December 9, 2019 7:02 pm
The four-hour miniseries is an impressionistic, mosaic portrait of current-day Chicago which delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of America’s third-largest city, set against the backdrop of its history-making 2019 mayoral campaign. Sundance will premiere the first two episodes as one of just eight projects in the Indie Episodic program.
City So Real is presented by Participant Media and is a Kartemquin Films production. The series is directed by Steve James, and produced by Zak Piper and Steve James. Edited by David E. Simpson and Steve James. Cinematography by Jackson James and Steve James. Original music composed by Will Miller and Resavoir. Field Producers Sylvetta Christmas, Fenell Doremus, Janea Smith. Executive Producers Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Alex Kotlowitz, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Jolene Pinder.
City So Real will be Steve James' ninth project to screen at Sundance, following Hoop Dreams (1994) and most recently America to Me (2018), also from Participant, and his third in collaboration with producer Zak Piper, following The Interrupters (2011) and Life Itself (2014). Read our interview with James about the making of the series here.