Cancer took Roger Ebert away from us last April and now a new documentary, âLife Itself,â chronicles the movie criticâs final months. His wife, Chaz Ebert, brings it to Sundance, a film festival he loved, where Access caught up with her.
Directed by Steve James, LIFE ITSELF is the first ever feature documentary on the life of film critic Roger Ebert. From Sundance on January 19, thousands of fans will get to stream the film at the exact same time — an unprecedented event, and one that holds true to Ebertâs egalitarian ideals.
Our Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself will world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival this Sunday, with over 1,500 Indiegogo supporters exclusively able to simultaneously stream the film via VHX at http://www.Ebertmovie.com.
“Many know Roger’s story to be inspiring. But he was also a flesh and blood man whose life was full of humor, hubris and his own share of heartbreak. We are aiming to tell the whole story: from his days at the University of Illinois, to Chicago where he was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, on to television where he became an iconic star with Gene Siskel, and finally to what Roger told us was “his third act”: how he overcame disabilities wrought by cancer to become a major voice on the Internet and through social media. His impact on cinema and on our own lives has truly transcended generations.”—via an open letter from Steve James about Life Itself
“Hoop Dreams completely changed the way we experience documentary films and the stories they tell. And that profound impact is still being felt 20 years later. People assume that these seminal films will stay safe on their own, when in fact we really need to take a proactive approach to safeguarding them. We are proud to be part of the film’s history and, through its restoration, its future as well.”—John Nein, Senior Programmer of the Sundance Film Festival
Roger Ebert loved a good caption contest (he entered the New Yorker cartoon caption contest every week for 40 years … and won once), so in honor of that we are starting our own Ebert ‘Guess the Movie’ contest!