James’ film follows the efforts of the Chicago organization CeaseFire, which is comprised of men trying to stop the violence that they once perpetuated in their communities. “Interrupters” had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and won the Independent Spirit award for best documentary. The version that SnagFilms is showing is a 125-minute theatrical version that has never before been seen online.
Indiewire critic Eric Kohn said of the film, “The entire movie is one long resolution to a widespread problem and ends with the lingering feeling that the work has just begun.”
The groundbreaking Snag the Vote series that has run the last few weeks has highlighted award-winning documentaries on a number of key issues being debated in the presidential election campaign. “Interrupters” is the sixth digital premiere in the series. (SnagFilms is Indiewire’s parent company.)
Also taking part in the post-screening discussion with James and Kotlowitz will be Amy Ellenbogen, director of Crown Heights Community Meditation Center, which is home to S.O.S. Crown Heights, a New York-based CeaseFire replication, and Rudy Suggs, S.O.S. Crown Heights Violence Interrupter & long-time Crown Heights resident.
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