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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.


58th Chicago International Film Festival Chicago Award. Learn more…

 English, French with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Best of Fest Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 11:30am

AMC River East 21, Screen 11

This special Best of the Fest screening will be preceded by a viewing of the Audience Favorite Short Film Dream Team. Learn more..


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


Film Patron

Charles Droege and Julie Wroblewski

Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin