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Stevie Details

  • Release Date: Mar 28, 2003
  • Rated: Descriptions of Abuse and Language
  • Runtime: 2 hr. 25 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Steve James

FULL SYNOPSIS

In the early '80s, [[Performer~P35129~Steve James~stevejames]] was a student at Southern Illinois University who volunteered for the local Big Brother program and served as a mentor for [[Performer~P341529~Stephen Dale Fielding~stephendalefielding]] ([[Performer~P341529~Stevie~stephendalefielding]] for short), a troubled 11-year-old boy with unhappy family relationships. Given up by his mother when her husband decided he didn't want him in the house, [[Performer~P341529~Stevie~stephendalefielding]] was primarily raised by his step-grandmother and had already begun to reveal a stubborn and easily distracted personality when he met [[Performer~P35129~James~stevejames]]. After he graduated from college, [[Performer~P35129~James~stevejames]] lost contact with [[Performer~P341529~Fielding~stephendalefielding]], but in 1995, after [[Performer~P35129~James~stevejames]] had gone on to a career as a documentary filmmaker (and won acclaim for his film [[Feature~V133403~Hoop Dreams~hoopdreams]]), he was reintroduced to [[Performer~P341529~Stevie~stephendalefielding]], only to learn that his life had taken a number of wrong turns. After a number of scrapes with the law and on-going battles with his family, [[Performer~P341529~Fielding~stephendalefielding]] had been charged with molesting his eight-year-old cousin, and he'd opted for a trial (which could lead to a twenty year prison sentence) rather than receive counseling, due in part to his experiences in a mental hospital. [[Performer~P35129~James~stevejames]] and his wife (who counsels sex offenders) wanted to offer [[Performer~P341529~Stevie~stephendalefielding]] whatever help they could, and [[Performer~P35129~James~stevejames]] opted to make a film about him, hoping to discover where [[Performer~P341529~Stevie~stephendalefielding]]'s life and gone wrong and how his tragic turn of fate could have been prevented. At the same time, [[Performer~P35129~James~stevejames]] (like many others in [[Performer~P341529~Stevie~stephendalefielding]]'s life) began to wonder what they could have done, and to what degree they let him down, with [[Performer~P35129~James~stevejames]] torn between his feelings for his friend and his need to portray all sides honestly. Featuring interviews with [[Performer~P341529~Fielding~stephendalefielding]], his family, and his friends, the documentary Stevie examines how society's safety net failed to catch one young man before it was too late. Stevie was shown in competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 28, 2003

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival Peter Gilbert Excellence in Documentary Cinematography 2003 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Dana Kupper Excellence in Documentary Cinematography 2003 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Gordon Quinn Excellence in Documentary Cinematography 2003 Winner

Cast

Crew

Steve James
Director
Steve James
Producer
Adam Singer
Producer
Gordon Quinn
Producer
Gordon Quinn
Cinematographer
Dana Kupper
Cinematographer
Peter Gilbert
Cinematographer
Linda Cohen
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dirk Powell
Composer (Music Score)
Steve James
Editor
William Haugse
Editor
Gordon Quinn
Executive Producer
Robert May
Executive Producer
Adam Singer
Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Fetterley
Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Yore
Sound/Sound Designer
Matt Martin
Assistant Editor
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