A new trailer for Steve James’ documentary The Interrupters has been released. James is responsible for 1994’s Hoop Dreams, which is widely regarded as one of the best documentaries of all time. In The Interrupters, the director takes on violence in inner-city Chicago, examining how it affects the lives of those involved both directly and indirectly. Matt caught the film at Sundance, and while he found its premise honorable, he ultimately thought the pacing and runtime killed the movie as a whole.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
Here’s the trailer (via Kartemquin):
Here’s the synopsis for The Interrupters:
The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three “violence interrupters” – two men and a woman – who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn, persistence of violence in our cities. Shot over the course of a year, The Interrupters follows these individuals as they attempt to intervene in disputes before they turn violent: a family where two brothers threaten to shoot each other; an angry teenage girl just home from prison; a young man on a warpath of a revenge. The film captures not only each interrupters’ work, but reveals their own inspired journeys from crime to hope and redemption.