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Hoop Dreams is a 176-minute 1994 film directed by Steve James and Produced by Kartemquin Films. First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Hoop Dreams is a reflection on contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love. Plucked from the streets
Kartemquin Films is a not-for-profit documentary and educational film production company founded in 1966 in Chicago by Gordon Quinn, Jerry Temaner and Stan Karter, three University of Chicago graduates who wanted to make documentary films guided by their principle of ""Cinematic Social Inquiry."" They were later joined by Jerry Blumenthal, who along with Gordon Quinn remains with the organization today.