This edition of Master Class, identifying and surveying exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens, explores the career of Steve James, in the lead up to a week run of Steve James' new documentary 'The Interrupters'.
Purchase of this pass includes one screening of the Interrupters - but you must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the night you wish to attend 'The Interrupters'.
Thursday Jul 28 at 7:30 PM 'No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson' (Dir. Steve James, 2010, 80 min.) Q&A with director, Steve James, to follow the screening.
Friday Jul 29 at 7:30 PM 'Hoop Dreams' (Dir. Steve James, 1994, 176 min.)
Thursday Aug 04 at 7:30 PM 'At the Death House Door' (Dir. Steve James, 2008, 94 min.)
August 5, 6, 8 - 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM August 7 at 4:00 PM 'The Interrupters' (Dir. Steve James, 2011, 142 min.)
Film Descriptions: 'No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson' (Dir. Steve James, 2010, 80 min.) On February 13, 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson entered a Hampton, Virginia bowling alley with several classmates. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson's young life: a quarrel soon erupted into a brawl pitting Iverson's young, black friends against a group of older white men. The fallout from the fight and the handling of the subsequent trial landed the nation's best high school athlete in jail and sharply divided the city along racial lines. Director Steve James returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia where he once played basketball, to take a personal look at this still disputed incident and examine its impact on Iverson and the community.
'Hoop Dreams' (Dir. Steve James, 1994, 176 min.) First shown at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American urban culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love. Plucked from the streets and given the opportunity to attend a suburban prep school and play for a legendary high school coach, William Gates and Arthur Agee both soon discover that their dreams of NBA glory become obscured amid the intense pressures of academics, family life, economics and athletic competitiveness. While remaining epic in scope, Hoop Dreams 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. "The best film of the 1990's" says Roger Ebert.
'At the Death House Door' (Dir. Steve James, 2008, 94 min.) At the Death House Door follows the remarkable career journey of Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous "Walls" prison unit in Huntsville, Texas. During that time he presided over 95 executions, including the very first lethal injection done anywhere in the world. After each execution, Pickett recorded an audiotape account of that fateful day. The film also tells the story of Carlos De Luna, a convict whose execution affected Pickett more than any other. Pickett firmly believed the man was innocent and two Chicago Tribune reporters turn up evidence that strongly suggests he was right.
'The Interrupters' (Dir. Steve James, 2011, 142 min.) Winner of the Special Jury Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three "Violence Interrupters" who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities. Shot over the course of a year out of Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. The city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the brutal beating of Derrion Albert, a Chicago High School student, whose death was caught on videotape. The film's main subjects, Ameena, Cobe and Eddie work for an innovative organization, CeaseFire, which believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. The singular mission of the "Violence Interrupters"who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal historiesis to intervene in conflicts before they explode into violence. The Interrupters follows these three "Violence Interrupters" as they go about their work, and while doing so reveals their own inspired journeys of hope and redemption. "A gut-wrenching documentary" says Manohla Dargis of The New York Times.
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