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Hoop Dreams

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1994 – Directed by Steve James

I did not see Hoop Dreams when it came out, and am left wondering how it must have felt to see it in the mid 90s. I’m kind of kicking myself, due to the fact that now, it is basically an historical document of a different era.

Obviously, a generation has passed, and our way of viewing the film is entirely different. William Gates’ son, William Gates, Jr., is now off to college at Furman University. Both families from the story have dealt with unbelievable loss. Neither Gates nor Arthur Agee made it into the NBA. Perhaps their lives are better than if they had not gone through the journey of this massive documentary: we can’t know, and never will.

There’s potentially so much to cover about this movie: I became really interested in both the back story around the documentary and the continuing stories.

This is well worth reading:

http://thedissolve.com/features/oral-history/360-an-oral-history-of-hoop-dreams-20-years-after-its-/

Essentially, it is amazing the movie ever got made.

Documentary film is probably my most loved genre, yet it is impossible to make a documentary that is not problematic, in terms of both the observer’s paradox, and in terms the constant battle documentarians face not patronize their subjects, no matter what tactics and strategies they use. James takes on these challenges with full awareness, if not full resolution, of these problems.

The movie looks amazingly good, with the new digital restoration (made possible by the Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films), considering that it is almost entirely made from late 80s/early 90s camcorder footage.

Next up:
El Norte, 1983, Directed by Gregory Nava

Of the Day Of the Day – @AprenderLinguas Children’s Word of the Day

This one is really nice and interesting, and ties into today’s theme of Sports.

This is from the AprenderLinguas Learn French Together site.

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There is a lot of good content here that is very useful. Take a look around the site.

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Icon of the Day – Genre of the Day – Sports

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One ball to represent all sports is tricky. And not all sports films can be represented with a ball (think boxing). And some of the more interesting balls don’t have a lot of movies around them (think golf ). But I like basketball. I like the look of a basketball. I like playing basketball. My love of it as a tangible thing overrides the fact that I usually have gotten more into boxing movies. But, regardless, for me, it stands for the rest of ’em.

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