Fourteen years ago today, the groundbreaking documentary Hoop Dreams
opened in theaters nationwide. The doc followed two boys from Chicago from high school into college who have aspirations to be a superstar basketball player in the NBA. The movie was over five years of filming and gave a candid look into the lives of two young African-American men.
Directed by Steve James
, the film featured William Gates
and Arthur Agee
. Both gifted basketball players but still struggling with racism and poverty. In the end, neither Gates or Agee made it to the NBA
, but due to the success of Hoop Dreams
they were able to better the lives of themselves and their family. The film grossed over 11 million worldwide, received an Oscar nomination and won many critics awards.
If you haven't seen Hoop Dreams
, it's a must to pick up on DVD today.