Hoop Dreams

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HOOP DREAMS

Audience Award for Best Documentary - 1994 Sundance Film Festival
Best Documentary - 1994 Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Best Documentary - 1994 Chicago Film Critics Award
Special Merit - 1994 Producers Guild of America 
Best Editing - 1995 Academy Award Nomination
1995 George Foster Peabody Award 
1995 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
Best Documentary - National Society of Film Critics
Best Documentary - New York Film Critics Circle
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary - Directors Guild of America

In 2007, the International Documentary Assoc. named Hoop Dreams as its selection for the all-time greatest documentary. The film follows William Gates and Arthur Agee, two African- American teenagers who are recruited by St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominantly white high school with an outstanding basketball program. Taking 90-minute commutes to school, enduring long and difficult workouts and practices, and acclimating to a foreign social environment, Gates and Agee struggle to improve their athletic skills in a job market with heavy competition. Along the way, their families celebrate their successes and support each other during times of hardship.The film raises a number of issues concerning race, class, economic division, education and values in contemporary America. It also offers one of the most intimate views of inner-city life to be captured on film. Yet it is also the human story of two young men, their two families and their community, and the joys and struggles they live through over a period of five years.

Production Studio - Kartemquin Films

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