Roger Ebert said it best: Hoop Dreams’ depiction of two high school ball players trying to make it in the prejudiced cauldron of Chicago in the ‘90s is “the great American documentary” (the Oscars snubbed it entirely). Steve James’ vision of the pipeline of poor, black basketball talent brings to mind the Windy City from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. In high school, black athletes are still cheap enough to treat like penny stocks, and we watch as two of them brave the ringer of all-white private schools, poverty and the constant risk of injury for a shot at a scholarship.
New Winter Classes
Winter is the perfect time to incubate new filmmaking skills, like becoming a part-time producer, learning your way around a RED digital camera, or exploring the history of exploitation cinema.
Join us this December for anniversary screenings of epic, memorable classic films like Seven Samurai and Hoop Dreams.
We Support Filmmakers
An important part of Northwest Film Forum's mission is providing access to top-of-the-line film gear and equipment at reasonable rates for local filmmakers. Have you checked out our suite of rental options? If you're still learning a new camera or editing system, not to worry - we offer affordable certification classes too.