May 23, 2016 1:31 pm
Turner Classic Movies presents a special broadcast of Hoop Dreams tonight at 10pm ET. Get more details. The presentation is part of a month-long TCM celebration of Peabody Awards winners. Hoop Dreams collected a Peabody in 1995 following its original PBS broadcast.
If you're unable to get TCM in your location, don't worry: we're streaming the film for free for anyone around the world via http://watch.kartemquin.com as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations. Watch now, wherever you are in the world.
On the eve of the TCM broadcast, we're also delighted that Mondo and artist Oliver Barrett have created a new poster for Hoop Dreams, which is pictured above and they are now selling on their website.
The Alamo Drafthouse recently hosted a screening of the documentary with one of the stars of the film, Arthur Agee, in attendance. Arthur was on hand to answer questions, reflect on the films themes, and give his perspective on how youth sports culture has changed for the better and worse since the film's release 20+ years ago.
Since the film's release, both Arthur and his co-star, William Gates, have worked to help educate young athletes on the challenges they face not just on the court, but in the classroom and real world. In support of their efforts, Mondo will be donating all profits from the release of this poster to both The Arthur Agee Jr. Role Model Foundation and William Gate's youth basketball team, Team Hoop Dreams. Purchase the poster while stocks last.
“The concept revolves around both William and Arthur’s pursuit of the same goal while their paths splinter off into different directions. These are two talented kids who are under a tremendous amount of pressure from their families, friends, and schools to perform at a high level and life sort of gets in the way of that,” said artist Oliver Barrett.
If you're in Chicago, don't miss Hoop Dreams director Steve James discussing the film and many others from his acclaimed career in a special IDA Conversations Series talk with Adam Kempenaar of Filmspotting on June 11 from 2-4pm at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center. Get more information and RSVP here.
Chicagoans can also get an-depth look at the making of the film in our 50th Anniversary exhibition at Expo 72, which includes the original fundraising proposal for the film, rare photographs, documents, and awards, and even some of the original equipment used to shoot and edit the film. The exhibition runs May 20-August 20.