May 20, 2016 12:27 am
"The most powerful movie about sports ever made."
— Hal Hinson, Washington Post
In Hoop Dreams, two ordinary inner-city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible - professional basketball glory - in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams, by Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates and their families as the boys navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while dealing with the intense pressures of their home lives and neighborhoods. This revelatory film continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American non-fiction cinema.
Extras included in this package:
BONUS FILM Higher Goals, an educational companion piece to Hoop Dreams, features NBA star Isiah Thomas in a fast-paced, entertaining PBS special that encourages young athletes to put their dreams of professional sports in perspective and focus on getting an education. The real life stories of two high school athletes demonstrate that the sports skills of practice and discipline can be applied to academics as well.
Available for Purchase on DVD:
Hoop Dreams is available on blu-ray here.
The blu-ray includes new high-definition digital restoration, with 4.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; two audio commentaries: one with filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, and one with the film's subjects, Arthur Agee and William Gates; Life After "Hoop Dreams", a new documentary that catches up with Agee, Gates, and their families; additional scenes; collection of excerpts from Siskel and Ebert tracking the acclaim for Hoop Dreams; Original 1994 music video for the film's theme song; trailers; PLUS: Essays by author John Edgar Wideman and filmmaker and critic Robert Greene.
Tonight, see Hoop Dreams Featured at Exhibit Opening:
At 5:30PM tonight, come the official opening of the Kartemquin exhibit, Democracy Through Documentary: 1966-2016 at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph). Hoop Dreams is featured along with 50 years of the organization's documentary filmmaking, filmmakers, and community. Free RSVP here.