Oracle Theatre & Black Cinema House to celebrate Hoop Dreams

The Oracle Theatre will screen Hoop Dreams at Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House on April 3rd as the culmination of a series of events showcasing short films made by filmmakers connected to the classic 1994 Chicago documentary.

The Hoop Dreams Shorts events taking place on March 31, April 1 and 2 at Oracle Theatre (3809 N. Broadway, Chicago) will consist of short films from Hoop Dreams filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx, Peter Gilbert, Susanne Suffredin, and Peter's son Leo Gilbert, whose short fictional film Journeyman features Hoop Dreams subjects Arthur Agee as well as Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg. In addition, Oracle and Black Cinema House will present Hoop Dreams in full on April 3 at Black Cinema House (7200 S. Kimbark, Chicago). Arthur Agee and Susanne Suffredin will attend for discussion following the films on select evenings.

Hoop Dreams Shorts screenings
March 31 at 8PM
April 1 at 8PM
April 2 at 8PM
Oracle Theatre |
3809 N. Broadway, Chicago
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Featured films:
Life After Hoop Dreams
A short documentary revisiting Hoop Dreams subjects William Gates and Arthur Agee years after the release of the classic film.

Rites of Passage
Frederick Marx, the Academy Award-nominated editor and producer of Hoop Dreams presents this mixed media short documentary about the importance of modern day rites of passage for teenagers transitioning into adulthood.

Higher Goals
An educational companion piece to Hoop Dreams directed by Steve James, Higher Goals 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 film also features William Gates and long time Saturday Night Live cast member Tim Meadows.

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Hoop Dreams production manager and editor Susanne Suffredin helms this documentary about one man’s journey to create more aggressive awareness of American homelessness using social media to document testimonials from the homeless themselves. Produced by the Kindling Group.

Leo Gilbert, NYU film student and son of Hoop Dreams producer/cinematographer Peter Gilbert, presents this short narrative about an aging NBA star struggling to return to the court or stay with his family. Starring Hoop Dreams subject Arthur Agee and acclaimed independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg.

Hoop Dreams (1994) screening
April 3 at 4PM
Black Cinema House | 7200 S. Kimbark, Chicago
First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love.
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Admission is FREE to all events but reservations are strongly recommended. Find out more and reserve your seats via:
All performances at Oracle are wheelchair accessible. The screening of Hoop Dreams at Black Cinema House will be presented with Open Captioning.