasian students to achieve what they never thought possible. Critical Thinking is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2019. For more information on the film, visit

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