The Interrupters: Documentary Screening with Director Steve James
The Interrupters: Documentary Screening and Q&A with Director Steve James
Monday, April 14
The Interrupters is a documentary about violence intervention and prevention. It takes place on Chicago’s south side and follows three “violence interrupters” using their experience and knowledge to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.The film has re-framed urban violence and built capacity for the field, ensuring that “violence interrupting” is an accepted strategy for tackling endemic problems. The Interrupters was a hit on the festival circuit and has collected many accolades, among them an Emmy for “Outstanding Informational Programming—Long-Form,” a DuPont Journalism Award, and Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards, at the Miami and at the Minneapolis Film Festivals.
James says of The Interrupters, “We want the film to be an immersive experience for the audience, one that plunges them into communities plagued by violence, while also allowing them to step back and understand it. We also hope The Interrupters challenges viewers on their assumptions about these communities, and encourages them to care.”
Steve James, director of the highly acclaimed documentary, Hoop Dreams, teamed up with best-selling writer Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here) to produce this unusually intimate journey into the heart of our city. The film is James’ sixth film in partnership with Kartemquin and his fifth film to play at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was broadcast on PBS’ Frontline in late 2011.