This is part of the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival. Purchase a Festival Concurrent Sessions Pass to attend this event.
This event is supported by the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival
Steve James will be interviewed by Joseph L. Lewis, III, a television producer, journalist, and media specialist. He’s worked on several documentary projects that aired on NBC, Bravo, PBS, and the A&E Network. Joe is the acting director of the Black Bottom Film Festival.
James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself) will be interviewed about his newest film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. Directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), Abacus tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York.
Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.
Directed by Steve James and produced by Mark Mitten (Life Itself) and Julie Goldman (Weiner; Life, Animated; Best of Enemies). Executive producers are Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Christopher Clements, Justine Nagan, Raney Aronson-Rath (for FRONTLINE), and Sally Jo Fifer (for ITVS). The film was shot by Tom Bergmann and edited by John Farbrother and David E. Simpson with music by Joshua Abrams.
A production of Kartemquin Films, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, FRONTLINE, ITVS, and Blue Ice Docs.
Festivals / screenings: Toronto International Film Festival 2016 (world premiere, People's Choice Award runner-up), New York Film Festival 2016, Double Exposure: Investigative Film Festival 2016, Chicago International Film Festival 2016, Philadelphia Film Festival 2016, IDFA 2016 (European premiere), Palm Springs Film Festival (Best of Fest audience choice).
See Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (USA, 2016, 88 min). Entry fee applies.
Friday, March 24 | 6 pm | Harris Theater
Saturday, March 25 | 5:30 pm | Carnegie Mellon University’s McConomy Auditorium (University Center)
The screening is presented by the CMU International Film Festival.