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Steve James is the award-winning director, producer, and co-editor of HOOP DREAMS, which won every major documentary prize in 1995, including the Peabody and Kennedy Journalism Awards. Recently, HOOP DREAMS was named to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry, signifying its enduring importance to the history of American film.

James’ next documentary, STEVIE, won major festival awards at Sundance, Amsterdam, Yamagata and Philadelphia, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and landed on more than a dozen “Top Ten Films of the Year” lists for 2003. James was also an executive producer, story director, and co-editor of highly acclaimed PBS series, THE NEW AMERICANS, winner of two Chicago International Television Festival Golden Hugos, a Christopher Award, and the prestigious 2004 International Documentary Association Award for Best Limited Series for Television.

James’ dramatic films include the feature PREFONTAINE, which premiered at Sundance, the TNT movie, PASSING GLORY (1999), and JOE AND MAX (2002), which premiered on Starz and was nominated for an ESPN Espy Award. James’s newest documentary is REEL PARADISE, on former "indie film guru" John Pierson, who took his family to Fiji for a year to run the world’s most remote movie theater. REEL PARADISE was James fourth film to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.