Wax Poetics presents the second episode of Charles Stepney: Out of the Shadows—a four-part web series produced by International Anthem and directed by Chicago documentarian Brian Ashby (known for his work on Scrappers, the Area, Harry Who & the Chicago Imagists, and a forthcoming film about Damon Locks and Black Monument Ensemble). Where Episode One shed light on Stepney at work in his basement studio on the Southside of Chicago, Stepney’s daughters Eibur, Charlene, and Chanté (aka the Stepney Sisters) are the focus of Episode Two, “The Next Plane.” In the piece, Ashby highlights the circumstances around Stepney’s death, as recounted from historical, communal, and familial perspectives, and just some of the subsequent work the Stepney Sisters have been doing over several decades to archive, cherish, and celebrate their father’s legacy.
2001 interviews & tribute footage
A Stepney Sisters Production
Director: Darryl Manuel
Brandon K. Calhoun
Eibur, Charlene, & Chanté Stepney