Life ItselfIn Attendance
About the Film
Acclaimed filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) pays tribute to the late Roger Ebert and to the love of movies in this touching documentary. Using Ebert’s memoir as a launching point, James adroitly traces the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic’s career, demonstrating how Ebert, with sparring partner Gene Siskel, popularized film criticism for the masses. Folded into the film is the story of the health issues that ultimately claimed Ebert’s life, how he adapted to his physical limitations to thrive online, and, most affectingly, his personal life with his beloved wife, Chaz, and their family.
Steve James is this year’s recipient of the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling Award, presented at the Screenwriters Tribute on June 28.
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