Thursday, June 16, 2005
Court of Dreams
Carol Slezak scribes a nice piece on the whereabouts of William Gates and Arthur Agee. The two were featured in the outstanding documentary, "Hoop Dreams" that releases on DVD. The piece is standard, but it reminded me of just how good this movie was.
If you haven't seen the movie, put it at the top of your Netflix cue, rent it at Blockbuster, or even pick it up at Costco or Target. It's an absolutley amazing film. Camera crews follow these two from their pre-high school days to the high school graduation. The story plays better than anything that could be conceived by the best writers in Hollywood.
When the film was originally in the theaters, I had the opportunity to attend a dinner with two of the films' three directors over at "Hoops the Gym." The film started as an NEA supported project on inner city recruiters for high school basketball teams. They figured they'd spend a few months on the project, tops. 15 years later, they are still engaged in it.
I'm going to rent it just to hear the yak-track of Gates and Agee that are on the film. These guys are now in their 30's. What will they say about a time capsule that takes them back to when they were 14?
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