That's life (itself)

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By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

Life Itself, the documentary directed by Oak Parker Steve James, based on the same-named autobiography by beloved Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, will, sadly, probably not be playing at the Lake Theatre any time soon. 

Though such a showing seems a natural venue for a hometown favorite, Classic Cinemas, the parent company of The Lake, says the film is already available through Video on Demand and their policy is not to book films that are already available on VOD.

They have, however, booked it for a special showing on Aug. 25 for the After Hours Film Society at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, Classic Cinemas' flagship (and first) theater. All of James' films have been shown there and Mark Mazrimas, marketing director for the chain, says they will invite James to attend.

Mazrimas said Classic Cinemas' co-owner, Shirley Johnson, who oversees The Lake's popular First Tuesday Club film series, is looking into getting Life Itself for a future first Tuesday showing.

There is good news to report, however, for those hungering for non-mainstream fare at the local film palace. 

The Lake is currently showing Richard Linklater's acclaimed film Boyhood, his 12-years-in-the-filming project about growing up in a small town. See it soon. This sort of film doesn't always stay very long.


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John Murtagh from Oak Park  

Posted: August 5th, 2014 10:44 PM

Woops - Somehow I came to think that the writer of the article was employed by the WJ. As far as following your posting guideline, sure, send me a list.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 5th, 2014 10:25 PM

Mr. Murtagh, the special showing I suggested did not come from anyone at WJ. It came from me. Now, a question for you: could you please try to read the posts you respond to? It would save so much time for all of us as we labor to explain the obvious to you.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 5th, 2014 10:17 PM

Has Hammond every disagreed with anything that came out of the mouth of WJ?

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 5th, 2014 8:31 PM

Seems like it would be very appropriate if just this once the Lake Theater could make an exception and override their "policy" regarding not booking films already available on demand.

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