Stevie (2002 film)

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Stevie poster.jpg
Directed bySteve James
Produced bySteve James
Adam Singer
Gordon Quinn
Music byDirk Powell
CinematographyDana Kupper
Gordon Quinn
Peter Gilbert
Edited bySteve James,
Bill Haugse
Distributed byKartemquin Films
Running time
144 min
CountryUnited States

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.[1] The film was a 2003 nominee for Best Documentary at the Sundance FIlm Festival, as well as the Independent Spirit Awards.[2][3]

By decade's 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.[4][5][6] Critic Collin Souter of named Stevie the best documentary of the decade.[7][not in citation given]


Stephen Fielding was scheduled to be paroled on February 15, 2007. His original ten-year sentence was completed on October 29, 2009, and he was released from the Stateville Correctional Center.


  1. ^ IDFA[permanent dead link] International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2002. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  2. ^ Sundance-Stevie. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  3. ^ Independent Spirit Awards 2011 "Twenty-Six Years of Nominees & Winners". Archived 2011-01-25 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  4. ^ "At Zeroes End: Best Films, 2000-2009". Pride, Ray. NewCity 21 Dec. 2009. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  5. ^ "More Top Ten From the Aughts." Archived 2011-09-23 at the Wayback Machine. 24 Dec. 2009. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  6. ^ "Top 100 of the '00s". Phipps, Keith. Untitled Keith Phipps Project. 28 Dec. 2009. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.
  7. ^ "Capturing the Decade: Documentaries"[permanent dead link] Souter, Collin. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2011.

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