September 13, 2012 9:33 am
CeaseFire, the Chicago organization profiled in the award-winning Kartemquin documentary The Interrupters, will now be known as Cure Violence.
A new blog post and video from founder and executive director Gary Slutkin explain the re-branding as part of an effort to create "a movement of people who understand violence is a disease." You can find more information at www.cureviolence.org.
The move reflects the increased global focus of the organization and wider acceptance of their strategy for treating violence as a disease, something which the success of The Interrupters has helped spread. Read more about the film's impact so far.
Fans of Cobe Williams, one of the stars of the film, can also follow his work more closely at his own new website: www.cobewilliams.com. On September 22nd in Chicago, he - along with Bulls star Joakim Noah, influential Chicago priest Father Michael Pfleger, NBA legend Isaiah Thomas and more - is one of the hosts of "Ballin' for Peace" an anti-violence event to be held at St. Sabina's Gymnasium. Call 773.483.4300 and check out the attached flyer for more information.
The Interrupters continues to screen across the country and is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, for rental on Redbox, Netflix, iTunes, and streaming online via PBS FRONTLINE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a screening.
The film recently screened in Mexico and Russia for the first time as part of the American Film Showcase. Read their report.