Film Screening and Conversation with Alex Kotlowitz
February 16th, 2012
6 - 10 p.m.
20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
The Literary Reportage program of the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute invites you to a film screening of The Interrupters followed by drinks and discussion with author and Interrupters’ producer Alex Kotlowitz and Lit Rep director Rob Boynton.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
6:00 pm: Screening
8:00 pm: Discussion and drinks
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square
New York City
For two decades, Alex Kotlowitz has explored the contentious state of race and violence in America. He is perhaps best known for his book, There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, which has sold over half-a-million copies and received numerous awards. In 2008, he wrote a New York Times Magazine feature “Blocking the Transmission of Violence” about new efforts to interrupt the cycles of violence that make murder the leading cause of death of African-American men between the ages of 15-34.
The film The Interrupters, from Kotlowitz and acclaimed director Steve James, tells the moving and surprising story of three dedicated individuals who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed. These “violence interrupters” (their job title) – who have credibility on the street because of their own personal histories – intervene in conflicts before the incidents explode into violence. Their work and their insights are informed by their own journeys, which, as each of them point out, defy easy characterization.
You’re welcome to bring a guest. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before February 2nd.