July 28, 2011 5:04 pm
The New York-based documentary series Stranger Than Fiction recently hosted Kartemquin director Steve James for a screening and discussion of his 2003 film Stevie, about his complicated documentary interactions with troubled Stevie Fielding.
The acclaimed film movingly and provocatively does not shy away from the "ethical precariousness" of James' role as mentor and then filmmaker of Stevie's life, and neither has Steve James in discussing it over the years. He has also kept in touch with various people involved in the film and thought deeply about how it may have made an impact on their lives.
If you are a fan of the film, or a student of documentary, then you must read the transcript of James' Q&A with Stranger Than Fiction Artistic Director Thom Powers from last week's screening at IFC Center: Stevie: Chronicling the Cycle of Abuse.