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.
'63 Boycott world premieres this weekend; Edith+Eddie has Chicago premiere!
October 20, 2017 10:28 am
'63 Boycott, Edith+Eddie, Abacus play Virginia Film Festival
October 18, 2017 4:21 pm
'63 Boycott world premieres at Chicago International Film Festival; Edith+Eddie Chicago premieres at fest
September 27, 2017 3:57 pm
SLIFF honors Gordon Quinn with Maysles Brothers Lifetime Achievement Award; celebrates #KTQ50
October 12, 2016 5:15 pm