September 27, 2017 3:57 pm
The short documentaries '63 Boycott and Edith+Eddie will screen together in a program entitled ‘Can’t Turn Back’ on October 22, 2017 at 3:30PM at the AMC River East, with the filmmakers attending. Tickets available here.
'63 Boycott, a film by Rachel Dickson, Tracye A. Matthews, and Gordon Quinn, chronicles the Chicago Public School Boycott of October 22nd, 1963, when more than 200,000 students marched in protest to the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis––who placed aluminum mobile school units (trailers) in playgrounds and parking lots as a ‘permanent solution’ to overcrowding in black schools.
The documentary is directed by Gordon Quinn, co-founder and artistic director of Kartemquin Films and the 2015 recipient of the International Documentary Association’s Career Achievement Award. Quinn won the first prize of his career at the 1966 Chicago International Film Festival for his film Home for Life (1966). He was 21 years old when he filmed the boycott.
The film combines unseen 16mm footage of the boycott is combined with insights from the original participants and present-day protesters against school closings. ’63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, and youth activism.
“We are proud to be presenting '63 Boycott at the Chicago International Film Festival on the 54th Anniversary of this historic moment: when the city’s residents challenged the Chicago Public Schools over discrimination against its black students. As the film shows, these struggles are still going on today," said Gordon Quinn.
Edith+Eddie, directed, produced, and edited by Laura Checkoway, makes its Chicago premiere alongside '63 Boycott as one of the most acclaimed short documentaries of 2017. The 29 minute film tells the story of Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison, ages 96 and 95, who claim to be America's oldest interracial newlyweds. However, their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.
Edith+Eddie was produced by Thomas Lee Wright (Last Flag Flying), and executive produced by Steve James (Hoop Dreams), Betsy Steinberg, Gordon Quinn and the Grammy and Academy-Award winning actress, singer, and activist Cher. It was recently announced as a semi-finalist for the 2018 Cinema Eye Honors’ “Shorts List,” listing the 10 most outstanding short nonfiction films of the year. The film has previously won the Audience Award for Best Short at the Montclair Film Festival, the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, a Jury Honorable Mention at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Flickers’ Youth Film Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the Best Short Documentary Award at the Nevada City Film Festival.