1994 / 172 min. / PG-13
Director: Steve James
Cast: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates

Black Gold: HOOP DREAMS – 25th Anniversary (4K Restoration)!

Join BLACK GOLD Friday, October 11th for a 25th anniversary screening of the magnificent documentary HOOP DREAMS! Screening in a recent digital restoration, this event is free to attend for members of the black community. Please message BLACK GOLD for details!

“Two ordinary inner-city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible—professional basketball glory—in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams, by Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates and their families as the boys navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while dealing with the intense pressures of their home lives and neighborhoods. This revelatory film continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.” — Criterion

Digital restoration courtesy of Janus.

Generously sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art.

BLACK GOLD is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Black Gold wishes to acknowledge the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the original keepers of this land, for hosting Black Gold and The Royal Cinema. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and present in this territory.

Upcoming Screenings:


None Currently Scheduled