Film “The Interrupters” included in MLK Week

(01-15-2013)

Adams State University will celebrate Martin Luther King Week from January 21 through January 25. Events include the film, The Interrupters, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 in McDaniel Hall Room 101. Free refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. The film is free and open to the public.

The Interrupters 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.

From producer/director Steve James and author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz, The Interrupters has won many awards including Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2011; Special Jury Award, Full Frame Film Festival, 2011; Special Jury Award, Sheffield Doc/Fest, 2011; Audience Award for Best Documentary, Philadelphia Cinefest, 2011; Best Documentary Award, Miami International Film Festival, 2011; Best Documentary Award, Minneapolis Film Festival, 2011; True Life Fund Winner, True/False Film Festival, 2011; and Official Selection, South by Southwest Film Festival, 2011.

Along with the film, a variety of events are scheduled for Martin Luther King Week. The week's activities begin with the comedy documentary, "Good Hair" at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in Carson Auditorium, located in the Student Union Building. Dr. Ed Crowther, professor of history, will lecture on "Out of the Mountain of Despair a Stone of Hope: MLK and the American Dream," starting at noon Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Porter Hall room 130. Keynote speaker, Dr. Charles Payne, "De-mythologizing Martin Luther King and Racial Progress," begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in Richardson Hall Auditorium.

In honor of MLK Jr., a Community Service Project is planned for Monday, January 21. All interested volunteers are encouraged to meet at noon in La Puente's Volunteer Office, located at 911 State Avenue in Alamosa.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information call 719-587-7516.