Monthly Archives: October 2018

Check out photos from the SOLD OUT anniversary screening!

Kartemquin Films and Metropolitan Planning Council collaborated for a special screening of ’63 Boycott. The event honored the 55th anniversary of Freedom Day, where more than 250,000 students boycotted CPS on October 22, 1963 to protest racial segregation. The anniversary sparked a meaningful conversation on how the fight for education equity continues today. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported!


Join us for a 55th Anniversary Screening on October 22!

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’63 Boycott: A 55th Anniversary Film Screening & Conversation

In honor of the 55th year since the 1963 CPS student boycott, join Metropolitan Planning Council and Kartemquin Films for a special screening. We will host an after-film panel discussion on the boycott and present-day activism driving racial equity in education.

Panelists include Producer Tracye Matthews, a student activist and Pemon Rami, a film producer/director and organizer of the 1968 CPS student walkout. WBEZ Reporter Sarah Karp will moderate the discussion. Director Gordon Quinn will give opening remarks.

Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603
October 22, 2018, 5 to 7 p.m.
Purchase tickets here.

About the film

On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) 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 Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn 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.

‘63 Boycott makes DOC NYC Short List

Incredible news! ‘63 Boycott screened at more than 48 festivals, conferences and schools so far this year —  including the Festival International du Film Pan-Africain de Cannes in France, Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Montreal International Black Film Festival. Most recently, it had of the honor of being on Doc NYC’s shortlist of the twelve best documentary shorts of the year! The film has also qualified for a nomination for an Academy Award. This high achievement comes just as the 55th anniversary of the Boycott approaches. What a great way to celebrate this significant movement and history.

Our team is busy working with Mikva Challenge to develop a curriculum to accompany the film, preparing to release the DVD of the film, and planning for a PBS broadcast in February of 2019. Contact us at if you would like to plan a screening.


2018 DOC NYC Short List: Short Films

Pan African Film Festival
Audience Award

Nashville International Film Festival
Jury Award for Best Short Documentary

Black International Cinema Berlin
Best Film

Roxbury International Film Festival
Best Documentary Short Film

Adrian International Film Festival
Best Documentary Short

Montreal International Black Film Festival
Honorable Mention Best Mid-Length Film


Thursday, October 12th
Gary International Black Film Festival
Gary, IN

Monday, October 22, 2018
Metropolitan Planning Council
Chicago, IL

Saturday, October 27th
Media Freedom Summit
San Francisco, CA

November 1-11
St. Louis International Film Festival
St. Louis, MO

Thursday, November 9th
New York City, NY
2018 DOC NYC Short List: Short Films

Tuesday, November 27th – Friday, November 30th
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
2018 Conference
Memphis, TN

January 4, 2019
American Historical Association
Washington, DC

Check out photos from the ’63 Boycott screening in Florence!

Photos by Ulysses

CPS Teachers brainstorm ideas at ’63 Boycott workshop

’63 Boycott Workshop, a film about Student Agency and Community History
Face and Embrace: Waking up to Racial Equity in Education 2018

CPS teachers engaged in a meaningful conversation surrounding race and education at the Face & Embrace – Waking up to Racial Equity in Education  conference in August. They also brainstormed ways they can use ‘63 Boycott in an impactful way with their students this school year. The Boycott team and Mikva Challenge are creating a curriculum for teachers to use while screening the film. More info on this soon!