Roger Ebert

Steve James‘ documentary Life Itself, about the life of film critic Roger Ebert, is well into post-production. It looks as if the film will be finished early in 2014 and, to simultaneously help raise the final funds to finish the film as well as allow fans to see it early, the production has started an IndieGoGo campaign.

You can find the link to the IndieGoGo here. For as low as $25, you’ll get a link allowing you to stream the movie once it’s finished and well before the theatrical release. With a higher donation, you can attend live screenings, visit the editing room, and much more. All funds raised in the next month (they’re aiming at $150,000) will go towards post-production items such as original music, animation and graphics, color correction, audio mixing, music licensing and archival footage. Read More »

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Despite the terrible news of legendary film critic Roger Ebert‘s passing, the film about the man himself will go on. Steve James, the Oscar-nominated director of Hoop Dreams, took to Twitter to tell everyone that despite the tragic news, he and producers Martin Scorsese and Steve Zaillian will finish Life Itself, a documentary on the life of Roger Ebert based on his memoir of the same title.

Zaillian, James and Scorsese optioned the memoir in 2012 and have been working on the documentary ever since; up until this point, they’ve been working with Ebert’s full cooperation.  Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we’ve got  an instructional video on making money in the drug trade, along with a look at the immigration effort, the economic juggernaut that is our modern prison system, and a documentary from the director of Hoop Dreams who has a thing to say about concussions as we head into the NFL’s opening weekend. 

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The world’s most famous film critic is having a documentary made about him by some of the most famous filmmakers around. Documentarian Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) have optioned the rights to Ebert’s 2011 memoir, Life Itself. Martin Scorsese will executive produce. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Sundance 2011: ‘The Interrupters’ Trailer

One of the high profile documentaries set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is Steve JamesThe Interrupters. You might not recognize James by name, but he is the filmmaker responsible for the documentary classic Hoop Dreams. The movie takes a focus on the violence in Chicago, particularly a recent brutal beating of a Chicago Public School student caught on videotape. James has released an extended four and a half minute trailer in anticipation of the Sundance premiere. Watch the trailer (and see the poster) after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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