Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

HOOP DREAMS

 

Year: 1994
Country: USA
Run Time: 172 minutes

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HOOP DREAMS
HOOP DREAMS
HOOP DREAMS

In this restored version of the 1994 classic, HOOP DREAMS captures the incredible journey of two young boys determined to one day play professional basketball. But setbacks have no trouble finding them in their impoverished neighborhoods and difficult home lives in Chicago’s inner city. William Gates hails from the Cabrini-Green projects, a housing development that has since been demolished due to rampant violence and dilapidated living conditions. Arthur Agee calls West Garfield Park home—an area known for its dangerous crime, and where the neighborhood basketball court is frequented by addicts and drug dealers. When a talent scout discovers William and Arthur, they’re enrolled in the prestigious St. Joseph’s High School to follow in the footsteps of Isiah Thomas, the school’s most revered alum. Although the stage is set to win the state championship, attend college, and ultimately be drafted by the NBA, unexpected obstacles force the boys to forge their own uncertain paths to pursue their lifelong dream. A test of tenacity and resilience, HOOP DREAMS will have audiences rooting for victory. —A.B.

HOOP DREAMS

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Genre
Recommended for Middle School Students +

Director
Steve James

Producers
Steve James, Frederick Marx, Peter Gilbert

Cinematography
Peter Gilbert

Editing
Steve James, Frederick Marx, Bill Haugse

Director Bio
Born in Hampton, Virginia in 1954, Steve James is recognized as one of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers of his generation. He regularly collaborates with the Chicago-based nonprofit production studio Kartemquin Films. His film "Hoop Dreams" was nominated for an Academy AwardŽ for Best Film Editing and recently selected for the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

Select Filmography
"Stop Substance Abuse" (1986), HOOP DREAMS (1994), "Prefontaine" (1999), "Stevie" (2002)-27th CIFF, "Reel Paradise" (2005), "At the Death House Door" (2008), "No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson" (2010)-34th CIFF, "The Interrupters" (2011)-35th CIFF, "Head Games" (2012), "Life Itself" (2014), "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" (2016)

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