Barack Obama moves to Chicago in 1985, in part, because of a man he’d never met: Harold Washington.
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The film works as an invaluable reminder of that pivotal time for those who were there — and a history lesson for those who weren’t.”
–ROTTEN TOMATOES/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, by Richard Roeper
“New “Punch 9″ film is a revelation.”
–AXIOS, by Monica Eng
“A 1980s Blueprint on How to Be a Leader.”
–BLOOMBERG CITYLAB, by Brentin Mock
“PUNCH 9… can inspire audiences to want to get up from their seats and go out to fight.”
–THE WORD, by Gregory Morris
“PUNCH 9 FOR HAROLD WASHINGTON is a magnificent portrait of a hero for our time. While the things he fought against are still with us, the film reminds us that if we can follow in Washington’s footsteps we can begin to move the line in the right direction and make the world a better place for everyone.”
“Your film is a triumph – absolutely terrific. It was a pleasure to screen it last night and the reviews from students and a few colleagues who attended were uniformly positive.”
– PETER SLEVIN, Northwestern Medill School of Journalism
THE PEOPLE’S MAYOR
“He took us to a Dr. King-like zone of consciousness. At the time he won, he became the most prominent African American official in the whole country.”
–REV. JESSE JACKSON
“I had just gotten out of college, and Harold Washington had just been elected in 1983. And I was very much interested in seeing what the possibilities were for progressive politics in the black community. And Chicago was the most exciting thing going on at the time.”
-BARACK OBAMA, President
“Harold Washington was a trailblazer. He is an inspiration and his accomplishments as Mayor, in a relatively short period of time, are legendary.”
–MAYOR ERIC ADAMS, New York City
“Any young person considering a career in politics must see this film. In fact, everyone should see it.”
–MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER, Houston
“My grandmother had three photos on her living room wall; Jesus, Dr. King, and Harold Washington. I never knew much about Harold until I saw this film. Now I understand why he was there.”
–DANI JACKSON, Producer
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.
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.
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.
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.
EDITOR: Melissa Sterne
Melissa Sterne is an Emmy nominated editor whose work has been shown on the PBS documentary series POV and American Masters as well as theatrically and at national and international film festivals. Previous editing credits include “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance,” “All the Difference,” “Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm,” and “Senator Obama goes to Africa.”
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.
COMPOSER: Alex Li
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.
IMPACT PRODUCER: Dani Jackson-Smith
Dani Jackson-Smith is the founder of The Cre8tors, a creative management group that curates partnerships that drive culture and social impact. With over a decade of experience at agencies including Edelman PR, Leo Burnett, and Havas Worldwide, she has worked with brands that include Starbucks, Samsung, Kellogg’s, and Allstate. Dani is also a Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Documentaries Alum and has a Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Buffalo in documentary filmmaking.
CRAIG ROBINSON • DERRICK ROSE • JUDY WISE • ROBERT TEITEL
BOB HERCULES • CHARLES MATZ • SAM FAYED • BEN BRAUN • JOSH BRAUN
Funding Provided By
Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust
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Harold Washington photo by Marc PoKempner