January 8, 2019 10:50 am
'63 Boycott, one of 10 short documentaries to advance as a contender for Best Documentary Short at the 2019 Academy Awards, is now available for free streaming for one week only through Kartemquin Films, Public Media’s WORLD Channel and the PBS App.
PBS WORLD Channel will broadcast ‘63 Boycott nationwide on February 25.
The award-winning film directed by Gordon Quinn, the co-founder of Kartemquin Films, and produced by Rachel Dickson and Tracye A. Matthews, revisits October 22, 1963, when more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Many marched through the city calling for the resignation of School Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed trailers, dubbed ‘Willis Wagons,’ on playgrounds and parking lots of overcrowded black schools rather than let them enroll in nearby white schools.
Blending unseen 16mm footage of the march shot by Gordon Quinn when he was just 21 years old with the participants’ reflections today,’63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism.
“I’m very happy to be working with PBS again. I believe it’s essential that a film about the struggle for equality and equity in education be accessible to all,” said Quinn.
‘63 Boycott won the Best Short Documentary Award at the 2018 Nashville Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2018 Pan African African Film Festival. In 2018 it was an official selection of the Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight and earned a place on DOC NYC’s Shorts Short List of 2018.
The film also won Best Short Documentary at the Berlin Black International Cinema Exhibition, the Roxbury International Film Festival, the Adrian International Film Festival, and the Montreal International Black Film Festival, and the Jury Citation Award at the Black Maria Film Festival.
‘63 Boycott is directed by Gordon Quinn and produced by Rachel Dickson and Tracye A. Matthews. Edited by Liz Kaar. Executive produced by Betsy Steinberg, Justine Nagan and Gordon Quinn.