Documentary filmmaker Steve James: “A golden age for documentarians”

Steve James, Kartemquin’s celebrated documentarian says he believes “We are living in a Golden Age for documentary filmmaking,” as he gets ready to fly to Britain this week to give a master class at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, June 8-12, and screen his latest doc, The Interrupters.

The quality of current documentary films is incredible, he feels. “Before, people used to want to make narrative films, but suddenly people realized what you could do with the documentary," he says in an interview with the British news outlet, The Guardian.

He says the vogue was helped by the success of Michael Moore's films, such as Roger and Me andBowling for Columbine, as well as his own 1994 multi-award winning Hoop Dreams, the first of a half dozen feature-length docs James has helmed for Kartemquin over the past 20 years.

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