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Birth Place: Profession: producer, director of photography

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Peter Gilbert was a respected director of photography working out of Chicago with many credits on music videos, PBS specials and series when he teamed with documentarians Steve James and Frederick Marx to handle the cinematography on a project about ghetto youths pursuing their dreams of playing professional basketball. They shot more than 250 hours worth of video which was eventually edited down to the three hour "Hoop Dreams" (1994), praised as one of the best films of the year. Despite its acclaim, appearance on virtually every Ten Best List and numerous awards from critics groups, the feature failed to win an Oscar nomination in the documentary category. (Unused footage had also been seen in the companion TV program "Higher Goals" which aired on PBS in 1992.)

Peter Gilbert was a respected director of photography working out of Chicago with many credits on music videos, PBS specials and series when he teamed with documentarians Steve James and Frederick Marx to handle the cinematography on a project about ghetto youths pursuing their dreams of playing professional basketball. They shot more than 250 hours worth of video which was eventually edited down to the three hour "Hoop Dreams" (1994), praised as one of the best films of the year. Despite its acclaim, appearance on virtually every Ten Best List and numerous awards from critics groups, the feature failed to win an Oscar nomination in the documentary category. (Unused footage had also been seen in the companion TV program "Higher Goals" which aired on PBS in 1992.)

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  Burning Ice (2010)
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  Time for Dancing, A (2004) Director
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1987:
With Frederick Marx and Steve James, began work on what was to become "Hoop Dreams"
1989:
Shot Michael Apted's documentary "The Long Way Home"
1990:
Was director of photography for Academy Award-winning documentary "American Dream"
1992:
Was director of photography and producer for the PBS special "Higher Goals", a documentary and precursor to "Hoop Dreams"
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Served as camera operator for the ABC series "Missing Persons"
1994:
"Hoop Dreams" released; Gilbert was credited as a producer and as director of photography
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Formed Longshot Productions with Steve James
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Signed two-year deal with Disney
1997:
Produced and shot the feature film "Prefontaine", directed by Steve James
1999:
Co-directed "All the Rage/It's the Rage"; screened at Toronto; premiered on Cinemax in April 2000; also produced
2000:
Signed to make solo directorial debut on "A Time for Dancing"
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"['Prefontaine'] isn't like th typical glossy sports movie, where the hero triumphs in the end. A lot of times, society doesn't prepare you to fail. Everything in this country is about achieving, but what if it doesn't work out? Our film is about a guy who grows as a person because he doesn't achive his dream, and I find that inspiring. I hope kids will see this film and realize that there's more to life than just winning the gold medal or scoring the winning shot." --Peter Gilbert quoted in AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER, April 1997

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