This month’s Doc U features an in-depth conversation with Steve James, the award-winning producer-director of Hoop Dreams, the landmark documentary hailed by critic Roger Ebert as "the great American documentary." Eddie Schmidt, the International Documentary Association's Board President and himself an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, will lead you through a behind-the-scenes look at James’ remarkable career, process and his work on such award-winning films as Stevie, which won numerous festivals and landed on a dozen ten best lists for 2003; The War Tapes, which James produced and edited, and won the Tribeca Film Festival Grand Prize in 2006; At the Death House Door, which won numerous awards at festivals and was James’ fourth film to be short-listed for an Academy Award; CINE Eagle award-winner No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson for the IDA Award-winning ESPN “30 for 30” series; and James’ most recent film, The Interrupters, his sixth documentary produced with Kartemquin Films, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
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Doc U is the International Documentary Association’s series of educational seminars and workshops for aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers. Taught by artists and industry experts, participants receive vital training and insight on various topics including: fundraising, distribution, licensing, marketing, and business tactics.