Stevie -

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Another gripping and profoundly compassionate life portrait from the maker of "Hoop Dreams," Steve James. Read more
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Ann Arbor, MI

#1 Oct 17, 2007
I enjoyed watching this film. I had a great deal of sympathy for Stephen Dale Fielding, life is never easy, even for those who have a pretty normal life, but when you have as many obstacles as this young man has it would just seem umbarrable. I just hope everything turns out ok for him and tonya. They seem to be really in love.

P.S.
If anyone has any updates as to whether Stevie is still in prison or he has gotten out. Please post the information thank.
Aimee

Sanford, FL

#2 Aug 11, 2008
I went to the Illinois DOC offender search...

http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/searc...

put in his name & found him right away with a more current picture as well..looks like he is up for parole on august 16th, 2008..just a few days away...

“................ ...”

Since: Aug 08

murphysboro il.

#3 Aug 17, 2008
Viewer of this film wrote:
I enjoyed watching this film. I had a great deal of sympathy for Stephen Dale Fielding, life is never easy, even for those who have a pretty normal life, but when you have as many obstacles as this young man has it would just seem umbarrable. I just hope everything turns out ok for him and tonya. They seem to be really in love.
P.S.
If anyone has any updates as to whether Stevie is still in prison or he has gotten out. Please post the information thank.
i know stevie personally and he is up for parole i live just a few miles from him
kylek79

Edwardsville, IL

#4 Aug 24, 2008
Yeah i enjoyed this film as well.It's really sad though.I live not too far from where Stevie lived,i was just wondering where he's gonna live when he gets out of prison.Because i drove by his old trailer not long ago.And it's not there anymore.
Steve James

Iselin, NJ

#5 Sep 6, 2008
He got transferred to Statesville prison so he is not out yet. I plan on filming the entire process of his recovery for the sequel. Grandma passed away last year, but won't be missed. Stay tuned for more when he is released.
what

Big Spring, TX

#6 Sep 9, 2008
is this the same film where Stevie was a sex offender? IF so , whey are we feeling sorry for him?
what

Big Spring, TX

#7 Sep 9, 2008
Just looked at web site. Yes it is him. Not feeling real sorry for a sex offender. I did appreciate the act put on by that Rowe guy. So he is the leader of the KKK in Pomona. Glad he is not coaching little league baseball anymore!! I think he is in jail to. It's good to know what wonderful neighbors live in Jackson County.
what

Big Spring, TX

#8 Sep 9, 2008
Viewer of this film wrote:
I enjoyed watching this film. I had a great deal of sympathy for Stephen Dale Fielding, life is never easy, even for those who have a pretty normal life, but when you have as many obstacles as this young man has it would just seem umbarrable. I just hope everything turns out ok for him and tonya. They seem to be really in love.
P.S.
If anyone has any updates as to whether Stevie is still in prison or he has gotten out. Please post the information thank.
Tonya still works at Mickey D's and walks all over town to get there. Sympathy?
daisy2u2

Waterloo, IL

#9 Sep 18, 2008
what wrote:
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Tonya still works at Mickey D's and walks all over town to get there. Sympathy?
Strange that she is so in love with "stevie" hmmmm for over a year in 2004 she dated Sam Alexander thats the brother of Harry Alexander from clarke st. Murphysboro Sam even moved in with her for awhile. so if she loved Stevie so much then whats up with the Love she was going to marry SAM???? She was at his house everyday and he would be at her house every night...... geeeeeee wow a bomshell on the whole love thing,
Murrffens

United States

#10 Nov 9, 2008
I feel sad for Stevie, and only hope that he can come to recognize the seriousness of the wrong he committed, stop denying it, and come to terms with it somehow so that he can move on. That can't happen until he takes responsibility for what he did and realize that he needs serious help getting this figured out so it will never happen again. He also needs serious anger management training - do they teach that in prison? Seems like it should be a requirement before being released.

All that said, the fact that he needs help is completely understandable given what happened to him as a child - it is unfortunate that his mother couldn't offer him the unconditional love he, and every child, deserve. At some point he has to recognize that she did what she could, given the childhood she (apparently) had.

Somehow the cycle of abuse has to stop. Unfortunately the amount of abuse in a prison is notorious, so his chances of breaking thru this difficult cycle seems slim, esp. if he continues to refuse to get counseling.
How frustrating and sad this must have been for Steve James and his wife.
Heartbreaking, really.

I thought Tonya was very cool and impressively insightful. And her friend in Chicago was an amazing inspiration. What a SMART woman. I hope for Tonya's sake that she stays away from Stevie - at least until after he gets the help he needs, which seems unlikely to ever happen (sadly).

@daisy2u2: Stevie has been in prison for 6 years - Tonya is surely entitled to move on, and that takes nothing away from the sincerity of the love she felt when this movie was filmed. Stevie was damn lucky to have had her love for as long as he did. it's not likely he'd be hanging around waiting for Tonya if the situation were reversed, that's for sure.

