True/False Festival selects The Interrupters for True Life Fund

The Interrupters is honored to have been selected by True/False Film Festival for its 2011 'True Life Fund' screening. The True Life Fund spotlights one film in the festival each year "in order to offer tangible and meaningful assistance to the real-life subjects of a new film. The fund is an acknowledgment that documentary filmmakers and festivals thrive because of the stories given to us by people who are often of limited means." Funds raised from the screening will directly benefit the cause of the film. In selecting The Interrupters, the True/False festival referred to the film as "a real-life Midwestern superhero movie." The Festival runs from March 3-6 2011 in Columbia, Missouri. Read more about the fund and the festival. Continued

The Interrupters Sundance trailer and poster revealed!

Please watch, enjoy and share the new official trailer and poster for Kartemquin's The Interrupters! The highly anticipated film from director/producer Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and producer Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here) tells the moving and surprising story of three individuals in Chicago who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed. The film will have its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 21st at 9pm: add it to your Sundance calendar. You can also follow the film on Facebook and Twitter. Continued

Sundance to host World Premiere of The Interrupters!

The Interrupters will have its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film, from acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here) will be part of the Documentary Premieres category, which Sundance created this year for “master filmmakers debuting their new docs about big subjects.” The Interrupters is Steve James’ fifth film to screen at Sundance and his sixth documentary to be produced with Kartemquin Films, which will kick off a yearlong celebration of the organization’s forty-fifth anniversary at Sundance. Continued

Thank you for Rocking the Doc with us!

A message from Elizabeth Neufeld, Kartemquin's Director of Development: Thank you KTQ supporters for Rocking the Doc last night at Angels and Kings!  We packed it in for a sold out night-which included the first ever public preview of The Interrupters, the new film by Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, some funky music by Pretty Good Dance Moves and themed Kartemquin cocktails such as the “Trick Bag”.   If you missed it, well your only consolation is viewing pictures taken by the talented and wonderful former KTQ intern Lesley Onstott... and an invitation to join us at the next one!   Continued

MacArthur Foundation awards large production grant to The Interrupters

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded the Kartemquin documentary The Interrupters a production grant of $200,000. The grant will allow director/producer Steve James and write/producer Alex Kotlowitz to finish production on the film, which will be broadcast on PBS’ Frontline.   “The MacArthur Foundation has long been a supporter of my work with Kartemquin,” said Steve James. “The first grant we ever received from them was for Hoop Dreams in 1990. That grant saved the film, allowing us to not just finish the film, but also do so in the way we wanted.  We view this current grant to The Interrupters in the same light.  It is extremely timely and essential and will allow us to make the film in a way we hope does justice to the important issues the film addresses.” Continued

THE INTERRUPTERS shines at Silverdocs

Kartemquin director Steve James took his upcoming film The Interrupters to the 2010 Silverdocs International Documentary Conference last week to participate in the prestigious Good Pitch event. Steve James, The Interrupters co-writer/producer Alex Kotlowitz, and violence interrupter Ameena Matthews together presented a short demo of the film and spoke to the crowd of philanthropists and media funders about their plans for community engagements initiatives around the film's release. They were well received by the group and a number of potential funders verbally expressed interest in assisting their efforts with the project. The next day, Steve participated in a conversation with Silverdocs head programmer Sky Sitney about his career. This report from the Center for Social Media about the event contains more information, including this quote about Steve's filmmaking style and the his relationship with Kartemquin: "[Steve] James noted that while his films always have a point of view, they avoid polemics. Rather, he said, he wants to take the viewer on a voyage of discovery. “The trick of making a good doc,” he said, “is to take the viewer through the revelatory process that the filmmaker went through—but in less time.” He noted that work like his—often exploring hard-to-fund characters and situations, conducted over long periods of times, tackling the complexity of experience—has benefited from his relationship with Kartemquin Films. The production house provides a structure within which talent can be nurtured and good projects can be sustained." Continued