The bi-annual Malott Prize is awarded to the best book, article, or film that depicts an individual or small group of people striving to make a significant improvement or prevent a significant harm in their local community. The Langum Charitable Trust determined to award this year's prize to both The Interrupters and author Jay Erskine Leutze for his book Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail.
In awarding the prize, The Langum Charitable Trust praised the film for its close focus on violence interrupters Ameena Matthews, Eddie Bocanegra and Cobe Williams, writing that "the strength of the film is that the viewer is shown detail about these very personable protagonists. We meet their families, and learn of their own backgrounds and what it was that turned their lives from violence. Then we see their actual work with disaffected youth who seem primed for shooting someone or other anti-social activity. We see many successes and a few failures. But the interrupters themselves stay upbeat and focused on their work. The viewer wants very much for them to succeed."
With a noted tradition of nurturing emerging talent and acting as a leading voice for independent media, Kartemquin is building on more than 50 years of history as Chicago’s documentary powerhouse.
Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Guidestar
© 2017 Kartemquin Educational Films
Sign up for the Kartemquin newsletter
Get film updates and special deals