On October 14th, 1994, 20 years ago this month, Steve James, Fredrick Marx, and Peter Gilbert presented their 2 hour and 50 minute documentary, Hoop Dreams, at the Sundance Film Festival (Sundance Institute). The film would go onto win the Audience Award for Best Documentary (Sundance Institute) and Steve James would be awarded Best New Director by The Directors Guild of America. Film critic, Roger Ebert, in his 1994 review of the film, would say, “[It is] not only documentary. It is poetry and prose, muck-racking and expose, journalism and polemic.” Hoop Dreams continues to resonate 20 years later, not only as a film but as social commentary “about ambition, competition, race and class in our society. About our value structures. And about the daily lives of people … who are usually invisible in the mass media, but have determination and resiliency that is a cause for hope” (Ebert).
The Downs-Jones Library will be screening Hoop Dreams Sunday, October 19 and Sunday, October 26 in room 104 on the first floor of the library (part 1 on the 19th, part 2 on the 26th) from 7pm-9pm. Discussion will be held prior to and following the screening.
The Downs-Jones Library provides access to resources regarding sports and the African-American experience as well as the art of documentary film:
Sports and the African American Experience
Carter-Francique, Akilah R., Suzanne Malia Lawrence, and Jeff C. Eyanson. “African American Femal Athletes’ Stories About Race: A Phenomenological Exploration.” Journal of Global Intelligence & Policy 4.4 (2011): 1-18. Academic Search Complete. Web. 5 Oct. 2014.
Fosty, George and Darril, Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925. Halifax, NS: Nimbus, 2008. Print.
Call Number: GV 847.8 C65 F68
Frey, Darcy. The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Print.
Call Number: GV 885.73 N4 F74
Hoop Dreams. Dir. Steve James. Perf. Arthur Agee, Jr and William Gates. 1994. New Line, 2005. DVD.
Call Number: DVD 126
White, Derrick E. “Sports and the Racial Divide: African American and Latino Experience in and Era of Change.” Journal of African American History 94.4 (2009): 591-593. Literary Reference Center. Web. 5 Oct. 2014
Cinema and Social Change in Latin America: Conversations with Filmmakers. Ed. Julianne Burton. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1986. Print.
Call Number: PN 1993.5 L3 C49
Lind, Rebecca Ann. Race/Gender/Media: Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content, and Producers. New York: Pearson, 2004. Print.
Call Number: P 94.5 M55 R33
Nichols, Bill, Jeannette Sloniowski, and Barry Keith Grant. Documenting the Documentary: Close Reading of Documentary Film and Video. Detriot: Wayne State University Press, 2014. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 5 Oct. 2014.
Swender, Rebecca. “Claiming the Found: Archive Footage and Documentary Practice.” Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television 64 (2009): 3-10. Academic Search Complete. Web. 5 Oct. 2014.