Stevie (2002)

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Stevie is a 2002 film by documentarian Steve James, and Kartemquin Films. In 1995, James returned to Pomona, a rural town in Southern Illinois, USA. After 10 years with no contact he attempts to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy to whom he had been an 'Advocate Big Brother'. James's re-entry into Stevie's life is brief.

The story then picks up again about two years later after Stevie is charged with a serious crime. Through interviews with Stevie and his family and friends, James paints the portrait of a man who is still very troubled while he tries to understand what led Stevie down the path of self-destruction.

Stevie was the winner of numerous festival awards including the 2002 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival's, Joris Ivens Award, given to that year's top documentary. The film was a 2003 nominee for Best Documentary at both the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Independent Spirit Awards. By decades end, Stevie was on numerous 'Best of the 2000s' list. In his list of 'Best Films of Any Genre', Ray Pride of NewCity Film, ranked "Stevie" at #19. Critic Collin Souter of Efilmcritic.com named "Stevie" the best documentary of the decade.

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