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October 6, 1996 | Kenneth Turan
By focusing on the personal side of the quintessential city sport, basketball, filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert tell us more about what works and doesn't in our society than a shelf full of sociological studies. They shot approximately 250 hours of footage over five years, staying with a pair of promising teen-age basketball players (William Gates, Arthur Agee, pictured), through their high school careers (KCET Sunday at 2 p.m.).
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November 20, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"Life Itself," a documentary about the life of film critic Roger Ebert, launched a crowd-funding campaign Wednesday to raise $150,000 through the website Indiegogo. The film, which is directed by "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James and produced by Martin Scorsese, is based on Ebert's memoir of the same name. In exchange for a $25 donation, supporters will receive a link to view "Life Itself" in advance of its theatrical release, which is planned for early 2014 under the CNN Films banner.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1997 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Steve Prefontaine was, to crib a line from Bruce Springsteen, born to run. And to win. The ultimate competitive animal, he finished first in more than 75% of his races and remains the only person ever to hold the U.S. records in every distance from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. But there is another side to this charismatic runner, who knew he was good and wasn't fearful about sharing the knowledge.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Head Games" isn't fooling around. It's a complex, determined look at one of the most pernicious problems facing organized sports on all levels, but because its director is Steve James, this is more than your standard problem documentary. James is not only the director of "Hoop Dreams," the consensus pick as the best sports doc ever made, he is also, as last year's "The Interrupters" demonstrated, a filmmaker with an unusually deft touch. There's more nuance in "Head Games," more space for a wider perspective, than we usually see in films that tell us in no uncertain terms that the sky is falling.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"Life Itself," a documentary about the life of film critic Roger Ebert, launched a crowd-funding campaign Wednesday to raise $150,000 through the website Indiegogo. The film, which is directed by "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James and produced by Martin Scorsese, is based on Ebert's memoir of the same name. In exchange for a $25 donation, supporters will receive a link to view "Life Itself" in advance of its theatrical release, which is planned for early 2014 under the CNN Films banner.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
When "Hoop Dreams," the highly acclaimed documentary about two inner-city youths striving for basketball stardom, brought its maker, Steve James, to southern Illinois in 1995 in connection with its presentation, he contacted Stevie Fielding, a troubled youth to whom he had been a Big Brother between 1982 and 1985. At the urging of his wife, Judy, a counselor, he had signed on with the then-11-year-old Stevie while attending Southern Illinois University.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2003 | Lauren Sandler
Back in 1995, fresh from his runaway success directing "Hoop Dreams," documentary filmmaker Steve James decided to focus his camera on a more personal project. As a college student, James had been a Big Brother to a troubled kid named Stevie in rural Illinois. Ten years had passed since James had been in touch with Stevie, and he wanted to reconnect and make a film about what had happened to his former mentee, now a convicted criminal in his mid-20s living with his step-grandmother. During the course of filming, Stevie had his most egregious run-in with the law yet -- he was accused of molesting his 8-year old cousin.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 1995 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a truism in Hollywood that good things come to those who create buzz at the Sundance Film Festival. So it was that Steve James and Peter Gilbert, two of the filmmakers behind the acclaimed documentary "Hoop Dreams," were leaving their seven-year shoestring existence far behind last week. They were on a pricey, quintessentially commercial shoot--actual commercials.
SPORTS
February 5, 1987 | STEVE KRESAL
Joey James, Orange Coast College's power-hitting outfielder, isn't likely to catch many pitchers off guard this season. They know who he is and the damage he can cause. Last season James hit 19 home runs and had 80 runs batted in, both state records. He hit .443 with a .917 slugging percentage and led OCC (31-10) to the South Coast Conference title. He was the conference player of the year and co-state player of the year with Frank Holcovich of state champion College of the Canyons.
SPORTS
June 25, 1990 | STEVE KRESAL
Joey James doesn't mind being noticed just because he can hit a baseball. In fact, he has become used to it since his days at Newport Harbor High School and Orange Coast College. But now that he's playing professionally, James, a 6-foot, 220-pound left-handed hitter, would like people to know he can play some defense, too. James, 24, is the first baseman for the Clinton (Iowa) Giants, San Francisco's Class-A team in the Midwest League. In 67 games, he is hitting .
