The Interrupters

On Friday night I went to the Gene Siskel Film Center to see a documentary film that a friend (Aaron Wickenden) edited called The Interrupters. The cast and crew answered questions after the showing, which was a powerful experience after having just watched them on the screen.

From the website:

The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.

The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities.

…The Interrupters — who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories — intervene in conflicts before they explode into violence.

This film is incredible. See it. Talk about it. It will make you laugh, cry, and think. If you want to bring this film to your community, contact the filmmakers.

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  1. I am a big admirer of your Granddad’s work. I learned how to paint in gouache by studying his work. I have a few of his pieces. I had a nice talk with him on the phone about 10 years ago about his art. He sent my a nice envelope with various samples. I went to the same art school as he did.
    Chris (Nashville TN)

  2. Yay! So glad you got to see it! Latest on the street is that the United Nations wants to screen it in September. Woo woo!