Even after his death, Roger Ebert remains to be the most influential film critic that we know; and the man who loved movies more than anyone is now being honored through film. Life Itself is a documentary directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) which chronicles Ebert’s life. Told through interviews of people close to Ebert, such as Gene Siskel’s wife, other filmmakers and Martin Scorcese (who is also executive producing the film), Life Itself tells Roger Ebert’s story, starting from his time at the University of Illinois, through his battle with cancer, simultaneously highlighting his love for film.
In a unique opportunity through Indiegogo, fans are getting the chance to see the film before anyone else. Donations are being collected in various increments that will get you different levels of perks along with a pre-screening of the film. The funds are to be used to assist the cost of post-production of the film, contributing to such things as original soundtrack, archival footage licensing, picture work and more. If the goal of $150, 000 is exceeded, remaining proceeds will go to charity.
To donate, visit the Indiegogo page here.
The perks range from a private pre-theatrical streaming of the film to a night out with Steve James and co.
For the man who championed the criticism of film and allowed so many movies to garner the attention that they deserve, a small donation can help Roger Ebert’s story to be shared with the world.