June 8, 2011 10:49 am
Steve James will take his acclaimed 2003 documentary Stevie to New York on July 19, 8pm for a special one-off screening and Q+A presented by Stranger Than Fiction at IFC Center. Get tickets and more information.
Increasingly recognized as a modern documentary masterpiece, Stevie has been hailed by various critics as one of the best films of the 2000s.
The film follows director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) as he returns to Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, for whom he once served as an advocate Big Brother. He finds that the once difficult, awkward child has become—ten years later—an angry and troubled young man. Part way through filming, Stevie is arrested and charged with a serious crime. He confesses to the crime and then later recants. The filmmaker himself is drawn into the film as he tries to sort out his own feelings, past and present, about Stevie and how to deal with him in the wake of his arrest. What was to be a modest profile of Stevie, turns into an intimate four and a half year chronicle of a dysfunctional family’s struggle to heal.
Stevie is the second Kartemquin film to be presented by Stranger Than Fiction this year, following on from April's special screening of the newly restored The Chicago Maternity Center Story in celebration of Kartemquin's 45th anniversary.