Probably the most impacting US documentary of 2011,The Interrupterswas most widely seen on PBS Frontline this spring after a brief theatrical run in the summer of 2011. But in addition to being language-censored for broadcast (though edited & unedited versions have been available on PBS.org since then), the film was cut down nearly an hour to air in a 2 hour time slot (though that was already twice as long as the average Frontline timeslot). But now PBS has waived its exclusive digital distribution rights to the film & allowed SnagFilms to air the theatrical cut. It premieres online with an audience question & answer session with its directors Steve James (Hoop Dreams,Head Games) & Alex Kotlowitz this Tuesday, 10/30.
“The Interrupters, the highly lauded documentary about about CeaseFire and “violence interrupters” trying to stop violence in South Side Chicago communities, may wind up becoming one of the most important documentaries of the early 21st century when film critics begin compiling their lists on the subject years from now. It’s proven to be a must-watch film worthy of multiple viewings.
After the film a Q&A will be held with the film’s directors, Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, where they’ll be taking questions from the online audience. You can register to be part of the experience here.”
If you’ve never seen the film, this is the perfect opportunity, it’s a life changer. If you’ve already seen it, go deeper, grab this unique opportunity to interact with one of documentary’s elder statesmen.
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