Steve James Documentary Stevie Updated

BornMarch 8, 1954 (age 66)
Hampton, Virginia, United States
Alma mater
OccupationFilm director, producer
Years active1986–present

Jan 03, 2020  Welcome to our Stevie Documentary Movie Review, we are doing this review for a few reasons. 1 We love this movie, 2 we are hoping for an update on Stevie. Funny, when I was 16 I took a bus from Canada to visit a friend in Champaign Illinois, who knew I wasn't all that far away from Pomona, and it was only a few years before the documentary started to be filmed. I'd like to see Steve James do an update documentary on Stevie.

Steve James (born March 8, 1954)[1][2] is an American film producer and director of several documentaries, including Hoop Dreams (1994), Stevie (2002), and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016).

Life and career[edit]

James was born in Hampton, Virginia.[2] He directed the 1997 feature film Prefontaine and the TV movies Passing Glory and Joe and Max. One of his more recent films, The Interrupters, a portrayal of a year inside the lives of former gang members in Chicago who now intervene in violent conflicts, was released in January 2011, after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is his sixth feature length collaboration with his long-time filmmaking home, the non-profit Chicago production studio Kartemquin Films, and is also his fifth feature to be accepted into the Sundance Film Festival.

While working with Kartemquin Films, James has produced many films that pursue social inquiry and change. Their collaborations include the 1994 hit Hoop Dreams, which is one of James' best known works. Kartemquin films, a non-profit group that produces films promoting 'social inquiry', is based in Chicago. Much of James' work is based in the area, predominately the inner cities and impoverished areas. Their collaborations often touch on the topics of sports and race, including the ESPN30 for 30 film No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. On September 7, 2012, it was announced via social networking site Twitter that James would be involved in the making of a documentary on the life of film critic Roger Ebert which eventually became the 2014 effort Life Itself.[3]

He directed the documentary film Head Games which follows football player and wrestler Chris Nowinski's quest to uncover the truth about the consequences of sports related head injuries.


He is a graduate of James Madison University.[4] His work, he tells journalist Robert K. Elder in an interview for The Film That Changed My Life, was strongly influenced by the Oscar-winning film Harlan County, USA:

There've been many documentaries over the years that have powerfully impacted me. I think this one came along at the time when I was more interested in being a feature filmmaker than a documentary filmmaker. So it came along at the beginning of a process of moving from an interest in feature film to documentaries, and that's where my career has taken me. It came along at the right time for me. It helped me see, 'Ah, this is more what I want to do.'[5]

James also pulls influence from the original definition of the term cinéma vérité as it applies to the Rouch/Morin method of filmmaking. Just as with Rouch and Morin, the 'people on camera and we in the audience are continually reminded that a film is being made, that we are watching a film.' We are reminded of this through James' presence on screen as well as his cinematic editing techniques, in order to obtain, what he believes is a more accurate depiction of truth.[6]

He also was influenced by Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville.[7]Native instruments serial number generator.


  • Stop Substance Abuse, 1986
  • Grassroots Chicago, 1991 (with Kartemquin Films)
  • Higher Goals, 1993 (with Kartemquin Films)
  • Hoop Dreams, 1994 (with Kartemquin Films)
  • Prefontaine, 1997
  • Passing Glory, 1999 (TV)
  • Joe and Max, 2002 (TV)
  • Stevie, 2003 (with Kartemquin Films)
  • The New Americans, 2004 (executive producer, Nigerian story director) (with Kartemquin Films)
  • Reel Paradise, 2005
  • The War Tapes, 2006 (producer)
  • At the Death House Door, 2008 (with Kartemquin Films)
  • No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, 2010 (ESPN 30 for 30 project) (with Kartemquin Films)
  • The Interrupters, 2011 (with Kartemquin Films)
  • Head Games, 2012
  • Life Itself, 2014 (with Kartemquin Films)
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, 2016 (with Kartemquin Films)
  • America to Me, 2018 [8] (with Kartemquin Films)


  1. ^'Kartemquin Films on Twitter'. Twitter. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  2. ^ ab'Steve James Biography (1954-)'. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  3. ^Deutsch, Lindsay (Sep 10, 2012). 'Roger Ebert film, Kindle Paperwhite first look'. USA Today. Retrieved Sep 12, 2012.
  4. ^'JMU Alumni Association – 1994: Steve James ('77)'. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  5. ^Elder, Robert K. (2011). The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors on Their Epiphanies in the Dark. Chicago Review Press. p. 113. ISBN9781556528255.
  6. ^Ellis, Jack C.; McLane, Betsy A. (2005-08-01). 'Chapter Fourteen: Direct Cinema and Cinéma Vérité, 1960–1970'. A New History of Documentary Film. pp. 214–215. ISBN9780826417510.
  7. ^Steve James Explores the American Tapestry on Nashville The Current The Criterion Collection
  8. ^Phillips, Michael (January 22, 2018). 'From Sundance to Starz: America to Me Goes Deep and Wide on Race, Education'. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 23, 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Steve James on IMDb
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Stevie Documentary Update

Directed bySteve James
Produced bySteve James
Adam Singer
Gordon Quinn
Music byDirk Powell
CinematographyDana Kupper
Gordon Quinn
Peter Gilbert
Edited bySteve James,
Bill Haugse
Kartemquin Films
Films Transit International
Distributed byLions Gate Films
144 min
CountryUnited States

Stevie is a 2002 film by documentarian Steve James, and Kartemquin Films.


In 1995, James returned to Pomona, a rural town in Southern Illinois, USA. After 10 years with no contact, he attempts to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy to whom he had been an 'Advocate Big Brother'. James's re-entry into Stevie's life is brief.


The story then picks up again about two years later after Stevie is charged with a serious crime. Through interviews with Stevie and his family and friends, James paints the portrait of a man who is still very troubled, while he tries to understand what led Stevie down the path of self-destruction.


Stevie was the winner of numerous festival awards, including the 2002 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival's Joris Ivens Award, given to that year's top documentary.[1] The film was a 2003 nominee for Best Documentary at the Sundance FIlm Festival, as well as the Independent Spirit Awards.[2][3]

Steve James Stevie

By decade's end, Stevie was on numerous 'Best of the 2000s' list. In his list of 'Best Films of Any Genre', Ray Pride of NewCity Film, ranked Stevie at #19.[4][5][6] Critic Collin Souter of named Stevie the best documentary of the decade.[7][failed verification]

Stevie Fielding


Stephen Fielding was scheduled to be paroled on February 15, 2007. His original ten-year sentence was completed on October 29, 2009, and he was released from the Stateville Correctional Center.


  1. ^IDFA[permanent dead link] International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2002. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  2. ^Sundance-Stevie. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  3. ^Independent Spirit Awards 2011 'Twenty-Six Years of Nominees & Winners'.Archived 2011-01-25 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  4. ^'At Zeroes End: Best Films, 2000-2009'. Pride, Ray. NewCity 21 Dec. 2009. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  5. ^'More Top Ten From the Aughts.'Archived 2011-09-23 at the Wayback Machine 24 Dec. 2009. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  6. ^'Top 100 of the '00s'. Phipps, Keith. Untitled Keith Phipps Project. 28 Dec. 2009. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  7. ^'Capturing the Decade: Documentaries'[permanent dead link] Souter, Collin. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.

External links[edit]

Steve James Documentary

  • Stevie at the Arts & Faith Top100 Spiritually Significant Films list
  • Stephen Fielding Illinois State Offender page [1]
  • Stephen Fielding Tennessee Sex Offender Page [2]
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
  • Stevie on IMDb
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