NBA star Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls was first introduced to Cobe Williams when he watched The Interrupters. The son of a tennis player and a supermodel, Noah grew up with opportunity and wealth, but his heart made him reach out to Cobe. “After seeing The Interrupters, he got my number and asked how he could help,” Williams explained. “He’s from New York City, but he loves Chicago and was disturbed by the news of all the youth violence that’s been going on.”
CeaseFire, the Chicago organization profiled in the award-winning Kartemquin documentary The Interrupters, will now be known as Cure Violence.
A new blog post and video from founder and executive director Gary Slutkin explain the re-branding as part of an effort to create "a movement of people who understand violence is a disease." You can find more information at www.cureviolence.org.
The move reflects the increased global focus of the organization and wider acceptance of their strategy for treating violence as a disease, something which the success of The Interrupters has helped spread. Read more about the film's impact so far.
A special Capitol Hill panel discussion on The Interrupters - 6 PM at the Capitol Hill Visitor Center – North Orientation Theatre. Featuring highlights from the film and an engaging discussion with the film's producer Alex Kotlowitz and violence interrupters Cobe Williams and Ameena Matthews. The discussion will feature remarks from Congressman Bobby Scott, the ACLU and the Student Peace Alliance. For more information or to RSVP for the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Outside of Chicago, the one city that has requested screenings of The Interrupters more than any other has been Oakland, California. This week The Interrupters Outreach Team, working with a number of Oakland community organizations as well as the Oakland Unified School District, brings the film back to the Bay Area for a series of screenings and discussions geared towards Oakland youth.
The Interruptes screens at Chicago's Hairpin Arts Center - 5:00 PM. The screening is presented by Voice of the City. For more information, visit Voice of the City's website.
The Interrupters screens at the University of Iowa's Shambaugh Auditorium - 6 PM. For more information, visit the Iowa City website.
The Interrupters screens at Chicago's Street-Level Youth Media - 4:30 PM. After the film, stay for a Q&A with co-producer Zak Piper and interrupter Cobe Williams. For more information, visit Street-Level Youth Media.