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‘Hoop Dreams,’ ‘Interrupters’ Filmmakers Still Looking for 1963 Chicago School Boycott Participants for New Doc

'Hoop Dreams,' 'Interrupters' Filmmakers Still Looking for 1963 Chicago School Boycott Participants for New Doc

I previously profiled this new still-in-the-works documentary film from Chicago-based Kartemquin Films (“Hoop Dreams,” “The Interrupters,” “The Trials of Muhammad Ali”), titled “’63 Boycott,” two years ago; they still need your help to complete it.

Directed by Gordon Quinn (“A Good Man” documentary on choreographer Bill T. Jones), the film is about the 1963 Chicago school boycott, called “Freedom Day,” during which some 200,000 people, mostly school students, protested and marched over the school system’s racist segregationist policies by then CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis.

The film will combine hours of unseen footage of the event, with then-and-now interviews of boycotters. The project began from footage shot by Quinn and his filmmaking partner Gerry Temaner, while they were students at the University of Chicago at the time.

However Kartemquin is still looking for participants of the march, or people to help them identify persons in photos and TV news footage from the boycott (such as in the photo above). If you can assist, go to the film’s website (here) where you can view over 500 photos pulled from never-before-released footage of the boycott. There, you can also identify yourself or others you may know in the photos, as well as share your stories with each other and the filmmakers, and upload your own images.

The filmmakers will select individual stories for inclusion in the film which is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

To find out more about the event and the film itself, you can go to the film’s website here.

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