Hoop Dreams

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steve_james_iconSteve James: documenting life itself

Hoop Dreams

  • 1994
  • Directed By: Steve James
  • Rated PG-13
  • Documentary
  • 170 Minutes
  1. Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Hoop Dreams
First exhibited 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, William Gates and Arthur Agee. The two are plucked from the streets and given the opportunity to attend a suburban prep school and play for a legendary high school coach, soon to discover that their dreams of NBA glory become obscured amid the intense pressures of academics, family life, economics, and athletic competitiveness. But both boys remain focused on their dream, no matter how hard tragedy strikes or how desperate their situation becomes. The film is an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, which Roger Ebert called “the best film of the 1990s.” (2K DCP presentation)


Director Steve James is scheduled to be present.