Thursday, November 21, 2013
HELP FUND THE ROGER EBERT DOCUMENTARY
Roger Ebert’s death earlier this year was felt not only in Chicago, but in the film community all around the world. Whether you loved him or loathed him, it’s hard to argue against how influential Ebert was for film criticism and journalism. I’ve shared my thoughts on how Ebert personally impacted me previously, but now, people can truly show support for the iconic film critic. Life Itself, named after Ebert’s memoir of the same name, is a documentary about Ebert’s life that attempts to show Ebert not as the film icon he was known for, but as the fully-realized person that he was outside of his status. Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) is handling the documentary with famed director Martin Scorsese (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street) serving as executive producer. James began production four months before Ebert’s untimely death, gathering interviews from colleagues and filmmakers as well.