If you haven't checked out Art Not Arrests already, you've got to check them out on Saturday. The brainchild of Ground Up Designers, this community-based initiative is part installation and part education. The installation is already taking shape in the Crow Hill Community Garden, and local residents can participate by donating a pair of colored zip ties at many local businesses. The education starts this Saturday, with a screening of the fantastic documentary "The Interrupters." ILFA saw this film when SOS Crown Heights screened it during their Week of Peace back in October, and it was without a doubt one of the most powerful things I've seen on screen in a long time. I can't recommend it highly enough, and as a bonus, it's supposed to be lovely this weekend. Don't miss this one!
From Art Not Arrests:
Upcoming Event: Film Screening - 'The Interrupters'
Location: Crow Hill Community Garden - 730 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Please come enjoy an evening in the garden as we show "The Interrupters". Please bring folding chairs or a blanket to sit on. After the film, participants will be invited to stay and discuss what we can do in our community to prevent gun violence. Zip-cuffs will be available for donation, to be decorated and added to the installation at the event.
"The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who 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 out of Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities."