DocNight: The Interrupters
USA, 2011, 125 Minute Running Time
Special DocNight preview Thursday, August 25th at 7pm with Director Steve James IN-PERSON for a Q&A and post-film reception!
Exclusive Denver FilmCenter engagement continues August 26th - September 1st
Digital presentation - From the director of Hoop Dreams and the author of There Are No Children Here, THE INTERRUPTERS is a gripping portrait of modern-day heroes. In Chicago’s CeaseFire organization, reformed gang members protect their community from harm through a unique, dangerous and controversial method—by insinuating themselves personally into conflicts. Using lessons from their own complicated pasts, they gain access and credibility within stricken neighborhoods, forming personal bonds to break the deadly cycle of violence.
About Director Steve James:
Steve James is best known as the award-winning director, producer, and co-editor of Kartemquin’s Hoop Dreams, which won every major critics award as well as a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 1995. The film earned Steve the Directors Guild of America Award, The MTV Movie Awards “Best New Filmmaker” and an Oscar nomination for editing. Hoop Dreams was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, signifying the film’s enduring importance to American film history. Steve’s other award-winning films produced with Kartemquin include Stevie, winner of major festival awards at Sundance, Amsterdam, Yamagata and Philadelphia; the PBS series, The New Americans, which won the prestigious 2004 International Documentary Association Award for Best Limited Series; At the Death House Door, which won numerous festivals and was Steve’s fourth film to be officially short-listed for the Academy Award; and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson for ESPN Films' International Documentary Association-winning series 30 for 30.
THE INTERRUPTERS is Steve’s sixth film in partnership with Kartemquin and his fifth film to play at the Sundance Film Festival. The film will be broadcast on PBS' Frontline in late 2011. Steve’s other work includes The War Tapes, which he produced and edited, and which won the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival Grand Prize.
DIRECTOR: Steve James
US Distributor: Cinema Guild
Official Film Website