Read an essential Oral History of Hoop Dreams

Jason Guerrasio has published an extensive oral history of Hoop Dreams at

The 12-part history comes ahead of the film's 20th anniversary screening at the Sundance Film Festival this Monday, January 20th, at 1:15pm. Tickets are already wait-list only. Hoop Dreams filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert will attend the screening, with stars Arthur Agee and his mother Sheila Agee. Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn, executive producer of the film, and Kartemquin's current staff will all also attend for this special event. Others expected to attend include Ira Deutchman, the original distributor, and Catherine Allan, executive producer for Twin Cities Public Television.

The film will be screened from a new uncropped, high definition digital master that better represents the pictorial quality of the original videography. Digitally remastered at Modern VideoFilm with sound restoration by Audio Mechanics, this version allows future audiences to see the film as conceived by its filmmakers. The new master was created in a collaboration between Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films. Get more details on the restoration.

If you're a fan of a film, we would argue that the Oral History of Hoop Dreams is absolutely essential reading. And we are not alone. Here are some of our favorite reactions to the film from Twitter this morning:

Hoop Dreams is available to watch instantly on Netflix and Hulu.

Pictured at top: scan of the first page of the original fundraising proposal for Hoop Dreams from late 1988. It wasn't very successful.