Feder: New Eastland documentary recalls 'Chicago's Deadliest Day'

  • One of the worst days in Chicago history is the subject of a great new documentary. "Eastland: Chicago's Deadliest Day," produced and written by Harvey Moshman and Chuck Coppola, tells the tragic but little-known story of the steamship that capsized while docked at the Chicago River on July 24, 1915, killing 844 people onboard.

    One of the worst days in Chicago history is the subject of a great new documentary. "Eastland: Chicago's Deadliest Day," produced and written by Harvey Moshman and Chuck Coppola, tells the tragic but little-known story of the steamship that capsized while docked at the Chicago River on July 24, 1915, killing 844 people onboard.

 
 
Updated 7/9/2019 6:18 AM

One of the worst days in Chicago history is the subject of a great new documentary, Robert Feder writes.

"Eastland: Chicago's Deadliest Day," produced and written by Harvey Moshman and Chuck Coppola, tells the tragic but little-known story of the steamship that capsized while docked at the Chicago River on July 24, 1915, killing 844 people onboard.

 

The 83-minute film features rare, previously censored newsreel footage from the scene, state-of-the-art computer graphics demonstrating how the ship rolled over, and interviews with more than 30 subjects, including three authors of books on the disaster.

Get the full report, and more Chicago media news, at robertfeder.com.

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