Steve James is the director of the acclaimed film Hoop Dreams, which won the Documentary Audience Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win multiple major critics’ prizes and an Academy Award nomination for best editing; Stevie, which won the Documentary Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival; and At the Death House Door, which won numerous festival awards. James has just completed No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson for the acclaimed ESPN series 30 for 30. –Sundance
Very personal and great profiles of characters, but I feel that a lot of the film making here is put to use trying to clear the title character's name from the crimes he commits.
A few hours ago, I attended a screening of STEVIE at the St. Louis International Film Festival, where Steve James was a special guest and participated in a Q&A with the audience. (St. Louis is about 100 miles from the area in Illinois where much of STEVIE takes place.) James made it clear that despite their relationship, he felt Stevie had to be held accountable for the serious crime of which he was accused. As an update, James told us that Stevie did complete his full 10-year prison sentence—and that as of now (mid-November 2011), Stevie is in jail in Nashville for some sort of trouble he got into there.
It's been awhile since I've seen this, but I don't think that's true. My memory was that the film was about James' trying to examine how society failed Stevie, and if that would have changed the outcome of his life (including his crimes). I also think James wanted to make a well-rounded portrait of Stevie that wasn't simply "awful child abuser" even if James agreed he should go to prison if guilty.