Roger Ebert: a visionary, a champion and a friend.

Kartemquin Films is devastated by the loss of Roger Ebert. He was a visionary, a champion and a friend. In his first year as a film critic in 1967, he reviewed our very first film, Home for Life. In 1994, he and Gene Siskel became early impassioned, vocal supporters for our film Hoop Dreams in such an unprecedented way that it not only changed our lives, but forever altered public perception of the potential for documentary film. We were honored last year when he agreed to trust us to create a documentary based on his memoir, Life Itself. In the wake of his death, we are further humbled and proud to be telling his story and celebrating the impact of his life. Production will continue. Continued

An outpouring of love for Roger Ebert as he announces "a leave of presence"

UPDATE: We are all devastated to learn of Roger Ebert's death. Please bear with us as we process the shattering loss of our friend. Our statement on his passing can be found here. The page and storify below has been left unedited to reflect our feelings of celebration and kindness in the moments before his death. To see remembrances following his passing, read our updated Storify: Fans react to Roger Ebert's death. --- Read our Storify "Outpouring of love for Roger Ebert" to see hundreds of posts responding to the eloquent recent announcement by Roger Ebert: "A Leave of Presence." Continued

Film Streams in Omaha to present Steve James retrospective

Film Streams in Omaha, NE will welcome award winning documentary filmmaker Steve James as part of their Visiting Artist Series. Many of James’ exceptional films, dealing with a range of issues, will be screened from Saturday, May 4 – Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Ruth Sokolof Theatre at 1340 Mike Fahey St. in Omaha, NE. The series kicks off with Steve James’ and Kartemquin Films’ award winning documentary Hoop Dreams, noted by Roger Ebert as "one of the great moviegoing experiences of my lifetime." Also included in the series are: Stevie Reel Paradise Continued

Steve James to direct Roger Ebert documentary

Steve James will direct a documentary based on the life of Roger Ebert, to be executive produced by Steven Zaillian and Martin Scorsese. As you can imagine, we at Kartemquin are delighted to announce this new production; as was Roger Ebert today on Twitter. Ebert also told Matt Singer at IndieWIRE: "I believe Steve James' Hoop Dreams is one of the greatest documentaries ever made, and my hopes for this [new documentary] are high." Continued

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