In Stevie, filmmaker Steve James returns to Pomona, a beautiful rural hamlet in Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, for whom James once served as an advocate Big Brother. He finds that the once difficult, awkward child has become -- ten years later -- an angry and troubled young man. Part way through filming, Stevie is arrested and charged with a serious crime. He confesses to the crime and then later recants. The filmmaker himself is drawn into the film as he tries to sort out his own feelings, past and present, about Stevie and how to deal with him in the wake of his arrest. What was to be a modest profile of Stevie, turns into an intimate four and a half year chronicle of a dysfunctional family's struggle to heal.
Described by filmmaker Steve James (director of Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and Life Itself) as "the hardest film I've ever made. And also the most honest," Stevie was awarded the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2002 IDFA, the Mayor's Prize at the 2003 Yamagata Film Festival, and the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance 2003, and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
This free screening will feature an introduction from and Q&A with Steve James and Gordon Quinn.