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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critical Thinking: The Interrupters

 

Ameena Matthews, violence interrupter

Ameena Matthews in a scene from The Interrupters (Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, 2011)

Andrew talks with Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Kartemquin Films), Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), and Cobe Williams (the CeaseFire project) about their new and already acclaimed documentary, The Interrupters.

Made in Chicago, the film looks at the efforts of a remarkable group of those formerly in trouble with the law to work to bring the cycle of violence in the inner city to a halt. The Interrupters starts a two-week run of 26 screenings this Friday August 12 downtown at the Gene Siskel Film Center of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The filmmakers and those whose stories were filmed will be present at a number of the screenings. Details at the Film Center link. Some screenings are already sold out! At least one Chicago commercial run, on the city’s South Side, begins August 26.

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