Steve James

Director/Producer/Editor: The Interrupters (festival awards, many “Best Films of 2011” listings, Indie Spirit nominee), Hoop Dreams (DGA Award, Peabody & Robert F. Kennedy Awards,); Stevie (TIFF premiere, Sundance award winner, Indie Spirit nominee); No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (Peabody Award, IDA Award); At the Death House Door (DGA Award nominee, festival awards); Reel Paradise (Sundance premiere); Director/Writer: Feature: Prefontaine (Sundance premiere). Director/Executive Producer/Editor: Miniseries: The New Americans (IDA Award) (PBS). Director: Cable Movies: Joe & Max (Starz; Espy Award nominee); Passing Glory (TNT).


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Visual History
Steve James interview
Visual History Interview
Director Steve James recounts career highlights including the groundbreaking documentary Hoop Dreams and the six-year-long process to make the film, which led to directing narrative films like Prefontaine and critically-acclaimed documentaries like The Interrupters and Life Itself.
DGA Quarterly
DGA Quarterly Spring 2019 Documentary Trust Director Liz Garbus The Fourth Estate
It takes preparation, perseverance, patience and empathy for documentarians to gain their subjects’ confidence. Documentary directors Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney, Steve James, Matt Tyrnauer and Marina Zenovich share their modus operandi in getting people to open up.
Independent Voice Steve James Hoop Dreams
Steve James
Steve James has captured revealing personal moments in documentaries like Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters. With a new film about Roger Ebert’s last days, he continues his exploration of lives in transition.
No subject is too big, small or taboo for a documentary film. All types have made their way into movie theaters and audiences' hearts and minds--being distributed and seen, and they're building an audience.