The film was announced as part of Sundance's Documentary Premieres selections today. It will screen five times at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, with the world premiere on Sunday January 19th at the MARC theatre.
Directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the film will also be viewable via private stream simultaneous with the world premiere screening exclusively to backers of the film’s Indiegogo campaign (http://igg.me/at/EbertMovie). Supporters will then have an opportunity to participate in an interactive Q&A with the filmmakers, and other luminaries close to Roger, via live stream.
The Indiegogo campaign is currently live and running until December 20th, with the goal of raising $150,000. To date, the campaign has over 600 individual backers.
The streaming experience, powered by VHX via a password-protected code, will be hosted at http://www.Ebertmovie.com. Immediately following the premiere, a live stream of the on-stage Q&A from Sundance’s MARC theatre will be broadcasted exclusively for backers of the Indiegogo campaign.
Steve James, Life Itself director, said: “Our goal with this film and especially with the crowdfunding campaign was to unite the global community of Roger Ebert fans. Playing Sundance is an honor, but not everyone can attend, though anyone, anywhere who backs our campaign above $25 is going to be part of this film’s big night. We believe this accessibility for all film fans is what Roger Ebert would have wanted.”
The Indiegogo campaign also includes special advance screenings in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Ebert’s hometown of Champaign-Urbana; signed memorabilia; consulting and workshops; and even a chance to have drinks and hear stories of Roger with the filmmakers at an iconic Chicago bar.
Life Itself will be Steve James’ sixth film to play the Sundance Film Festival, and his seventh made with Kartemquin Films. His first, Hoop Dreams, premiered at Sundance in 1994, winning the Audience Award for Documentary.
The film is based upon Ebert’s own memoir and recounts the surprising and entertaining life of the world-renowned film critic and social commentator – a story that’s by turns personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent.
Steve James directs the film which is being produced by Zak Piper for Kartemquin Films and Garrett Basch for Film Rites, with Martin Scorsese, Michael W. Ferro Jr., Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn, Kat White and Mark Mitten as executive producers. It will be theatrically released in 2014, with CNN Films presenting and CNN holding first-window broadcast rights to the film.
The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 16-26th, 2014.
LIFE ITSELF Sundance Film Festival 2014 Public Screening Schedule
Sunday, January 19, 5:15pm
MARC, Park City
Monday, January 20, 1:00pm
Redstone 2, Park City
Thursday, January 23, 9:00pm
Sundance Resort, Provo
Friday, January 24, 9:00am
Temple Theatre, Park City
Saturday, January 25, 9:15pm
Tower, Salt Lake City
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