ET Former New York Knicks player Earl Monroe is among a group aiming to start a new charter high school that would use basketball to draw New York City teenagers into academics and expose them to potential careers in the sports industry.
Kartemquin Films Hoop Dreams, 20 years later, remains one of the best moviegoing experiences of my lifetime. I use those words organically, but specifically: That phrase, "one of the best moviegoing experiences of my lifetime," was how Roger Ebert whose avid boostership of the movie is widely considered to be the reason anyone ever saw it ended his famous review of the filmand those words land like a thunderbolt, today as then.
Hoop Dreams is a film that transcends movies, and ennobles them.
I first saw Hoop Dreams in college, in a screening organized by Ebert himself in Champaign, Illinois, where I was a sophomore journalism student. I had an interview scheduled with Marx for the Daily Illini after the film was over, but I was so stunned by the film -- so blown away by its scope and vast empathy -- that most of my questions felt like the Chris Farley Show.
So, remember that time when you followed Arthur Agee to Champaign? I feel fortunate that particular clipping is lost to time. If anything, today, kids in the position of William Gates and Arthur Agee, the two "stars" of Hoop Dreams have it even harder.
The film is almost too earnest, too invested, too attached; it takes on the veneer of real life that a documentary today would inevitably back away from.
The filmmakers love their subjects so much you almost expect them to throw away the camera and move in with them. In a way, I guess they sort of did. Hoop Dreams is a movie that I try to make sure to watch once a year. So I was delighted this morning when The Dissolve, which features the best writing about film every day, posted an extensive, mammoth oral history of Hoop Dreams by writer Jason Guerrasio.
A few, though you should really read the whole thing: Those 20 days cover the first 40 minutes of the film. This was by design: The filmmakers were surprised, three years in, to find this out as well, so they decided to "spring it on the audience the same way it was sprung on us. A grueling cut got it down to six.
Eventually, it was chopped to three. An argument could be made it should have been The film has changed so many lives. You should let it change yours.Hoop Dreams is a film that transcends movies, and ennobles them.
I first saw Hoop Dreams in college, in a screening organized by Ebert himself in Champaign, Illinois, where I was a sophomore journalism student. Hoop Dreams High: Knicks Legend Wants to Start Basketball-Themed Charter Cortland County, would focus on agricultural themes, and Wildflower New York Charter School in the Bronx would have a.
For this week’s assignment, I chose to watch Hoop Dreams. This documentary chronicled the lives of two young basketball players—William Gates and Arthur Agee—who had dreams of making it into the NBA.
Critics Consensus: One of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of all time, Hoop Dreams is a rich, complex, heartbreaking, and ultimately deeply rewarding film that uses high school hoops as a jumping-off point to explore issues of race, class, and education in modern America%.
Hoop Dreams () SoundTracks on IMDb: Memorable quotes and exchanges from movies, TV series and more. Hoop Dreams, directed by Steve James, cinematography by Peter Gilbert, edited by Steve James and Frederick Marx.
Starring Arthur Agee, William Gates, Sheila Agee, Arthur “Bo” Agee, Curtis Gates, Emma Gates, Luther Bedford, and Gene Pingatore.