Steve James to present masterclass for DOC Toronto

James and Chaz Ebert outside of theatre screening Life Itself

The Documentary Organization of Canada's DOC Institute has invited Steve James to present a Masters Series Class and exclusive Masters Series Lab this March in Toronto.

James will be in Toronto March 22 and 23 to launch the 2014 Masters Series. During the Master Series Class, James will discuss his approach to the craft of storytelling, from the decisions driving the aesthetics to the role of the filmmaker in story. James will also share his insight on the subject of access in documentary film, a theme that runs strongly throughout all of his film credits. The class will be hosted by Sean Farnel. Following the Masters Series Class, participants will attend a reception and a special private screening of Life Itself. James will also offer an immersive, full day Masters Series Lab to a select group of attendees. The Lab will provide a forum for participants to constructively workshop and improve their projects, with guidance by James and encouragement from fellow participants.

Register / apply here.

Steve James recently attended the last of 3 Indiegogo backer screenings of Life Itself, showing the film with Chaz Ebert at Los Angeles' Cinefamily (Pictured; see more photos here). He also spoke last week in Arlington Heights about his career as a filmmaker, sharing clips of Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and Life Itself. During the conversation, Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire referred to James as a "magician" because he "seems to be invisible, capturing raw and unguarded moments during his documentaries when people open up, despite being in front of cameras and wearing microphones."

Steve will also be honored with a retrospective by Full Frame Festival in Durham, NC this April 3-6.

Life Itself is due for release in theaters later this year.