Acclaimed director Steve James discusses City So Real, his new doc-series about Chicago’s mayoral election, along with some thoughts on The Wire, Hoop Dreams, and avoiding gotcha moments.
Every once in a while, people appear on the political stage with compelling personal narratives and charisma to spare. They’re dedicated and passionate and demonstrate through their actions that they can persevere
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (USA, 84 min.) Dir. Steve James Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) finds the ultimate David and Goliath tale of the 2008 financial crisis in Abacus:
The Interrupters by Steve James traces a group of former gang members who intercede through outreach, trying to find common ground.
Steve James' Hoop Dreams was declared a masterpiece early on, and decades later its prestige hasn’t diminished one bit.
It’s been 20 years since Steve James' Hoop Dreams reached North American movie theatres and the film has not lost its immersive power.