Sneak Peek of '63 Boycott this Thursday at Hyde Park Union Church

This Thursday at the Free Minds, Free People conference, we will premiere a never-before-seen ten minute trailer of our upcoming documentary, `63 Boycott. The film chronicles the Chicago Public School Boycott of 1963 when more than 200,000 Chicagoans, mostly students, marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed mobile school units on playgrounds and parking lots as a “permanent solution” to overcrowding in black schools. The project, which incorporates recent interviews with our historical footage from 1963, will offer a modern perspective on the impact and legacy of this forgotten history 50 years later as it reconnects the participants to each other and the event itself. Continued

Chicago Digital Media Production Fund has Kartemquin Flavor

Kartemquin-related projects have an impressive presence among the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund 2013 awardees. A total of 5 projects with connections to us have been selected for grants ranging from $4,200 to $10,000, and all the projects will be completed and viewable online by May 2014. '63 Boycott, a full Kartemquin project directed by Gordon Quinn and produced by Zak Piper. Chicago Shareef, directed by Nushmia Khan, former KTQ Intern (spring '13). Public School Closings in Chicago (working title), directed by Rachel Dickson, former KTQ Intern (spring '13). Les Oiseaux (working title), directed by Jeff Perlman, former KTQ Intern (spring '11). Continued

Living History: '63 Boycott Blog Connects Chicago's Past to Present

The team behind '63 Boycott launched a new blog today: '63 Boycott: A Living History will document stories shared with us by participants in the historic march against segregation in Chicago schools of October 1963, struggles in public education today, as well as production updates and source materials discovered while making the film. The launch of this blog is a major step in realizing the essential goal of the project: to provide a modern perspective of the impact and legacy of the 1963 Boycott. Part oral history, part news blog, A Living History promises to be an engaging resource for exploring 50 years of student activism. The filmmakers note that "A Living History will be active, updated frequently, and live on long after the film is completed." Continued

'63 Boycott at Christ the Mediator

On March 17th, 2013, the filmmakers of '63 Boycott attended the workshop performance of an opera organized by the Civil Rights Opera titled "Shades of Mississippi", written and directed by Alan Marshall depicting the 1963 Chicago Public School boycott. The show at Christ the Mediator Church located in Chicago's South Side drew an audience of those who participated in the boycott of 1963, Chicago's largest civil rights demonstration.  The filmmakers connected with many of these participants, along with the brothers, sisters, friends and family of participants. One woman in particular stood out, though. Taking an interest in the '63 Boycott booth, this woman recognized herself in an image taken from the footage filmed at the 1963 boycott.  Continued

#DocYourWorld unites Chicago documentary community

Over 60 documentary makers across the fields of journalism, film, radio, and the web will present at #DocYourWorld, a 3-day Chicago symposium on all things documentary. Kartemquin filmmaker and Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Dan Rybicky (Almost There) created the conference, which features many of our films and filmmakers, including an exclusive sneak preview of clips from The Trials of Muhammad Ali. #DocYourWorld runs from April 16-18 at Columbia College Chicago and is free and open to the public. Kartemquin-related highlights include: Continued

'63 Boycott Website Launches!

On April 1st, 2013, Chicago's Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams) will launch www.63boycott.com as part of '63 Boycott, a cross-platform, web driven project designed to connect with participants in the historic 1963 Chicago Public School Boycott and engage the public in the importance of this history when considering the issues the city's public education system faces today. The website will help find the subjects for a documentary film, and evolve into a platform for those who participated in the boycott 50 years ago and those struggling for equal education today. The project is directed by Gordon Quinn (A Good Man, Prisoner of Her Past) and produced by Quinn and Zak Piper (The Interrupters). Continued

Meet Legendary Filmmakers and Critics at SCMS Chicago

From March 6-10, the world's largest gathering of cinema experts will be in Chicago. The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) 2013 Chicago Conference brings together global film academics and critics to discuss the past, present and future of cinematic arts. So, of course, Kartemquin is involved! The showpiece opening night event of the conference is also open to the public: Urban Documentaries and Social Change: Where Are We? Asking the question of "how do we socially understand urban media and how has the contemporary political landscape impacted documentary filmmaking?", the event, hosted by the MCA Chicago, features a very strong and rare meeting of acclaimed panelists. Continued

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