Hoop Dreams Film Project records

Descriptive Summary

Hoop Dreams Film Project records
Kartemquin Films
115.0 Linear feet
Kartemquin Films

Acknowledgements and Access

This collection was part of the BMRC Survey Initiative, 2009-2011. For current information about the collection and its status, please contact Kartemquin Films at info@kartemquin.com

Historical note

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 and given the opportunity to attend a suburban prep school and play for a legendary high school coach, William Gates and Arthur Agee both soon discover that their dreams of NBA glory become obscured amid the intense pressures of academics, family life, economics and athletic competitiveness. But most importantly, both boys remain focused on their dream, no matter how hard tragedy strikes or how desperate their situation becomes. It is their faith in the game that unites their family and gives each person hope. And it is this faith that ultimately allows them to build upon their failures as well as their triumphs and make for themselves a potentially better life.

Scope and Contents note

The Hoop Dreams Film Project Records include 35mm and 16mm film prints, negatives, videotape masters, videotape elements, soundtrack elements, audio elements, research files, press kits, film press coverage, production notes, research files, correspondence, legal contracts, distributor and film festival memorabilia.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2011 March24 by Andrew Steadham.

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