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      Steve James

      Steve James

      Highest Rated: 100% The Rescue List (2017)

      Lowest Rated: 56% Prefontaine (1997)

      Birthday: Mar 8, 1955

      Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, USA

      Back in 1987, documentary director-producer Steve James and his partner Frederick Marx joined with director of photography and producer Peter Gilbert to create a documentary about two ghetto youths from Chicago playing high school basketball and pursuing their dream to be on an NBA team. The filmmaking trio had only $2,500 with which to make the documentary, so they shot on video. After logging more than 250 hours of footage, they knew they had something more than a mere TV documentary. Instead, the result turned out to be the feature documentary "Hoop Dreams" (1994), which earned a place on most Top 10 lists and won virtually every critical award as Best Documentary although in a brouhaha that eventually changed the way Hollywood judges documentaries failed to be nominated for an Academy Award. In what was viewed as a sort of consolation prize, "Hoop Dreams" did earn an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing. Some of the unused footage was employed in the 30-minute TV documentary "Higher Goals" (PBS, 1992) which was nominated for an Emmy. With Spike Lee, the trio has also been collaborating on an TNT special based on the film.

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      AMERICAN NINJA 3: BLOOD HUNT, from left: Steve James, David Bradley, 1989, © Cannon Films AMERICAN NINJA, Steve James, 1985, © Cannon Films AMERICAN NINJA, from left: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, 1985, © Cannon Films DELTA FORCE, Chuck Norris, Steve James, 1986, (c)Cannon Films LIFE ITSELF, director Steve James (left), Martin Scorsese (center), on set, 2014. ©Magnolia Pictures WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S II, Steve James, Terry Kiser, Tom Wright, 1993, (c)TriStar Pictures STEVIE, Gordon Quinn, Steve James, Stephen Fielding, Adam Singer, 2002 THE DELTA FORCE, Steve James, Lee Marvin, Chuck Norris, 1986. (c) MGM / . REEL PARADISE, director Steve James, cinematographer P.H. O'Brien, sound technician Rich Pooler filming on set, 2005, (c) Wellspring AMERICAN NINJA 2, from left: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, 1985. ©MGM STEVIE, Stephen Fielding, Steve James, 2002 LIFE ITSELF, director Steve James, 2014. ©Magnolia Pictures PREFONTAINE, director Steve James, producer Peter Gilbert, 1997. ©Buena Vista Pictures DELTA FORCE, Steve James, Lee Marvin, Chuck Norris, 1986, (c)Cannon Films THE EXTERMINATOR, (aka LE DROIT DE TUER), Steve James (rear), 1980, © Avco Embassy AMERICAN NINJA 2: THE CONFRONTATION, Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, 1987, (c)Cannon Films AMERICAN NINJA 2: THE CONFRONTATION, Steve James, 1987, (c)Cannon Films WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S II, from left: Steve James, Terry Kiser, Tom Wright, 1993, © TriStar Steve James at arrivals for LIFE ITSELF Premiere, ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA June 26, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      81% 77% A Compassionate Spy Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Film Editor
      $34.5K 2022
      100% No Score Yet Let the Little Light Shine Executive Producer - 2022
      100% 91% Minding the Gap Executive Producer - 2018
      78% 71% Edith+Eddie Executive Producer - 2017
      100% No Score Yet The Rescue List Executive Producer - 2017
      93% 85% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Director $111.8K 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Executive Producer - 2014
      98% 88% Life Itself Director,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      $809.7K 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet We the Economy: Inequality 3: The Value of Work Director - 2014
      88% 77% Head Games Director $11.2K 2012
      99% 82% The Interrupters Director,
      Producer,
      Cinematographer,
      Film Editing
      $250.5K 2011
      89% No Score Yet No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson Director - 2010
      100% 81% At the Death House Door Director - 2008
      98% 83% The War Tapes Producer,
      Film Editing
      $254.2K 2006
      69% 61% Reel Paradise Director,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      $31.0K 2005
      No Score Yet 54% Joe and Max Director - 2002
      91% 89% Stevie Director,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      $97.0K 2002
      No Score Yet 79% Passing Glory Director - 1999
      56% 78% Prefontaine Director,
      Writer
      $584.2K 1997
      98% 92% Hoop Dreams Narrator,
      Director,
      Producer
      $7.8M 1994

      TV

      Credit
      100% No Score Yet The Luckiest Guy in the World: The Bill Walton Story Director 2023
      90% 50% City So Real Producer,
      Film Editor,
      Director,
      Cinematographer
      2020
      100% 67% America to Me Executive Producer,
      Director
      2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet PBS NewsHour Weekend Guest 2017
      86% 89% The New Yorker Presents Director 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 30 for 30 Director 2010