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Steve James is best known as the producer-director of Hoop Dreams, winner of every major critics prize of 1994, including a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Award. Hoop Dreams was named to the Library of Congress National Film Registry, signifying its enduring importance to the history of film. His other award-winning films include Stevie, which won numerous festivals and landed on a dozen ten best lists for 2003; the miniseries The New Americans, winner of the 2004 IDA Award for The Best Limited Series; The War Tapes, which James produced and edited, and won the Tribeca Film Festival Grand Prize in 2006; At the Death House Door, which won numerous awards at festivals such as Full Frame, DOC AVIV, DOCNZ, and Atlanta and was James’ fourth film to be short-listed for an Academy Award; and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson for ESPN’s Peabody winning “30 for 30” series, for which James’ film was selected for the prestigious American Documentary Showcase in 2011. James’ current film is The Interrupters, his fifth film to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and a hit on the festival circuit where it was the True Life Fund recipient at the True/False Film Festival, and garnered the Grand Jury Prizes at the Sheffield Film Festival, Miami Film Festival, and Minneapolis Film Festival. It also won a Special Jury Prize at Full Frame, was the Centerpiece Film at Silver Docs, and won audience awards in Philadelphia and Little Rock. The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis calls it, “A hard wallop of a documentary‚” Mr. James has put a face to a raging epidemic and an unforgivable American tragedy.” Andrew O’Hehir in Salon writes, “You won’t see a movie this year that is more moving, more tragic, more upsetting, more hopeful or more necessary.”

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