When: Oct. 23-26 2014
Documentarian Steve James, who made his mark with 1994’s quietly brilliant Hoop Dreams, about two aspiring high school basketball players from Chicago’s inner city, and went on to make docs about an indie film insider running Fiji’s only movie theater (2005’s Reel Paradise), a group of ex-gang conflict negotiators trying to intervene in their community (2011’s The Interrupters) and, most recently, a portrait of Roger Ebert that includes heartbreaking footage of the film critic’s final days (2014’s Life Itself). James will lecture Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. and attend screenings of Hoop Dreams (Oct. 23, 7 p.m.), Life Itself (Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.) and Reel Paradise (Oct. 24, 9:30 p.m.). The Interrupters will screen Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. without James in attendance. Also at IU Cinema this weekend: A 4K restoration of 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Oct. 24, midnight; Oct. 25, 9:30 p.m.); 1984’s Ghostbusters (Oct. 25, 3 p.m.; free for kids 12 and under); and the 1973 gothic Polish film The Hourglass Sanatorium, part of Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema (Oct. 26, 3 p.m.).
Price: Varies, some free.