Stevie is Steve James’ critically acclaimed documentary about Stevie (Stephen) Fielding, a man who was James’ own “Little Brother” in the 1980s. After a decade without any contact with Stevie, in 1995, he returns to rural Illinois hoping to reconnect. Instead, James finds Stevie living a troubled, impoverished life that has taken a turn for the worse.
What began as a heartfelt journey with a kid who never got the love and attention he needed becomes something much bigger. As James attempts to uncover the last ten years of Stevie’s life and understand the forces that have made him who he is today, he and the rest of Stevie’s family must also wrestle with a serious crime Stevie commits during the course of filming. As Steve James writes, Stevie is a “four and a half year odyssey following the unfolding drama of Stevie’s case and the profound impact it had on his family.”
“Demonstrates how an exceptional documentary can be every bit as emotionally compelling, original and surprising as any first-rate fictional work.”
“Stevie is gripping in its intimacy.”
“A brave and painful film.”
“A powerful chronicle of a human life.”