Engaging Chicago Youth with The Interrupters

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. The students will watch the entire film before discussing ways in which they can spread the film's message throughout their communities through their own filmmaking and outreach work. There will also be opportunities to share their own stories of living with violence and making films about the subject. Columbia Links, Free Spirit Media, Community TV Network, North Lawndale Community News, Open Youth Networks, Southwest Youth Collaborative, True Star Foundation, Better Boys Foundation and We The People Media are among the groups participating. We are grateful to the McCormick Foundation and Polk Bros. Foundation for supporting the event. Read more about this significant event and the upcoming Chicago release of the film in the Chicago Reader and the Chicago is the World blog.