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Hoop Dreams: American Independent

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Hoop Dreams: American Independent

Hoop Dreams: American Independent

Aim high and dunk. Our American Independent series continues with Steve James' extraordinary 1994 documentary, Hoop Dreams.

In 1987, William Gates and Arthur Agee, two Black teenagers, are recruited by a basketball talent scout from Illinois' St. Joseph High School, a predominantly white institution. Subjected to long commutes and expensive tuition fees, Gates, Agee and their mutual families struggle to keep their dreams afloat. Through five years and over 250 hours of footage, director Steve James captures an astounding growth and progression as two kids transform into adulthood.

Ranked #1 on both the International Documentary Association's Top 25 Documentaries and Current TV's 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die, Hoop Dreams is a once-in-a-lifetime documentary experience.

  • Rating PG-13
  • Running time 174
  • Genre Arthouse 101

Movie Times

Wednesday, May 10th
Thursday, May 11th