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UChicago spotlights Gordon Quinn’s journey with ’63 Boycott

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Read more about the film’s 55-year journey here on the UChicago News website.

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‘63 Boycott makes World Premiere on February 25

Gordon Quinn filmed footage for ‘63 Boycott more than 55 years ago. Yet, the impact of this profound story is still emerging. The film is one of just 10 short documentaries to advance as a contender for Best Documentary Short at the 2019 Academy Awards. This achievement comes as the film team, which includes producers Rachel Dickson and Tracye A. Matthews, prepares for a national debut.

PBS WORLD Channel will broadcast ‘63 Boycott nationwide on February 25. The film is also available now for free streaming for one week only through Kartemquin Films, Public Media’s WORLD Channel and the PBS App.

“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,” Quinn said.

Blending unseen 16mm footage of the march shot by 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.

This award-winning film 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.

‘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.


  • Best Short Documentary Award at the 2018 Nashville Film Festival
  • Audience Award at the 2018 Pan African Film Festival
  • Official Selection of the Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight of 2018
  • DOC NYC’s Shorts Short List of 2018
  • 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
  • Jury Citation Award at the Black Maria Film Festival

Kartemquin Films is a collaborative community empowering filmmakers who create documentaries that foster a more engaged and just society. For 52 years, Kartemquin has embraced a vision of democracy through documentary, producing over 65 documentaries including the Academy Award-nominated Hoop Dreams, the 2018 Academy Award-nominees Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Edith+Eddie, 2018’s best reviewed documentary Minding the Gap and 2018’s best reviewed original TV series, America to Me. The organization’s films have also garnered other major prizes, including six Emmys, two Peabody Awards and multiple Independent Spirit, IDA, PGA, DGA and festival awards, and duPont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards.