Punch 9 A DOCUMENTARY FILM COMING 2021

Barack Obama moves to Chicago in 1985, in part, because of a man he’d never met: Harold Washington.

Obama would later say: “For those of you who recall Chicago at that time, it’s hard to forget the sense of possibility that he sparked in people.”

Punch 9 for Harold Washington will be the first feature-length documentary film to tell Washington’s story.Harold Washington runs for Chicago mayor in 1983 as a long-shot candidate. He squeaks out an improbable victory in the Democratic primary – then White Democrats immediately abandon him for his Republican opponent.

Their slogan? “Epton for Mayor. Before It’s Too Late.”

Washington survives the toughest, dirtiest, most expensive municipal election in American history to become Chicago’s first African-American Mayor.

On his very first day in office, an all-White majority of the City Council forms an opposition bloc that opposes Mayor Washington’s every move. City government grinds to a halt. The Wall Street Journal calls Chicago “Beiruit on the Lake.”

But Washington never backs down. Eventually, he prevails and keeps his promises of reform. He becomes an international figure, a symbol of American ideals. All around the world, people ask, ‘You’re from Chicago? How’s Harold?”

The story of Harold Washington could not be more timely. Racism in American politics has taken an ugly turn, while at the same time, minorities and women are gaining political clout they never had before. A showdown is inevitable.

A thrilling story with unforgettable characters, Punch 9 for Harold Washington is also a playbook for how to restore our American democracy.

Punch 9 for Harold Washington
DOCNYC 2021 Punch 9 for Harold Washington
Streaming Online November 14 – 28, 2021

at Cinépolis Chelsea
260 W 23rd St – New York, NY
Saturday, November 13, 2021 @ 10:45am

at Cinépolis Chelsea
260 W 23rd St – New York, NY
Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 9:30pm

Chicago International Film Festival Punch 9 for Harold Washington
Chicago International Film Festival

Streaming Online October 15 – 24, 2021
in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

at AMC River East (322 E Illinois St)
Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 5:30pm CT

at AMC River East (322 E Illinois St)
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 3:00pm CDT

Harold Washington by Marc PoKempner
photo©Marc PoKempner

The Filmmakers

JOE WINSTON

DIRECTOR-PRODUCER: Joe Winston

Winston has worked as an editor, producer, and director for more than 20 years. He produced and directed “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” which Roger Ebert named as one of the Ten Best Documentaries of 2009. In 2013, he field produced “Citizen Koch,” which was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

RAYMOND LAMBERT

PRODUCER: Raymond Lambert

Raymond earned a Peabody Award as an Executive Producer on the PBS documentary, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise; Writing and Producing credits for the award winning SHOWTIME documentary, Phunny Business: A Black Comedy; and a Consulting Producer credit on All the Queen’s Horses with Kartemquin Films, where he is a Diverse Voices In Documentary Fellow. The founder of All Jokes Aside Chicago, Raymond has served as a consulting producer on comedy and talent to Second City, HBO, BET and Comedy Central.

SONYA JACKSON

PRODUCER: Sonya Jackson

Jackson is an Executive Producer of ideas that matter. She is writer, producer, playwright and activist who uses storytelling, media, technology and live experiences as a force for good. Ms. Jackson spent the first 25 years of her career as a senior corporate executive and is a leader in reputation management, corporate giving and social impact.

Alex Mackenzie

EDITOR: Alex MacKenzie

Alex’s work has been featured on Hulu, HBO, Showtime, TNT, Sky Netflix and PBS. Hulu’s “Behind the Mask,” which he edited, won the service it’s first-ever Emmy nomination. Previously, he co-edited “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” with director Joe Winston.

Melisa Sterne

EDITOR: Melissa Sterne

Melissa’s recent credits include “All the Difference,” for Academy-Award nominated director Tod Lending, which aired on POV in 2016. She also edited “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance” which aired on “American Masters in 2012 and played in over 130 theaters. “Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Michael Pfleger,” and “Senator Obama Goes to Africa” which was broadcast in over 100 countries.

T.W. LI

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: T. W. Li

T.W. has directed the photography of 13 feature films including the documentary What’s the Matter with Kansas, based on the best-selling book by Thomas Frank, and the TV series “Pilot Season,” directed by Sam Seder, and starring Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron, David Cross, Isla Fisher, and Andy Dick.

Alex LU

COMPOSER Alex LU

Named by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) as a “Composer to Watch,” Alex has composed, arranged, orchestrated, and conducted on a growing list of film projects. His scoring work has been praised by the Huffington Post as “a graceful counterpoint” and the Austin Chronicle describes his composition and performance as “lovely music… the audience was transfixed.” Alex is an alumnus of the acclaimed ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop and is a recipient of the ASCAP David Rose Award.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

CRAIG ROBINSON • DERRICK ROSE • JUDY WISE • ROBERT TEITEL
BOB HERCULES • CHARLES MATZ • SAM FAYED • BEN BRAUN • JOSH BRAUN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

CRAIG ROBINSON
DERRICK ROSE
JUDY WISE
ROBERT TEITEL
BOB HERCULES
CHARLES MATZ
SAM FAYED
BEN BRAUN
JOSH BRAUN

Funding Provided By

City of Chicago
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
kickstarter
Art Works
National Endowment for the Arts
Illinois Humanities
Baskin Family Foundation
Better Angels
Chicago Media Project
Field Foundation
Moving Documentary Films
Catapult Film Fund
Oppenheimer Family Foundation
DMR Enterprises
Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film

Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust

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