‘Hoop Dreams’ News Coverage Suggests a Different Kind of Impact

Popular film titles sometimes work their way into everyday language: Bucket List, Gaslight, Groundhog Day. “Hoop Dreams” is one of those film titles. As part of my background research into Hoop Dreams, I pulled 996 articles mentioning the phrase from all the years available in the Lexis Nexis news database. About half of those stories… Read More ‘Hoop Dreams’ News Coverage Suggests a Different Kind of Impact

‘We the Economy’ Answers Complex Questions in Short Episodes

The economy this. The economy that. So much news coverage talks about the economy, but for those who avoided that class in college, what does “the economy” mean? We the Economy, a new online documentary series, offers some engaging explanations. We the Economy consists of 20 short videos organized around a series of questions that… Read More ‘We the Economy’ Answers Complex Questions in Short Episodes

‘Hoop Dreams’ Delivers Goose Bumps and a Good Story

A memorable sport documentary requires two things: goosebumps and a good story. Hoop Dreams has both, in spades. The story behind Hoop Dreams shows the power of long-term documentary making. The arc follows William Gates and Arthur Agee for five years, from their entry into high school through their first year of college. As high… Read More ‘Hoop Dreams’ Delivers Goose Bumps and a Good Story