Steve James & Alex Kotlowitz's film, which aired on PBS through WGBH's FRONTLINE in February 2012, was praised by the awards committee for providing "new understanding of a stubborn societal problem through strong characters and excellent reporting, shooting and editing."
The film is one of 14 documentaries and news reports honored with Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award Silver Batons this year for "the strength of their reporting, storytelling and impact in the public interest." The awards are seen as the broadcast journalism equivalent of the Pultizer Prize.
Dominican University will be presenting both Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz with honorary degrees in January, in recognition for their achievement in creating The Interrupters.
Steve James will deliver the commencement address to students when the pair accept their degrees on Sunday, January 12 at the University's main campus in river Forest, Illinois. More details here.
The award is the second honorary degree Steve James has received this year, following recognition in May 2012 from Columbia College Chicago.
Dominican University has embraced The Interrupters, hosting screenings and even posting an excellent guide for "Teaching The Interrupters" on their website.
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.
Kartemquin is booming with documentaries, as two new co-productions take us up to twelve films in-progress. That expands what was already a record for us, and we're immensely proud of the diverse selection of important topics they cover. The latest projects to join Kartemquin are The Homestretch and Generation Food.
Join us on June 25th for lively conversation and some impromptu performances with The Interrupters director Steve James, The Goodman Theatre’s Crowns playwright, Regina Taylor, Be The Groove Artistic Director, Stephanie Paul, and spoken word artist, Marco The Poet. It all happens over a dinner created by Big Jones Chef Paul Fehribach, with pairings by Shiner Beers and chocolate by Vosges. The audience shares in samplings of food, beer and chocolate. Get your tix before it sells out! http://fearnoartchicago.com/about-dinner-party/