'63 Boycott sneak preview at Chicago Social Change Film Fest

On September 27th, the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival will host a sneak preview of select scenes from '63 Boycott, followed by a q&a with director and Kartemquin co-founder Gordon Quinn.

'63 Boycott 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 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.

Immediately following that showing will be Four Days in Chicago, a new documentary by legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler (Medium Cool, Days of Heaven) that covers the 2012 protests against the NATO summit in Chicago. Kartemquin proudly helped make that film, providing crew to a coalition known as "the People’s Newsreel" (as detailed in this report by John Fecile), and we are excited to see it on the big screen.

Get tickets for the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, and watch clips for '63 Boycott and Four Days in Chicago below.

'63 Boycott - Today is Freedom Day from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo.