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King of Kings: Chasing Edward Jones

  Harriet Marin Jones

  France, United States     99 minutes


One of the most powerful Chicagoans of the 20th Century, Edward Jones built a $25 million empire as the brains and brawn behind Policy, an illegal racketeering syndicate in the 1930s and ’40s. The “Policy King” went head-to-head with Al Capone’s “Outfit” at the same time as he hobnobbed with celebrated artists including Josephine Baker, Frida Kahlo, and Duke Ellington. Using lively animated sequences and interviews with the likes of Quincy Jones and others who knew Jones’ story, filmmaker Harriet Marin Jones, the kingpin’s granddaughter, delves deep into her own extended family’s past to tell this remarkable and thrilling story of a legendary African American who rose to the heights of financial and political prominence, reclaiming his legacy as a man fighting for respect in a racist society.

 English, French with subtitles 

Screenings & Events


Wed, Oct 19 @ 6:00pm CDT

at Chicago History Museum

Special Guests*: Director Harriet Marin Jones
*Subject to change


Fri, Oct 21 @ 6:30pm CDT

at Hamilton Park Cultural Center

Special Guests*: Director Harriet Marin Jones
*Subject to change


Film Credits

  •   Harriet Marin Jones
  •   Harriet Marin Jones, Michel Fessler, Giles Gardner
  •   Giles Gardner, Harriet Marin Jones
  •   Emmanuel Guimier
  •   Timuel Black, Quincy Jones
  •   Philippe Kelly
  •   Abelart Productions
  •   https://kingofkings-film.com