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Life Itself

In Attendance

Steve James

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.

About the Director
Documentary filmmaker Steve James is best known for his work as director, producer, and editor of Hoop Dreams, which late film critic Roger Ebert (the subject of James’ latest film, Life Itself) deemed “the great American documentary.” James’ other award-winning films include Stevie; the miniseries The New Americans; At the Death House Door; and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson for ESPN’s award-winning “30 for 30” series. James’ 2011 film, The Interrupters, was his fifth to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for journalism and an Emmy. Life Itself, based on Ebert’s memoir of the same name, delves into the critic’s belief that movies could change lives.

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Film Information

Dates 06/27, 1:30PM
06/29, 2:30PM
Ticket Prices $25.00
Resident Discount $13.00 (starts 6/18)
Walk-Up Sales Only
Type Documentary Feature, Spotlight Film
Length 112min
Year 2014
Language English
Country USA
Links Official Website

Creative Team

Director Steve James
Producer Steve James, Zak Piper, Garrett Basch
Editor Steve James, David E. Simpson
Composer Joshua Abrams
Cinematographer Dana Kupper

Location Information

Date 06/27, 1:30PM
Venue Dreamland Studio
Address 17 South Water Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
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Date 06/29, 2:30PM
Venue Dreamland Main
Address 17 South Water Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
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