The Interrupters screened to sell-out crowds at Hot Docs in Toronto and the Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore this past weekend, once again picking garnering great reviews and public praise. The screenings came off the back of an announcement late on Friday that the film had grabbed yet another award - winning the Best Documentary Award at the Minneapolis / St. Paul Film Festival!
Complimenting that honor were the reviews from Hot Docs, including a stunning HotDocs review from ArtThreat, which calls the film a "masterpiece" featuring "some of the bravest, most committed and selfless heroes ever to be shown on the screen." The review goes on to call the film "nothing short of perfection" argues "The Interrupters documentary is a kind of monument itself – one that should be placed in every library, broadcast on every television and projected in every theatre in the country."
Other reviews praised the film as "one of the best films of this festival," while individual viewers also called the film their favorite of the fest (see the film's twitter feed for a selection of responses).
Screening dates at the Seattle International Film Festival and its European premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest were also confirmed this week. Director Steve James will attend both festivals, and will be joined in Seattle by interrupter Cobe Williams. The Interrupters will be in Seattle on May 28th at 6pm and May 29th at 12:30pm (get tickets). In Sheffield, the film will screen on June 10 at 1:05pm and June 11 at 10:30pm (get tickets), and Steve James will present a masterclass (moderated by BBC Storyville Editor Nick Fraser) on June 11 at 2:00pm (get info).
Check out a new interview with Steve James and Ameena Matthews from PBS NewsHour's ArtBeat website.
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