By Ken Trainor
Oak Park resident Steve James' latest documentary, Life Itself, based on the memoir of film critic Roger Ebert, recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, which Ebert himself used to cover. James and his production company, Kartemquin, best known for the films, Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters, were granted access by Ebert at the end of his long battle with cancer. Martin Scorsese is the executive producer. Ebert died on April 4, 2013. Over $150,000 was raised on the Indiegogo website to help finance the film.
The documentary is generating a lot of positive buzz. Great subject, great filmmaker, good combination.