Steve James interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Steve James

Interviewed by: Lynne Littman

Director Steve James recounts career highlights including the groundbreaking documentary Hoop Dreams and the six-year-long process to make the film, which led to directing narrative films like Prefontaine and critically-acclaimed documentaries like The Interrupters and Life Itself.

Director Steve James talks about the early stages of Hoop Dreams, and how the characters he encountered in trying to make a short film inspired the six-year-long project following two basketball-playing teenagers from Chicago.

James discusses the edit challenges in Hoop Dreams and his theories on inter-cutting between different, but thematically linked stories.

James describes his documentary filmmaking style, using an on-the-fly interview from The Interrupters as an example of how his approach differs from a pure verité film.