With only a week to go until the Chicago theatrical run of The Interrupters, Kartemquin would like to thank The Chicago Community Trust, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and the Polk Bros. Foundation for providing generous support to The Interrupters local outreach efforts, including a Youth Media Summit, and both Chicago private film premiere events.
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.
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!
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.
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.