Steve James films & subjects to star at Full Frame

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced the full schedule of films for their 2014 edition, including a Steve James Tribute and Thematic Program curated by Lucy Walker. The tribute to Steve James will include appearances from many of the subjects of his films. Arthur Agee, Jr. (Hoop Dreams), Ameena Matthews (The Interrupters), and Reverend Carroll Pickett (At the Death House Door) will attend. Full Frame will also feature “Hoop Dreams at 20,” a panel conversation in celebration of the landmark documentary’s 20th anniversary that will feature outtakes, insider commentary, and special guests. Continued

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

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

Film Streams in Omaha to present Steve James retrospective

Film Streams in Omaha, NE will welcome award winning documentary filmmaker Steve James as part of their Visiting Artist Series. Many of James’ exceptional films, dealing with a range of issues, will be screened from Saturday, May 4 – Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Ruth Sokolof Theatre at 1340 Mike Fahey St. in Omaha, NE. The series kicks off with Steve James’ and Kartemquin Films’ award winning documentary Hoop Dreams, noted by Roger Ebert as "one of the great moviegoing experiences of my lifetime." Also included in the series are: Stevie Reel Paradise Continued

Steve James Brings his Docs to USC & BYOD

This Friday, Steve James will present a special screening of The Interrupters at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, followed by discussion with USC alum Shaft director John Singleton, and The Interrupters stars Ameena Matthews and Eddie Bocanegra. The event is now sold out. Tomorrow, Steve will also present Stevie at USC SCA (get more info & RSVP). But if you can't attend, perhaps an online video interview of Steve James by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner (Dig! and We Live in Public) will help compensate! Continued

Steve James Talks Crowdfunding on Indiewire

Generation Food director Steve James discussed the crowdfunding progress for his upcoming film on Indiewire this week. In the article, Steve weighs the benefits of involving an audience early on with the risks of over-exposing a doc in progress. Making comparisons to his earlier films with Kartemquin, Steve notes the intensive labor involved in crowdfunding but posits that it's the way of the future for marketing for independent documentary.   Continued

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