The Life Itself CNN Television Premiere!
Life Itself, the first ever documentary on film critic Roger Ebert (and recently shortlisted for an Oscar nomination), premiered on CNN on Jan. 4th! Here's a recap of the exciting evening, including touching tweets from Chaz Ebert and fans everywhere watching the film.
- The excitement before the premiere was palpable, and many of Roger's fellow critics and writers took to Twitter to help spread the word:
- — Odie Henderson (@odienator)Sun, Jan 04 2015 17:57:56The awesome doc Life Itself airs tonight on CNN! My chat with its great director, Steve James over at @ebertvoices: http://www.rogerebert.com/interviews/interview-from-hoop-dreams-to-life-itself-with-steve-james …
- — Matt Barone (@MBarone)Sun, Jan 04 2015 19:11:04The great Roger Ebert documentary LIFE ITSELF airs on CNN tonight. You should make it a priority. I wrote about why: http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2014/02/roger-ebert-documentary-life-itself-screening-reaction …
- — Life Itself (@EbertMovie)Sun, Jan 04 2015 20:41:10"Even if I didn't know Roger, I would love this movie." @mattzollerseitz on #LifeItself: http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/01/03/nr-intv-seitz-on-ebert.cnn …
- — Max Winter (@maxwinter37)Sun, Jan 04 2015 22:17:06LIFE ITSELF (@EbertMovie) airs on CNN tonight--here is something I wrote about it, deeply moved: http://blogs.indiewire.com/pressplay/the-sobering-beautiful-lessons-of-life-itself-20140704 …
- — Carla Meyer (@CarlaMeyerSB)Mon, Jan 05 2015 00:26:26
- And Ebert fans chimed in to announce their excitement!
- — Adam Lubitow (@Fireball728)Sun, Jan 04 2015 21:51:53If you didn't catch it in theaters, LIFE ITSELF, about the great Roger Ebert, airs at 9 tonight on CNN. One of the best docs of the year.
- — Patty Dixon (@PattyLDixon)Mon, Jan 05 2015 01:40:31
- Finally showtime arrived, and the movie began.
- Did you know: Roger was instrumental in helping Steve James' career take off. Roger loved Hoop Dreams, and on their show, he and Gene Siskel took every opportunity they could to talk about the film.
- It was an emotional night for a lot of people:
- And many wanted to share their stories of how Roger helped them discover the joy of the movies:
- — Erin Gray (@erineileengray)Mon, Jan 05 2015 02:07:11
- The premiere provoked some interesting thoughts (some serious, others not so much):
- — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter)Mon, Jan 05 2015 02:09:36What are the purposes of film & media criticism? That's explored in the documentary #LifeItself, debuting now on CNN. I highly recommend it.