Director/editor Steve James, producer/editor Frederick Marx, producer/cinematographer Peter Gilbert and subject Arthur Agee in person!
Note: The screening has been moved to the Francesca Beale Theater.
The orange-and-black-striped ball spins through the air, and as it does, entire destinies hang in the balance. Voted the greatest documentary of all time by the International Documentary Association and included by The New York Times on its list of the 1000 greatest movies ever made, producer/director Steve James and fellow producers Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert's extraordinary record of five years in the lives of two young, inner-city Chicago basketball stars—Arthur Agee and William Gates—was originally conceived as a 30-minute short film for PBS, but grew over the course of filming into a genuine epic about race, class and the high price of the American dream. Two decades later, it remains as stirring and perceptive as ever.
“An epic picture of American society today, combined with a remarkably intimate portrait of two talented, struggling young men.” —NYFF32 program note
“****. A film like Hoop Dreams is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and make us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself.” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times