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The Interrupters

Young Voters Reminded of Issues at Home One Week Before Election

SnagFilms | Posted 10.30.2012 | Chicago
SnagFilms

With so much of the presidential campaign centered on how to prevent attacks from oversees, violence in our own inner cities remains a topic often neglected by politicians on the national stage.

Enough. Stop Interrupting Me!

Connie Dieken | Posted 12.16.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

We're living in an impatient, impulsive, instant gratification world. Interrupting, interjecting and talking over others has become the new norm. Seems everybody wants to get a word in edgewise.

Alex Kotlowitz on Poverty and Schools

Susan Sawyers | Posted 12.08.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

We are far from perfect and tend not to talk about ways to overcome poverty. In fact, many turn a blind eye toward the intractable issues of race, ethnicity and poverty. But for Kotlowitz, it is a question of getting to those issues.

The Dinner Party's Successful First Season

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.05.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

We had a hugely success first season of The Dinner Party at the Mayne State, complete with sold out shows and knock-out guests and chefs, and in the fall we'll take our show on the road and broadcast live from Expo Chicago at Navy Pier!

CeaseFire Creates 'Interrupters' at Street Level

Mike Smith | Posted 09.04.2012 | Crime
Mike Smith

With murders at a 37 percent increase in Chicago, the mayor needed to stop the bleeding occurring due to violent crime. So it's not entirely surprising to learn that Chicago is turning to street gang ex-cons and neighborhood insiders or "interrupters" to help treat the virus.

After Oscar Snub, 'The Interrupters' Honored

Posted 02.26.2012 | Chicago

"The Interrupters," a film about former criminals working to stop violence in Chicago, was named best documentary at the Film Independent Spirit Award...

Can Violence Be Interrupted? A New Doc Spotlight Ex-Gang Members Trying To Find Out

Posted 02.14.2012 | Black Voices

A growing school of thought holds that street violence is a disease, and like a disease, it can be prevented. That's the central premise of Ceasefi...

An American Problem: Can Changing Culture End Youth Violence?

Sarah Garland | Posted 04.14.2012 | Education
Sarah Garland

Change the culture of low expectations, and then watch schools and whole communities achieve success. Change the culture of violence, and then watch as young people and whole communities stop the cycle of self-destruction.

WATCH: 'The Interrupters' Star Sits Down With Colbert

Posted 02.02.2012 | Chicago

One of the stars of the critically-acclaimed documentary "The Interrupters," called "the most necessary film of the year" by Slatelast year, was inter...

Will New Oscar Rules Mean More Love For Chicago Documentaries?

WBEZ | Posted 03.25.2012 | Chicago

Like many movie hounds I both love to watch and love to complain about the annual Oscars. But the rules governing how and why a film qualifies "for yo...

CeaseFire Hosts Summit, Aims For Non-Violence In New Year

Posted 12.30.2011 | Chicago

Anti-violence organization CeaseFire Illinois on Friday evening will host a "peace summit" expected to bring together some 300 Latino and African Amer...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz on The Interrupters

Dan Persons | Posted 10.25.2011 | Home
Dan Persons

In the new documentary The Interrupters, director Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz follow several members of CeaseFire as they attempt to defuse conflicts before they occur.

Behind The Scenes With The Director And Producers Of The Interrupters

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Steve James and Alex Kotlowicz detail the incredible journey of filming the ground-breaking work of the violence interrupters who struggle to cease violence before it erupts on the South side of Chicago.

The Trauma Of Violence And Our Broken Communities

Chicago Magazine | Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

Fifteen years ago, I was on vacation with my family in upstate New York, when late one night I got a phone call from a homicide detective I knew from ...

Second Acts

Alex Kotlowitz | Posted 10.08.2011 | Home
Alex Kotlowitz

There's a moment in The Interrupters when Cobe Williams, a man who works for the Chicago anti-violence organization CeaseFire, gets a call from someone he'd met in the County Jail a number of years back.

Amy Lee

The News Cycle May End, But The Violence Doesn't

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices

Stop the shooting: That's the motto of CeaseFire, an organization dedicated to reducing the violence plaguing the streets of Chicago. A new docume...

Violence, Interrupted: Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz on The Interrupters

Kristin McCracken | Posted 10.03.2011 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

In their new doc, duo Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz profile some criminals-turned-activists who find redemption through mediation on the streets of Chicago. We recently sat down with James and Kotlowitz to discuss their film.