The Interrupters has landed!

The Interrupters opens today in New York at the IFC Center, the first stop on its theatrical run across the USA, Canada and the UK (full listings here). The reviews are flooding in, and it is probably already safe to say that this is Kartemquin's biggest hit since Hoop Dreams.   The amazing praise and press coverage below included being on the front page of today's New York Times Arts Section with a rave review; being slected as "pick of the week" at, and Steve James being cited as "America's most important documentary director" in IndieWIRE. Check out the reviews and feature interviews below:   Reviews:   Continued

The Interrupters New York tickets on sale NOW

Screening times have been announced and tickets are now on sale for The Interrupters first cinematic run at IFC Center in New York. Get tickets now. The 125 minute film about violence prevention in Chicago will screen from this Friday, July 29 at daily showings of: 12:05pm, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30 and 10:05pm until August 4th. Director/producer Steve James, producer Alex Kotlowitz, co-producer Zak Piper and violence interrupter Cobe Williams are all attending opening weekend. On Friday July 29 a Q&A will follow the 7:30 show and an there will be extended introduction for the 10:05pm screening. On Saturday July 30 there will be a Q&A following the 4:55 and 7:30 shows. Continued

New poster and new length for The Interrupters

Check out the brand new theatrical poster for The Interrupters, with the inspiring tagline "Every City Needs Its Heroes." If you've been eagle-eyed recently you might have noticed that The Interrupters running time on our website and various listings of the film's upcoming theatrical release has changed from 144 minutes to 125 minutes. That's right - the film has got 19 minutes shorter in a week! Here's an explanation from director Steve James: “When we were cutting the film down to the required length for our BBC version, we realized that we really liked the changes and trims we made to the film. It was actually working better for us as a film. Continued

Stevie starts New York Steve James season

At IFC Center in New York at 8pm tonight celebrated director Steve James will attend a rare screening of his 2003 Kartemquin documentary Stevie. The event is hosted by the Stranger Than Fiction documentary programming series. Get tickets. Cynthia Fuchs of Pop Matters reviewed Stevie again ahead of the screening, giving the film 9/10 and praising the film's complexity and refusal to shape a judgment for the viewer: "Instead, it raises questions, considers unintended effects as well as good intentions. And it reveals the complex circulation of damage and anger, offenders and victims—who too often become offenders." Read the full review. Continued

New trailer for The Interrupters

Edit: 7/29 - for updated US, UK & Canadian dates please visit the official website.   We are proud to present the new theatrical release trailer for The Interrupters. Please watch, enjoy and share with someone you think should be aware of the film. The Interrupters will be released on July 29 in the USA through Cinema Guild and on August 12th in the UK through Dogwoof. Check the film's events page to see exact details of dates and venues. So far theatrical engagements have been confirmed for the following cities (1 week engagement unless stated): Continued

Engaging Chicago Youth with The Interrupters

The Interrupters screens for the first time in Chicago this weekend. As part of our commitment to engaging communities affected by violence, the audience for the film will be 100 Chicago Public Schools children enrolled in after-school youth media programs. The event will be introduced by Jean-Claude Brizard, the new CEO of Chicago Public Schools. The students will watch the entire film before discussing ways in which they can spread the film's message throughout their communities through their own filmmaking and outreach work. There will also be opportunities to share their own stories of living with violence and making films about the subject. Continued

The Interrupters on NPR "Talk of the Nation"

Producer Alex Kotlowitz and star Eddie Bocanegra of The Interrupters were interviewed by Neal Conan for NPR's "The Talk of the Nation" last week at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Listen to the full interview online. Eddie spoke movingly of his experiences as a violence interrupter in Chicago, and his comfort in knowing that he has "made a difference in some people's lives" through his work. Eddie and Alex also took call-in questions from the public. Alex and Eddie were at the festival along with the film's director Steve James and Tio Hardiman, director of Ceasefire Illinois. This week in Chicago, Kartemquin is hosting a Youth Media Summit at Columbia College Chicago. Continued

The Interrupters leads IndieWIRE critical ratings of 2011 films so far

IndieWIRE has announced that The Interrupters is still leading the website's critical standings of 2011's best indie films. The film has been leading the standings ever since its fantastic reception after world premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. We're both excited and a little overwhelmed to still be at the top! Filmmakers Steve James, Alex Kotlowitz and Ceasefire's Tio Hardiman and Eddie Bocanegra will all travel to the Aspen Ideas festival tonight to present the film as the opening night selection of the festival. Also today, audiences at Silverdocs can grab another chance to see the film as a new screening was just added for 1:15pm at the AFI Silver Theater 2. Get tickets. Continued

The Interrupters is coming home, and going nationwide

Kartemquin Films and distributor Cinema Guild are delighted to announce the Chicago and nationwide theatrical release dates for The Interrupters. Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz's film opens in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center on 12 August for a two-week run, and at both the ICE Theaters Chatham and Lawndale on August 26. The Interrupters has become an audience favorite and won numerous awards since its Sundance Film Festival world premiere. Already acclaimed as one of the best documentaries of recent years by international critics, the film will open nationwide this summer, starting in New York on July 29. Continued