Documentary produced by Oak Park residents Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James wins Emmy

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

The Interrupters, a documentary about three violence-prevention advocates who confront crime in some of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods, won an Emmy at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Awards for Outstanding Informational Programming—Long Form on Oct. 1.

The Kartemquin film, directed and produced by Steve James and co-produced by author Alex Kotlowitz (both Oak Park residents), shares the award with Frontline, the PBS program which aired the documentary in February 2012, production partners The Independent Television Service (ITVS), Rise Films and film distributors Cinema Guild and Dogwoof.

More than 900 television and news industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists attended the ceremony at the Time Warner Center in New York City.

More on the film visit The Interrupters site.

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