1. "Master Class: Steve James" series @ The Maysles Cinema

    Master Class: Steve James
    Curated by Sylvia Savadjian
    July 28th-29th, August 4th

    Thurs, July 28: “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson”
    (Dir. Steve James, 2010, 80min.)

    ”On February 13, 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson entered a Hampton, Virginia bowling alley with several classmates. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson’s young life: a quarrel soon erupted into a brawl pitting Iverson’s young, black friends against a group of older white men. The fallout from the fight and the handling of the subsequent trial landed the nation’s best high school athlete in jail and sharply divided the city along racial lines. Director Steve James returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia where he once played basketball, to take a personal look at this still disputed incident and examine its impact on Iverson and the community.”

    ***Q&A w/Steve James to follow. Get off that couch & start running here right now, okay? ***

    Fri, July 29: “Hoop Dreams”
    (Dir. Steve James, 1994, 176 min.)

    ”Plucked from the streets and given the opportunity to attend a suburban prep school and play for a legendary high school coach, William Gates and Arthur Agee both soon discover that their dreams of NBA glory become obscured amid the intense pressures of academics, family life, economics and athletic competitiveness. While remaining epic in scope, Hoop Dreams manages to be intimate in detail, chronicling the universal process of growing up, coming of age, the love and conflict between fathers and sons, brothers, best friends and spouses.”

    Thurs, August 4th: “At the Death House Door”
    (Dir. Steve James & Peter Gilbert,  2008, 94 min. )
    At the Death House Door follows the remarkable career journey of Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous “Walls” prison unit in Huntsville, Texas. During that time he presided over 95 executions, including the very first lethal injection done anywhere in the world. After each execution, Pickett recorded an audiotape account of that fateful day. The film also tells the story of Carlos De Luna, a convict whose execution affected Pickett more than any other. Pickett firmly believed the man was innocent and two Chicago Tribune reporters turn up evidence that strongly suggests he was right.”  

    & In Conjunction:
    August 5th, 6th, and 8th @ 7:30pm
    August 7th @ 4pm
    The Interrupters

    (Dir. Steve James, 2011, 142 min.)

    ”Shot over the course of a year out of Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. The city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the brutal beating of Derrion Albert, a Chicago High School student, whose death was caught on videotape.The film’s main subjects, Ameena, Cobe and Eddie work for an innovative organization, CeaseFire, which believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. The singular mission of the “Violence Interrupters”—who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories—is to intervene in conflicts before they explode into violence. ”

    The Maysles Cinema
    343 Lenox Ave (Malcolm X Blvd)
    New York, NY
    $10 Suggested Donation
    (but stop boo-hooing, pay whatchu can!)

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