Documentary tips from Hot Docs 2016 Career Achievement Award Winner Steve James

The 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival begins this week, with Steve James being honored as the 2016 Hot Docs Outstanding Career Achievement Award Winner.

Steve James will be present in Toronto for a retrospective of six of his acclaimed Kartemquin documentaries: Hoop Dreams (1994); Stevie (2002); At The Death House Door (2008); No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010); The Interrupters (2011); and Life Itself (2014).

In an excellent new interview with Realscreen's Manori Ravindran, Steve James offers several tips for emerging documentary filmmakers, and critical assessments of his own career and the current state of the industry. He also states: “One of the things Kartemquin provides is it’s truly a community of filmmakers. And I think filmmakers at any stage of their career – but it’s especially crucial when you’re starting out – [need] a community there that can support you, guide you, give you honest feedback and challenge you to be better.”

Also screening in the festival's Redux program will be a double-bill of our classic documentaries Inquiring Nuns (1968) and The Chicago Maternity Center Story (1976). Kartemquin's artistic director Gordon Quinn and Director of Communications and Distribution Tim Horsburgh will attend the screening, which honors Kartemquin's 50th Anniversary, on May 4th at 5:30pm.

Also included at North America's largest documentary festival are our in-progress films Eating up Easter, directed by Sergio Rapu, which will be pitching in the prestigious Hot Docs Forum, and director Kelly Richmond Pope's All the Queen's Horses, which will be attending as part of Hot Docs Deal Maker.

Kartemquin at Hot Docs 2016 (click titles for ticket link)