STEVIE Cinema's Legacy


Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Steve James moderated by AFI Festivals Director of Programming Sarah Harris.

To say Stevie Fielding had a rough childhood would be an understatement. And for a brief time, director Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) was there to help as an “Advocate Big Brother.” In 1995, 10 years later, James returns to the rural Illinois town where Stevie and his family live to check in and discovers that life hasn’t gotten much easier for them. Stevie has gone from being a troubled kid to a troubled adult, but now a prison sentence is looming. On top of the complexity of Stevie’s life, James struggles to balance the roles of filmmaker and friend, when and how to cross lines, and is torn about how to help his “little brother” while finishing production of the film. The result is this potent award-winning personal documentary. –Ken Jacobson

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One of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers of his generation, Steve James produced and directed HOOP DREAMS (1994), winner of every major critics prize. Other award-winning films include STEVIE (2002), the miniseries THE NEW AMERICANS (2003), THE INTERRUPTERS (2011), LIFE ITSELF (2014) and the Academy Award®-nominated ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL (2017). Steve James was named the AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree in 2018.


Country: USA

Year: 2002

Director: Steve James

Producers: Steve James, Adam D. Singer, Gordon Quinn

Executive Producers: Robert May, Gordon Quinn

Directors of Photography: Dana Kupper, Gordon Quinn, Peter Gilbert

Editors: Steve James, Bill Haugse

Music: Dirk Powell

Running Time (minutes): 140

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available