Local Feature Film Series at Catalyst Ranch
Local Feature was a film series which highlighted the innovative stories and talented filmmakers of Chicago. Filmmakers, producers and actors engaged with the Catalyst Ranch audience, sharing their creative process and recounted examples of key takeaways or teachings from the film. During the networking portion of the event, filmmakers were on hand to interact with the audience, answer questions and present merchandise.
"Every City Needs Its Heroes"
A film by Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz
The award-winning Kartemquin Films documentary about violence prevention was the Chicago movie of 2011. In this stirring and powerfully insightful year-long journey through Chicago's inner city, director/producer Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) and author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here) follow three courageous "violence interrupters" working for the innovative organization CeaseFire, as they patrol the city's meanest streets to defuse scenarios of heart-stopping volatility.