Ebert biopic Life Itself to debut at Sundance

Michelle Clancy | 13-01-2014

Life Itself, the documentary based on film critic Roger Ebert's rollicking memoir of the same name, is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 19 January in Park City, Utah.

In a first, the film will be live streamed simultaneously to Ebert's fans and supporters who sign up at filmmaker Kartemquin's Indiegogo campaign.

"Roger was always at the leading edge of technology," said Chaz Ebert, Roger's wife and the publisher of RogerEbert.com, the movie review site the Eberts redesigned and re-launched last spring. "Kartemquin's decision to use crowdfunding for the project, and to stream the film to fans, fits nicely with Roger's affinity for technology and his special gift of connecting to his readers across the globe. He would have wanted as many people as possible to join in this historic event."

Also, the Sundance Institute and IndieWire.com in conjunction with the Ebert Foundation will host the first six Roger Ebert Film Critic Scholars at the festival.

"The internship programme that Eric Kohn at IndieWire.com started a few years ago is brilliant, and I am pleased that Robert Redford saw how to integrate it into the Sundance programmes," said Ebert. "I look forward to working with Eric and the aspiring critics. Roger loved mentoring emerging journalists and so this is particularly close to my heart."