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
No concept in the critical lexicon has been more devalued and debased than "inspirational. " The term has been so misused, it's just about lost all meaning. A film that makes that word real and vital has to be special. "The Interrupters" is such a film. A surprisingly moving documentary collaboration between producer-director Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz, "The Interrupters" paradoxically succeeds because it refuses to soften reality. A look at people trying at the ground level to stop street violence in Chicago, it tears at your heart with its depiction of the intractability of the problem.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2003 | Lauren Sandler
Back in 1995, fresh from his runaway success directing "Hoop Dreams," documentary filmmaker Steve James decided to focus his camera on a more personal project. As a college student, James had been a Big Brother to a troubled kid named Stevie in rural Illinois. Ten years had passed since James had been in touch with Stevie, and he wanted to reconnect and make a film about what had happened to his former mentee, now a convicted criminal in his mid-20s living with his step-grandmother. During the course of filming, Stevie had his most egregious run-in with the law yet -- he was accused of molesting his 8-year old cousin.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
When "Hoop Dreams," the highly acclaimed documentary about two inner-city youths striving for basketball stardom, brought its maker, Steve James, to southern Illinois in 1995 in connection with its presentation, he contacted Stevie Fielding, a troubled youth to whom he had been a Big Brother between 1982 and 1985. At the urging of his wife, Judy, a counselor, he had signed on with the then-11-year-old Stevie while attending Southern Illinois University.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1997 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Steve Prefontaine was, to crib a line from Bruce Springsteen, born to run. And to win. The ultimate competitive animal, he finished first in more than 75% of his races and remains the only person ever to hold the U.S. records in every distance from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. But there is another side to this charismatic runner, who knew he was good and wasn't fearful about sharing the knowledge.
NEWS
October 6, 1996 | Kenneth Turan
By focusing on the personal side of the quintessential city sport, basketball, filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert tell us more about what works and doesn't in our society than a shelf full of sociological studies. They shot approximately 250 hours of footage over five years, staying with a pair of promising teen-age basketball players (William Gates, Arthur Agee, pictured), through their high school careers (KCET Sunday at 2 p.m.).
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 1995 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a truism in Hollywood that good things come to those who create buzz at the Sundance Film Festival. So it was that Steve James and Peter Gilbert, two of the filmmakers behind the acclaimed documentary "Hoop Dreams," were leaving their seven-year shoestring existence far behind last week. They were on a pricey, quintessentially commercial shoot--actual commercials.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
No concept in the critical lexicon has been more devalued and debased than "inspirational. " The term has been so misused, it's just about lost all meaning. A film that makes that word real and vital has to be special. "The Interrupters" is such a film. A surprisingly moving documentary collaboration between producer-director Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz, "The Interrupters" paradoxically succeeds because it refuses to soften reality. A look at people trying at the ground level to stop street violence in Chicago, it tears at your heart with its depiction of the intractability of the problem.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Head Games" isn't fooling around. It's a complex, determined look at one of the most pernicious problems facing organized sports on all levels, but because its director is Steve James, this is more than your standard problem documentary. James is not only the director of "Hoop Dreams," the consensus pick as the best sports doc ever made, he is also, as last year's "The Interrupters" demonstrated, a filmmaker with an unusually deft touch. There's more nuance in "Head Games," more space for a wider perspective, than we usually see in films that tell us in no uncertain terms that the sky is falling.
SPORTS
June 25, 1990 | STEVE KRESAL
Joey James doesn't mind being noticed just because he can hit a baseball. In fact, he has become used to it since his days at Newport Harbor High School and Orange Coast College. But now that he's playing professionally, James, a 6-foot, 220-pound left-handed hitter, would like people to know he can play some defense, too. James, 24, is the first baseman for the Clinton (Iowa) Giants, San Francisco's Class-A team in the Midwest League. In 67 games, he is hitting .
SPORTS
February 5, 1987 | STEVE KRESAL
Joey James, Orange Coast College's power-hitting outfielder, isn't likely to catch many pitchers off guard this season. They know who he is and the damage he can cause. Last season James hit 19 home runs and had 80 runs batted in, both state records. He hit .443 with a .917 slugging percentage and led OCC (31-10) to the South Coast Conference title. He was the conference player of the year and co-state player of the year with Frank Holcovich of state champion College of the Canyons.
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