May 29, 2014 1:52 pm
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Hoop Dreams.
We've already celebrated the landmark with screenings of a beautiful new digital master of the film at Sundance Film Festival and Full Frame Festival, and with a great Oral History of its making compiled by Jason Guerassio for The Dissolve.
Now comes "Game Changer: The Enduring Legacy of Hoop Dreams," a great article in Canada's POV Magazine by Will Di Novi that recaps many of the film's influences on the documentary form since 1994.
We especially like this line, because it essentially sums up our mission at Kartemquin: "Two decades later, Hoop Dreams still raises fascinating questions about the power and potential of socially-engaged storytelling: can a film comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable and still entertain a mainstream audience?"
We hope to have more events to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary later in 2014. Get in touch if you would like to be involved: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch a video below about the digital restoration of Hoop Dreams and the great reunion of the filmmakers and the Agee family at Sundance 2014.