With film critic Scott Foundas, Chaz Ebert, and Ramin Bahrani in person
Dir. Steve James. 2014, 116 mins. With Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Ramin Bahrani, Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese, A.O. Scott. This unvarnished, revealing, entertaining, and deeply moving documentary by Steve James (Hoop Dreams) recounts the life of film critic Roger Ebert. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself explores the 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 to his public battle with the cancer that took his life in 2013. “A life spent at the movies gets the cinematic epitaph it richly deserves,” wrote Scott Foundas in Variety. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Chaz Ebert, Roger Ebert’s widow; Scott Foundas, Variety film critic; and filmmaker Ramin Bahrani.
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