Archive for Public Service

The Interrupters Documentary

Steve James, the director of CFB favorites Hoop Dreams and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, has been hard at work on a new documentary called The Interrupters. It looks phenomenal. Check the trailer above and their website for more info and festival showtimes. There doesn’t seem to be a general release date yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you informed as soon as we find out more info. UPDATE: I was just notified by The Interrupters twitter account (which is probably the best way to find out about showtimes that there will be a showing of this film at the Cinefest Philly in April. The exact time and date has yet to be announced.

The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn, persistence of violence in our cities. Shot over the course of a year out of Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. During that period, the city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the brutal beating of Derrion Albert, a Chicago High School student, whose death was caught on videotape.