Director: Steve James
Starring: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog
One of Roger Ebert’s favorite movies from the ’90s was the documentary Hoop Dreams from director Steve James. It seems quite fitting that James has now made a documentary about the extraordinary life of one of the best film critics who had a tremendous impact on the film industry. Roger has been a huge inspiration to me ever since I was a young boy watching “At the Movies” every Saturday night. I own quite a few of his books, including his memoir, “Life Itself”, which this documentary is based on. Last year when he passed away, I wrote this piece about his influence on me.
I am so happy to hear the film is getting a wide release after playing at numerous film festivals and receiving extremely positive reviews. I know I will love it, and I already get a little choked up just by watching the trailer.
RELEASE DATE: July 4, 2014
Here’s the trailer