the interrupters

 DIRECTOR: Steve James PRODUCTION YEAR: 2011

Comprised of ex-gang members whose reputations command respect on the streets of Chicago, The Interrupters intervene in disputes before they turn violent and that violence spreads. Academy Award nominee, Steve James (Hoop Dreams) embarks on a verite journey with the lively Interrupters who are now protecting their communities from the violence they themselves once employed. 

Winner of an Emmy® and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, The Interrupters won and was nominated for more than a dozen awards and was one of the best reviewed films in any genre by critics in 2012. 

Director: Steve James  Executive Producers for Rise Films: Teddy Leifer, Paul Taylor