Steve James, the Oscar®-Nominated Director of Hoop Dreams Talks with Ric About His New Series America to Me

The Award-Winning Director Looks at Racial, Economic
and Class Issues in American Education in
New Documentary Series on STARZ Premiering Sunday August 26th at 9pm ET/PT

Created by Emmy Award®-winning and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams), the new documentary series America To Me – premiering on STARZ on August 26 — follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago’s Oak Park and River Forest High School, one of the country’s highest performing and diverse public schools. Over the course of a year, students and faculty grapple with decades-long racial and educational inequities — in addition to the challenges that today’s teenagers face. Poignant and funny, epic and intimate, America to Me digs deep into the experiences of a racially diverse student population and sparks candid conversations about our successes and failures in the quest to achieve racial equity and overcome obstacles in our education system. In this part observational character story and part high-school confessional, Steve James captures critical moments within this vibrant high-school ecosystem.

Steve James is one of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers working today. His hit film Hoop Dreams was the winner of every major critics’ prize including a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Award. His most recent film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, was nominated for an Academy Award, a Directors Guild of America Award and was named Best Political Documentary at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Previous films such as Stevie, The War Tapes and Life Itself (based on the life of film critic Roger Ebert) have all received multiple awards and great critical acclaim.

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