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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.


      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



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