Thanks Steve James for making another powerful documentary.(I loved Hoop Dreams). It is a sad thing when any child falls thru the cracks and isn't able to get the help he (or she) really needs along the way.
I think this film should be shown to anyone considering becoming a Big Brother/Sister so as to have a better understanding of the importance of that relationship to a troubled child.
dano

Omaha, NE

#11 Dec 26, 2008
Steve James, you should do a doc on Tonya's friend in Chicago. She is awesome.
Marilyn

Raleigh, NC

#12 Jan 6, 2009
Steve James wrote:
He got transferred to Statesville prison so he is not out yet. I plan on filming the entire process of his recovery for the sequel. Grandma passed away last year, but won't be missed. Stay tuned for more when he is released.
Does Stevie not miss Grandma?
Dawn Warwick NY

White Plains, NY

#13 Jan 12, 2009
I watched the film for the first time last night and was absolutely rivoted by the life of this man, his journey throughout his childhood and youth, and his terrible choices as an adult. I found the film to be painfully honest, and very much a powerful message. The end, however, bothered me. I believe in grace, yet the mother's "compassion" and "love" for the child she abandoned - and essentially is responsible for his plight - sickens me. What has become of her? Does Stevie have a relationship with her? And the sister? The baby girl?
Mark M

Milwaukee, WI

#14 Jan 28, 2009
I just finished watching the film. Very poignant and a very well done!!! I cant help but wonder what if's; his first foster family stayed with him, Steve stayed in touch, just circumstances that were different. There but for the grace of God go I, comes to mind.
Steve, I noticed your comment that grandma wont be missed!!! I'm not quite sure what you meant by that? While she had limited abilities to care for him, she was perhaps the only constant person in his life with anything remotely close to care. Just seemed like a comment out of charactor for you! hhhmmmm?
Cookee22

United States

#15 Jan 28, 2009
Steve James wrote:
He got transferred to Statesville prison so he is not out yet. I plan on filming the entire process of his recovery for the sequel. Grandma passed away last year, but won't be missed. Stay tuned for more when he is released.
I read that Stevie is supposed to be released on Feb. 16th, 2009, in a few weeks. Is that true? Have you or his mother visited him in prison? Will he go to a half-way house upon release? Please post any information you might have and know there are many of us who are looking forward to the sequel to "Stevie". Thank you for your dedication.
Steve

Ballwin, MO

#16 Feb 2, 2009
Stevie has confessed to a number of even more crimes while incarcerated in Pontiac prison. He also has earned no good time and his parole will be considered with those pending indictments. He won't be getting out any time soon.

His house in Pomona is gone and the family moved to the highway and don't speak much of him. No one has visited him in jail the entire time. He is a time bomb waiting to go off if and when he is released from prison. Grandma died two years ago and he will be put out on the streets.
Rich W

West Palm Beach, FL

#17 Feb 4, 2009
Just tragic. He needed help but we do not have a system in place to help these people.
Nooshownd

Louisville, KY

#18 Feb 27, 2009
Just watched this movie last night - it kept my attention to say the least. I am a former Court Appointed Special Advocate and this movie makes me want to look up my "kids" to see if they need me since I am in a better position now to help them. On the one hand, it's hard to feel deep sympathy for Stevie, but impossible to not feel some sympathy given what he endured as a child. What is so interesting is how some of us make a conscious choice to refuse to repeat patterns experienced in childhood, while others seem incapable of resisting what appears to be almost a compulsion to repeat the negative patterns. There is no clear answer; all I know is somehow the disgusting blight of child abuse MUST be stopped. Films like this can only help since they at least put it out there for everyone to see the effects. In memory of Baby P ...
Mary

Earlton, NY

#19 May 9, 2009
You know, I have watched the film, more than once and despite the fact I have a 4 year old daughter and have been through "those kind" of abuse issues myself, I feel so compelled to show Stephen Fielding love. It's the lack of it in any consistency that helped create the trouble that was caused. I really do feel like I would want to know that person and tell him, inspite of all the horror... he remains worthy of human compassion and understanding. If anyone has an address to corespond with Stevie that would be great. Can people change? If not... why do we waste our time with the idea of "rehabilitation"? The system will always fall short if the intentions are just a job.
The only way to help someone you don't know how to help... is to show your love.

Since: May 09

Seattle, WA

#20 May 19, 2009
Steve, you're one of my all-time favorite filmmakers. At The Death House Door and Stevie are among my all time favorite documentaries. I consider myself a documentary connisour, having seen all the best and some of the worst. You never disappoint (your work does tend to leave me feeling unsettled, in a very good way), so I would truly look forward to seeing a sequel to Stevie.

Having spent some time in southern Illinois, I can't help feeling a strange connection to the film and characters in Stevie. I remember driving through the Makanda area with my then husband in our little sports car and feeling guilty for having so much.

Just had to post how grateful I am for your work.
Steve wrote:
Stevie has confessed to a number of even more crimes while incarcerated in Pontiac prison. He also has earned no good time and his parole will be considered with those pending indictments. He won't be getting out any time soon.
His house in Pomona is gone and the family moved to the highway and don't speak much of him. No one has visited him in jail the entire time. He is a time bomb waiting to go off if and when he is released from prison. Grandma died two years ago and he will be put out on the streets.

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