Friday, May 22, 2009

Announcing the Hulu Award for "Best Documentary Feature"

And the Hulie goes to....

Hoop Dreams!

Here's a word from the film company that brought this powerful documentary to the world at large:

Kartemquin Films is thrilled to receive this recognition from Hulu viewers. It’s fantastic to have our classic film reach new audiences through this emerging platform. Thank you for your support and for this award.

Congratulations to everyone involved with this film for this achievement. It's impossible to watch Hoop Dreams without wondering about the current status of the main characters. After all, fifteen years have passed since the movie was released.

Sadly, their lives have been a mixed bag at best. Both men have lost brothers, and Arthur lost his father as well. All three deaths were a result of violence, which reinforces the reality of the dangers of life in the hood.

You can read a synopsis of their current lives on Wikipedia, here. Or, you can check out Arthur's charity website, here. For a more pessimistic and in-depth look, read this Sports Illustrated article on the family.

After 20,000 audience votes, the audience favorite was "Split: A Divided America," with 39% of the vote.

The other nominees were "Burger Town," "Africa: The Serengeti," and "Cosmic Voyage."

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