STEVE JAMES: A RETROSPECTIVE

PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH DOCLANDS AND THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

Celebrate the work of documentary filmmaker Steve James with screenings of three of his best. James will appear in person with Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, which has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It will be followed by screenings of Life Itself and Hoop Dreams. Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may show their membership cards at the box office for complimentary admission.

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL
SUNDAY, FEB. 11 • 1:30

Steve James will present and discuss his latest film, which made its Bay Area bow last year at CFI’s inaugural DocLands Documentary Film Festival and was recently nominated for the Academy Award. It tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only US bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, initiating a tense, five-year legal battle. Producers: Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman. Director: Steve James. (US 2017) 88 min. plus discussion.

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LIFE ITSELF
TUESDAY, FEB. 13 • 6:30

Roger Ebert was an early champion of Steve JamesHoop Dreams, and James cherished the opportunity to tell the story of this Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic who became one of the most influential cultural voices in America. Based on Ebert’s bestselling memoir, it’s a story by turns personal, funny, painful and transcendent. Executive Producers: Martin Scorsese, Steven Zaillian. Writer/Producer/Director: Steve James. (US 2014) 118 min.

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HOOP DREAMS
THURSDAY, FEB. 15 • 6:30

Winner of every major critics’ prize following its debut at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival (where it won the Audience Award), this modern classic follows five years in the lives of two inner-city high school boys who dream of playing in the NBA. This intimate portrait of youth pursuing the American Dream is widely considered one of the most important documentaries of the last 30 years. Producers: Frederick Marx, Steve James, Peter Gilbert. Director: Steve James. (US 1994) 170 min.

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