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Gilbert Reveals Anxieties, Triumphs Over “Hoop Dreams

The 1994 film Hoop Dreams is the product of uncompromising persistence and hard work from a very small group of people who made the success of the project possible. Directed by Steve James and Produced/Photographed by Peter Gilbert originally as a 30 minute segment for PBS, the cinema verite docu-drama turned into much more than the filmmakers had hoped for. The concept of the film which involves following two inner-city basketball players who hope to one day play in the N.B.A. was supported by a social documentary organization established in 1966 called Kartemquin, which produces films that follow and examine real people to serve as critical social commentary. Funding for the film came from the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS in the amount of just five thousand dollars. Over 250 hours of footage resulted and the filmmakers scrambled in the editing room »

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