May 15, 2018 10:16 am
This past weekend '63 Boycott, a film by Rachel Dickson, Tracye A. Matthews and Gordon Quinn, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Nashville Film Festival. The win makes the film eligible for submission to the 2019 Academy Awards.
Previously, the film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at the 2018 Pan African Film + Arts Festival (the film's LA premiere), and made its New York premiere at the Museum of Modern Art's 2018 Documentary Fortnight.
The film next screens at the Adrian International Film Festival on Saturday, May 19th, and the African Diaspora Cinema Festival in Florence, Italy, running July 5-8.
Praise for '63 Boycott
“A film every Chicagoan should see.”
— Scott Pfeiffer and Jacob Oller, Chicagoist.com
“With footage shot a half-century earlier as a college student, director Gordon Quinn planned the boycott documentary for its 50th year. He missed the anniversary date. But with co-producers Rachel Dickson and Tracye A. Matthews, he reimagined it as a 30-minute short doc, and produced one packed full of facts.”
— Robin Washington, The Chicago Sun-Times
“On the one hand, a half hour is probably the right length for a documentary about a one-day event...On the other hand, I would have been happy to have had more of ‘63 BOYCOTT...While the 1963 boycott did not achieve its specific demands, it is clear from the recollections of multiple participants that it sparked something, including a desire to achieve personal educational goals, a long-term interest in community activism and school improvement, and an awareness of injustices that weren’t just happening in another part of the country.”
— Mark Walsh, Education Week
“‘63 BOYCOTT is a timely look backward as the U.S. public education system stands vulnerably in the crosshairs of public officials who seem determined to destroy it.”
— Marilyn Ferdinand, FerdyOnFilms.com
Find upcoming screenings of '63 Boycott here.