CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023


Year: 1994
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 172 minutes


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.

CIFF41 Screenings

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Recommended for Middle School Students +

Steve James

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 Award® for Best Film Editing and recently selected for the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

"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)

Steve James, Frederick Marx, Peter Gilbert

Peter Gilbert

Steve James, Frederick Marx, Bill Haugse

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