Every human being should watch this magnificent documentary. We miss you, Roger. The world of Cinema is not the same without you.
Acclaimed director Steve James (‘Hoop Dreams’) along with executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian present ‘Life Itself,’ a film that recounts the inspiring, entertaining and colorful life of world-renowned film critic Roger Ebert—a story that is by turns personal, funny, moving and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores Roger Ebert’s legacy—his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times, his turn as screenwriter of ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’ his on and off screen relationship with Gene Siskel, all culminating in his ascension as one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
In theatres, on demand, and on iTunes July 4th.
I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhapy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out. —Roger Ebert (June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013)
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The latest addition to our awards mantelpiece is the Master of Cinema award from Riverrun Film Festival!
“I actually think we did a few things right,” says Kartemquin co-founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn. “We’ve tried to stay true to our core mission but we’ve tried to change with the times. We talk about reinventing ourselves … (and) we have the ability to be flexible and respond to the period of history we live in.”
“As much excited as I am when one of our films receives accolades, I’m even more so when the historical achievements of Kartemquin are lauded,” says Justine Nagan, Kartemquin executive director. “We have a real collective focus on mission and quality and high ethics – and getting people thinking and talking about the world we live in.”
“You hear a lot of cynicism about the younger generation, but that’s not what I perceive,” says Quinn. “The young people at Kartemquin are dedicated, focused, mission-driven and are trying to make a change.”
Kartemquin is honored to be the first organization ever to receive the RiverRun International Film Festival’s Master of Cinema Award.
The award will be presented following a screening of Bill Siegel’s documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali at Wake Forest University on April 9.
Read more about the festival, and our reaction to the award, in Yes Weekly.