Steve James is one of America’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers. His latest film Life Itself, about legendary film critic Roger Ebert, is his sixth to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Steve is best known for his groundbreaking documentary Hoop Dreams, the insightful and compassionate story of two teenagers hoping to escape their inner city Chicago neighborhoods by parlaying their basketball skills into NBA careers. In addition to its worldwide popularity and countless honors (including a Peabody Award), the film was recently selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, signifying its enduring importance to American film history.
Steve’s documentary features and series over the ensuing decades have been similarly honored. Stevie won major festival awards at Sundance and elsewhere, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The New Americans landed the prestigious International Documentary Association Award for Best Limited Series for Television. Reel Paradise, At the Death House Door, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, and the Emmy-award winning The Interrupters all garnered acclaim and awards worldwide. His dramatic films include the theatrical feature Prefontaine, and cable movies Passing Glory and Joe and Max.
Steve’s work for advertisers include the moving documentary short Ghetto Film School for Google+, Chicago Stories for the US Olympic Committee and short films for Bank of America, Ford, and Visa.