America to Steve James
Steve James is one of the most recognizable names in documentary. Many of us #doclifers have been inspired by his films and the way in which he makes them. He was on TDL back on the eve of the Academy Awards for his doc, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. Not surprisingly, Steve had some great insight into the industry and into doc filmmaking, as a whole. And he related much of this with candor and clarity that was appreciated by all of us doc filmmakers.
And so, on the weekend before the finale of his magnificent documentary series, America to Me, we thought it an appropriate time to reconnect with our brother-in-doc.
Among topics discussed:
- why & how Steve maintains relationships with his subjects
- his choice to recruit younger, diverse filmmakers to help him with the series
- why he shows scenes to his film subject, believing that they have agency in how they are represented
- how weekly meetings with school admin was necessary for filming the series
- how & why America to Me was the most difficult undertaking of his film career
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