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).
Get an insight into the production of films from The Chicago Maternity Center Story (1976) to the forthcoming '63 Boycott (in-progress0, with some anecdotes that we have never heard Gordon and Peter put on record before.
Did you or someone you know participate in the 1963 Chicago School Boycott? We filmed the boycott in 1963 and are searching for participants in this historic event who are interested in sharing their stories for possible inclusion in the '63 Boycott film now in production.
'63 Boycott will feature previously unreleased 16mm footage of the event, along with then and now interviews with organizers and demonstrators who took to the streets of Chicago on October 22, 1963, (AKA "Freedom Day") protesting the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis in one of the biggest mass civil rights protests in the city's history. 63 Boycott and its companion website will provide a modern perspective on the impact and legacy of this forgotten history 50 years later, reconnecting the participants to each other and the event itself.
Kartemquin and The Black Cinema House will partner on "Chicago: Segregated City", a screening and discussion of three of our classic films about race in Chicago, along with an exclusive sneak preview of 63 Boycott, our in-progress film about the 1963 boycott of Chicago Public Schools by thousands of African American parents and students.
Interactive, transmedia productions promise to hold a prominent role in the future of documentary. Some of the best work in this arena in the present is being made through the National Film Board of Canada, a friend of Kartemquin and traditionally one of the world's great supporters of independent documentary media.