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Documentary on legendary late film critic Roger Ebert to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

FILE - In this May 3, 2007 file photo, film critic Roger Ebert, center, his wife Chaz, left, and their granddaughter Raven Evans, arrive for the Chicago premiere of the the Broadway hit "The Color Purple." When "Life Itself" debuts Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at the Sundance Film Festival it will be the first time Ebert's wife, Chaz, will see the full documentary about her late husband's life. "Life Itself" includes footage that director Steve James gathered over the final four months before the famed film critic died last April after a long battle with cancer. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
January 17, 2014 - 8:08 AM

CHICAGO - Ten months after Roger Ebert's death, the famed film critic will be the subject of a documentary debuting Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Life Itself" is directed by "Hoop Dreams" filmmaker Steve James. It includes footage that James gathered during the last four months of Ebert's life.

The longtime Chicago Sun-Times movie critic died in April after a long battle with cancer.

But the crowds at Sundance won't be the only ones watching the premiere. Filmmakers tapped into Ebert's wide online following to crowd fund $150,000 for production costs. Donors will receive a code to stream the film online at the same time it premieres at Sundance.

"Life Itself" will have screenings next month in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Ebert's hometown of Urbana, Ill.



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