New York gets mini Steve James festival

Documentary fans in New York City will have an incredible opportunity to engage with the work of acclaimed Kartemquin filmmaker Steve James this summer as the IFC Center and Maysles Cinema host both his new film The Interrupters and four previous works from his twenty year career with Kartemquin: Hoop Dreams, Stevie, At the Death House Door, and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. The series kicks off on July 19 at IFC Center with a screening of Stevie, his "absolutely unique" (Andrew Sarris, New York Observer) profile of the life of Stevie Fielding, and James' own complicated relationship with him as a mentor and then filmmaker. The screening is presented by Stranger Than Fiction and Steve James will be present for a Q+A afterward. Get tickets and more information. On July 29, Steve James and The Interrupters Producer Alex Kotlowitz will be present at IFC Center for the hotly anticipated theatrical release of the multi-award-winning new film about violence in Chicago, kicking off a week run at the venue before it goes nationwide. A number of New York-based violence prevention groups will be organizing around the screenings, including Operation S.N.U.G who will be holding a panel discussion on July 31st. Get more information. The Interrupters then opens on August 5th at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem for a week run (get tickets). To precede this run Maysles has organized a "Master Class" retrospective of Steve James, showcasing No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, Hoop Dreams and At the Death House Door in a single week. Steve James will be present for the No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson screening on July 28th for a Q+A. Hoop Dreams follows on the 29th and At the Death House Door (which Steve co-directed with Peter Gilbert) screens on August 4th. Get tickets for all three "Master Class" films. Full New York schedule and links to tickets: