The Interrupters' Ongoing Impact

On November 13th, the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation will announce which documentary film wins the 2013 PUMA Impact Award. Our The Interrupters is one of the 5 nominated films, chosen for making the most significant social impact over the last year.

Huffington Post UK profiled some of the highlights of The Interrupters audience engagement campaign, after speaking to Patrick Lile, Outreach Coordinator for the film, and Tim Horsburgh, Kartemquin's Director of Communications and Programs.

BRITDOC also published Impact reports for each of the five nominated films (The Act of Killing, The Invisible War, Bully, and Give Up Tomorrow are the other four acclaimed films), which are essential reading for any documentary filmmaker. Download the report for The Interrupters here.

With a special focus on youth and educators, we launched www.interruptviolence.com to allow people to go deeper in to the social issues highlighted by The Interrupters. Kristen Zelenka wrote a new blog at the website highlighting four more documentaries that aim to change the way we see violence.

The journey of the main characters in the film continues to amaze us. Just within this last week, Ameena Matthews stole the show while being honored with the Community Activist Award at BET's Black Girls Rock, with her rousing speech generating a great reaction on social media.

One of the highlights of the film's engagement campaign has been its wide international reach, with over 25 countries requesting special screenings of the film. Eddie Bocanegra is continuing that work this week, taking the film on a 3-city tour of Spain at the request of the US Embassy. It is Eddie's first trip outside of the United States, a momentous occasion for him given his past, and a testament to the efforts of all who have worked on this film.