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Steve James: Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and Life Itself
Joshua Abrams' Sound In Light Consortium
Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Join a conversation with award–winning documentary director/producer Steve James, best known for Hoop Dreams, his 1994 piece that followed the struggle of two inner-city Chicago boys to become college basketball recruits. Hoop Dreams won both a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Award. His 2011 film The Interrupters, which documented the efforts of anti-violence activists in Chicago’s impoverished, explosive urban neighborhoods, received the Independent Spirit Award, duPont Journalism Award, an Emmy Award, and was deemed “a hard wallop of a documentary” by New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis. The Interrupters was selected as top documentary of the year by the Indiewire and The Village Voice critics’polls. James’s most recent film, Life Itself, a chronicle of the life and career of critic Roger Ebert, debuted to acclaim at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and will make its New York premiere at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on July 4.

15-minute clips of Steve James’s lauded documentaries Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and Life Itself will be shown.

The conversation with Steve James will be moderated by film journalist Jason Guerrasio, contributor to Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The Dissolve and web editor for Tribeca Film Institute.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams has released six albums as a bandleader, including 2010's Natural Information, which was deemed by Ben Ratliff of the New York Times "one of the rough gems of the post-everything era." He has composed soundtracks to four feature-length films and collaborated on over 100 recordings. For this evening, he’s assembled an ensemble to perform excerpts from his soundtracks to The Interrupters and Life Itself. The group will feature Chicago legend Ari Brown on tenor saxophone, Angelica Sanchez on piano, Taylor Ho Bynum on trumpet, Chad Taylor on drums, Christopher Hoffman on cello, and Abrams on bass.

Joshua Abrams’ Sound In Light Orchestra will perform at 7:00.

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