The Interrupters screens at Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church - Anderson Hall at 5:00 PM. After the film, stay for a conversation with Interrupters Producer, Alex Kotlowitz. For more information, visit the Fourth Presbyterian Church's website.
On Tuesday February 21st at the Chicago Cultural Center, Ameena Matthews told the story of a recent violence interruption – one that ended, as they frequently do, with the participants in her car, whisked away from the scene to give them enough space to regain their cool. Her car packed full of teenage boys, she hit Lakeshore Drive. “Is that the ocean?” one of the boys asked. Because of gang boundaries, these youths had never seen Lake Michigan.
The Interrupters screens at Toronto's TIFF Lightbox. The screening is sponsored by the City of Toronto's Prevention and Intervention Toronto (P.I.T) Project, in collaboration with Frontline Partners with Youth Network (FPYN). For more information see, Frontline Partners with Youth Network. If you wish to attend either the screening and/or discussion, please send your name, and if appropriate, your organization to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Interrupters won Best Documentary at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, held today in Los Angeles. Producers Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James accepted the award. The ceremony is televised tonight on IFC at 10/9c.
On winning, Steve James stated: "This means a lot for a film like this. It's about urban violence. We didn't realize the impact this film would have."
This past Valentine’s Day, on February 14th, Kartemquin’s award-winning The Interrupters premiered for American television audiences on PBS's FRONTLINE, the same day that DVD and Blu-Ray pre-orders of The Interrupters shipped out to viewers. Leading up to the 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST broadcast, ardent fans and several news organizations – including TIME and Time Out Chicago – tweeted reminders to tune in.
"I just remember being really struck by this gritty quality that it had - the raw honesty of it."
-Steve James on Harlan County, USA (Barbara Kopple, 1976)
Chicago's in for a special treat. This Sunday, February 19, Steve James and film critic Robert Elder will be in person at The Music Box Theatre for a double feature of Harlan County, USA and The Interrupters.