A Day with Steve James


DOC BC, in collaboration with Creative BC and DOXA Documentary Film Festival, is thrilled to present three events featuring world-renowned filmmaker Steve James on Saturday March 14. This will be rare chance for filmmakers and film fans to engage with one of the most critically acclaimed documentarians of our time.

Steve James is best known for directing Hoop Dreams, which was called “the great American documentary” by Robert Ebert and won every major critics prize. Some of his other celebrated films include Stevie, which won awards at Sundance, IDFA and landed on a dozen year-end ten best lists, and The Interrupters, winner of the Independent Spirit Award, the two top Cinema Eye Awards, an Emmy and numerous festival prizes. James’ most recent documentary Life Itself, about the life and work of Roger Ebert, was awarded Best Documentary by The Critics’ Choice Awards and The Producers Guild of America.


1) Morning: One-on-one with Steve James

Saturday March 14, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | The Post at 750 (110 – 750 Hamilton Street) | Tickets: DOC BC Members $50, Non-members $100

Filmmakers are invited to send their applications to participate in feedback sessions with Steve James. During the workshop participants will have the exclusive opportunity to screen their demos and discuss their works-in-progress with James and their peers.

Interested in applying? Click here for more information on submission guidelines.


2) Afternoon: Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass with Steve James

Saturday March 14, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | The Post at 750 (110 – 750 Hamilton Street) | Tickets: DOC BC Members $40, Non-members $60 (Pre-registration required)

“In the best films you want to get to a place where you’re not making a documentary about your subjects but you’re making it with them” – Steve James

In this masterclass, Steve James will share his insights on the filmmaking craft by analyzing scenes from some of his most recognized films and answer questions from Vancouver filmmakers and film-lovers. James’ narratively and ethically complex works will serve as a vehicle to discuss issues such as documentary ethics and the subject-filmmaker relationship, among others.

This event is open to the public. Ticket-buyers will be given access to one of James’ films in order to prepare for the session. Click here to get your tickets!


3) Evening: Screening of Life Itself

Saturday March 14, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | The Post at 750 (110 – 750 Hamilton Street) | Tickets: DOC BC Members $5, Non-members $10 (Pre-registration required)

Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

Please note the screening will NOT be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Click here to get your tickets!


Any questions?  Please don’t hesitate to contact us a docbc@docnorthwest.org.

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