Nonfictionado: A Master Class with Steve James

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30. No admittance after 7:30.

co-presented with IFP

As his latest film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, opens in theaters this May, acclaimed documentarian Steve James joins us for a master class on his love for and continued perseverance in the world of nonfiction filmmaking.

The recipient of the 2016 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award, James has directed some of the most celebrated documentaries of the past three decades, his work having been described by Roger Ebert as "looking closely at our society; he begins documentaries with no easy end in sight, and persists." A generous and supportive figure in the documentary community, James will discuss his storied career and the ways he reaches the heart of his subjects.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail opens May 19th at the IFC Center.

Steve James

Director Steve James produced and directed Hoop Dreams, winner of every major critics prize as well as a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Award. Other award-winning films include Stevie, winner of the Sundance Film Festival Cinematography Award, IDFA Grand Jury Prize and the Yamagata Mayor’s Prize, among others; the Independent Documentary Association Award-winning miniseries The New Americans; Tribeca Film Festival Grand Prize winner The War Tapes, which James produced and edited; At the Death House Door, co-directed with Peter Gilbert, and winner of numerous festival awards; No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson for ESPN’s Peabody winning “30 for 30” series; and The Interrupters, which won an Emmy, Independent Spirit Award and the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award, among others. James’ recent film, Life Itself, won an Emmy award for Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form, was nominated for an Emmy award for Best Documentary, was named the best documentary of the year by over a dozen critics associations, Rotten Tomatoes, the Critics’Choice Awards, the National Board of Review, and the Producers Guild of America. Abacus: Small Enough To Jail was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival (first runner-up for the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award), the New York Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival (Best of Fest selection), and many others.


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This event is a part of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community.

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