Remembering Joe Agee, featured in Hoop Dreams

Kartemquin Films, home to Hoop Dreams, is saddened to learn of the passing of Arthur Agee's younger brother, Joe.

In the film, young Joe goes by the nickname, "Sweety" and the two brothers remained very close throughout their lives. Joe died over the weekend of heart failure related to a longtime battle with diabetes. His and Arthur's mother Shiela, says that Joe was in quite a bit of pain late in his life and now he has joined his father, Bo, in a better place.

The Agee family would sincerely appreciate any donations towards the funeral costs. Those willing to do so, can make donations at

Hoop Dreams turns 20 this year. We were fortunate enough to have Arthur Agee and Sheila Agee join us for a wonderful reunion screening of a newly restored digital master of the film at Sundance Film Festival last week.

Arthur and Joe, in a scene from Hoop Dreams.