Passengers packed aboard a Great Lakes excursion steamer never suspected that the SS Eastland had a dark past. But others knew of it and the tragedy that would kill 844 became Chicago’s shameful secret.
EASTLAND combines story lines of immigrant exploitation, greed, corruption, a cover-up, and hundreds of casualties in one of America's worst maritime tragedies. In addition, it features rare, previously censored newsreel footage.
“Stunningly effective and shockingly memorable…with real-life characters worthy of a big-budget feature film.”
–Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
“One of the most compelling and electrifying documentaries I’ve ever seen. A brilliant film…extraordinary and haunting.”
– Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
"This is history at its most vivid" -- Library Journal
EASTLAND is exclusively funded by
The Chicago Marine Heritage Society
Chairman, Captain Dave Truitt.
Produced & Written By
Distributed to PBS stations by NETA
NOLA CODE: ESTL 00 H1
WINNER OF TWO EMMY® AWARDS
Best HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY
Best AUDIO--Original Music/Sound Design, SFX & Mix