Hoop Dreams at 11AM Part of the Kartemquin Presents Series
“The great American documentary… The best film of the 1990’s” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin’s Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Plucked from the streets and given the opportunity to attend a suburban prep school and play for a legendary high school coach, both William Gates and Arthur Agee soon discover that their dreams of NBA glory become obscured amid the intense pressures of academics, family life, economics and athletic competitiveness. But most importantly, both boys remain focused on their dream, no matter how hard tragedy strikes or how desperate their situation becomes. It is their faith in the game that unites their family and gives each person hope. And it is this faith that ultimately allows them to build upon their failures as well as their triumphs and make for themselves a potentially better life.
What emerges from Hoop Dreams is far more than a sympathetic portrait of two black teenagers reaching for the stars. While remaining epic in scope, it manages to be intimate in detail, chronicling the universal process of growing up, coming of age, the love and conflict between fathers and sons, brothers, best friends and spouses.
It’s about success and failure not just on the court, but in school, at home, and ultimately, in society. And it does it in a way that no other film on sports has done before: it gives viewers an intimate look at the pursuit of the basketball dream while it is actually happening. Hoop Dreams won every major critics award in 1994 as well as a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 1995. The film earned Steve James the Directors Guild of America Award and the MTV Movie Award’s “Best New Filmmaker.” Hoop Dreams was subsequently named to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry, signifying its enduring importance to the history of American film, and has often been voted the greatest documentary of all time.
Producered by Steve James, Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert
Directed by Steve James
Executive Producers Gordon Quinn and Catherine Allen
Tuesday February 25 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm, $10 tickets, concessions available for purchase at the afternoon screenings.
About Kartemquin Films:
Sparking democracy through documentary since 1966, Kartemquin is a collaborative community that empowers documentary makers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society.
Kartemquin’s films have received three Academy Award® nominations and won many more major prizes, including six Emmys® and two Peabody Awards. Recognized as a leading advocate for independent public media, Kartemquin has helped hundreds of artists via its filmmaker development programs and championing of documentary.
Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Chicago.
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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary/Actuality
DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA1995
Nominee, Best Film Editing
GEORGE FOSTER PEABODY AWARD
ROBERT F. KENNEDY JOURNALISM AWARD
NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS
Distinguished Documentary Achievement
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION
20th anniversary presentation
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
DOCUMENTARY EDGE FESTIVAL, NEW ZEALAND
CHICAGO FILM CRITICS
Golden Gate Award for Best US Sociology Documentarty
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
Excellence in Sports Journalism Award
SPORTS IN SOCIETY, NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA
SCREEN’S BEST OF 1994
Eddie Award for Best Edited Documentary
AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD
BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS
Nominee, Outstanding News, Talk or Information Special
Best New Filmmaker
MTV MOVIE AWARDS
NEW YORK FILM CRITICS AWARDS