Maryland Film Festival, in conjunction with JHU’s Center for Advanced Media Studies and MICA’s Film & Video Department, is pleased to present a FREE screening of 2011 MFF documentary selection THE INTERRUPTERS with director Steve James (HOOP DREAMS), on Tuesday, November 13th at the Johns Hopkins University – Homewood Campus at 7:00pm.
This will be the second film in the popular MFF & WYPR “Spotlight Series” that showcases the best of critically-acclaimed independent film in Baltimore. After the screening, WYPR’s Tom Hall will conduct a 10 minute radio interview with Steve James that will be recorded in front of the live audience and aired on 88.1 FM’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast radio show the following week.
THE INTERRUPTERS with director Steve James
Johns Hopkins University – Homewood Campus
Admission is FREE!
“A gut-wrenching documentary”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
-Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
Urban violence plagues every American city, and it’s often portrayed as overwhelmingly complex and intractable. This great film argues against that. Shot over a year on the streets of Chicago, the legendary Kartemquin documentary team (most famous for HOOP DREAMS; their films STEVIE, AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR, and REEL PARADISE have all screened at past MFFs) explores a group in Chicago called CeaseFire that cuts violence off as it starts.
Founded by epidemiologist Gary Slutkin, and under the leadership of Tio Hardiman, CeaseFire has put together an extraordinary group of people who know the streets, including former gang members, drug dealers, and murderers. Many of these “interrupters” have done time; one, the remarkable Ameena Matthews, is the daughter of the famous gang leader Joe Fort. They all have learned from experience that violence begets violence, so they seek out incidents and work to interrupt the predictable response. They know how to talk to people in the throes of revenge, and their ability to get in the middle of a situation and change it is amazing to see. It does not always work, and sometimes it only works for a little while. But, in a city where 20 people can be killed in one night, the “interrupters” are on a great path.