Oak Parker Steve James directs Ebert documentary

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By Dan Haley

Editor and Publisher

In his final blog post, Roger Ebert covered a lot of ground as he explained to readers what he would focus on even as new health issues led him to pull back from other duties. Ebert, of course, died very quickly after that post and his funeral was Monday in Chicago.

But among the projects Ebert wanted to see through was a "bio-documentary" based on his memoir "Life Itself." Now comes word from Oak Parker Steve James, the director of the documentary, that the movie will be completed. "We are devastated. But we will continue. We will finish the film," James tweeted over the weekend.

Among the executive directors of the documentary is Martin Scorsese.

In his post, Ebert described himself as "humbled" and "grateful" by the interest of filmmakers in telling his story.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, with growing evidence of Ebert's fading health, filmmakers stepped up filming in recent months.

James is best known for his films "Hoop Dreams," and more recently "The Interrupters." That documentary about violence on Chicago streets was co-produced by Alex Kotlowitz of Oak Park.

Email: dhaley@wjinc.com Twitter: @OPEditor

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