The Interrupters wins IndieWIRE's Sundance poll

Kartemquin is happy to announce that The Interrupters came first in an IndieWIRE poll asking "What buzz-heavy 2011 Sundance film are you most excited to see?" Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz's documentary about violence prevention secured 36.2% of the votes. We would like to say thanks to all who voted and supported the film by posting on Facebook and Twitter! We hope to get the film out to your communities very soon, and will be announcing a number of upcoming festival appearances in the next few weeks. Continued

Steve James' Australia Day

Australian fans of Kartemquin filmmaker Steve James will have an amazing chance to immerse themselves in his work on March 3rd. Steve James will be at the 2011 Adelaide Film Festival, where he will not only introduce the international premiere of the Sundance smash hit The Interrupters, but also attend a rare - and free - screening of the classic Hoop Dreams right afterward. Directly before this epic double bill, Steve will be in conversation with acclaimed filmmaker Peter Wintonick (Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media) as part of the 2011 Australian International Documentary Conference. Here's a schedule for the full day, with links to tickets and more information: Continued

WTTW to air 10 Kartemquin films for our 45th anniversary!

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast a year-long series of Kartemquin's award-winning documentaries as part of our 45th anniversary celebration. The series will include the television premieres of three films: PRISONER OF HER PAST, about late-onset PTSD; THE iNTERRUPTERS, about former Chicago gang members who now stop violence; and the “American Masters” premiere of A GOOD MAN, a profile of the controversial Kennedy-award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones as he creates a new performance on Abraham Lincoln for the Ravinia Festival. Continued

Sundance praise for The Interrupters

The Interrupters had two extremely successful public screenings at Sundance this past weekend, with the violence interrupters and the film's crew receiving standing ovations from the sold out crowds. With two more screenings this weekend, many of the people associated with the film are still in Park City, but we will soon have some videos and pictures from their trip to share with you (we also already posted some great green room pictures and a radio interview on the film's Facebook page). Also, check out the new website for the film - containing four new clips. In the meantime, read some of the great reviews the film has received at Sundance, from both critics and viewers on the web and Twitter: Continued

The Interrupters trailer is an internet smash

A number of film blogs picked up on our release of the poster and trailer for The Interrupters last night, causing a very strong reaction and some high praise. Responses included: "The Interrupters has a good chance to become the most important film of 2011" - "It’s a lock that I’ll be checking out The Interrupters as soon as possible" - "This is definitely one of the must see films of the year that will serve a purpose beyond entertainment." - Continued