Steve James

Director, Producer, Editor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1953 in Hampton, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Director (13)

Life Itself 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Head Games 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Interrupters 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

30 for 30 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Reel Paradise 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The New Americans 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Stevie 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Prefontaine 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Hoop Dreams 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

At the Death House Door (TV Show)

Director

Higher Goals (TV Show)

Director

Joe and Max (TV Show)

Director

Passing Glory (TV Show)

Director
Producer (8)

Life Itself 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Head Games 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lucky 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Interrupters 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

The War Tapes 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Reel Paradise 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stevie 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hoop Dreams 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (7)

Life Itself 2014 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Interrupters 2011 (Movie)

(Editor)

A Lion in the House 2006 (Movie)

Consulting Editor (Editor)

The War Tapes 2006 (Movie)

(Editor)

Reel Paradise 2005 (Movie)

(Editor)

Stevie 2003 (Movie)

(Editor)

Hoop Dreams 1994 (Movie)

(Editor)
Writer (3)

Prefontaine 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hoop Dreams 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Street Hunter 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

Stevie 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hoop Dreams 1994 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Bridget Jones's Baby 2016 (Movie)

AC "B" Camera (Camera)

The Interrupters 2011 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Biography

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.

EDUCATION

James Madison University

Harrisonburg , Virginia 1977
played basketball

Southern Illinois University

Illinois 1985
met future collaborator Frederick Marx

Milestones

2011

Directed and produced "The Interrupters," a documentary about a city grappling with urban violence

2008

Helmed the documentary "At the Death House Door," which investigated the wrongful death of Carlos DeLuna, who was executed in Texas on Dec. 7, 1989; also produced

2005

Directed and produced the documentary "Reel Paradise," about the world's most remote movie theater located in Fiji

2002

Directed and produced the documentary "Stevie"

1999

Helmed the TNT movie "Passing Glory"

1997

Directed first feature, the biopic "Prefontaine"; also co-wrote with Eugene Corr

1994

Directed first feature length documentary "Hoop Dreams"; nominated for an Oscar for Best Film Editing

1991

Wrote and directed documentary "Grassroots Chicago"

1986

Began producing and directing documentaries for Kartemquin Films

Signed two-year deal with Disney

Formed Longshot Films with Peter Gilbert

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