Hoop Dreams and Life Itself Director Steve James Comes to Vancouver

Hoop Dreams and Life Itself Director Steve James Comes to Vancouver

 

 

 

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Vancouver, CanadaHoop Dreams and Life Itself Director Steve James Comes to Vancouver to Connect with the Filmmaking Community

DOXA Documentary Film Festival and BC Chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC BC), with support from Creative BC are thrilled to present three events featuring world-renowned filmmaker Steve James on Saturday March 14. This will be a rare chance for filmmakers and film fans to engage with one of the most critically acclaimed documentarians of our time.

Steve James is best known for directing Hoop Dreams, which was called “the great American documentary” by Roger Ebert and won every major critics prize. Some of his other celebrated films include Stevie, which won awards at Sundance, IDFA and landed on a dozen year-end ten best lists, and The Interrupters, winner of the Independent Spirit Award, the two top Cinema Eye Awards, an Emmy and numerous festival prizes. James’ most recent documentary Life Itself, about the life and work of Roger Ebert, was awarded Best Documentary by The Critics’ Choice Awards and The Producers Guild of America.

While in Vancouver, Steve James will offer one-on-one feedback sessions to a group of selected filmmakers and will also lead a masterclass on the craft of documentary filmmaking that will be open to the public. The day’s activities will end with a screening of Life Itself.

“DOC BC is so excited to be welcoming Steve James to Vancouver and thrilled to present an opportunity for filmmakers to learn from one of the most outstanding masters of our time. We think filmmakers as well as documentary fans will benefit from his knowledge, experience and insight,” says filmmaker and DOC BC co-Chair Julia Ivanova.

“Steve James is filmmaker’s filmmaker. His work -- direct, personal and intimate -- reinvented nonfiction filmmaking and helped bring about a veritable Renaissance in documentary cinema,” says Dorothy Woodend, Director of Programming for DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

 

One-on-one with Steve James
Saturday March 14, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Post at 750 (110 - 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver)
Tickets: DOC BC Members $50, Non-members $100 (Pre-registration required)

Filmmakers are invited to send their applications to participate in a feedback session with Steve James. During the workshop participants will have the exclusive opportunity to screen their demos and discuss their works-in-progress with James and their peers.

For more information on selection criteria, submission format and tickets please visit: www.docbc.org/SteveJames

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Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass with Steve James
Saturday March 14, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Post at 750 (110 - 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver)
Tickets: DOC BC Members $40, Non-members $60 (Pre-registration required)

“In the best films you want to get to a place where you’re not making a documentary about your subjects but you’re making it with them.” -- Steve James

In this master class, Steve James will share his insights on the filmmaking craft by analyzing scenes from some of his most recognized films, and answer questions from Vancouver filmmakers and film lovers. James’ narratively and ethically complex works will serve as a vehicle to discuss issues such as documentary ethics and the subject-filmmaker relationship, among others.

This event is open to the public. Ticket-buyers will be given access to one of James’ films in order to prepare for the session. 

For more information, please visit: www.docbc.org/SteveJames

Purchase Tickets Here

 

Screening of Life Itself
Saturday March 14, 5:30 PM -7:30 PM
The Post at 750 (110 - 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver)
Tickets: DOC BC Members $5, Non-members $10 (Pre-registration required)

Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

Please note the screening will NOT be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

For more information, please visit: www.docbc.org/SteveJames

Purchase Tickets Here

 

ABOUT DOC BC

DOC BC is the BC chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada, the collective voice of documentary makers across the country, the largest professional non-profit association of independent filmmakers in Canada - the place to learn, connect and share. 

ABOUT DOXA Documentary Film Festival

DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences. The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival. The 14th annual festival will take place April 30-May 10, 2015

 

Media Contact
Dorothy Woodend
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
dorothy (@) doxafestival.ca | 604.646.3200 ext 102

 

This event is made possible thanks to the financial support of Creative BC, an independent agency that is responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in British Columbia.