Hoop Dreams: One of the "10 Movies that Changed Hollywood"

Entertainment Weekly has listed Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams as one of the "10 Movies that Changed Hollywood". Critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum picked films made "since 1990 that infused filmmaking with a new spirit." Writing about Hoop Dreams, they state: "Two high school basketball players come to embody a giant, complex portrait of American society in this magnificent documentary. Today's audience for nonfiction films can thank it for profoundly changing the game." Continued

The Interrupters trailer is an internet smash

A number of film blogs picked up on our release of the poster and trailer for The Interrupters last night, causing a very strong reaction and some high praise. Responses included: "The Interrupters has a good chance to become the most important film of 2011" - WorstPreviews.com. "It’s a lock that I’ll be checking out The Interrupters as soon as possible" - Collider.com "This is definitely one of the must see films of the year that will serve a purpose beyond entertainment." - ScreenCrave.com Continued

What the American West can learn from Africa and Milking the Rhino

The African community conversation models portrayed in Milking the Rhino were recently cited as providing a potential lesson for Utah and the American West in a recent blog by Ed Meyer, an expert on rural economic development programs. In his guest post Lessons in Community-Based Conservation from Africa on the "Western Rural Development Center" blog, Mr. Meyer calls Milking the Rhino a "marvelous film" and calls for those interested in issues of community-based conservation to learn more about the film, and to provide him with any relevant examples of similar practices taking place in the United States. Continued

Sister Helen Prejean to host At the Death House Door screening

Sister Helen Prejean, one of the nation's leading advocates against the death penalty, will present a special free screening of At the Death House Door as part of Mercer University's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Freedom Lecture series. The screening takes place on Sunday January 16th at 1.30pm in Macon, Georgia. Other events over the weekend include a screening of Dead Man Walking, the film based on Sister Prejean's best-selling memoir, her lecture, and a writing workshop. Get more information. Continued

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