Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. – Filmmaker Q&A Follows Free Screening
In 1995, filmmaker Steve James returns to Pomona, a beautiful rural hamlet in Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, for whom James once served as an advocate Big Brother. He finds that the once difficult, awkward child has become—ten years later—an angry and troubled young man. Partway through filming, Stevie is arrested and charged with a serious crime. He confesses to the crime and then later recants. The filmmaker himself is drawn into the film as he tries to sort out his own feelings, past and present, about Stevie and how to deal with him in the wake of his arrest. What was to be a modest profile of Stevie turns into an intimate four-and-a-half-year chronicle of a dysfunctional family’s struggle to heal.
Steve James is best known for directing Hoop Dreams, winner of every major critics prize including a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Award. Other acclaimed films include Stevie, which won the top prize at IDFA, and major awards at Yamagata, Sundance, and Philadelphia film festivals. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and landed on a dozen year-end ten best lists; the IDA-winning miniseries The New Americans; At the Death House Door, which won numerous festival awards and was James’ fourth film short-listed for an Academy Award; No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, for ESPN’s Peabody winning “30 for 30” series; and The Interrupters, James’ fifth film to premiere at Sundance, winner of the Independent Spirit Award, the two top Cinema Eye Awards and numerous festival prizes. It was the top documentary in the end of the year national critics’ polls for both IndieWire and the Village Voice.