CITY SO REAL Episodic Women and the Vote


Following the film, watch a recorded discussion led by NBC News Correspondent Trymaine Lee with director Steve James and producer Zak Piper.

Four episodes screening June 18 through June 21

There may be no better match between filmmaker and locale than Steve James and the city of Chicago. From HOOP DREAMS to THE INTERRUPTERS and the 10-part AMERICA TO ME, James has created a vibrant portrait of contemporary Chicago. But not until CITY SO REAL, a fascinating four-part episodic, has the celebrated filmmaker focused his lens on the epic sweep of Chicago’s multifaceted neighborhoods.

Filmed during the explosive trial of the Chicago police officer who killed Laquan McDonald, CITY SO REAL uses the wide-open 2019 mayoral election as the primary vehicle for doing what James does best: engaging with people, allowing them to express themselves as complex human beings and capturing the small, as well as the seismic, moments that define the places we come from and who we are as individuals and as members of a diverse community.
–Ken Jacobson

Steve James’ previous work includes Academy Award®-nominated films HOOP DREAMS and ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL. Other award-winning work includes STEVIE, THE INTERRUPTERS, NO CROSSOVER: THE TRIAL OF ALLEN IVERSON and LIFE ITSELF. His Starz docuseries, AMERICA TO ME, was one of the most acclaimed TV shows of 2018.

Gabriela Archuleta
Participant Media
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Country: USA

Year: 2020

Director: Steve James

Producers: Zak Piper, Steve James

Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Alex Kotlowitz, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Jolene Pinder

Directors of Photography: Jackson James, Steve James

Editors: David E. Simpson, Steve James

Music: Composers: Will Miller and Resavoir

Running Time (minutes): 255 MIN

Language: English