Hard Earned completes principal photography

Hard Earned completed principal photography on June 2nd. With over 250 hours of footage in the can, editing continues on this six-hour series for Al Jazeera America, which follows five American families working low-wage jobs. Final shoots included a shift at a new Silicon Valley restaurant job for lead character Hilton, who has moved up to bar-back and busboy; a basketball game and father-son reunion for DJ, a former drugstore employee turned union organizer; and a stirring public speaking event for Emilia, a waitress on the southside of Chicago. Editors David E. Simpson (Life Itself, Head Games) and Liz Kaar (Typeface, Andrew Bird: Fever Year) continue editing and interweaving these stories into a 6-episode series. Continued

How Hoop Dreams Changed the Game

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Hoop Dreams. We've already celebrated the landmark with screenings of a beautiful new digital master of the film at Sundance Film Festival and Full Frame Festival, and with a great Oral History of its making compiled by Jason Guerassio for The Dissolve. Now comes "Game Changer: The Enduring Legacy of Hoop Dreams," a great article in Canada's POV Magazine by Will Di Novi that recaps many of the film's influences on the documentary form since 1994. Continued

US and New York Premieres set for The Homestretch

AFI Docs 2014 will host the US Premiere of The Homestretch on June 19th. The film's New York City premiere will be the next day, June 20th, at the 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festival. The Homestretch, which follows three homeless youth in Chicago over multiple years as they strive to graduate high school, will screen at AFI Docs on 6:45PM on Thursday, June 19th at the AFI Silver Theatre. A second screening will take place at 11AM on June 20th at The Naval Heritage Theatre in Washington DC. Get tickets and information. Continued

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