Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) and Executive Producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Raging Bull) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent.Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. Roger Ebert is a man who most film lovers may think they already know, but Director James joins us to talk about the tenacity and courage of loving husband, dad and intellectual.
“Profoundly moving. James tells this unapologetic story with little sympathy, as per Ebert’s wishes, and a lot of passion—he wants the audience to really know who Roger Ebert was, and understand the importance of his work. Roger Ebert was a movie lover, and this is the kind of movie he would have loved.” – Chase Whale, Playlist
“DEEPLY ENTRALLING. Documentary master Steve James has put the pieces of Ebert’s life together with extraordinary fascination and vision.” – Owen Gleiberman, EW
“4 STARS. Unusually moving. It gains its universal impact in smaller, earthier revelations.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY
“Steve James’ documentary recognizes that Roger Ebert’s genius was that he was not a genius.” – James Roochi, Film.com