"Documentary as it should be"

The Interrupters continues to receive stunning praise from critics and fans, with two new reviews calling the film "documentary as it should be" (Spacing), and "a masterpiece of documentary filmmaking" (Realscreen).

Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James' film has its first screening outside the United States tomorrow at HotDocs in Toronto, with director Steve James attending. It also screens this Saturday at the Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore, with violence interrupter Cobe Williams joining Producer Alex Kotlowitz, and a second time at Hotdocs.

Ahead of Hot Docs, Adam Benzine of Realscreen interviewed Steve James about the film, which he calls "every bit as powerful and intriguing" as Hoop Dreams. Read the full article "The Interrupters’ interpreter."

Spacing's Hot Docs preview also raved about the film, stating "This is documentary as it should be: a thorough exploration of causes, effects, and circumstances as much as an actual narrative. The film is very long, allowing for nuance not usually offerred when we talk about violence. There's no easy answers here, but Amina, Eddie, and Cobe are inherently hopeful protagonists, representing a definitive break in a hellish, well-documented cycle. You will leave The Interrupters physically drained and fully inspired." You can also read a Steve James Hot Docs interview in the Globe and Mail.

The reviews cap a great week for the film, in which the True/False festival announced that The Interrupters would receive $15,000 raised from the True Life Fund. The film was also confirmed for the Seattle International Film Festival, taking place May 19-June 12. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.