Our Professor's 'Hoop Dreams' at 20
Maybe you're one of the lucky cultural mavens who trek to Park City, Utah, every January for the Sundance Film Festival. If you were there this month, you had the chance to see a digitally remastered "Hoop Dreams," the landmark documentary that won the festival's Audience Award in 1994. Highly acclaimed by film critics across the country, the documentary tracks two inner-city Chicago teenagers, William Gates and Arthur Agee, who dream of NBA stardom. The filmmakers follow the basketball players for five years, capturing the highs and lows and the loving support of families who dream of more fulfilling lives for the boys.
Peter Gilbert, one of the film's producers and its director of photography, was on his way to Sundance this month but not before discussing the film's 20th anniversary. Gilbert teaches in Wake Forest's Documentary Film Program, where he stresses "we're in a storytelling renaissance." Read more about his memories of making "Hoop Dreams" and his teaching here.
Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
Wake Forest Magazine