Wax Poetics presents the third episode of Charles Stepney: Out of the Shadows – a four part web series 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 Chicago and Episode Two highlighted the circumstances around Stepney’s death in 1976, the focus of Episode Three – "Legacy" – is the opaque entanglement of Stepney's rights and royalties that his family has inherited and struggled with for decades, as well as the present movements being made by his daughters (Eibur, Charlene and Chanté) to clear things up and transform the immense pain of that struggle into a celebration of their father's work.
2001 interviews & tribute footage
A Stepney Sisters Production
Director: Darryl Manuel
Brandon K. Calhoun
Eibur, Charlene, & Chanté Stepney