“The Great American Documentary”
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One of the most acclaimed and successful documentaries ever, HOOP DREAMS tells the story of Arthur Agee, William Gates, and their families over a 4½ year period, covering the boys’ entire high school careers as they pursue the elusive dream of professional basketball success.


Toronto, Sydney, Oslo, San Sebastian, London, Vienna, Seoul, Yamagata, Athens, Torino, Vancouver, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, Halifax, Hamburg, Jerusalem, Belgrade


  • Academy Awards, 1995 Nominated, Oscar Best Film Editing
  • American Cinema Editors, USA 1995 Won Eddie Best Edited Documentary
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 1994 Won BSFC Award Best Documentary
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1995 Won CFCA Award Best Picture
  • Image Awards 1996 Nominated Image Award Outstanding News, Talk or Information Special
  • International Documentary Association 1994 Won IDA Award Feature Documentaries
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 1994 Won LAFCA Award Best Documentary
  • National Board of Review 1994 Won NBR Award Best Documentary
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards, 1995 Won NSFC Award Best Documentary
  • New York Film Festival, 1994, Closing Night Presentation
  • Sundance Film Festival 1994 Won Audience Award Documentary
  • Prix Italia 1995 Won Special Prize for Documentary
  • Peabody Award, 1996
  • See where the players of Hoop Dreams are now.

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Hoop Dreams, basketball player with city in background

Run Time: 170 minutes
Copyright 1994

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Higher Goals

HIGHER GOALS is the half hour, “stay-in-school” version of HOOP DREAMS.

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