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Sneak Preview: ‘The Interrupters’

There’s lots of buzz for “The Interruptors,” which premiered in January at the Sundance Festival and has already won a slew of awards.  It opens nationwide this summer starting in New York on Friday, and the press is invited to cover a private, invitation-only “friends and family” VIP Preview on Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at ICE Theater Chatham 14, 210 W. 87th.

The film will open at the Siskel Film Center on August 12 and at ICE theaters in Chatham and Lawndale on August 26.  It tells the story of three “violence interrupters” who work for CeaseFire, following them as they defuse tense situations and showing us their own personal stories and the relationships they develop in the course of their work.

Mother Jones interviews filmmakers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz; Slant reviews the film, which was produced out of Chicago’s Kartemquin Films.

As Megan Cotrell says, everyone in Chicago should see the movie. In a time when cynicism and hopelessness can seem overwhelming – when solutions seem to elude us on problems ranging from climate change to public schools – here’s a group of people, schooled by hard knocks, who take on one of our most intractable and tragic problems and through concerted effort, smart thinking and pure guts, make a real difference.

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