The Interrupters wins top award at Cinema Eye Honors!

The Interrupters won two awards tonight at the Cinema Eye Honors in New York: Best Direction for Steve James, and the top honor of the night: "Oustanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking."   In accepting the award from documentary legend Michael Moore, Steve James quipped: "Tonight, I really don't care about the Oscars!"   Congratulations to The Interrupters main crew of Steve James, Alex Kotlowitz, Zak Piper and Aaron Wickenden, and thanks to everyone who has helped support this film!   You can now pre-order the DVD and Blu-Ray of The Interrupters in the Kartemquin store, where we are offering 20% off and free signed posters for randomly selected lucky buyers!   Continued

A Great Year for The Interrupters

An amazing year for The Interrupters ends with the film receiving multiple placings on lists of the Best Films and/or Best Documentaries of 2011. The film has been such a critical success that P.O.V. declared it "The Best Documentary of 2011"; Steve James was named "Film Person of the Year" by Paste Magazine, and interrupter Ameena Matthews was chosen as "Chicagoan of the Year in Film" by The Chicago Tribune!   Continued

Vote for The Interrupters!

We are delighted and honored to see The Interrupters cited by a number of top film critics as one of the best films of 2011. But now we need you to let your voice be heard and help us out by voting for the film as the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors Audience Choice Award for Nonfiction Film. Please vote here and help us win this award so more people hear about the film!  The Interrupters was named the Best Documentary of the Year by Michael Dunaway in Paste Magazine. Continued

PBS gives US The Interrupters for Valentine's Day

The Interrupters will have its US television premiere on PBS FRONTLINE at 9pm on February 14th 2012. The US DVD and digital versions of the film will be made available following the broadcast.   PBS announced the air date as it unveiled its broadcast schedule for Black History Month 2012. We're hoping you will all help spread the love by watching and telling us what you think!   Continued

The Interrupters BBC4 broadcast receives stunning response

The Interrupters premiered on BBC4 this past Sunday, December 4th and generated incredible response among viewers watching that night. Statements such as the following were all over Twitter and Facebook:   “Brilliant. Inspirational. But more importantly makes me want to go and affect change.”    “Just finished watching The Interrupters on BBC4 - remarkable film about CeaseFire IL's 'violence interrupters' in Chicago.”    “Best film of the year. Seriously, it's incredible.”   Continued

The Interrupters Returns To Philadelphia For A Free Screening Sponsored by the Mayor's Office

The Interrupters returns to the City of Brotherly Love for a free community screening on Monday, December 5th, 7pm, at Philadelphia's Pearl Theatre.  The event is generously sponsored by Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter, Temple University and the Mayor's Commission on African American Males.   This screening is anticipated to bring together a myriad of the city’s organizations from the Philadelphia CeaseFire to the youth-led dance troupe, The Dollar Boyz.  The event’s coordinator, Erica Atwood, a Specialist with the Mayor’s Office of External Affairs & Community Engagement, anticipates a capacity crowd with over 200 RSVPs being claimed three days before the event.    Continued

Independent Spirit Award Nomination for The Interrupters

The Interrupters has been recognized with a nomination for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards. The honor will be Director Steve James' third nomination from Film Independent's Spirit Awards, with nods for Stevie in 2003 and a win for Hoop Dreams in 1994. The awards take place on February 25th in Santa Monica and will be broadcast by IFC. Get more information.   About.com's Documentaries Guide has put up a poll for the public to vote on who should win the documentary category.   Continued

Gordon Quinn: A Man with a Movie Camera

In These Times profiles Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn in the final article of a 3-part series on Kartemquin's 45th anniversary in Gordon Quinn: A Man with a Movie Camera.   In the interview with David Moberg, Gordon reveals the story behind Kartemquin's very first camera, why Trick Bag is similar to The Interrupters, how the organization has evolved into stages over the decades (we're now in the "third stage" according to Gordon), and why he thinks this is "a great period for documentary."   Continued

US Mayors get inspired by The Interrupters

When director/producer Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz set out to make The Interrupters, their hope was to change the conversation around violence.  As James said back in February, “we hope the film will play some role in communities-in-need and [The Interrupters] will be part of the solution to these issues.”  The Mayors of Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Toronto are among the civic leaders who are now working with Kartemquin to make this a reality.   Continued

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