Doc U: A Conversation With Steve James
Monday, March 21, 2011 in L.A.
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Discussion & Audience Q&A: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wine Reception to Follow
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Doc U presents 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 in Chicago, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Eddie Schmidt, President, IDA Board of Directors
Eddie Schmidt is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, writer/producer, and commentator, as well as the Board President of the International Documentary Association (IDA). He has produced four feature documentaries that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including the groundbreaking This Film Is Not Yet Rated, the powerful Twist of Faith (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), and the intimate musical tapestry, Troubadours. For television, Schmidt has directed, produced, and written documentary and comedy specials and series for HBO, IFC, Lionsgate, PBS, A&E, E!, Current, GSN, and Adult Swim. As a pundit, he was featured in the Starz/Encore documentaries In the Gutter and Sex and the Cinema, and heard on NPR's This American Life. Since 2009, Schmidt has served as President of the IDA, a nonprofit community and resource for documentary filmmakers. Recently, Schmidt was Executive Producer of Candyman, a seriocomic documentary about the rise & fall of the inventor of Jelly Belly jellybeans.
The evening's on-stage conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A, and a reception on the Cinefamily's backyard Spanish patio!
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