Filmmaker Steve James’ The Interrupters premieres on FRONTLINE Tuesday night on PBS. The ITVS-funded documentary looks at a group of men and women in Chicago — most of them former gang leaders and ex-cons — that are trying to “interrupt” shootings and protect their communities from the violence they once employed. A companion site for the film, interruptviolence.com, launched today. Kartemquin films have permitted BTB to share their post about some of the site’s features.
Today we’re launching Interrupt Violence (interruptviolence.com), Kartemquin’s first transmedia project, which will expand the journey of The Interrupters into the persistent violence that plagues American cities.
- Interactive webisodes paired with Interrupter advice about dealing with crisis, anger, loss, and redemption
- Community resources (violence prevention, counseling, health, education, etc.) that can have an impact on local families
- A living shrine where users can honor victims with notes, recorded memories, and other personal tributes