Life Itself and The Interrupters music release coming soon

Composer Joshua Abrams' acclaimed music for Life Itself and The Interrupters will be released digitally for the first time on October 16th, 2015 on itunes and emusic, via Eremite records. For more information, including a personal essay on their collaboration from director Steve James, click here. Joshua Abrams' music for Life Itself was nominated for the Best Original Score award at the 2015 Cinema Eye Honors, and was listed as one of the best scores of 2014 by Hitfix.com. Continued

Happy Birthday, Hoop Dreams, and the fight for fair use

A federal judge's verdict today marked a great victory for filmmakers and fair use champions everywhere. The ruling that the lyrics to “Happy Birthday to You” are not protected by copyright has special resonance for Kartemquin, as the injustice of having to pay $5,000 to license the song in our 1994 film Hoop Dreams directly inspired our long and ongoing fight to secure the fair use rights of all filmmakers. In one of the most infamous cases of the unfair "clearance culture" that existed before filmmakers began reclaiming their fair use rights to use copyrighted material, we were forced to pay to license this scene from Hoop Dreams, in which the Agee family sings to Arthur on the occasion of his 18th birthday. Continued

Life Itself shortlisted for Grierson Award

The Grierson Awards 2015 have shortlisted Life Itself in the category of the Bertha DocHouse "Best Cinema Documentary." View the full shortlist. The Grierson Trust is a registered charity that exists to promote documentary film making and to celebrate the work of John Grierson. Its annual awards are among the prestigious honors in the United Kingdom's documentary film industry. Our thanks and congratulations to Dogwoof, the UK distributor of Life Itself. Find out more about Steve James' film on the life of Roger Ebert at www.ebertmovie.com. Continued

Life Itself wins CINE Golden Eagle and Golden Trailer Awards

The 2015 CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Nonfiction Feature: Historical Events and Biographies has been awarded to Life Itself, our documentary on Roger Ebert. Read more about the CINE awards. The trailer for Life Itself was also selected by the 2015 Golden Trailer Awards as the winner of the Best Documentary category. Our congratulations to Mark Woollen & Associates, who edited the trailer, and Magnolia Pictures, the film's distributor. Continued

Steve James to share documentary tips in Vancouver & Portland

Documentary filmmakers in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia can glean some tips of the trade from Steve James, as he offers upcoming masterclass sessions. On March 14, DOC BC, in collaboration with Creative BC and DOXA Documentary Film Festival, offers "A Day with Steve James" in Vancouver. Steve will host one-on-one feedback sessions with filmmakers with works-in-progress, teach a Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass, and then present a special screening Life Itself. Get more details and tickets. Continued

Life Itself now available on DVD and Blu-Ray

Use Coupon Code Ebertmovie2015 to get 15% off the Blu-Ray and DVD of Life Itself, our award-winning documentary on Roger Ebert, before the end of February 2015 at the Kartemquin Store. Voted Best Documentary of 2014 by The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critic’s Choice Awards), The National Board of Review, and The Producers Guild of America, and multiple other critics' associations, the film is also available for digital download on iTunes. Continued

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