The Sundance Film Festival is to premiere a newly remastered version of Steve James’s iconic doc Hoop Dreams (pictured) at next month’s Utah festival, to mark the film’s 20th anniversary.
The basketball doc, which had its world premiere at Sundance in 1994, will screen as part of the festival’s ‘From the Collection’ program. It was restored as the result of a collaborative effort between the Sundance Institute, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films.
Filmmakers Steve James, Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx, and subject Arthur Agee, are expected to participate in an extended Q&A immediately following the January 20 screening.
“Hoop Dreams completely changed the way we experience documentary films and the stories they tell. And that profound impact is still being felt 20 years later,” said Sundance Film Festival senior programmer John Nein. “People assume that these seminal films will stay safe on their own, when in fact we really need to take a proactive approach to safeguarding them. We are proud to be part of the film’s history and, through its restoration, its future as well.”
Sundance 2014 runs from January 16-26 in Park City, Utah.