March 21, 2012 2:23 pm
The Interrupters will be honored with the 2012 Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media. Academy Award-nominated director John Singleton (Boyz in the Hood) will present the award to Kartemquin filmmaker Steve James on April 28th at the Council on Foundations 45th Film and Video Festival in Los Angeles, part of the Council on Foundations annual conference. Emmy award-winning filmmkaer Stanley Nelson will also be honored at this year's festival, which brings together representatives of the nation's biggest philanthropic organizations.
The "evening of inspiration and innovation" celebrating The Interrupters will also include a discussion with CeaseFire founder Gary Slutkin and Ameena Matthews on strategies around a collaborative effort to expand the Ceasefire approach through the creation of a mobile phone-based initiative, called PeaceTXT. The festival will also feature a full screening of the film on April 30th at 2pm. Register for the award ceremony (for conference attendees only) and see a complete festival schedule.
The Interrupters is the second Kartemquin film to receive the Henry Hampton Award, following Maria Finitzo's 5 Girls in 2002. In 2009, two Kartemquin documentaries - Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita and In the Family - were also screened at the Council on Foundations festival.
The Chicago Reader recently reviewed The Interrupters from the perspective of a Chicago cop. The Frontline version of the film is still available to view free online, and the DVD and Blu-Ray are available from our store. The Interrupters continues to screen at venues around the country as part of its community outreach program.