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Sundance Takeover
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179 Ratings

Stevie

Directed by Steve James
United States, 2002
Documentary
  • English
  • English
Sundance Takeover

Synopsis

In 1995, director Steve James returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy to whom he had once mentored. No longer the boy James once knew, he is now a damaged adult who has had repeated problems with the law.

Our take

From the acclaimed director of Hoop Dreams comes this document of a lost young man’s tragic life of mistakes. Captured with Steve James’ signature warm humanism and shot over the course of a decade, Stevie is a difficult yet necessary reckoning with the trauma existing in impoverished rural America.

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Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2003 | Winner: Cinematography Award (Documentary Competition)

Independent Spirit Awards

2003 | Nominee: Best Documentary

One might conclude that the enormous value of a film like Stevie lies in its ability to take us places we’d probably never go otherwise — not merely as guilty liberals, but as thinking individuals who want to learn something about the world we inhabit.
March 28, 2003
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Rather than exploiting freak-show stereotypes, James shines a light on phenomenal reserves of strength, kindness and wisdom that lie beneath the redneck facades.
March 28, 2003
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Documentaries raise more questions than any other branch of filmmaking about what it means to be an active part of the world at the same time as you record and represent the world on screen. . . . “Stevie,” a nonfiction film by Steve James, raises such questions so vividly that they become an integral part of the movie itself, as interesting as the people and events Mr. James has chosen for his subjects.
March 28, 2003
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