PURE NONFICTION Ep. 49: Steve James From Hoop Dreams to Abacus
New York’s Chinatown is the backdrop for Steve James’ latest documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
In Part 1 of this episode, Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers talks to James about his breakthrough film Hoop Dreams and the development of his career that included a stint directing fiction films.
In Part 2, Powers interviews three of the key figures in Abacus – the sisters Jill, Vera and Chanterelle Sung. They discuss what it was like being filmed by James during this tense period of their lives.