Celebrate Roger Ebert's birthday with Life Itself

Today, June 18, is Roger Ebert's birthday! Join a Google+ hangout with us on this special day, and YOU may leave with tickets to the Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York premieres of Life Itself. Chaz Ebert and RogerEbert.com will be hosting a major event on Google+ hangout to celebrate Roger and the new movie about his life. Joining Chaz will be Life Itself director Steve James, and Matt Zoller Seitz, editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com (who will also be moderating). Special guests will include members of The Ebert Club, Indiegogo supporters of the movie, and some surprise guests. We will have a lively discussion about movies, Roger's life, and the upcoming release of Life Itself!; we hope you can join us! Continued

Life Itself to be closing night film of AFI Docs

The closing night film of AFI Docs 2014 will be our documentary about Roger Ebert, Life Itself, at 7:30pm on June 21st at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. "Roger loved documentaries and, as a critic, had a profound impact on the success of so many of them over the years. To be honored at one of the very best festivals devoted to the art form would have greatly pleased him," said Life Itself director Steve James, who will attend the screening. AFI Docs to open with Hal Holbrook and close with Life Itself. Get ready to cry about Roger. http://t.co/RChZx2gnGv Continued

New poster for Life Itself

"He embraced life. He embraced it when he was an only child growing up in Champaign. He embraced it when he got to the University of Illinois and became the editor of the newspaper. He embraced it when he first moved to Chicago and was living the life of a hard-drinking reporter. At every stage of his life, it was an adventure for him. He loved life. I think it’s why ultimately he titled his memoir Life Itself. He didn’t title it Movies Themselves or My Life in Movies. He titled it Life Itself because of the way in which he lived his life." - Steve James on Roger Ebert. Continued

Sheffield Doc/Fest to host UK premiere of Life Itself

Life Itself will premiere in the United Kingdom at Sheffield Doc/Fest this June. The film's director Steve James, whose The Interrupters won the festival's Jury Prize in 2011, will return to attend screenings on June 8th and June 10th. Kartemquin's Director of Communications and Distribution, Tim Horsburgh, is also attending Sheffield as a "Decision Maker" delegate of Doc/Fest's Meet Market and Crossover Market sessions. Continued

Life Itself heads to Australia and New Zealand, with Magnolia acquiring worldwide rights

Following the international premiere of Life Itself in the "Cannes Classics" program at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival this May, the film will then head to dates in New Zealand and Australia. The film's director Steve James will attend the New Zealand premiere at the Documentary Edge Festival, which is also showcasing his classic Hoop Dreams, and our 2013 film The Trials of Muhammad Ali, directed by Bill Siegel. The dates for the films are as follows: Continued

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