Steve James films & subjects to star at Full Frame

Steve James

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced the full schedule of films for their 2014 edition, including a Steve James Tribute and Thematic Program curated by Lucy Walker.

The tribute to Steve James will include appearances from many of the subjects of his films. Arthur Agee, Jr. (Hoop Dreams), Ameena Matthews (The Interrupters), and Reverend Carroll Pickett (At the Death House Door) will attend. Full Frame will also feature “Hoop Dreams at 20,” a panel conversation in celebration of the landmark documentary’s 20th anniversary that will feature outtakes, insider commentary, and special guests.

Kartemquin will be sending a contingent of regular Steve James collaborators to the festival, including Zak Piper, Dana Kupper, Adam Singer, Gordon Quinn, Tim Horsburgh and Ian Kibbe.

“I’m excited to have so many of my films play again in front of the appreciative audiences at Full Frame. It will give me a rare opportunity to reflect on where my career has led me, and maybe make connections between the films that have eluded me before. And I’m determined to resist the impulse to go re-edit them all again,” said Steve James.

The thematic program curated by Lucy Walker displays a classic collection of memorable documentary subjects, and the full line-up of new documentaries also promises a memorable festival for all attendees. We look forward to seeing you in Durham, NC from April 3-6!

Steve James tribute films and events at Full Frame
Friday, April 4th: 1:00pm and Saturday, April 5th, 12:50pm: Hoop Dreams (1994)
This deeply moving film follows Arthur Agee, Jr., and William Gates as they strive to achieve professional basketball stardom and escape poverty in Chicago. The recently completed restoration represents the collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films.

Saturday, April 5th, 10am: Hoop Dreams at 20
In celebration of the landmark documentary’s 20th anniversary, this panel conversation features insider commentary, never before seen footage, and special guests.

Thursday, April 3rd, 12:30pm: Stevie (2002)
Ten years later, Steve James visits a young man to whom he was a Big Brother and finds him at a turbulent crossroads in his life.

Friday, April 4th, 4:50pm: Reel Paradise (2005)
The final month of an American family’s yearlong stay in Fiji, where they screened movies in one of the most remote cinemas in the world.

Friday, April 4th, 10:30am: At the Death House Door (2008, co-directed by Peter Gilbert)
An unflinching account of the work of Reverend Carroll Pickett, who presided over 95 executions during his 15-year tenure as a death house chaplain in a Texas prison.

Saturday, April 5th, 7pm: The Interrupters (2011)
Three brave “interrupters” from Chicago’s CeaseFire organization take on inner-city violence with a dangerous form of intervention.

Friday, April 4th, 10:30am: A Place Called Pluto (2013)
When a reporter is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, he boldly faces his prognosis by putting his experiences into words.

See the complete Full Frame schedule.

In more Steve James news, A Place Called Pluto was also announced this week as a selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

His latest film, Life Itself, about the critic Roger Ebert, will be released in US theaters this summer.