Steve James

Long Shot Films
Tel:  (312) 466-8044
Fax: (312) 466-8045

Representation
Susan Sussman
Premier Artists Agency
(310) 271-1414
 


Director Biography

 

Steve James is best known as the award-winning director, producer, and co-editor of HOOP DREAMS, the widely acclaimed documentary that followed nearly five years in the lives of two young inner-city basketball players.

Produced at Kartemquin Films, HOOP DREAMS won virtually every major critics' prize and journalism award, was named on over 100 'ten
best movies of the year' lists, and received the Audience Award from the Sundance Film Festival.

In addition, HOOP DREAMS was the first documentary to ever open or close the prestigious New York Film Festival.

James won the coveted Directors Guild Award for HOOP DREAMS and
"The Best New Filmmaker" award at the 1995 MTV Movie Awards.

He was named the "1994 NATO/ShoWest Documentary Filmmaker of the Year" and one of the "1994 Artists of the Year" by the Chicago

Tribune.

James was also nominated for an Academy Award for editing,
and won an A.C.E. Editing Award.

Most recently, James wrote and directed his first dramatic feature,
PREFONTAINE  (1997) - the story of legendary Oregon distance runner Steve Prefontaine.

Distributed by Hollywood Pictures, the film stars Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O'Neil and Lindsay Crouse.  It had its world premiere at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

Presently, James has numerous other projects in the works with partner Peter Gilbert. Among them: GRAND MASTER FLASH, a feature on the legendary pioneer artist in rap and hip-hop; STEVIE, a documentary on a poor young man from rural southern Illinois for whom James was a Big Brother  ten years ago; and THE NEW IMMIGRANTS, a documentary on immigration on which he will serve as an executive producer with Gilbert.

James resides in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park with his wife and their three children.

 

 Steve James

Long Shot Films
Tel:  (312) 466-8044
Fax: (312) 466-8045

Representation
Susan Sussman
Premier Artists Agency
(310) 271-1414

 

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