Live chats and big news around The Interrupters broadcast

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and that means the U.S. television premiere and DVD / Blu-ray release of The Interrupters is almost here!

At Kartemquin we’re all about spreading the love, so help us live tweet the film’s U.S. TV premiere on PBS’ Frontline (Feb. 14, 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT). @FrontlinePBS will be using the hashtag #frontline and we’ll be tweeting from @Kartemquin and @TheInterrupters as much as we can. You'll be in good company — Ameena MatthewsCobe Williams, Tio Hardiman and CeaseFire will all join in.

You can also catch a special panel discussion immediately following the broadcast on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. Carol Marin and Phil Ponce will lead what promises to be an enthralling conversation - including a discussion between Tio Hardiman and Jody Weis, former Chicago Police Superintendent and current President of the Chicago Crime Commission.

The day after the broadcast, Ameena Matthews and Eddie Bocanegra will join producers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz to field your questions and comments in a live chat Feb. 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT. More participants from the film may also drop in — register for a reminder on our website.

We will also host a live social screening online through ITVS OVEE Feb. 20. Producers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, as well as violence interrupter Cobe Williams, will once again join in to discuss the screening, which begins at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT.

If The Interrupters moved you to take a stand against youth violence, the film’s release is just the beginning. Pre-order The Interrupters on DVD or Blu-ray before Feb. 14 and get a 20 percent discount. Then, join Youth Promise Action to support peace and host your own viewing party! Screen this powerful film in your community and take action using these viewing party materials and resources. And let us at Kartemquin know how it goes!

Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will rebroadcast Colbert’s interview with Ameena Matthews tonight, so set your DVRs if you missed it the first time around. And NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross will replay their terrific interview with Ameena and Steve James Friday. Check out Time Out Chicago’s interview with Ameena here, and more praise for the film on The FilmStage.

All of this comes with even more great news for The Interrupters both onscreen and off — not least of which that University of Chicago Medicine just announced a $120,000 sponsorship of the CeaseFire program which will launch with 6 new Chicago screenings.

The film has also been accepted into ITVS' Women and Girls Lead campaign, a multi-platform public media initiative spearheaded by ITVS that amplifies the voices of independent filmmakers who have focused on women and girl leaders. ITVS will showcase The Interrupters with key NGO partners, governmental organizations, public officials, public television stations, and other public media stakeholders. Find out more at

And get ready for something very special - a whole new interactive outreach website for the film will be launching very soon!