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Life Itself (2014)
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Director:Steve James Producer:Zak Piper, Steve James, Garrett Basch Story by:Based on Life Itself: A Memoir by Roger Ebert

Music by:Joshua Abrams Cinematography:Dana Kupper  Edited by:Steve James, David E. Simpson Running time:120 min  Country:United States Language:English Genre:Documentary, Biography   Subtitle:English  Starring: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert

 

 

 


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ҧ:20 wins & 20 nominations.

 

 

African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 2014

Won
AAFCA Award
Best Documentary Film
 

Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2014

Nominated
EDA Award
Best Documentary Feature Film
Steve James 
 

Boston Online Film Critics Association 2014

Won
BOFCA Award
Best Documentary
 

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2015

Won
Critics Choice Award
Best Documentary Feature
 

Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2015

Nominated
COFCA Award
Best Documentary
 

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2014

Won
CFCA Award
Best Documentary
 

Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US 2015

Won
Cinema Eye Honors Award
The Unforgettables
Chaz Ebert 
Roger Ebert 
Nominated
Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize
Steve James 
Nominated
Cinema Eye Honors Award
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
Steve James 
Garrett Basch 
Zak Piper 
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Steve James 
Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Steve James 
David E. Simpson 
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score
Joshua Abrams 
 

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards 2014

2nd place
DFWFCA Award
Best Documentary
2nd place
 

Denver Film Critics Society 2014

Nominated
DFCS Award
Best Documentary Film
 

Detroit Film Critic Society, US 2014

Nominated
DFCS Award
Best Documentary
 

Film Club''s The Lost Weekend 2014

Won
Lost Weekend Award
Best Film
Steve James 
 

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2014

Won
FFCC Award
Best Documentary
 

Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) 2015

Nominated
Dorian Award
Documentary of the Year
 

Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) 2015

Won
GFCA Award
Best Documentary
Nominated
GFCA Award
Best Original Score
Joshua Abrams 
 

Gotham Awards 2014

Nominated
Best Documentary
Steve James (director/producer) 
Garrett Basch (producer) 
Zak Piper (producer) 
Courtney Sexton (producer) 
 

Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2014

Nominated
HFCS Award
Best Documentary Feature
 

Indiana Film Journalists Association, US 2014

Won
IFJA Award
Best Documentary
Nominated
IFJA Award
Best Picture
Best Director
Steve James 
 

Iowa Film Critics Awards 2015

2nd place
IFC Award
Best Documentary
 

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2014

2nd place
LAFCA Award
Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
Steve James 
 

National Board of Review, USA 2014

Won
NBR Award
Best Documentary
 

New York Film Critics, Online 2014

Won
NYFCO Award
Best Documentary
 

North Texas Film Critics Association, US 2014

Won
NTFCA Award
Best Documentary
Steve James 
 

Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards 2014

Won
OFCC Award
Best Documentary Feature
 

Online Film Critics Society Awards 2014

Won
OFCS Award
Best Documentary
 

PGA Awards 2015

Won
PGA Award
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Garrett Basch 
Steve James 
Zak Piper 
 

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2014

Nominated
PFCS Award
Best Documentary
 

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2014

Nominated
SDFCS Award
Best Documentary
 

San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2014

Nominated
SFFCC Award
Best Documentary
 

Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2014

Nominated
Special Jury Award
Steve James 
 

St. Louis Film Critics Association, US 2014

Nominated
SLFCA Award
Best Documentary Feature Film
 

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards 2014

Won
WAFCA Award
Best Documentary
 

Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2014

Won
WFCC Award
Best Equality of the Sexes
Tied with The Skeleton Twins (2014).
 
 

     Life Itself is a 2014 American biographical documentary film about film critic Roger Ebert, directed by Steve James and produced by Zak Piper, Steve James and Garrett Basch. The film is based on Ebert''s 2011 memoir of the same name. It premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.[5] The 41st Telluride Film Festival hosted a special screening of the film on August 28, 2014. Magnolia Pictures released the film theatrically in the United States and simultaneously via video on demand platforms on July 4, 2014.

     On December 2, 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the film was 1 of 15 films shortlisted in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

Structure
The film makes use of footage and interviews with Roger Ebert during the final months of his life interspersed with interviews of his friends, colleagues, and family including: Chaz Ebert, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, and Ava DuVernay, among others. The film features clips from Ebert''s popular television show with Gene Siskel, including outtakes, and their many appearances on shows like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman. The film also explores the relationship between Siskel and Ebert, Roger''s friendship with Russ Meyer and their collaboration on Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, as well as how Roger ultimately came to transcend film criticism to become an influential cultural voice.

Production

On September 7, 2012, a film adaptation of the 2011 memoir Life Itself was first announced by Ebert on Twitter: "Whoa! My memoir has been optioned for a doc by Steve James (Hoop Dreams), with Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian as exec producers."

On April 4, 2013, following Ebert''s death, the filmmakers expressed their condolences and promised to finish the film.
On November 20, 2013, an Indiegogo campaign was launched to raise money for the film. Over $150,000 was raised.

Locations seen in the film include the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the Old Town Ale House, the Chateau Marmont, and Hotel Splendid.

Reception
Life Itself has received universal acclaim from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 97% from 184 critics, with an average rating of 8.4/10; the general consensus states: "Rich in detail and warmly affectionate, Life Itself offers a joyful yet poignant tribute to a critical cinematic legacy." On Metacritic, the documentary has a score of 87 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".


 





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