Full Frame to honor Steve James with retrospective

We are thrilled to report that the work of Steve James will be honored at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. "Full Frame has always been one of my absolute favorite festivals because of its devotion to artistic and challenging documentaries and to making filmmakers feel loved and appreciated,” says Steve James, “That love extends from the passionate festivalgoers to Full Frame’s incredible staff and programmers. It is both thrilling and humbling to attend this year and receive this tribute.” In addition to having screened many of his films over the years, Full Frame previously invited Steve James to curate the festival's thematic program in 2009, where he showcased a series on sports documentaries. Continued

Remembering Joe Agee, featured in Hoop Dreams

Kartemquin Films, home to Hoop Dreams, is saddened to learn of the passing of Arthur Agee's younger brother, Joe. In the film, young Joe goes by the nickname, "Sweety" and the two brothers remained very close throughout their lives. Joe died over the weekend of heart failure related to a longtime battle with diabetes. His and Arthur's mother Shiela, says that Joe was in quite a bit of pain late in his life and now he has joined his father, Bo, in a better place. The Agee family would sincerely appreciate any donations towards the funeral costs. Those willing to do so, can make donations at http://www.gofundme.com/6hyaxo. Continued

Read an essential Oral History of Hoop Dreams

Jason Guerrasio has published an extensive oral history of Hoop Dreams at TheDissolve.com. The 12-part history comes ahead of the film's 20th anniversary screening at the Sundance Film Festival this Monday, January 20th, at 1:15pm. Tickets are already wait-list only. Hoop Dreams filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert will attend the screening, with stars Arthur Agee and his mother Sheila Agee. Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn, executive producer of the film, and Kartemquin's current staff will all also attend for this special event. Others expected to attend include Ira Deutchman, the original distributor, and Catherine Allan, executive producer for Twin Cities Public Television. Continued

Sundance to host 20th anniversary Hoop Dreams screening

Sundance Institute today announced that the newly restored Hoop Dreams (1994) will screen in the 'From the Collection' program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 20 years after the film made its world premiere at the 1994 Festival. The recently completed restoration represents the collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films. Filmmakers Steve James, Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx and subject Arthur Agee are expected to participate in an extended Q&A immediately following the January 20 screening. The 2014 Festival will be January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Continued

Rolling Stone puts Hoop Dreams as #1 Sports Documentary

Rolling Stone has placed our 1994 film Hoop Dreams at the very top of their list of "15 Sports Documentaries to Cheer About." The magazine writes: "This excellent movie was filmed over a five-year period and follows two inner-city basketball players from Chicago as they pursue their NBA dreams. Although the film was universally praised by critics – Roger Ebert called it "one of the great moviegoing experiences" of his lifetime – it was completely snubbed at the Oscars. The resulting outcry ultimately led the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revise its nomination process." Continued

Watch Hoop Dreams on Netflix UK

"Steve James's landmark 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams is by far the best title to join Netflix's ever-expanding catalogue this week" - Guy Lodge, The Observer. Documentary fans in the UK can now watch our classic documentary Hoop Dreams via Netflix UK. Watch it here. For fans in the US, the film is also available on Netflix here. Enjoy the film (looks like you do...)! Hoop Dreams is on Netflix, everyone! Hoop Dreams in on Netflix! http://t.co/D1zcfWU4WM Continued

Gordon Quinn to speak on documentary ethics in Yamagata and Chicago

Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will draw on his five decades of filmmaking experience to speak on documentary ethics and fair use at upcoming festivals in Yamagata and Chicago this October. The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival will host a discussion on Fair Use and ethics as part of its series titled "The Ethics Machine: Six Gazes of the Camera." Here is the description: "Documentary filmmakers strike out into the landscapes of humans and animals to make films about “the world,” not “a world.” This makes all the difference. It means that every camera angle, every light, every cut, every edit, every music hook—every choice—poses an ethical challenge. This turns the documentary camera into an ethics machine. Continued

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