[Voting Spirit] Talking ‘The Interrupters,’ ‘Footnote,’ ‘Think of Me,’ ‘Drive,’ ‘An African Election,’ ‘A Separation,’ and ‘Circumstance’

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Each week within this column Spirit Award voter & film critic Kristy Puchko will offer a keen insight on a new selection of nominees for the 2012 Spirit Awards, along with any garnered behind-the-scenes exclusives. The Spirit Awards will air February 25th @10Pm on IFC.

Last week I shared my thoughts on some of the films I loathed this year, and so am thrilled to share some of my favorites from this year’s Spirit line-up with you today. Let’s get to it.

The Interrupters ~ Directed by Steve James

Nominations: Best Documentary

“I can’t aid and abed shit. I flush shit,” these are the tough love words of Ameena Matthews, a former gang member turned violence interrupter who dedicates herself and her time to the rage-filled residents of Chicago, counseling them to stop the gang violence that has long-ravaged the community. Hoop Dreams director Steve James dives deep into the
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