Steve James films & subjects to star at Full Frame

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced the full schedule of films for their 2014 edition, including a Steve James Tribute and Thematic Program curated by Lucy Walker. The tribute to Steve James will include appearances from many of the subjects of his films. Arthur Agee, Jr. (Hoop Dreams), Ameena Matthews (The Interrupters), and Reverend Carroll Pickett (At the Death House Door) will attend. Full Frame will also feature “Hoop Dreams at 20,” a panel conversation in celebration of the landmark documentary’s 20th anniversary that will feature outtakes, insider commentary, and special guests. Continued

Full Frame to honor Steve James with retrospective

We are thrilled to report that the work of Steve James will be honored at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. "Full Frame has always been one of my absolute favorite festivals because of its devotion to artistic and challenging documentaries and to making filmmakers feel loved and appreciated,” says Steve James, “That love extends from the passionate festivalgoers to Full Frame’s incredible staff and programmers. It is both thrilling and humbling to attend this year and receive this tribute.” In addition to having screened many of his films over the years, Full Frame previously invited Steve James to curate the festival's thematic program in 2009, where he showcased a series on sports documentaries. Continued

Remembering Joe Agee, featured in Hoop Dreams

Kartemquin Films, home to Hoop Dreams, is saddened to learn of the passing of Arthur Agee's younger brother, Joe. In the film, young Joe goes by the nickname, "Sweety" and the two brothers remained very close throughout their lives. Joe died over the weekend of heart failure related to a longtime battle with diabetes. His and Arthur's mother Shiela, says that Joe was in quite a bit of pain late in his life and now he has joined his father, Bo, in a better place. The Agee family would sincerely appreciate any donations towards the funeral costs. Those willing to do so, can make donations at http://www.gofundme.com/6hyaxo. Continued

Read an essential Oral History of Hoop Dreams

Jason Guerrasio has published an extensive oral history of Hoop Dreams at TheDissolve.com. The 12-part history comes ahead of the film's 20th anniversary screening at the Sundance Film Festival this Monday, January 20th, at 1:15pm. Tickets are already wait-list only. Hoop Dreams filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert will attend the screening, with stars Arthur Agee and his mother Sheila Agee. Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn, executive producer of the film, and Kartemquin's current staff will all also attend for this special event. Others expected to attend include Ira Deutchman, the original distributor, and Catherine Allan, executive producer for Twin Cities Public Television. Continued

Sundance to host 20th anniversary Hoop Dreams screening

Sundance Institute today announced that the newly restored Hoop Dreams (1994) will screen in the 'From the Collection' program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 20 years after the film made its world premiere at the 1994 Festival. The recently completed restoration represents the collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films. Filmmakers Steve James, Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx and subject Arthur Agee are expected to participate in an extended Q&A immediately following the January 20 screening. The 2014 Festival will be January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Continued

Rolling Stone puts Hoop Dreams as #1 Sports Documentary

Rolling Stone has placed our 1994 film Hoop Dreams at the very top of their list of "15 Sports Documentaries to Cheer About." The magazine writes: "This excellent movie was filmed over a five-year period and follows two inner-city basketball players from Chicago as they pursue their NBA dreams. Although the film was universally praised by critics – Roger Ebert called it "one of the great moviegoing experiences" of his lifetime – it was completely snubbed at the Oscars. The resulting outcry ultimately led the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revise its nomination process." Continued

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