Oakland City Hall's Black History Film Series continues tonight with The Interrupters, a 2011 documentary about a few brave individuals' hardcore efforts to curb inner city violence. Though it was shot in Chicago, the trailer shows a landscape that could have just as easily been filmed in East Oakland or Hunters Point.
D'Wayne Wiggins from seminal Oakland-bred band Tony! Toni! Toné! has just been confirmed to provide music before this evening's film. Afterward, event organizer Desley Brooks leads a Q+A panel discussion with Eric Butler from Oakland's Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth.
One interruption that isn't scheduled onsite for this evening is Occupy Oakland, though there is a March Against Police Brutality slated for tomorrow night in Frank Ogawa Plaza.
The locally-produced Fishbone documentary Everyday Sunshine screens next Friday (Feb. 17); read our Q+A with creator Chris Metzler before you go to learn about what the Bay Area means to the legendary genre-busting band.
Mario Van Peebles' blues feature Redemption Road shows on Feb. 24, and the series concludes with White Scripts, Black Supermen, a documentary formerly titled Shaft vs. Sidney Poitier, on March 2.
All programs run from 6-10 p.m., include Q+A panels after each film, are gloriously free, and are located at Oakland City Hall's third floor council chambers.