Steve James to visit HWS and show a documentary exploring family relationships and neglect.
(October 20, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.–Documentary filmmaker Steve James will show his latest film, “Stevie,” and discuss it at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The event is free and open to the public. “Stevie” is a documentary about a poor young man from rural southern Illinois who is suffering the after-effects of extreme childhood neglect and renews his relationship with Big Brother James. Acclaimed upon its world premiere at the recent Toronto Film Festival, the film was also recently accepted into competition at Sundance Film Festival 2003.
When James was in graduate school he became a Big Brother to a disturbed but endearing boy named Stevie Fielding. As a child, Stevie had been placed and removed from every foster home in southern Illinois and as an adult, he was arrested for a wide range of criminal acts. Having lost touch for 10 years, James revisits the friendship with the now mid-20s Fielding. During the course of filming, Stevie is arrested for a horrifying crime. James struggles between his affection for Stevie and the reality of the crime Stevie has committed.
“This is the hardest film I've ever made. But I also think it's the most honest in its attempt to portray the complexity of family relationships,” said James.
James is best known as the award-winning director, producer, and co-editor of “Hoop Dreams,” the widely acclaimed documentary that for nearly five years followed the lives of two young inner-city basketball players. Produced at Kartemquin Films, “Hoop Dreams” won numerous critic's prizes and journalism awards and received the Audience Award from the Sundance Film Festival. James won the coveted Directors Guild Award for “Hoop Dreams.”
James' appearance at Hobart and William Smith is sponsored by the Provost's Speakers Fund, the Department of Art, and the Media and Society Program.