It's been more than a year since we lost legendary film critic Roger Ebert, and now, a new documentary is here to remind us all why he will always matter.
We do our best to stick strictly to coverage of genre storytelling around here, be it science fiction, fantasy or horror, but when Roger Ebert passed away in April 2013 after a long struggle with cancer, it was a loss that transcended genre, something that mattered to everyone who loves movies. Ebert was not only a longtime fan of science fiction film (check out his reviews of things like Star Wars and Avatar for proof), but also a tireless advocate for loving and understanding all of cinema. His loss is still felt among all of us who write about film and love film, and his legacy is still very palpable.
Before Ebert died, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) began work on a film about his life. Titled Life Itself after Ebert's (wonderful) 2011 memoir of the same name, James' film aimed to chronicle Ebert's life and career in film writing, as well as his impact on film criticism and the moviegoing public. After Ebert died, James vowed to complete the film, and with the help of an Indiegogo campaign that generated more than $150,000, he did. Life Itself has already been screened to enthusiastic crowds at this year's Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival, as well as Ebert's own Ebertfest, and now a trailer is finally here to prepare the rest of us for its wide release.
Featuring interviews with legendary directors like Martin Scorsese and Werner Herzog, as well as Ebert's wife, Chaz, the trailer reflects on everything from Ebert's beginnings as a film critic to his forays into novel writing and screenwriting, his legendary collaboration with fellow critic Gene Siskel, and his eventual cancer diagnosis and his loss of speech. The whole thing will make you want to see the film, and by the end you just might be a little misty. Check out the Life Itself trailer below, and head over to the film's official website for updates on when you'll be able to see it.
(Via Badass Digest)