The basketball dreams of arthur agee and william gates

Agee also launched his own foundation to encourage inner-city youths to seek higher education.

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He has a machine in his apartment that allows him to stand and put weight on his legs, and he firmly believes that he will walk again someday.

When Harrington and Naja drove into that same intersection, the men who had been shooting at the other white sedan opened fire, thinking it was the same car. She was happy that I was away. Harrington, 41, originally returned to the West Side because he had just fathered a daughter and he wanted to be a real parent — not an absent father as his own dad had been.

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Agee and Gates struggled to get much better, which held them back from reaching the top level of the sport. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Agee never made the NBA, but played semi-professionally and briefly dabbled in Slamball. Email: nocera nytimes. Like the subjects of the film, RaMell Ross was a highly touted basketball prospect. Liu recalled his many conversations with James about the ethics of who gets to tell a story and the foremost importance of forming collaborative relationships with subjects. Agee also launched his own foundation to encourage inner-city youths to seek higher education. The Cubs had lost a World Series game that night. The killers have not been apprehended, and no one has any idea what the motive might be — if there even is a motive. Harrington lay on top of his daughter, trying to protect her. When he decided to make his first feature-length film a documentary, he strived to frame the real-life stories of Hoop Dreams with a tension-filled narrative arc and complicated, compelling characters. James and producers Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert initially envisioned the project as a half-hour special on public television. Although he says he is still coaching Marshall players, it is a volunteer gig now. Regular newspaper coverage of high school basketball turned players into celebrities.

At the corner of Augusta Boulevard and Hamlin Avenue, in the West Side neighborhood of Humboldt Park, a shooting had just taken place involving a white sedan.

During his younger years he lived in the north side Chicago area near where the other star of Hoop Dreams, William Gateslived. Harrington remains relentlessly upbeat.

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Upon graduation from grammar school in , he was discovered by part-time, unofficial talent scout Earl Smith. But through exposure to works like Harlan County, USA and the Up series, he realized the genre could wield as much drama as narrative films. Tim Triplett, star of the Marshall team, was killed in April — just a few years after his brother had been killed. God was preparing me for this. Harrington, 41, originally returned to the West Side because he had just fathered a daughter and he wanted to be a real parent — not an absent father as his own dad had been. James and producers Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert initially envisioned the project as a half-hour special on public television. The end result, in which the fortunes of teenage basketball players Arthur Agee and William Gates rose and fell in Dickensian twists over a rousing score by Ben Sidran, captivated a younger generation that had attached some of the same stigmas to documentaries that James had. Although Agee played at a Division I school, he never achieved his dream of playing in the National Basketball Association. And though James, Gilbert and Marx shot the film from the perspective of basketball obsessives, the film ran much deeper than its primary subject matter, delving into issues of race, class, family and addiction. They were gunned down in a drive-by shooting.

A Life Changed Even if you survive being shot, it changes your life irrevocably — and never for the better. By Adam Benton, Jul 1, In Steve James wanted to tell the story of two African-American high school students as they desperately tried to make it in the world of professional basketball.

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But there were so many obstacles. College and thereafter[ edit ] After graduating from Marshall, Agee starred at Mineral Area College and went on to play for two years at Arkansas State on a scholarship. Although Agee played at a Division I school, he never achieved his dream of playing in the National Basketball Association.

The story was shot over five years in Chicago as the two young men tried to make their dreams a reality.

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