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Trailer Watch: Steve James' The Interrupters Is Heartbreaking, Hopeful

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 13, 2011 at 7:35AM

The trailer is out for a harrowing and haunting documentary about violence in Chicago, The Interrupters, from doc veteran Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and Alex Kotlowitz (author of There Are No Children Here), which debuted at Sundance and went on to win critics' raves as well as the special jury award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest and grand jury prize at Miami Film Fest. Here's indieWIRE's review.
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Thompson on Hollywood

The trailer is out for a harrowing and haunting documentary about violence in Chicago, The Interrupters, from doc veteran Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and Alex Kotlowitz (author of There Are No Children Here), which debuted at Sundance and went on to win critics' raves as well as the special jury award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest and grand jury prize at Miami Film Fest. Here's indieWIRE's review.

The film documents the Violence Interrupters, a community group dedicated to stopping violence in Chicago. Run by a collection of ex-prisoners and the daughter of a prominent gang member, the Interrupters attempt to save their community from the violence they once employed.

Even the trailer tugs at emotional strings, with tragic headline news of shootings, scored by a beautiful version of Solomon Burke’s Don’t Give Up On Me. The film opens July 29 in New York, and nationwide in August and September. Watch below:

The Interrupters (Trailer) from Cinema Guild on Vimeo

This article is related to: Genres, Independents, Video, Reviews, First Look, Documentaries, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.