Justine Nagan's Mid-Year Letter


Happy summer from our cozy Victorian headquarters on the northside of Chicago.  We are so happy to have air-conditioning.  Despite the heat, our staff and filmmakers are working harder than ever and I felt compelled to check in with you and tell you a bit about all that's going on at Kartemquin.  Last fall as we were celebrating our 45th anniversary, I thought it was going to be a hard year to beat.  Now, almost 6 full months into 2012, we're a buzz with several exciting events and initiatives in the works to share.

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Chicago Gives $1 Million To CeaseFire To Curb Violence

For the first time since the program's inception, CeaseFire will receive funding from the City of Chicago.  After weeks of negotiations with the city’s top brass and police officials, CeaseFire and the City of Chicago announced that $1 million will go to expanding the program in Chicago’s Grand-Crossing and Ogden districts.  Until now, CeaseFire has depended upon state, federal and private aid in order to operate, but Tuesday’s historic announcement signals the start of a partnership between Chicago Police and CeaseFire.

 

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The Interrupters & Stop The Violence With Art at The National Museum of Mexican Art

Eddie Bocanegra is a man who gets little rest.  While the world was introduced to him as a ‘violence interrupter’, Eddie has stayed busy as a student, a teacher, an advocate for ex-offenders, an accomplished artist and as a mentor.  This summer, Eddie in collaboration with the National Museum of Mexican Art, The Interrupters Outreach Team and several other Chicago youth art organizations will challenge Chicago youth to “Stop The Violence With Art.”  The summer-long initiative is a call-out to Chicago teens to create pieces of

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The Interrupters goes back to Oakland

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.

 

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