'63 Boycott

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On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Many marched through the city calling for the resignation of School Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed trailers, dubbed ‘Willis Wagons,’ on playgrounds and parking lots of overcrowded black schools rather than let them enroll in nearby white schools. Combining unseen archival 16mm footage of the march shot by Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn with the participants’ reflections today, ’63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism.

A film by Rachel Dickson, Tracye A. Matthews, and Gordon Quinn.
Directed by Gordon Quinn.
Produced by Rachel Dickson, Tracye A. Matthews, and Gordon Quinn.
Edited by Liz Kaar.

Shortlisted for Best Documentary Short at the 91st Academy Awards

Select Festivals/Screenings:
Chicago International Film Festival (world premiere)
Virginia Film Festival
Pan African Film Festival 2018 (WINNER: Audience Award)
MoMA Documentary Fortnight (NYC premiere)
Sarasota Film Festival
33rd Berlin Black International Cinema Exhibition (WINNER: Best Short Documentary)
Jacob Burns Film Center - special screening
Festival International du Film Pan-African de Cannes
Nashville Film Festival (WINNER: Best Short Documentary)
Adrian International Film Festival (WINNER: Best Short Documentary)
Roxbury International Film Festival (WINNER: Best Short Documentary)
Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival
DOC NYC (Short Film Short List)

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'63 Boycott

On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Many marched through the city calling for the resignation of School Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed trailers, dubbed ‘Willis Wagons,’ on playgrounds and parking lots of overcrowded black schools rather than let them enroll in nearby white schools. Combining unseen archival 16mm footage of the march shot by Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn with the participants’ reflections today, ’63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism.

A film by Rachel Dickson, Tracye A. Matthews, and Gordon Quinn.
Directed by Gordon Quinn.
Produced by Rachel Dickson, Tracye A. Matthews, and Gordon Quinn.
Edited by Liz Kaar.

Shortlisted for Best Documentary Short at the 91st Academy Awards

Select Festivals/Screenings:
Chicago International Film Festival (world premiere)
Virginia Film Festival
Pan African Film Festival 2018 (WINNER: Audience Award)
MoMA Documentary Fortnight (NYC premiere)
Sarasota Film Festival
33rd Berlin Black International Cinema Exhibition (WINNER: Best Short Documentary)
Jacob Burns Film Center - special screening
Festival International du Film Pan-African de Cannes
Nashville Film Festival (WINNER: Best Short Documentary)
Adrian International Film Festival (WINNER: Best Short Documentary)
Roxbury International Film Festival (WINNER: Best Short Documentary)
Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival
DOC NYC (Short Film Short List)

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