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Steve James War Tapes

Many of us have shot home video to document those special moments in our lives, but recently the media has begun using this simple format for even bigger purposes. A new film shot on the front lines of the war in Iraq features footage recorded by soldiers with home video cameras. Alumnus filmmaker Steve James of "Hoop Dreams" & "Stevie" fame, screened "The War Tapes" during the Big Muddy film festival at SIU Carbondale. The film harnesses the power of amateur video to present an honest and uncompromising portrayal of the war that viewers have rarely seen before. Our very own Jennifer Fuller talked with Steve James about this novel approach to film making.

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